News Releases 2021

April 01, 2021 - The MBLC condemns Anti-Asian violence and supports efforts to advance racial justice

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners stands in solidarity with the American Library Association (ALA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Asian American Commission in recognizing and condemning anti-Asian hate crimes. Any type of racism or xen...

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March 09, 2021 - Governor Baker Reappoints Comeau

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to welcome George T. Comeau, Esq. of Canton who has been appointed by Governor Charles D. Baker to serve on the nine-member board. Commissioner Comeau previously served as a Commissioner after being appointed by Governor Romney in 2004 and reappointed b...

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March 04, 2021 - Record Number of Libraries Certified in State Aid

At its March 4 meeting the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), voted to certify waiver applicants and one additional library meeting full requirements in the State Aid to Public Libraries program. Combined with libraries certified last month, 347 have been certified in the FY2021 State Aid to Public Li...

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March 04, 2021 - MBLC Chair Statement on Municipal Funding and State Aid Certification

The Board of Library Commissioners recognizes that the FY2021 State Aid to Public Libraries grant round has taken place in an atmosphere of continuing fiscal uncertainty as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. Despite these fiscal constraints 295 municipalities have met the Municipal Appropriation Requirement (MAR). Anot...

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February 11, 2021 - Libraries Awarded Grants for Remote and Virtual Programming

Libraries Awarded Grants for Remote and Virtual Programming...

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February 09, 2021 - Libraries Certified in State Aid

At its January Board Meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved 294 libraries that met all requirements for certification in the FY2021 State Aid to Public Libraries program. State Aid program grants total $12 million, an increase of 33% since FY2018 when the MBLC made it a priority in it...

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February 08, 2021 - MBLC and MLS Support School eContent

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) are collaborating to bring more eContent to the statewide school eBook and audiobook program called Commonwealth eBook Collections: the OverDrive K-12 Shared Sora Collection, more commonly referred to as “Sora.&#822...

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February 02, 2021 - Governor holds Library Funding Steady for FY2022

On Wednesday, January 27, Governor Charlie Baker released his proposal for the FY2022 budget. The budget includes level funding for library lines that received a recent increase in funding from the final FY21 budget....

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January 29, 2021 - MBLC Supports Libraries with Community Memory Collections

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) has awarded $33,600 to eight libraries across the Commonwealth for formal assessments of their community memory collections under the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) which is funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services....

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January 20, 2021 - State Aid Changes Aim to Help Libraries in 2022

On January 7, 2021 Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) unanimously voted to adjust policies to the State Aid to Public Libraries program. This is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Commonwealth’s municipal libraries, staff, Trustees, and patrons....

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January 19, 2021 - Outdoor Library Wi-Fi Provides Access for Many

When COVID 19 forced schools and business to switch to remote learning and working, it became clear that not everyone across the Commonwealth had access to high-speed internet in their homes or their communities. For the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), this wasn’t new information. Since the 1...

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January 19, 2021 - New Benchmark helps Libraries Stay Certified

At its January board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners took action to help libraries stay certified in the State Aid to Public Libraries Program this year. They adjusted the benchmark of what is considered a disproportionate library budget cut from 5% to 10%....

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January 06, 2021 - FY2021 Budget Finalized

The Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate overrode Governor Charlie Baker’s budget vetoes finalizing the FY2021 budget for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and restoring funding to the MBLC budget lines to the highest level in nearly two decades....

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January 05, 2021 - The MBLC Welcomes Commissioner Vicky Biancolo

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to welcome Vicky Biancolo of Pittsfield who has been appointed by Governor Charles D. Baker to serve on the nine-member board....

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