The Massachusetts Center for the Book, chartered as the Commonwealth Affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, is a public-private partnership charged with developing, supporting, and promoting cultural programming that will advance the cause of books and reading and enhance the outreach potential of Massachusetts libraries.
Massachusetts Center for the Book was initially organized as a collaborative project of six academic/educational/library organizations: Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, Boston Public Library, Mass Humanities, UMass Amherst Libraries, American Antiquarian Society, and Five Colleges, Inc., which served as the Center’s fiscal agent. Chartered by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Massachusetts Center for the Book became the 38th state center for the book in a network that now sees centers in every state in the country as well as in the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. Mass Center for the Book became an independent 501 c3 on July 1, 2005, and since July 1, 2014, has operated as a public-private partnership that develops programs with the potential for statewide impact in Massachusetts libraries.
Board of Directors
Eileen Abels, Dean, Simmons College School of Library and Information Science
Kate Hogan, Representative, Third Middlesex District, Massachusetts
Moying Li, Author, Boston
Em Claire Knowles, Simmons College, SLIS
James Wald, School of Critical Social Inquiry, Hampshire College
Sharon Shaloo, ex officio
Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Board Liaison, N. Janeen Resnick, Library Commissioner, South Hadley
Sharon Shaloo, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellen Flanagan Kenny, Communications Associate, email@example.com
N. Laurence Koch, Webmaster
Lisa Carta, Print Designer
We are supported in large part by an appropriation from the General Court of Massachusetts, through budget line 7000-9508, which is administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. We benefit, as well, from grants received from the following institutions and organizations:
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Simmons College School of Library and Information Science
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