About Us

Welcome to the Massachusetts Black Librarians’  Website

Next meeting: Saturday, June 13, 2015 10:30 – noon. Location: TBD

MBLN members  The Massachusetts Black Librarians Caucus, under the  leadership of Patricia Wilson, was organized in the Fall of 1978 as a support group of library professionals and library assistants from diverse backgrounds: academic, public, private and public schools, corporate and other special libraries. On December 6, 1980, a membership tea was held at Simmons College to acquaint prospective members with the history of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (ALA) and the proposed activities of the Massachusetts Black Librarians Caucus.

In 1993, the name of the group was changed to the Massachusetts Black Librarians Network (MBLN). MBLN promotes awareness of library services within the African-American community; encourages and supports students who are preparing for the profession, through scholarships and educational meetings; exchanges and shares ideas; presents book festivals and programs by storytellers, authors, academicians, researchers, and other persons of interest.

Jason_Smith1 Congratulations to Jason Smith, the 2014 MBLN Scholarship Winner. Jason is a student at Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science. He’s well on his way to a successful librarian career having acquired internships at Bain Capital and Mass College of Pharmacy.


Announcing student summer internships at the CRS

3/31/15 – The Congressional Research Service (CRS) in Washington, DC. is seeking students who are members of traditionally underrepresented minority groups and students with disabilities for paid 2015 summer internship opportunities. Position descriptions and other details can be found at, https://mblnetwork.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/2015-summer-diversity-internships.pdf