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As the Public Services Director, Mala is helping the State Library of Arizona focus on programs and services geared to community-needs. Mala is the State Coordinator for E-rate and has assisted Arizona libraries receive over $15 million in reimbursements for their telecom and internet usage. She has over 38 years' experience working in state, public, academic and scientific libraries.
Mala's accomplishments at the State Library include playing a major role in writing and received two NTIA broadband grants totaling over $5 Million for setting up Job Help centers at the libraries and for increasing the number of computers for public access; receiving and implementing 2 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for upgrading computers and for increasing E-rate participation.
Mala was part of the team that started the state-wide ONEBOOKAZ program and directed it the next 5 years, raising most of the funds through collaboration and services of stakeholders; She was responsible for negotiating and implementing the State-wide access to multiple electronic databases ensuring remote access to all public libraries and Arizona citizens 24 x7x 365; for successfully implementing Strategic Planning processes in over a 100 libraries in Arizona; for training public Library staff to create Technology Plans; for introducing web-based trainings for public library and other government agency staff; for partnering with WebJunction to bring to library staff, self-paced and hosted courses and latest trends in the library world.
Prior to joining the State Library in 2001 Mala worked as the Regional Librarian at the British Council Library, West India, where she was responsible for automating the libraries, strategic planning, policy formulation, consultancy work, project and event management and a large budget. The Bombay library was the largest British Council Library in the world. Prior to joining the British Council, Mala worked for 10 years at various Scientific Libraries in India.
Professional Associations: E-rate National Task Force Member – since 2009; Member Az LA (Arizona Library Association) – 12 years; Associate Board Member – ATIC – 10 years; Digital Arizona Council – on three of the Task Forces –Economic Development, Education, Tele-health; Member of the Governor's Broadband Task force for Education Innovation; Greater Arizona e-learning Association – Board of Directors since 2013.
Mala graduated from Bombay University with a Bachelor's in Chemistry and Biology; She obtained a Master's in Library Science and from the SNDT Women's University and another Master's in Library and Information Science from Rosary College (now the Dominican University) Mala Continues to keep professionally abreast of latest developments through List servs, webinars and conferences.