DATE: July 13, 2012
Board Elects New Officers
Board Chair Katherine Dibble (center) hands Chairman-elect Frank Murphy the meeting gavel. Commissioner Mary Rose Quinn (right) was elected Vice-Chair and Commissioner Greg Shesko (left) was elected Secretary for FY2013.
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) elected new officers to serve for FY2013 at its Board Meeting on July 12, 2012.
The Board elected Francis (Frank) R. Murphy of Arlington as Chairman. Murphy was appointed to the Board by Governor Deval Patrick in 2007 and reappointed in 2008. He served as Board Vice-Chair in FY2011 and FY2012, Board Secretary during FY2009 and FY2010 and has been a library trustee chair and Friend of the Robbins Library in Arlington. He brings an in-depth understanding of the MBLC's State Aid to Public Libraries Program having served on the State Aid Review Committee. He also served on the State Advisory Council on Libraries. Prior to his involvement with libraries, Murphy was an Information System/Network consultant to NATO and MITRE.
Following his election, Chairman Murphy thanked former Chair Katherine K. Dibble for her leadership in promoting cooperation and collaboration during her two-year term.
Mary Rose Quinn of Woburn was elected as Board Vice-Chair. Quinn, currently library director in North Andover, was appointed to the Board by Governor Deval Patrick in 2007 and reappointed to a five year term in July, 2010. Ms Quinn served as Board Secretary during FY2011 and FY2012 and is on the Massachusetts Library Association's Legislative and Public Relations Committees. She has also served as Chair of the New England Library Association's Information Technology Section and on the Executive Boards of both NOBLE and the Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System.
Commissioner Gregory Shesko of Needham was elected as Board Secretary. He was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2009 and has been a library trustee in Needham since 1994. Commissioner Shesko has first-hand experience in the public library construction process as he co-chaired the Renew Our Library campaign which successfully secured $15.7 million to build Needham’s new library. Commissioner Shesko and Commissioner Mary Ann Cluggish serve as Board Liaisons to the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program.
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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.