DATE: May 12, 2014
Dianne Carty Appointed New MBLC Director
Dianne Carty has been appointed Director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). At its May 1, 2014 meeting, the nine-member Commission cast a unanimous vote to offer Ms. Carty the position and is pleased that she has accepted. Ms. Carty had been Acting Director at the Board since March 2013.
"During the past year Dianne has shown herself to be a capable, thoughtful leader. She has handled everything from budget issues to launching new initiatives, and plans to take an even more proactive approach to moving the agency forward to better serve the library community and the residents of the Commonwealth," said MBLC Chair Frank Murphy.
In addition to her positions as Head of State Aid and Acting Director at the MBLC, Ms. Carty's 30-year library career includes work in public, university, and special libraries, giving her a well-rounded perspective of library needs.
"The challenge today is how we meet the changing ways in which people access information while still providing traditional services," said Ms. Carty. "Adding to this challenge is funding - local, state and federal - that does not keep pace with the demand for services."
Ms. Carty also stressed the MBLC's role in bringing innovation to library services. "Projects that we begin at the MBLC, or that the Board supports, not only serve the Commonwealth's libraries - they often have a national impact," she said. These programs include the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program, Libraries as Disaster Recovery Centers, digitization and preservation training, and the MBLC's federal LSTA program which has been recognized for its excellence.
The MBLC has also received numerous grants to support library services, including one from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which was used to help libraries in western and north central Massachusetts connect to MassBroadband 123, a new fiber-optic high-speed network. "I have always been proud of our agency and the level of local, national, and international involvement of the staff. Our collective knowledge and expertise is vital to the libraries we serve," said Ms. Carty.
A graduate of Kalamazoo College in Michigan, Ms. Carty holds an M.S. in library science from Simmons College in Boston.
The MBLC's Director Search Committee conducted three extensive nationwide search rounds before Ms. Carty was selected. "This committee has more than demonstrated their commitment to the bringing the best possible candidate into the MBLC and into the Commonwealth's library community," said MBLC Chair Frank Murphy.
The Search Committee was comprised of representatives from the MBLC, the Massachusetts Library Association, the Massachusetts Library System, the Library for the Commonwealth at Boston Public Library, Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library, Simmons College, the Automated Library Networks, the Massachusetts School Library Association, the Massachusetts Library Trustee Association, the Massachusetts Friends of Libraries, the State Advisory Council on Libraries, and staff from public, school, and academic libraries.
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.