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March 23, 2017 - Governor Reappoints Commissioner Resnick

Commissioner and Board Vice-Chair N. Janeen Resnick has been reappointed by Governor Charlie Baker to a five-year term on the nine-member Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). Her reappointment is the second by Governor Baker, and keeps together one of the most active groups of Commi...READ MORE

March 17, 2017 - President’s Budget includes Elimination of Institute of Museum and Library Services

On March 16, 2017, President Donald Trump released his preliminary budget proposal which includes the elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). IMLS is an independent federal agency that provides Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants to library agencies in all ...READ MORE

March 09, 2017 - Commonwealth eBook Collections moves past Beta Phase

The Commonwealth eBook Collection (CEC)  has dropped its beta status after the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) voted unanimously for the CEC to go live. “The CEC has made significant progress in making eBooks easier to access,” said MBLC Chair Mary Ann Cluggish...READ MORE

From the MBLC Blog

What’s all the Buzz about Audiobooks?

What is the fastest growing segment of the publishing industry right now? According to an Audio Publishers Association sales survey, it is audiobooks. The Wall Street Journal reports “35,574 audiobook titles were released in the U.S. and Canada in 2015, compared with 7,237 in 2011.” They go on to explain that “People listen to audiobooks … Continue reading What’s all the Buzz about Audiobooks?

Construction Resources Available through the MBLC

One of the great little-known resources for librarians in the commonwealth is the MBLC’s professional collection. We have hundreds of books on just about every conceivable library-related topic. All these items are available via the NOBLE network. Because of our current construction grant round, we have put together a resource guide with a list of … Continue reading Construction Resources Available through the MBLC

Summer Reading with a Purpose

To me, one of the joys of summer is finding a good book and reading it on the beach. There is nothing quite like the warm air and bright sunshine to make reading extra enjoyable. What made it even better this year was helping to inspire children to read and avoid the summer slide while … Continue reading Summer Reading with a Purpose

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