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Westfield State University dean elected to Massachusetts Library System’s executive board

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WestfieldWestfield State University Dean of Academic Information Services and Director of Ely Library Thomas Raffensperger has been elected to the executive board of the Massachusetts Library System (MLS).

Raffensperger has served in his position as dean at Westfield State for eight years. Prior to joining the University, he worked as an assistant university librarian for public services at Portland State University and the library director at Matanuska-Sustina College at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Raffensperger earned a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Hawaii at Manao. He is an active member of the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries and the New England Library Association.

The MLS provides services to approximately 1,600 various Massachusetts libraries throughout the Commonwealth. A state-supported collaborative, the MLS fosters cooperation, communication, innovation, and sharing among member libraries of all types, promoting equitable access to library services and resources for all who live, work, or study in Massachusetts.

“MLS executive board members lead the Commonwealth in their advocacy for libraries, library services and their patrons,” said Westfield State Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Diane Prusank, Ph.D. “We are proud to have Dean Raffensperger serve in this capacity and we are privileged to benefit from his experience and expertise on campus.”

Raffensperger’s three-year term on the executive board will begin January 2020.

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society. For more information on Westfield State University, visit,, or


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