Library Facilities Committee

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Who We Are.

The members of the Library Facilities Committee are Anne B. Miller [Chairperson], Alyssa Richard [Secretary], Bill Barker, Jackie Proulx, Sonig Doran Schiller, Steve Self & Charles Waddington.

Charge to the Committee.  

At the Special Town on November 18, 2013, Seekonk voters approved Article 12 that  

authorized the Town Moderator to appoint a Library Facilities Committee consisting of seven Seekonk residents for the purpose of examining the library facility needs of the Town and developing appropriate designs, schematics, specifications, cost estimates and any other documentation required to construct and furnish such facilities, or to take any other actions related thereto. 

Contact Us!   

The Committee wants to hear from the citizens of Seekonk. Please send us your thoughts on what your library service needs will be in the next twenty years. We are also eager to hear your suggestions on how the library building should change to meet those needs. You can share your ideas with us by using the library’s feedback form, or you can email us directly at BuildingStudy@seekonkpl.org.  

This Just In . . . .

(June 24, 2014) The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) has issued two tentative schedules for the next library construction grant round. The first scenario suggests that the MBLC will announce a new grant round in May of 2015. The second scenario places this announcement in May of 2016. Rosemary Waltos, who manages the Public Library Construction Program at the MBLC said that at this time, the second time line appears to be the more realistic of the two.  The start date for the construction grant process determines the timeline for the work of the  Library Facilities Planning Committee. The Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program proceeds in two phases; the Study and Design phase and the Construction phase.  Seekonk is currently in the first phase of the process. The Facilities Committee is working on documenting the community’s library needs and the space required to meet those needs. This documentation will be used to engage an architectural firm that will develop schematic designs and price estimates.  The schematic designs and cost estimates are needed to enter the second phase, applying for a construction grant.  Future grant rounds can not be announced until existing library construction funds are allocated and new capital funding is secured.  As of April, there were eight communities on the waiting list for construction funding. Each house of the General Court passed different versions of the Governor’s bond bill for capital projects. These competing bills are currently under discussion in a legislative conference committee.  

Meeting Minutes

Application for the Planning & Design Grant (January 2014)  Part 1 and Part 2.

Future of Libraries: Some Links to Explore

Studies from the Pew Research Center’s Internet in American Life Project

Institute of Museum & Library Services.  Building Skills for the 21st Century Forbes Magazine. Reinventing Libraries Studies from the American Library Association

Knight Foundation.  Role of Library in the 21st Century Articles from Library Journal