The official business of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is conducted by nine residents of the Commonwealth who have been appointed to serve as Commissioners by the governor.

If you wish to contact a Commissioner or invite a Commissioner to your event, please contact Rachel Masse, (617) 725-1860 x218. 

Debby Conrad, Chair
Vicky Biancolo, Vice Chair
Karen Traub, Secretary

photo of Commissioner Barbara Barros

Barbara Barros of Hyde Park was appointed to the Board by Governor Maura Healey in 2023.

Commissioner Barros is a writer and retired educator with 39 years of experience working with students and teaching professionals in Massachusetts. Ms. Barros worked in the Boston Public Schools (BPS) for over 25 years and 10 years in Sharon Public Schools. She started her career as an early childhood teacher with elementary students, became a reading specialist and then literacy coach for BPS teachers. After decades of work in BPS, she served as Education Coordinator for all elementary schools in the Sharon Public School system.

Ms. Barros has also written and published two children’s books and a novel. Her children’s books focus on teaching the history of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre of which her grandparents, aunt and uncle were survivors.

When she is not working on her next book as an author, Ms. Barros spends her time raising chickens and urban gardening.

Ms. Barros earned her Master’s in Education from Cambridge College and is a graduate of the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa with a B.S. in Education.

Committees: TBA

Photo of Commissioner Vicky Biancolo

Vicky Biancolo was appointed to the Board by Governor Charles D. Baker in 2020.

Biancolo is the Director of Library Services at Worcester Academy. Library leadership roles she has held include executive board member of the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System, executive board member of the Massachusetts School Library Association, and member of the transition team and founding executive board of the Massachusetts Library System. She has served as a judge for the Massachusetts Book Award and as a tester for Kent State University's online Tool for Real-Time Assessment for Information Literacy Skills.

Before launching her library career, Biancolo's work in service includes Assistant Director for State Legislation for the Brady Campaign in Washington, D.C., homeless caseworker for the American Red Cross, and Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa. She is currently an active member of AASL, ALA, MLA, NELA, and YALSA.

Biancolo received her MLIS from Simmons College, School of Library and Information Science, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Government from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Liaison: State Advisory Council on Libraries (SACL)

photo of Commissioner Mary Ann Cluggish

Mary Ann Cluggish of Wellesley was reappointed to a five-year term on the Board by Governor Deval Patrick early in 2014, then again by Governor Charles D. Baker in 2019. She was first appointed in 2011.

Commissioner Cluggish served as a trustee of the Wellesley Free Library for 12 years and is currently a member of the library's Friends group. She was instrumental in garnering community support for the library building project which resulted in a new $14 million main library. Cluggish administered the construction grant application to the MBLC, in which the community received a $3.2 million grant as part of the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program. She also actively participated in the building project's capital campaign, raising over $3 million.

As Chairman of the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission, Cluggish negotiated the acquisition of 32 acres of open space. She also served on the Town of Wellesley Advisory Committee, the Wellesley Recreation Commission, the Permanent Building Committee, and has been a Town Meeting Member for over 30 years. Professionally, Ms. Cluggish worked nationally and internationally as a sales and marketing consultant to high technology companies. She has a BA from Indiana University and postgraduate work at Boston College in the Women and Government Program.

Committees: Construction, Public Relations
Liaison: Mass Friends of Libraries (MFOL), Mass Library Trustee Association (MLTA), State Advisory Council on Libraries (SACL)

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George T. Comeau, Esq. was first appointed to the MBLC by Governor Mitt Romney in 2004 and reappointed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2007 and again in 2013. He served as Board Chair during FY 2009 and FY 2010. Commissioner Comeau returned to the MBLC in 2021 with an appointment by Governor Charlie Baker and was reappointed in 2023 by Governor Maura Healey.

Comeau currently serves as the Chairman of the Trustees of the Canton Public Library. Comeau is a columnest for the Canton Citizen and serves on the town's Building Renovation Committee working toward structural upgrades and renovations at the Canton Public Library. Commissioner Comeau is also a historian and preservationist, serving as President and Curator of the Canton Historical Society, and serves on Canton's Community Preservation Committee.

Comeau brings his passion for libraries and expertise in law, marketing and branding, non-profit leadership, and governance to the Board of Library Commissioners. Commissioner Comeau produces and supports destination events and visitor experiences at the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District. Comeau is a founding catalyst of the Innovation Trail in Boston. He also maintains a private law practice in Canton, and is an avid hiker and traveler.

Commissioner Comeau has both a BS and a MPA from Suffolk University, as well as his JD from Suffolk University Law School. 

photo of Commissioner Deborah Conrad

Debby Conrad of Marshfield was appointed to the Board by Governor Charles D. Baker in 2020. Her career in libraries spans 40 years and includes extensive work in the areas of automation of library services and resource sharing.

She served as the Executive Director of the SAILS Library Network for 29 years. Prior to that she was the Assistant Administrator for the Eastern Massachusetts Regional Library System and was the first Systems Consultant for the Lincoln Trail Libraries System which served public, K-12, and academic libraries in Illinois.

She served on a number of committees including Secretary of the Massachusetts Library Association (MLA), co-chair of the Massachusetts Statewide Delivery committee, co-chair of the MLA Long Range Planning Committee, Chair of the National Information Standards Organization Committee LL – Exchange of Circulation Systems Data, and served as the first Chairperson of the Illinois Automation Committee.

Retired in 2018, she is currently Membership Chair of the Friends of the Ventress Memorial Library and continues to be active in MLA.

Ms. Conrad received her M.S. in Library Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign with an emphasis on Systems Planning and Implementation. She received her A.B. from Indiana University with a concentration in Russian Studies.

Committees: Executive, Budget, Resource Sharing
Liaison: Massachusetts Center for the Book

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Stacy DeBole of Swampscott was appointed to the Board by Governor Baker in 2019.

Commissioner DeBole has spent most her of professional career working in various public, academic, and special libraries including the Suffolk University Library, the New England School of Law Library, and the Salem State University Library, before moving to the Everett Public Libraries, where she recently retired from her position as Library Director.

Mrs. DeBole began her career in public service with the City of Boston as a program specialist, then contract administrator, and later became the program manager of employment training programs under the Job Training Partnership Act administered by the Neighborhood Development and Employment Agency, the City of Boston’s anti-poverty, job training and development agency. She later became the special projects manager for the Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing, the agency responsible for all liquor and entertainment licensing in the City of Boston. Beginning in 1987, Mrs. DeBole took a ten year hiatus to start and raise her family. During that time she maintained her commitment to public libraries by volunteering at the Swampscott Public Library.     

Stacy is a graduate of Suffolk University and earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science degree from Simmons College.

Committees: Executive, Budget
Liaison: Consumer Advisory Board: Braille and Talking Book Library

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Joyce Linehan of Dorchester was appointed to the Board by Governor Maura Healey in 2023. She formerly served as a Trustee of the Boston Public Library.

Linehan is the Assistant to the President for Special Projects at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and she is an adjunct lecturer in the Public Administration program at UMass Boston. Ms. Linehan serves on the boards of the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Interim House in Dorchester, Trustees of Charitable Donations for Inhabitants of Boston and on the advisory boards of the Max Warburg Courage Curriculum and the Rappaport Institute.

She formerly served as the Chief of Policy and Planning for the City of Boston, in the office of Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Before her time at the City of Boston, she was the director of Ashmont Media and was previously the Vice President of A & R for Sub Pop Records where she managed several bands and musicians.

Ms. Linehan holds a B.A. and an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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Karen Traub of Shutesbury was appointed to the Board by Governor Charles D. Baker in 2021.

Throughout her career, Commissioner Traub has worked to expand library accessibility, locally advocating to increase library staff, hours and budget and serving on the committee that made the Shutesbury library handicapped accessible.

Traub took a leadership role in planning for a new Shutesbury library urging the town to put aside a yearly $10,000-$25,000 toward the anticipated project. She sponsored a region wide “Revitalizing your Friends Group” roundtable and a community visioning party with a chocolate fountain and chaired the Library Facility Needs Assessment Committee which held listening and information sessions. She assisted in writing the MBLC construction grant applications which resulted in Shutesbury being awarded a planning and design grant in 2007 totaling $40,000 and provisional construction grant totaling more than $2 million in 2011. Traub also chaired the fundraising committee which brought in pledges of over $100,000 from all over the world.

Commissioner Traub served as a Library Trustee in Wendell from 1997-2000, and in Shutesbury from 2002-2012. She served on the MBLC’s State Advisory Council of Libraries from 2014-2020. A graduate of the Newport MFA, Traub holds an M.Ed. from Cambridge College, and a B.A. from McGill University.

Committees: Public Relations
Liaison: Massachusetts Library System, Mass Friends of Libraries (MFOL), Mass Library Trustee Association (MLTA)

photo of Commissioner Jessica Vilas Novas

Jessica V. Vilas Novas (she/her/hers) was appointed to the Board by Governor Charles D. Baker in 2022. Most recently, she was Director of the Lawrence Public Library where she was successful in increasing the budget, creating new positions, reopening the Library on weekends, removing Library fines, and advocating for capital projects which would make the Library more accessible. She is an active member of the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library and previously served on the Executive Board of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, State Advisory Council on Libraries and the MBLC’s Public Relations Committee.

Commissioner Vilas Novas is the founder and principal at JVN Management Solutions LLC where her focus is on building up small local organizations operationally by strengthening their budgets and teams. She is currently a Board Member at MASSCreative, an advisor for the Essex County Community Foundation’s digital equity coalition, and former Board President of Elevated Thought Inc. A community builder and advocate for the arts and literacy, she hosts a bi-weekly intergenerational writing program, The Common Sage, at a local coffee shop in downtown Lawrence.

Ms. Vilas Novas graduated with an M.Ed in Community Engagement from Merrimack College. She received her MLIS from Simmons College, and has a Bachelor of Science from Northeastern University. She earned a Certificate in Social Impact Management from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice, in affiliation with Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. She recently joined the LEADS network after graduating from their executive leadership program hosted by the Lawrence Partnership and supported by Harvard Business School through visiting lecturers.

When she is not engaging in community activities, she enjoys traveling with her husband and two children.

Committees: State Aid to Public Libraries

Upcoming Meetings

Board Meetings begin promptly at 10 am unless otherwise noted.

For More Information

Rachel Masse, Assistant to the Director
617-725-1860 x218
857-488-6953 (Mobile)