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Thank you for visiting the new Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Newsroom site. We hope that you find it a useful resource for news and tools to help you promote the value of your public library. Let us know what you think of the materials we’ve assembled here for your use and share your ideas of about how we can make the site even more useful to you.  Email Celeste Bruno with ideas and suggestions.

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The Abomination of Ebooks: They Price People Out of Reading

Updated: Fri, 04 Oct 2013 16:45:16

This is not one of those rants about missing the texture, touch, colors, whatever of paper contrasted with the sterility of reading on a tablet. No, the real abomination of ebooks is often overlooked: Some are so ingrained in the … Continue reading

The Big Six Publishers and Library Lending

Updated: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 15:01:50

By former MBLC Director, Rob Maier In May 2013, when I started to track the Big Six and their library lending terms, there were a lot of changes taking place in the publishing world. I assumed that I’d be issuing … Continue reading

Can you Hear Me Now? The New Explosion in Audio Books

Updated: Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:10:32

How They Re-emerged as a Rare Bright Spot in the Publishing Business. Once a static niche for aficionados renting clunky cassettes or CDs for their commutes, audio books have gone mass-market. Sales have jumped by double digits in recent years. … Continue reading

Does the Library of the Future Have Books?

Updated: Tue, 06 Aug 2013 17:00:37

Remember that warm feeling you used to get when you walked into a library? The feeling that you were surrounded by books and reading lamps and wood-block furniture softened from decades of reader use. Do you love that feeling? Me, … Continue reading

Library as Publisher

Updated: Mon, 01 Jul 2013 13:34:16

It’s time for the library to step up as the nurturer of content creation. There are several reasons public libraries might want to move in this direction. The first is pure opportunity. Once a library invests in the infrastructure to … Continue reading

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