DATE: September 12, 2011
Governor Appoints Mary Ann Cluggish to MBLC
Mary Ann Cluggish of Wellesley was recently appointed to a two-year term on the nine-member Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners(MBLC) by Governor Deval Patrick. The MBLC is responsible for library services across the Commonwealth including the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program, federal Library Services and Technology Act grants, regional library services, and online statewide resources.
For over a decade, Ms. Cluggish has been a successful advocate and committed champion of the Wellesley Free Library and understands the important role today's libraries have in the lives of the Commonwealth's residents. "Libraries have become multi-faceted educational institutions in our communities, providing expert assistance for job seekers, helping all citizens become computer literate in our technology driven society, and providing life-long learning," said Ms.Cluggish. She also recognizes the need for better funding to support libraries. "Library use is at an all-time high while libraries everywhere face budget cuts. I look forward to serving on the MBLC and working to help our libraries achieve their full potential."
As a trustee of the Wellesley Free Library, Ms. Cluggish was instrumental in garnering community support for the library building project which resulted in a new $14 million main library. She administered the construction grant application to the MBLC in which the community received a $3.2 million Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program grant and she actively participated in the building project's capital campaign raising over $3 million. She is also an active member of the Friends of the Wellesley FreeLibrary.
Ms. Cluggish is an experienced community leader whose dedication extends well beyond library interests. As Chairman of the Wellesley Natural Resource Commission, she negotiated the acquisition of 32 acres of open space. She has served on the Town of Wellesley Advisory Committee, the Wellesley Recreation Commission, the Permanent Building Committee and has been a Town Meeting Member for over 30 years. She was recently honored as the Grand Marshall of the Wellesley 2011 parade for her work in introducing recycling to the Town.
Professionally, Ms. Cluggish worked nationally and internationally as a sales and marketing consultant to high technology companies. She has a BA from Indiana University and postgraduate work at Boston College in the Women and Government Program.
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.