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Maryland State Library Governance

Maryland State Library Board Overview

The Maryland State Library Board shall be the successor to the Maryland Advisory Council on Libraries, providing that this Act may not affect the terms of the current seven members of the Maryland Advisory Council on Libraries. The duties and responsibilities of the Maryland Advisory Council on Libraries will be transferred to the State Library Board.

The Maryland State Library Board (MSLB) consists of twelve members. The Governor appoints seven members, five of whom are selected from the public at large, one is a professional librarian, and one is a library trustee. The remaining five members serve ex officio representing the Secretary of Higher Education, the President of the Board of Trustees of Enoch Pratt Free Library, the President of the Maryland Library Association, the Dean of the University of Maryland College of Library and Information Services, and the President of the Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL).

In general, the State Library Board represents the interests of Maryland citizens for better library services, advises all levels of government, and promotes the improvement of library services in the State. The Board is authorized to gather information on the needs of libraries, oversee the State Library Agency and exercise general direction and control of library development in Maryland. The Board is responsible for the adoption of rules and regulations, the establishment of library policies and procedures for the statewide system of libraries, and advises the Governor on library matters. Each year the State Library Board reports to the Governor and Maryland citizens on the support, condition, progress, and needs of libraries. They consider the State’s library needs and recommend to the Governor and the General Assembly desirable legislation. The State Library Board approves county public library capital projects for State funding.


​Maryland State Library Board Bylaws, Adopted June 10, 2020

Information about Public Comment

​Information about Public Comment, Adopted September 17, 2020

July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021

Board Members

  • ​Sharan Marshall, Chair
  • Lynn Wheeler, Vice Chair 
  • James Fish 
  • Sharon Maneki 
  • Al Martin 
  • Wilson Parran
  • Robert Windley​

Ex Officio Members

  • ​Morgan Miller, President, Maryland Library Association 
  • Heidi Daniel, President and CEO, Enoch Pratt Free Library
  • Keith Marzullo, Dean, University of Maryland School 
  • Brittany Tignor, Past President, Maryland Association of School Librarians 
  • Lawrence E. Clemens, Dean for Information Services and Director of Nimitz Library, U.S. Naval Academy​

MSDE Representative

  •  Laura Hicks, Director, School Library Media, MSDE

MSL Representatives

  • Irene M. Padilla, State Librarian
  • John Owen, Director, Library for the Blind and Print Disabled
  • Tamar Sarnoff, Director, Public Library & State Networking Branch

School Libraries Representative

  • Brittany Tignor, Past President, Maryland Association of School Librarians​


Meeting Dates

  • Tuesday, June 15, 2021
  • Wednesday, December 15, 2021
  • Monday, March 14, 2022
  • Wednesday, June 15, 2022

  • Special Board Meetings:

    Date Agenda Minutes
    March 2021
    Press Release
    March 2021
    Board Agenda​
    March 2021
    ​June 2021
    Press Release
    June 2021​
    Board Agenda​​
    ​​June 2021
    ​September 2021
    Press Release
    September 2021​
    Board Agenda
    ​​September 2021

    Previous Meeting Minutes:

    All previous board minutes may be found by searching 
    "Board Minutes" in the search bar above.