News Release

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

DATE: February 12, 2013
CONTACT: Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
1-800-952-7403 x208

Dianne Carty appointed Acting Director

At its February Board Meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) appointed Dianne Carty as Acting Director when current Director Robert Maier retires on March 15, 2013.

MBLC Vice-chair Mary Rose Quinn welcomed Ms. Carty to her new role. “As a member of the management team here at the MBLC, Dianne has taken on more and more responsibilities and challenges, handling them all professionally and expertly; covering many aspects of the services provided by and through the Board. We thank her for stepping in and leading us through this interim period.” Commissioner Jan Resnick agreed, “Dianne is an outstanding choice. We have complete confidence in her ability.”

Ms Carty is currently Head of Data, Technology, Construction and State Aid. She began her career at the Board on the same day as Robert Maier in 1991. “I look forward to working with MBLC staff and the library community to bridge the gap between Rob’s retirement and the selection of the new director. We will work as team over this period,” said Ms Carty.

Since joining the Board, Dianne has been part of statewide and national library activities. For more than 20 years, she has worked on the national data collection project for the public libraries in the United States, serving on the steering committee and as committee chair. For over 10 years she has been involved with development of the NISO Z39.7 Data Dictionary, and now is a member of the maintenance working group, having also served as committee chair. Most recently, she was invited to participate as a member of an advisory committee working on a survey that will assess “Public Libraries as Providers of Digitally Inclusive Services and Resources: Transforming Communities.” This 3 year project began in January. She is a member of the American Library Association and New England Historical Genealogical Society.

For more information about the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, please visit our website.

About MBLC

The Board of Library Commissioners ( 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.

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