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www.mass.gov/mblc May/June 2005
Inside This Issue
A Publication of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
Volume 24 No. 3 Board Adopts Strategic Planning Process
Following several months of discussion, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commission
Board Meeting Highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
ers (MBLC) voted on April 7, 2005, to move forward with a Strategic Planning Process.
Board Promotes Summer Reading Under the direction of Commissioner John Arnold, MBLC Chairman, the Commissioners
Spotlight on LSTA and Management Team of the Board reviewed the results and history of the last MBLC
State Aid Q&A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Strategic Planning effort that was done in 1993, read up on some of the current thinking
regarding strategic plans and worked to develop some ideas for how to best proceed.
Library Happenings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4&5
Under the Strategic Planning Process adopted, a Three Phase Process: (1) define and select
Trustee Forum key issues, (2) develop specific goals and objectives for the key issues and (3) implement the
Young Writers Honored . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 goals and objectives is planned.
Board Awards Commendations 1. Define and select key issues
MLA Library Advocacy Award In Phase 1, the Commissioners will work to define and select the key issues that need to be
Preservation Inquirer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 addressed in the Strategic Plan. Input from the Board and staff, the library community and
the public will be gathered. The outcome of this phase will provide a framework to guide
Aris Q&A the work in Phase 2.
Calendar of Events “It is my belief that the Commissioners should be actively involved in deciding on the key
We’ve Moved . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 issues facing the agency and topics that affect our ability and the manner in which we use state
and federal funding to support individual libraries statewide,” said MBLC Chairman Arnold.
Phase 1 will concentrate on hearing as many different points of view as possible. This will
entail a review of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats and challenges faced by the MBLC.
Through meetings with various constituencies, the following questions may be asked:
•What services provided by the MBLC or funded by the MBLC have helped your library or
organization be successful?
•What needs does your library or organization have that are not addressed by a Board service?
he Board of Library Commissioners is the agency •What services currently provided by the MBLC would provide greater benefit to your library or
of state government with the statutory authority organization if they were emphasized more or better implemented?
and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and •What programs or services not currently provided by the MBLC would help your library or
improve library services throughout the Common organization be successful if they were provided?
wealth. The Board advises municipalities and library •What challenges do you encounter when you present the case for state funding for library services?
trustees on the operation and maintenance of public
libraries, including construction and renovation. It (continued on page 8)
administers state and federal grant programs for libraries
Dunbar Appointed to the
and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries
A graduate of Elmira College in New York,
through regional library systems and automated resource
Dunbar is a past treasurer of the Springfield
sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the
Girls Club Family Center, past president of
Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location,
ichard D. Dunbar of the Rotary Club of Great Barrington, and a
social or economic status, age, level of physical or intel
West Springfield has member of the American Association of
lectual ability or cultural background, have access to
been appointed by Gov Museums and the New England Associa
essential new electronic information technologies and
ernor Mitt Romney to a tion of Museums.
significant electronic databases.
threeyear term on the
Planning and Design Grant
setts Board of Library
Commissioners. Awarded to Egremont
John E. Arnold, Westborough Richard D. Dunbar
“I look forward to the he Massachusetts Board of Library
Chairman Commissioners voted to award an
opportunity to serve the Commonwealth
and contribute to the effectiveness of the additional Planning and Design Grant from
Dr. Em Claire Knowles, Medford Massachusetts Board of Library Commis the 20042005 Grant Round to the Town of
ViceChairman sioners in providing oversight to strengthen Egremont for $20,000 at its Board Meeting
the free public library system of the Com on May 5, 2005. This is in addition to the
Edward L. Bertorelli, Milford monwealth, and to utilize my experience to 13 municipalities who were awarded Plan
George T. Comeau, Esq., Canton assist in this endeavor,” said Dunbar. ning and Design Grants in January 2005.
Richard D. Dunbar, W. Springfield
Joseph S. Hopkins, Amherst Dunbar is currently the Vice President of A Project for Planning and Design does not
Michele M. Mann, Beverly Financial Operations at the Springfield Muse involve actual construction, but proposes to
Elia D. Marnik, Reading ums Association that operates the Connecti develop a Building Program, architectural
Emily M. Salaun, Needham cut Valley Historical Museum, George Walter plans and cost analyses of options and alter
Vincent Smith Art Museum, Museum of natives, site investigation, and preparation
Fine Arts, Springfield Science Museum, and of schematic drawings for a future project.
the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture The 1,265 squarefoot Egremont Free
Robert C. Maier
Garden. As chief financial officer for the past Library was built in 1830 as a school and
Director became a library in 1887 serving an agrarian
25 years, Dunbar was also affiliated with the
Springfield City Library until 2003 when the community of approximately 500. This
City of Springfield commenced operations grant will investigate current and future pop
for the library system. ulation needs, as well as examine the present
and alternate sites for future growth.
Board Meeting Highlights
The March meeting of the Massachusetts Chairman Arnold then brought before the
Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) Board the names of four individuals for BOARD OF LIBRARY COMMISSIONERS
was cancelled. Commendations: Margaret Atkins, Trustee 98 N. Washington Street, Suite 401
of the Middleborough Public Library; Boston, MA 02114
he April 7th meeting Angela Ayre, Coordinator of the Literacy 8009527403 (instate only)
of the Massachusetts Project at the Cambridge Public Library; 6177251860
Board of Library Com Henry Bazan, former Trustee of the www.mass.gov/mblc
missioners (MBLC) was held at the Perkins Chicopee Public Library, and Lynne Wein
School for the Blind in Watertown where traub, Coordinator of the Jones Library
Steven Rothstein, President, welcomed those E.S.L. Center in Amherst. Both Ayre and Robert C. Maier, Director
present, and introduced Kim Charlson, Weintraub were 2004 Massachusetts Liter Dianne L. Carty, Head,
Director of the Talking Book Library. acy Champions of the Massachusetts Liter State Aid & Data Coordination
acy Foundation, and Bazan and Weintraub Barbara Glazerman, Head,
MBLC Chairman John Arnold welcomed were longtime trustees of their libraries. Internal Operations & Budget
new Commissioner Emily Salaun of Need The Board unanimously voted to award Maureen J. Killoran, Head, Public Library
ham, and appointed Commissioner George them all “Commendations for their contributions Advisory Services/Government Liaison
Comeau secretary pro tem. He also stated to literacy and libraries in the Commonwealth.”
that he would be sending a letter of thanks to
former Commissioner Deborah Hill Born Following these actions, several reports Editorial Staff
heimer for her years of service to the Board. were made.
David L. Gray, Director,
Communications & Public Information
In the first action before the Board, Ellie Director Maier announced that Shelley
Chesebrough, Chair of the Board of Trustees Quezada, MBLC Consultant to the Under
of the Simon Fairfield Public Library in served, and he had been meeting with Programs and Services
Douglas, presented a one day “request for Diantha Schull, President of the Americans
extension of the time to confirm local funding for for Libraries Council, about a program called Certification of Library Personnel
Douglas under the Massachusetts Public Library EqualAccess Libraries that is being offered to
Communications and Public Relations
Construction Program” that was approved. Massachusetts through the Council’s pro
gram arm, Libraries for the Future. “The Continuing Education and Training
The next item approved was “the revised EqualAccess concept helps libraries take full
FY2006 Library Services and Technology Act, advantage of emerging electronic resources, Data Coordination and Analysis
Program and Budget,” as presented by Beth raise educational achievement and encourage
Wade, Grants Manager. Ninetyone appli economic development. Further informa Federal Library Services and
cations were received as opposed to 84 last tion will be available once MBLC works out Technology Act Program
year, she said. “Requests significantly a formal agreement to implement the pro LibraryBased Literacy
exceeded the amounts previously budgeted gram,” said Maier.
in six categories, with all the others within Library Reference/Research Services
or close to budget. However, the total Perkins President Rothstein made a presen
requests exceeded the amount budgeted.” tation on their proposal for an increase in Library Services for the Blind
state funding for the Braille and Talking and Physically Handicapped
Two action items were presented by Robert Book Library program. “Perkins serves
C. Maier, MBLC Director. The first was to more than 16,000 residents throughout the Massachusetts Library and Information
approve the “Renewal of the Board Policy on Commonwealth and offers Braille, large Network/Library Technology
Budget Revisions for Regional Library Systems.” print and audio versions of more than Preservation and Collection Management
Several of the Massachusetts Regional 75,000 popular titles,” he said. “The pro
Library System administrators present stated posal is to increase statewide funding from Public Library Advisory
that the current policies were working fine, $1,678,550 to $2,385,800 that would allow and Technical Assistance
and the Board voted to renew the policy for an increase in service to 23,000 users.”
another five years as required by statute. Public Library Construction
Kim Charlson, Director of the Talking
The second item presented by Director Book Library at Perkins, gave an overview Public Library Emergency Assistance
Maier, along with Chairman Arnold, was a of the past year’s activities that included the Regional Library Systems and
Proposed Strategic Planning Process. “It has 175th anniversary of the founding of the Library of Last Recourse
been more than 10 years since a strategic school. Among some of the highlights were
plan has been adopted by the Board,” said the awarding of commendations to mail State Aid to Public Libraries
Maier. “Since August of 2004, the Board carriers from the United States Postal Ser
has been discussing how to proceed in find vice who help deliver materials freeof Statewide Services to Libraries
ing out what issues and topics should be charge to patrons; contracting to provide and Library Users
included and the procedure for tackling talking book service to patrons in Rhode
those issues. We are looking for a three step Island; the construction of an elevator in Publication Information
process,” he continued, “1) Define and the shipping area of the library; and work
select key issues, 2) Develop specific goals ing with the Massachusetts Commission for MBLC Notes is a bimonthly publication
and objectives, and 3) Implement the goals the Blind to help identify new users for printed in January, March, May, July,
and objectives.” Chairman Arnold stated Newsline®, a tollfree telephone service that September and November. The editor
that he and Director Maier had already allows patrons to hear daily and weekly welcomes unsolicited material and reserves
begun to gather some information in infor newspapers, that she then demonstrated. the right to edit and publish it based on
mation gathering meetings with both the space and suitability. Submissions must
Administrators of the Massachusetts In other reports, Chairman Arnold stated he be sent to the editor at least four weeks
Regional Library Systems and the Resource had presented two workshops on the “Eco prior to publication date.
Sharing Networks. Following some discus nomic Value and Today’s Public Library,” as
sion by the Board about the timetable and well as participating in the “Library as For further information contact
key publics who might need to be included, Commons” conference presented by the David Gray at email@example.com
the Board unanimously voted to approve Southeastern Massachusetts Regional or by calling 6177251860.
the proposed “MBLC Strategic Planning Library System.
Process, and authorized work to begin on Phase 1:
Defining Key Issues.” (See Story on Page 1) Director Maier updated the Board on the
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Board Once Again Promotes Summer Reading
F ollowing last State Aid Q&A
ever statewide Are waivers available for the hours open or
promotion of the materials expenditure standards?
Adifficulties in Massachusetts, the Massa
Adventure, the No. However, given the ongoing fiscal
of Library Commis chusetts Board of Library Commissioners
sioners is once again (MBLC) is continuing the policy of accom
teaming up with modation of the standards of the State Aid
theaters, TV and to Public Libraries program.
newspapers to pro
mote the 2005 A municipality will be certified for FY2006
Statewide Summer State Aid to Public Libraries if it:
Library Adventure. •meets the FY2006 Municipal Appropria
tion Requirement (MAR), or receives a
Working with the MAR waiver,
advertising and mul •meets the materials expenditure and hours
ticultural marketing open standard at either a full (100%), mid
firm, Argus, two level (90%) or minimum amount (80%),
advertisements have •meets all other statutory and regulatory
been developed that requirements for State Aid to Public
will appear in movie Libraries, including the education level of
previews across the the library director.
state, as well as in
some newspapers Awards for municipalities meeting adjusted
who are also helping standards will be reduced according to the
to sponsor the read compliance with the reduced standards,
ing program in their and will be no less than 50 percent of the
areas. full award for meeting the minimum (80%)
of both standards. Each standard that is
Using this year’s met at a lower level will result in a 12.5
theme Going places percent reduction to the full award for each
@ your library, the level of reduction. Awards may be made in
ads encourage kids to “Join the Summer and from Boston to Manchester, as a spon the amounts of 100, 87.5, 75, 62.5 and 50
Reading Adventure and experience going sor of the Summer Reading Adventure. percent.
away without having to travel farther than Univision will be producing and airing two
your local library.” The ads will begin public service announcements to promote For example, Library X serves a population
appearing in 31 theaters with 370 screens the program, as well as cover several reading of 17,000 and is meeting its MAR. It is
on June 10th and run through June 14th. events at libraries that are geared to the His required to be open 50 hours each week
(For a complete list of the theaters, loca panic population. and expend 15 percent of its budget on
tions and their dates, go to the MBLC Web library materials. It was only open 45 hours
site, www.mass.gov/mblc). As the program kicks off across the state, the and spent 14 percent on library materials,
MBLC will be working with the regional midlevel compliance for both standards.
In addition to the movie ads, the MBLC is Youth Service Consultants and other part As a result, the FY2006 State Aid award will
working with Univision Boston (WUNI ners, to publicize and highlight various be reduced to 75 percent of the Cherry
27) that provides Spanish language pro Summer Reading Adventure activities and Sheet total.
gramming from Providence to Worcester the benefits of reading during the summer.
For further information on this and other
State Aid policies, go to
Spotlight on LSTA www.mass.gov/mblc/grants/state_aid/policies/
Community Languages: Building a Chinese Collection
To Susan Paju, Reference Librarian at the
Acton Memorial Library, it had become
obvious that the Chinese population of Q Under what circumstances would a munici
pality not be certified?
Apality would not be certified:
Acton had increased during the 1990s, and
they increasingly wanted more Chinese There are four reasons why a munici
books and videos than the few the library
owned. “At first I would help the patrons
borrow Chinese language books from the 1) The municipality chooses not to apply
Boston Public Library or other surrounding for State Aid.
communities,” says Paju. “I also showed 2) The municipality is ineligible to apply
patrons how they could reserve them by for State Aid due to not meeting mini
using the Minuteman Library Network, but I mum public library standards.
knew that without outside resources, it 3) The municipality is denied a waiver of
would take a long time to build up our col the Municipal Appropriation Requirement.
lection.” 4) The municipality is decertified due to
Chinese Language Volunteer Yufen Liu, left, and Susan Paju, closure of the library for reasons other
Knowing that there were Library Services Reference Librarian at the Acton Memorial Library, with some of than undertaking a project to improve
the materials they were able to purchase using LSTA funds.
and Technology Act (LSTA) grants available library services (such as construction,
for community language projects, Paju Chinese community in Acton. “This really automation preparation or inventory) or
worked with volunteers from the newly gave the library the ability to use a volun the occurrence of a natural catastrophe
opened Acton Chinese Language School, as teer group to help with the grant and its (including a limited emergency closing
well as some of her Chinese patrons, to see implementation,” Paju continued. “This let due to illness or death.)
if the library couldn’t apply for a grant to the Chinese know that we recognize that
improve its services to the rapidly growing (continued on page 8)
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Lt. Governor Tours Braille & Talking Book Library LIBRA
L ieutenant Governor Kerry Healey recently visited
the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown to
learn more about the Perkins Braille & Talking Book
Dr. Seuss on what would’ve been his 101st birthday,”
said Healey. “I enjoyed meeting such bright kids who
proved that there are other ways of learning that don’t
Library and read with students. have to do with sight.”
Belmont Gets Duc
“I was very encouraging to see both state and federal Celebrating its 175th anniversary, Perkins serves 60,000
Youngsters from all over Be
governments working together to make books on tape people who are blind or visually impaired with multi
available to so many people with disabilities,” said ple disabilities, here and in 55 developing countries
Healey. “I was very impressed by the efficient operation around the world. Perkins Braille & Talking Book
brated National Library W
of Perkins Braille & Talking Book Library, and the Library provides books on tape and in Braille to 19,000
by quacking the quiet of the B
extraordinary number of people served.” people who can’t read traditional type due to a visual,
ial Library. On Thursday, Apr
physical or learning disability.
showing of the movie “Make
After touring the Library, Healey joined Perkins stu
lings” was shown to kindergar
dents in reading from text and Braille copies of Dr.
(Photo by John Kennard)
grade children. Following the
Seuss’ book, Horton Hatches the Egg, as part of Read
the generosity of a library patr
Across America, a weeklong celebration of Dr. Seuss’
received a bright yellow duck
birthday that promotes reading every day. “Reading
gift,” said Elizabeth Moult, ch
with the students was a great way to pay tribute to
“and paraded through the libr
away.” In addition, the childr
(Photo by John Kennard)
craft” following their parade.
Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, second from left, tours Perkins Braille & Talking Book
Library with Steven Rothstein, President of the Perkins School for the Blind, far left,
Kim Charlson, Director of the Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library, and
Robert Maier, Director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey reads with 13year old Anton Sviridenko at the Perkins
School for the Blind.
Library Following Its Renovation
Max Copes Finke, lef t, and Jalen Keel, righ
National Library Week by making ducks at
The new entrance to the Concord Free Public Library is now on School Street and
completely handicapped accessible.
Children at the Belmont Memorial Library
n Sunday, May 1, 2005, the Concord Free Public Library The beautifully redone atrium in the historic Concord Free Public Library Week with a duck parade.
hosted a rededication celebration attended by more than Library.
125 people. Inspiring speakers included local historian and
author Doris Kearns Goodwin and local author Alan Light
man. Peggy Briggs, Chair of the Selectmen expressed the
town’s appreciation for the renovation. Flowers were
designed by the Concord Garden Club with music by local
band Jazz Express. As with most parties, cake was served.
The historical renovation that was completed earlier this year
was made possible by generous contributions of over $7.7
million. The majority of donors were Concordians with
gifts that ranged from one dollar to $1 Million. In addition,
the library received a prestigious Kresge Foundation grant of
$400,000 and town funds of $400,000 toward the completion
of the project. For more information, please check out the
library’s Web site at concordlibrary.org
The special collections room of the Concord Free Public Library now allows for a climate controlled environment
for its many historic papers, as well as artifacts such as Thoreau’s surveying equipment, (left).
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cky for Building Reopens as Library
Week, April 1016,
ril 14th, a special
Way for Duck
rten and first
e film, through
ron, “each child
rain poncho as a
ren made a “duck
The new Provincetown Public Library opened on April 28, 2005. Final work on the cupola,
historic façade and landscaping is ongoing.
MBLC Assistant Library Building Consultant Anne Larsen, left, with MBLC Com
missioner Edward Bertorelli, right, in the new children’s room housing the Schooner Rose Director Debbie DeJonkerBerry. Citizens and children from
First constructed in 1860 as the Center Methodist Episco
Dorothea of the Provincetown Public Library. the town oohed and aahed at the colorful nautical theme,
gorgeous views from the many large windows, as well as the
amount of space the building provides following the ribbon
pal Church, the historic building, which for the past sev
cutting. “Completion of the landscaping, decorative front
eral years was closed, reopened in a grand way on Thursday,
façade and lower level are awaiting further fundraising, while
April 28, 2005, as the new Provincetown Public Library.
the former church’s cupola is undergoing restoration now”
Located only a few blocks from the building that had served
said Library Trustee Marcia Fair.
ht, helped celebrate as the library since 1873, the new library sports a water motif
t the Belmont Memorial where, in the children’s room, there is a halfscale model of Now the historic building that has had so many lives, first as
the schooner Rose Dorothea as the centerpiece. a church, then the Chrysler Art Museum, Center for the
Arts, and Heritage Museum (during which the schooner was
“The interior of the building was completely gutted, recon
built inside), is now beginning its next rebirth as the new
structed and the grand staircases and vaulted ceiling in the
Provincetown Public Library.
National Historic Landmark property restored,” said Library
Western Region Holds Grand Opening
MBLC Commissioner George Comeau offering
his congratulations at the opening of the new
State Sen. Stan Rosenberg, WMRLS Administrator John Ramsey, State Rep. John Scibak, State Rep. Ellen Story,
WMRLS President & Greenfield Public Library Director Dianne Ryan, WMRLS honored employee Donna Augustus,
and USDA Rural Development State Director David Tuttle help cut the ribbon at the new WMRLS headquarters in
Whately on Friday, May 13, 2005.
nder bright blue skies, librarians and local and state officials, cut the ribbon
to officially open the new Western Massachusetts Regional Library System
headquarters in Whately on Friday, May 13th.
First begun in 1948, author William MacLeish said “this building is the realiza
State Senator Stan Rosenberg, left, congratulat
tion of what his father, Archibald MacLeish and others, had first talked about 57 ing WMRLS Administrator John Ramsey,
years ago… an organization to pool resources and purchasing power to improve right, on the great library service provided to the
library service in western Massachusetts. western part of Massachusetts.
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In Level One (Grades 4 to 6),
Board Highlights (continued from page 2) Karlee Sullivan, a 5th grader
from Ayer was awarded Top
Agency’s projected move; thanked the
Honors. Karlee wrote a
Commissioners for their support of the
moving letter to Shel Silver
Legislative Breakfasts, and said that the
stein about his poem, The
Regional Reference Center Committee had
met twice and would be working on some
proposals. He also mentioned that he,
Level One Honors were
along with Commissioner Elia Marnik and
awarded to Trevor Dixson,
Dianne Carty, MBLC Head of State Aid &
a 6th grader from Wayland;
Data Coordination, had met with the New
Taylor Eckstrom, a 4th grader
bury Town Library trustees, and a meeting
from Scituate; Rachael
with the trustees of the Field Memorial
Ferrari, a 6th grader from
Library in Conway with State Representa
Beverly; Danielle Shea, a
tive Steve Kulik, along with himself and
6th grader from Maynard,
Dianne Carty, had also taken place to dis
and Margy Weathers, a 5th
cuss State Aid. He also mentioned that the
grader from Arlington.
Gates Foundation may also be awarding Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, center, with the 2005 Letters to Literature Massachusetts Award
some new grant funds to Massachusetts for Winners at The State House.
Honorable Mentions in Level
outreach to both rural libraries and missioners and an Assistant Dean in the One include Elliot Berman, Concord;
Spanishspeaking populations. Graduate School of Library and Informa Adam Constantine, Beverly; Andrew
tion Science at Simmons College. Hurley, Kingston; Elena LaCourt, Arling
Maureen Killoran in her legislative report
ton; Emily MalecBrown, Newton; Jaclyn
said that in the new House and Senate “The letters speak volumes about the hopes,
Matrinko, Chelsea; Lucia Millham, Waban;
committee structure, library bills would be fears, challenges and triumphs of Massachu
Maggie Mullins, Andover, and Sarah Pez
heard by the new Joint Committee on setts students,” said Shaloo. “They tell a com
Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development. ingofage story for the early 21st century, and
She also announced that the $75 million we are privileged to listen to the tale.” To read more about the program and view
library construction bond bill introduced by
the letters written by this year’s award win
State Senator Bryan Joyce, and others, had This year’s judges – Gwen Art, Vice Presi
ners, go to www.massbook.org.
been assigned number 1841. dent, School Division, Houghton Mifflin
Co.; Dr. John Brereton, Director, Calder
In Standing Committee reports, David wood Writing Initiative at the Boston
Gray, MBLC Director of Communications Athenaeum; Dr. Em Claire Knowles; Trustee Forum
Sixth Annual Trustee
& Public Information, was asked to give a Sharon Shaloo, and Dr. Kevin Scott Wong,
report of the Public Relations Committee. Professor of History, Williams College –
He reported that the Committee had met recognized achievements at three levels in
with several advertising and marketing each of the three agelevel categories.
firms in February and selected the firm of he 6th Annual Trustee Symposium,
Argus, along with Solomon & McCown, to In Level Three (Grades 9 to 12), Top Hon sponsored by the Massachusetts Library
serve as the Agency’s marketing and PR ors went to Karen Wilfrid, a 12th grade stu Trustees Association (MLTA) and the Mass
firm. He said that they had been working dent from Holden, for her outstanding let achusetts Board of Library Commissioners
on developing the advertising for the Sum ter to Katherine Mansfield about the (MBLC), took place on Saturday, April 9th at
mer Reading Program that would be shown author’s short story, Miss Brill. Honors in the Clarion Hotel in Northampton.
in movie theaters across the Common Level Three were awarded to Rebekah
wealth, as well as having met with the Carter, a 12th grade student from Northbor Although it was a lovely spring day, 80
Executive Committee of the Board to begin ough; Tiffany CatulloRoberts, a 10th grader enthusiastic library trustees attended the
to plan out other promotional initiatives. from Monterey; Alexander Chin, an 11th Symposium for a full day of workshops,
grader from Shrewsbury; Michael Hession, sharing and conversation. They experienced
an 11th grader from Milton, and Joshua presentations by two excellent speakers, and
Young Writers Honored at
Munro, an 11th grader from Hull. a chance to network with fellow trustees
from other regions of Massachusetts.
The State House Level Three Honorable Mentions include
Daniela Ortiz Bahamonde, Worcester; Maureen Killoran, MBLC Head of the Pub
he Massachusetts Center for the Book Christopher Bennett, Hanson; Micah lic Library Advisory Unit, welcomed the
(MCB) announced the winners of the Desmond, Hull; Daniel Ford, West attendees. Elaine Melisi, President of MLTA,
Commonwealth’s Letters About Literature Yarmouth; Matthew Knoll, Worcester; Ben emphasized the important role that trustees
2005 program at an award ceremony at the Sherman, Marblehead; Jessenia Urrea, East play in advocating for their libraries. She also
State House on April 6, 2005 to honor the Boston, and Joaquina Wilkins, Dorchester. stressed the important role that MLTA plays
42 students chosen this year. As part of the in supporting library trustees through con
Massachusetts Library Association’s Library Level Two (Grades 7 and 8) Top Honors tinuing education and advocacy.
Legislative Day, a standing room only went to Katharine Henry of Melrose, an 8th
crowd of students, teachers, librarians and grader from Melrose, for her inspiring letter Robert Maier, MBLC Director, reviewed
state legislators gathered to honor them as to Frances Hodgson Burnett about The Secret the current proposals for state funding of
exceptional Massachusetts student writers. Garden. public libraries in Fiscal Year 2006 as
adopted by the MBLC. He highlighted the
Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey congrat Level Two Honors were awarded to importance of public library construction
ulated the students and welcomed their Lindsay Cagney, 7th grader from Byfield; funding and the need for increased funds
families in the Great Hall of the State Michael Chung, 8th grader from Chelsea; for Library Technology and Resource Shar
House. “I am so impressed with your let Isatu Crosby, 7th grader from Canton; ing in the state budget.
ters,” she said. “Writing is one of the most Alexa Hilmer, 8th grader from Orleans, and
important things you can do.” Others tak James Kennedy, 7th grader from Worcester. Peter Sturges, Executive Director of the
ing part included Sharon Shaloo, Executive Massachusetts State Ethics Commission,
Director of the Massachusetts Center for Honorable Mentions in Level Two were provided an informative review of the ethics
the Book and Richard Wendorf, Director of accorded to John Doisneau, Needham; laws in Massachusetts and their importance
the Boston Athenaeum. Awards were pre Angelline Gould, Plymouth; Elizabeth in conducting governmental affairs.
sented by Massachusetts Board of Library Kendrick, Boston; Cassandra Moakley,
Commissioner Elia Marnik, Chair of the South Boston; Elizabeth Munk, East Long After lunch which provided a chance for
MCB, and Dr. Em Claire Knowles, Vice meadow; Robert Powers, Belmont, and Max trustees to converse with their counterparts
Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Com Alexander Zeiger, Needham.
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from across the state, the Symposium For example, if John Doe were to donate his
reconvened for a workshop on “How to family’s papers to the library, they should be these years has been exemplary and has given
Handle Those Difficult Questions.” Rockie arranged and described as the “John Doe new trustees a role model.”
Blunt, a professional consultant in the area Family Papers” and not divided up into his
of corporate communication, led this inter books, diaries, photographs, letters, etc., cata Bazan, who died on February 21, 2005,
active session, in which he encouraged the loged individually, and spread all over the “worked tirelessly with his community to
audience to discuss difficult public relations LHR with these different types of materials. facilitate the construction and realization of
issues that had arisen in their libraries. At the same time, there are instances where one of the most significant new public
Trustees had an opportunity to share their collections are large enough that it makes library buildings. His pride in the City of
thoughts on how these problems could be sense to divide them into the John Doe Chicopee, vision, energy and persistent sup
handled effectively, and to learn effective Family collection of photographs and the port has truly helped library services,” said
methods of dealing with the challenges of John Doe Family collection of manuscripts, Nancy Contois, Director of the Chicopee
working with the public. to ensure that the materials are housed and Public Library.
handled properly. However, these compo
We are looking forward to next spring’s Trustee nents need to be of significant size and there
Brewer Receives MLA
Symposium. We hope to see you there. needs to be a clear and distinct connection
between them to allow researchers to con
Maureen Killoran nect all components of the collection
Library Advocacy Award
State Senator Stephen M. Brewer
Head, Public Library Advisory Unit together when conducting research.
By completing an inventory of the holdings (DWorcester, Hampden, Hampshire
in the LHR, it will be possible to gain a and Franklin) was honored with the 2005
Preservation Inquirer handle on the materials there and to begin Library Advocacy Award from the Massa
QWe have a number of archival/manuscript
to determine not only what there is but chusetts Library Association (MLA) on
how to make it available for research. All Wednesday, April 6, 2005 in the Great Hall
materials in our local history collection. too often valuable information has been lost of the State House in Boston.
What should we do to make them available to because collections have been divided up
patrons, and where should we start? and cataloged individually or housed like “For many years, Senator Brewer has sup
AThis is often raised by public librarians
items together. Dealing with nonmono ported libraries in Massachusetts,” says
graphic materials involves a different type Carolyn Noah, MLA President and Admin
since many have not received training of training that librarians need to be aware istrator of the Central Massachusetts
in this area in library school. of and realize it is important to approach Regional Library System. “His efforts in
them differently and is a systematic manner. helping to ensure funding for our Regional
First, one needs to begin by getting an inven Library Systems has guaranteed better and
tory of the materials. Time and time again, Gregor TrinkausRandall more efficient library service throughout
librarians have said they do not have any idea Preservation Specialist the Commonwealth through interlibrary
what is in their local history room (LHR). loan, staff training, cooperative purchasing
By conducting an itembyitem and/or col and other programs. In addition, he has
lectionbycollection inventory of the hold spoken up for libraries in the legislature, on
ings, determine what needs to be approached committees, in his district and beyond,”
as a collection and what appears to be a single Commendations continued Noah. “The Massachusetts
Four individuals were awarded Commen
item, begin to determine if any of the materi Library Association is proud to recognize
als need conservation work, decide what kind Senator Brewer’s steadfast support of the
of archival supplies may be needed, and cre dations by the Massachusetts Board of cause of education, literacy and lifelong
ate a written inventory of everything there. Library Commissioners at its April 7, 2005 learning as it is practiced in our libraries.”
Once this has been done, it will be possible Board Meeting. Honored were Margaret
to determine the best way to gain intellectual Atkins, former trustee, Middleborough
control over these materials. There may be Public Library; Angela Ayre, Coordinator of
photographic or manuscript collections the Literacy Project at the Cambridge Pub
housed there, and it might be determined lic Library; Henry J. Bazan, former trustee,
that a consultant is needed to provide the Chicopee Public Library, and Lynne Wein
expertise to work with them. Perhaps the traub, Coordinator of the Jones Library
staff determines that they can address it E.S.L. Center in Amherst.
themselves, but that they need additional
training before beginning the project. How Both Ayre and Weintraub were commended
ever, it might also be decided that much of for their work with literacy in the Common
the material is completely out of the scope of wealth and for being chosen as 2004 Literacy
the collection policy of the library and a new Champions by Verizon Reads and the Mass
home needs to be found for the material. achusetts Literacy Foundation. Ayre’s “will Sen. Stephen Brewer receiving the 2005 MLA Library Advocacy
ingness to find teaching methods that Award from MLA President Carolyn Noah at the State House on
Because most librarians are used to han respond to individual student’s needs…and
April 6, 2005.
dling materials on an item by item level, her commitment to incorporating learner’s Senator Brewer, a graduate of the Univer
there is a tendency to approach materials experiences, interests and goals has truly sity of Massachusetts/Amherst and Assump
housed in LHR the same way. However, in made her a champion of adult literacy,” says tion College, was first elected to the House
many instances materials that were the Foundation. Weintraub’s “15 years of of Representative in 1989, and as a Senator
deposited in the LHR are not individual service and programs of citizenship prepara in 1997. Currently he is Chair of the Bills
items but collections of papers, photographs tion, classes, individual tutoring, assistance in Third Reading Committee and Veterans
or ephemera, in addition to books. One of and coaching have enabled more than 1,000 & Federal Affairs Committee; Vice Chair of
the key concepts to understand in dealing people in western Massachusetts attain citi Public Safety & Homeland Security Com
with these collections is that of provenance: zenship,” says Beth Girshman, Adult Ser mittee; and a member of the Joint House &
“the principle that records…of the same vices Librarian, Jones Library in Amherst. Senate Ways & Means Committee, and
[organization/person/family, etc.] must not Environment, Natural Resources & Agri
be intermingled with those of any other Former trustees Atkins and Bazan have given cultural Committee.
[organization/person/family, etc.] (Bellardo, years of service to each of their respect
A Glossary for Archivists, Manuscript Curators, libraries. During her more than 30 years of The Award Ceremony is part of MLA
and Records Managers, 1992). This means service, Atkins “willingness to roll up her Library Legislative Day, when library sup
that these materials must be treated as a sleeves and do anything that needs to be porters from across the state gather at the
unit or collection and not divided up into done was legendary,” says Marjorie Judd, State House to express to the Legislature
different categories based on media or cata Director of the Middleborough Public and Executive Branch the importance of
loged individually. Library. “Her work as a trustee during all state support for libraries.
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Calendar of Events
up the third generation. But it is hard for Planning Process (continued from page 1)
grandparents who don’t speak much Eng The outcomes of Phase 1 will include:
lish at all and who don’t drive and have to •An organized set of key issues that need to
Board Meetings be stuck in an empty house when their be addressed specifically in a complete
children are busy at work and grandchil Strategic Plan for the Massachusetts Board
MBLC Board Meeting dren are in school.” of Library Commissioners.
Thursday, June 2, 2005, 10 am
•A specific charge (or set of charges) to a
Palmer Public Library
QOur assistant director is also our children’s
Committee (or set of Committees) to ana
1455 North Main Street
lyze and develop goals and recommenda
MBLC Board Meeting librarian. How should we report her posi tions for the specific key issues.
Thursday, July 7, 2005, 10 am tion and education level on the ARIS form? •The appointment of the appropriate Com
AStaff in smaller libraries sometimes work
Levi Heywood Memorial Library mittee(s).
55 West Lynde Street, Gardner •The approval of a budget for professional
in multiple positions or are responsible facilitation of the development of the
for a variety of tasks that would be the overall Strategic Plan.
Spotlight on LSTA (continued from page 3)
responsibility of several positions in larger
they are a vital part of Acton, that the libraries. The position should be reported 2. Develop specific goals and objectives for the
library takes their needs seriously, and that only once under the classification where it key issues
it is their library too.” has the most hours or the most responsibil In Phase 2, various committees will tackle a
ity. Report the education level also only detailed analysis of the key issues identified
With the $20,000 grant, along with addi once under the same classification chosen by Phase 1, and develop specific goals and
tional money from the library and Acton based on hours or level of responsibility. objectives that will drive the implementa
Memorial Library Foundation, more than tion in Phase 3.
1,000 books in both traditional and simpli
fied Chinese, as well as almost 100 feature
Fast Facts Phase 2 will begin with the full set of key
films and television series on DVD and issues that have been identified from Phase
The Braille and Talking Book Library at
Chinese VCD were purchased. “Although 1. One or more strategic planning commit
the Perkins School for the Blind in Water
we could have used a vendor’s preselected tees will be appointed to fully analyze these
town and the Talking Book Library at the
set, we used our volunteer group to help us issues and develop specific goals and objec
Worcester Public Library sent an average
make selections that were of the most inter tives that will successfully address them
of 10,684 books per week to their patrons
est to our patrons locally.” according to a specific charge and commit
Source: MBLC FY2004 Annual Report
Circulation of these materials has been phe
nomenal with as much as 50 percent of the Assuming that the Phase 2 work can begin
collection out of the library at any one time. in the fall, a target completion date for
“This grant really helped us jump start this Phase 2 would be for Committee reports to
collection and we hope to now be able to We’ve Moved be delivered to the Board in early 2006.
continually add to it. By working with the
local Chinese community, the library also 3. Implement the goals and objectives
gained invaluable local resources. I now Though the actual strategic plan will be
Bridge Charlestown St
have a wonderful email list of volunteers completed at the end of Phase 2, the plan
who are more than willing to help our staff can only achieve its full effect by planning
with anything we need,” concludes Paju. for a set of rigorous activities that will fully
investigate the various ways to achieve the
As a patron recently said, “It feels so good to P
goals and objectives set out in the plan.
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see Chinese books in the library, and even
though I can read books in English, I love to Phase 3 will begin with the adoption of the
be able to read in my own language.” Strategic Planning Committee report(s) by
the Board. Some Phase 3 activities may be
ac S .
“Chinese as a language and literary presence quickly realized. Others may require align
has achieved a very high level in history and ment with legislative or funding calendars.
it still has a lot of life today” says Sarah Regardless of the timeframe, the impor
Geary, a member of Acton’s Chinese Selec
tance of recognizing Phase 3 as a distinct
tion Team. “This collection is also very phase of the process is to establish the out
Cambridge St. Faneuil Hall
Center Quincy Market
much enjoyed by grandparents who are vis The Massachusetts Board of Library put of the Strategic Plan as a guiding force
iting here. Chinese culture emphasizes the Commissioners has moved its headquarters. behind the Board’s legislative, organiza
bond between family members and usually Check our Web site, www.mass.gov/mblc, for tional and funding priorities.
grandparents are very involved in bringing updates on phone numbers & directions.
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