1977 library advocacy poster1
On September 29, 1977, Governor Michael Dukakis signed into a law a bill separating the Board of Library Commissioners (BLC) and its staff, the Bureau of Library Extension (BLE), from the Department of Education, thereby establishing an independent state library agency.2
In November of the same year, the BLC raised the certification fee for librarians from $3.00 to $6.00 and the cost of replacement certificates for $1.00 to $2.00.2
TODAY: The MBLC charges a $50.00 fee for librarian certification.
What else happened in 1977?
1. Mediawrite (MBLC newsletter), December 1977.
2. MBLC newsletters, 1977.
3. www.infoplease.com [link].