Timothy Cherubini Appointed Library Commissioner by Governor Healey


March 12, 2024
June Thammasnong
Communications Specialist
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Timothy Cherubini of Williamstown has been appointed by Governor Maura Healey to serve on the nine-member Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). Mr. Cherubini brings over 3 decades of experience in libraries and non-profits to the MBLC, including work in academic libraries, regional and national library networks and consortia, as well as library centered associations and coalitions.    

“Libraries are well situated to bring a broad, unique vantage point to many different issues and opportunities in our communities and institutions,” said Cherubini. “I am honored to serve as a Commissioner and will work to maintain and strengthen libraries across the Commonwealth and support them in meeting their full potential as the valuable and vital infrastructure that they are.”

Currently Mr. Cherubini is the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Foundation, and recently served as a library trustee at the David and Joyce Milne Public Library and on the State Advisory Council on Libraries to the MBLC. He is also an executive advisor to the non-profit organization EveryLibrary Institute, where he focuses on identifying and engaging with organizations and coalitions to ensure sound policy and continued public support for libraries nationwide. 

Commissioner Cherubini began his career as an academic librarian serving in various positions at Duke University, Emory University and Ohio State University. He then moved on to work for over a decade as the Senior Director of Engagement and Programming at LYRASIS, a non-profit consortium committed to the success of libraries and cultural heritage organizations. In 2014 he was appointed as the first Executive Director of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), an independent organization of the top library directors, officers and commissioners across the United States tasked with statewide library development and initiatives. Mr. Cherubini also formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Center for the Book.

Mr. Cherubini holds a Master of Library Science and Master of Music from Indiana University, and a certificate in Academic Library Leadership from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He is a member of the Massachusetts Library Association, New England Library Association, American Library Association, and the American Society of Association Executives. 

The MBLC was established in 1890 and is responsible for library services across the Commonwealth including Federal Library Services and Technology grants, State Aid to Public Libraries grants, the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program, as well as regional library services and online statewide resources.

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.