The MBLC Welcomes Philip Madell


March 12, 2019
Matthew Perry
Outreach Coordinator
1-800-952-7403 x208

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to welcome Philip H. Madell of Topsfield, who has been appointed by Governor Baker to serve on the nine-member board. The MBLC is responsible for library services across the Commonwealth including the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program, federal Library Services and Technology Act grants, regional library services, and online statewide resources.

“I am honored to be chosen by the Governor for this post,” said Madell. “As a lover of libraries and someone who is dedicated to lifelong learning, I am excited to use my experience to help continue the progress of libraries on behalf of the people of the Commonwealth.”

Mr. Madell has had a long and diverse career serving as a consultant for the California State Assembly; as a governor’s appointment to the Kansas Corporation Commission; working as an adjunct professor at colleges and universities around the country; and as an author of several books. He has held senior management positions in the private sector, and works as a lawyer in private practice, and is the legal counsel to the National Counter Intelligence Corps Association

“We are delighted that Philip is joining the board,” said MBLC chairman Roland Ochsenbein. “His unique experience and perspective is welcomed and will be an asset to Massachusetts libraries.”

Mr. Madell’s experience with libraries comes from his time as a trustee at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Libraries in Kansas, the Westmont Public Library in Illinois, and at the Topsfield Public Library in Massachusetts. He also worked as a page at the University of Illinois library.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Connecticut, a master’s degree from DePaul University, a law degree from the Massachusetts School of Law, and attended the University of Michigan graduate school of business. Mr. Madell joins Deb Abraham, Les Ball, and Gina Perille who were also recently appointed to the board.

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.