MBLC Elects Officers for FY2022


July 08, 2021
Celeste Bruno
Communications Director
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The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) elected new officers to serve for FY2022 at its Board Meeting on July 8, 2021.

The Board reelected Commissioner Mary Ann Cluggish as Board Chair. Commissioner Cluggish was appointed to the Board in 2011 and was reappointed to a five-year term by Governor Baker in 2019. She served as a trustee of the Wellesley Free Library for twelve years and was successful in garnering support for the library building project which resulted in a new $14 million main library. She is currently a member of the library's Friends group. She serves on the MBLC’s Construction Team, Legislative Committee, Public Relations Advisory Committee, and State Aid to Public Libraries Committee. This will be her fourth time serving as Chair.

Commissioner Debby Conrad will serve as Vice Chair. While Ms. Conrad is a relatively new member of the commission, appointed in December 2020 by Governor Baker, her library career spans more than 40 years, most notably as Executive Director of the SAILS library network which boasts membership from more than 70 publicly funded school, academic and public libraries in 38 communities. She was inducted to the Massachusetts Library Association’s Hall of Fame in 2014. She serves on the MBLC’s Resource Sharing Committee and State Aid to Public Libraries Committee. She is also the MBLC Liaison to the Massachusetts Library System and the State Advisory Council on Libraries (SACL).

Commissioner Deborah Abraham will serve as Secretary. Appointed by Governor Baker in 2018, Ms. Abraham has held many leadership roles during her 30-year library career including at the Massachusetts Library Association and North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE), one of nine library networks. As the former Director of Everett Public Libraries, she was successful in renovating and expanding the Shute Memorial Library, which celebrated its reopening in 2015. She serves on the MBLC’s Construction Team, Public Relations Advisory Committee, and Resource Sharing Committee.

The Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary make up the Executive Committee of the MBLC and are elected every July by the board and hold their office for one year. Commissioners can serve for two successive one-year terms in any office, and after one year are eligible for election again.

Established in 1890, the MBLC was the first state library commission in the United States. The nine-member, volunteer Commission is appointed by the Governor. The MBLC supports statewide programming and innovation in libraries to ensure equal access to library services for every resident in the Commonwealth.

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.