DATE: February 16, 2011
Board Welcomes Cindy Roach
After an extensive search, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to announce Cynthia Roach as the new Head of Library Advisory and Government Liaison. At its February Board Meeting, MBLC Chair Katherine Dibble formally welcomed Ms. Roach, “Cindy brings to the Board over thirty years of library experience. Her combination of talent and vision will benefit libraries and patrons across the state. It is with great pleasure that we welcome her to the Board.”
Ms. Roach’s career speaks to her ability to innovate. She was instrumental in the formation of both Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing network (one of nine networks across the state that works collaboratively to provide automated library services, interlibrary loan and Internet connections) and the Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Library System where she spent the past twelve years as Regional Administrator. Prior to that, she served as Interlibrary Loan Librarian at Falmouth Public Library and as Director at Osterville Free Library. “My experiences have given me enormous respect for what librarians do and the vital and unique ability that libraries have to improve lives,” said Ms. Roach.
As MBLC’s Head of Library Advisory and Government Liaison, Ms. Roach will serve as a member of the Management Team and provide policy and program development. In addition, she will be responsible for the federal Library Services and Technology Act program which provides an estimated $1 million in grants to the Commonwealth’s libraries each year. Ms. Roach will also work with the state Legislature concerning library priorities and issues.
“Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to work with amazing people who have encouraged and inspired me. I’m looking forward to working with the talented staff at the Board on statewide issues and services and how these services can further complement and enhance the work of libraries,” she said.
A Massachusetts native, Ms. Roach received her M.L.S from Simmons College and served on the Executive Boards of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies and the Massachusetts Library Association and continues as a member of both organizations. She is also a member of the Library Leadership and Management Association and the New England Library Association.
The Board of Library Commissioners (mass.gov/mblc) 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.