News Releases 2020

April 03, 2020 - Taylor Memorial Library uses LSTA Grant to Join Automated Library Network

The Taylor Memorial Library in Hancock joined the C/W MARS Automated Network with assistance from a Library Services and Technology (LSTA) grant given by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). They are one of seven libraries that have joined C/W MARS in the last five years with grant assistance; the o...

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April 02, 2020 - MBLC Approves Preservation Assessment Grants

At its March board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved four LSTA Preservation Assessment Grants. These grants fund an outside consultant to conduct institutional preservation assessments that include a site visit and the delivery of a written report....

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April 02, 2020 - MBLC Creates “We’re in this Together” Digital Library

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners has created the “We’re in this Together” digital library on the agency’s public portal, mass.gov/libraries. It gives residents easy access to “free-for-now” resources as well as library resources that are always free. On the site resid...

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March 26, 2020 - Scholarships to attend small libraries conference

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and Massachusetts Library System (MLS) are pleased to announce funding for up to six Massachusetts public librarians to attend the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) annual conference in Wichita, Kansas, September 30-October 3, 2020.  The $1500 ...

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March 20, 2020 - MBLC Recommends Libraries Close and Cease In Person Services

Statement from MBLC Chair, Roland Ochsenbein,  March 20, 2020...

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March 18, 2020 - COVID-19 and Massachusetts Public Libraries

Amid the growing concerns surrounding COVID-19, many Massachusetts Public Libraries have closed or have limited in-person services. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is tracking what’s happening in the library community. “It’s changing every day,” said MBLC Director James L...

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March 05, 2020 - MBLC Awards Grants to Help Libraries Address Opioid Crisis

Last fall, the Massachusetts library community came together at Communities in Crisis: Libraries Respond to the Opioid Epidemic, to learn from experts and from each other. “As a welcoming, safe place for all, and trusted community partner, libraries are often at the center of community issues and can be an i...

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February 19, 2020 - First Lady Lauren Baker Celebrates the 13th Annual Boston Bruins PJ Drive

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to announce that First Lady of the Commonwealth Lauren Baker will celebrate the 13th annual Boston Bruins Pajama drive at the East Forest Park Branch of Springfield City Library on February 21, 2020 at 1:00pm. She will be joined by MBLC Commissioner Mar...

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February 13, 2020 - MBLC Begins Strategic Planning Process

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) has begun its strategic planning process to guide its activities as an agency for the next five years. “We are excited to be undertaking this process” said MBLC Director James Lonergan. “Our goal is to create a ‘living’ plan that prov...

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February 11, 2020 - MBLC and MLS part of a national effort to transform teen library services

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is joining state library agencies from across the nation to participate in Transforming Teen Services: A Train the Trainer Approach, developed by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) to ...

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February 07, 2020 - Final group certified in State Aid

At its January Board Meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) certified the Duxbury Public Library which joined the 328 libraries meeting all FY2020 requirements for the State Aid to Public Libraries Program.  So far, libraries have been awarded  $4,899,035.76 in state funding. The awa...

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February 06, 2020 - The Resilience of East Forest Park

On December 19, 2019 local and state officials joined neighbors and Springfield residents to celebrate the opening of the new East Forest Park Branch of the Springfield City Library. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno commended the resilience of the East Forest Park neighborhood that withstood a devastating tornado in 201...

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January 27, 2020 - Governor Releases FY2021 Budget Recommendation

On January 22, 2020, Governor Baker released his budget proposal for FY2021. It includes a $233,779 increase for the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners administrative line (7000-9101); a 1% increase in funding for State Aid to Regional Libraries (7000-9401), State Aid to Public Libraries (7000-9501)...

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January 09, 2020 - MBLC Funds Summer Learning

At its January Board Meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved $20,000 for Summer Learning Grants.  The Summer Learning Grant program, which is in its second year, aims to provide support to libraries during the busy summer months. “These grants allow libraries to take advanta...

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