DATE: November 22, 2011
Governor Appoints Mary Kronholm to MBLC
Mary Kronholm of Blandford was recently appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to serve on the nine-member Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).
Supporters of Western Massachusetts Libraries celebrated the appointment by hosting a special swearing in ceremony for Ms. Kronholm which was attended by many members of the library community as well as State Senator Michael Knapik and State Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli. Both legislators presented Ms. Kronholm with citations noting her many years of library advocacy, especially of libraries in small communities. Ms. Kronholm was a founding member of what is now known as the Western Massachusetts Library Advocates and was an Executive Board Member of the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System.
“It is an honor to serve on the Board and I take to heart the Board’s mission 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 library services,“ said Ms. Kronholm. “It is my particular interest that all available resources be shared equitably across the Commonwealth,” she added.
In November Ms. Kronholm attended her first Board meeting and has been busy at events across the state. She joined MBLC Vice-Chair Frank Murphy and MBLC Construction Consultant Patience Jackson at the groundbreaking of the Holyoke Public Library on November 17th. In her address to the audience she highlighted a new literacy initiative between the Holyoke Public Library and the school system which aims to increase the literacy rate of young children to 85% by 3rd grade.
Ms. Kronholm brings a wealth of library experience to her role as a Commissioner. In her capacity as President of the Massachusetts Library Trustee Association, she addressed the Legislature Ways and Means Committees and gatherings of library advocates from North Adams to Boston on a variety of library issues. She was also selected by the MBLC to serve as a member of the State Advisory Council for Libraries which reviews grant applications and makes recommendations to the Board for federal grants to academic, school, special and public libraries. She is currently a library trustee at Porter Memorial Library in Blandford and continues writing as a professional journalist.
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.