4/16/2019 – The Massachusetts Black Librarians Network, after a steadfast tenure and as an affiliate of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, will go on hiatus until further notice. We are seeking other Black library professionals to take on the leadership. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Em Claire Knowles,
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.
- Pat Payne, Chair
- Dr. Em Claire Knowles, Secretary
- Shirley Jobe, Treasurer
- Patricia Glaspie
MBLN is an affiliate of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA).