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From: "Barbara Mathews" <>
Subject: [MASSGENCOUNCIL] CALL TO ACTION - Boston Public Library
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 17:12:25 -0400


This posting below is from genealogists Alice Kane and Marian Pierre-Louis.
It alerts us to planned cutbacks in the premiere resource in Massachusetts
for modern newspapers and for papers outside of Massachusetts.

Yours, Barbara Mathews, President of MGC

ALERT: The Microtext Department and Newspaper Room at the Boston Public
Library are in danger of being closed and their resources distributed to
alternate locations within AND outside of the Central Library in Copley
Square.
According to a memo given to department heads last week, it appears that the
Microtext Department and Newspaper Room at the Boston Public Library are
slated to be closed.

The Boston Public Library is an institution at the forefront of freedom of
information and equal access to education in the United States. One of the
major libraries in the United States, it contains some of the most
significant historical collections used by researchers nationally and
internationally. The Microtext Department is the designated Massachusetts
service point for the US Newspaper Project funded by the National Endowment
for the Humanities.
Continued cutbacks and closings such as these jeopardize Americans' access
to important current and historical information. Scholars, students,
journalists, genealogists, family historians, academic researchers among
many others will be severely impacted by the closings of the Microtext and
Newspaper rooms.

SUGGESTED ACTION: We are asking all concerned individuals to write to the
following contacts and let them know that the resources and staff of the
Microtext Department and the Newspaper Room should not be eliminated or
dispersed. If you are a Massachusetts resident or Boston Public Library
patron, please indicate that in your email/letter.

The Boston Public Library Annual Meeting will be held Tuesday, May 11, 2010,
8:30am, at the Copley Square Library. Let's let our voices be heard and
make an impact now before that important meeting.

Contacts:

Amy Ryan, President of the Boston Public Library

700 Boylston St., Boston MA 02116
617-536-5400

Mr. Jamie McGlone, Clerk to the Board of Trustees

700 Boylston St., Boston MA 02116
617-536-5400

Mayor Thomas Menino

1 City Hall Square, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02201-2013
617.635.4500



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