News Release

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

DATE: October 04, 2010
CONTACT: Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
1-800-952-7403 x208

15th Annual Trustee and Friends Conference Announced

The Massachusetts Friends of Libraries and the Massachusetts Library Trustees Association are co-sponsoring their 15th annual conference on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at the Worcester Technical High School.  The conference provides an opportunity for Friends and Trustees to learn about and discuss issues affecting the Commonwealth's libraries.

The keynote address Managing Change to Continue Essential Services for Your Library will be jointly presented by Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Director, Robert Maier and Massachusetts Library System Executive Director, Greg Pronevitz. The address will focus on changes in regional services as six regional systems have consolidated to form the Massachusetts Library System which began operation on July 1, 2010. After the report the floor will be open in a town meeting format for questions, answers and comments.

Conference topics and workshops include: E-Books and Public Libraries presented by the technology consultants of the Massachusetts Library System; The F Word:  Taking the Sting out of Fundraising; Security in Today’s Library presented by Joel Wentworth, Facilities Manager at Worcester Public Library; and The Role of Public Library Trustees Vis-à-vis the Role of the Friends with panel members Maureen Killoran, Elaine Melisi, and Donna Forand. 

Table Talk Discussions regarding the use of social networking to communicate with the library community (led by Robert Hayes and Dottie McKeen) and an open forum to share Friends Group successes and challenges (led by Alice Welch and Brian Donoghue) are also part of the conference.

Click here for more details on the workshops 

Click here to register online for the conference

Click here for directions

About MBLC

The Board of Library Commissioners ( is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.

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