DATE: October 17, 2011
Brian Donoghue Retires
MBLC Director Robert Maier called Brian Donoghue, who recently announced his retirement, one of the most respected librarians in the state.
Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners’ (MBLC) Research Librarian and Friends Liaison, Brian Donoghue recently announced his retirement. “Brian is one of the most respected librarians in the state, the Board and the library community will certainly miss his expertise,” said Robert C. Maier, MBLC Director.
As part of the Public Library Advisory Unit with Maureen Killoran, Brian’s behind-the-scenes efforts were vital on many library issues including privatization, library security, fundraising, governance and library laws. “One can always count on Brian to provide the best, most complete information on any issue,” said Maier.
Brian also worked closely with library trustees and members of the Friends of Library groups. He helped create the successful conferences “Friends Sharing with Friends” and the annual “Trustee and Friends Conference” which will celebrate its 16th anniversary in November. The conferences provide an opportunity for Friends and Trustees to learn about and discuss issues affecting the Commonwealth's libraries.
His personal connection with many Friends, trustees, and directors is what Brian values most about his career in library services. “I’ll miss much about my position at the Board, most especially the contact with the many kind and thoughtful people in the public library community in Massachusetts. It has been rewarding to have known and worked with the MBLC staff, public library staff, the regional library staff members, and the library networks around the state.”
Brian’s plans for retirement include fixing-up the family home, getting outdoors more often for some healthy exercise and doing some sightseeing around New England. He adds, “I’m looking forward to developing some new interests along with spending more time on my older pursuits.”
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.