September 2016 MLS Member Update

Our MLS monthly update for September is here.  Click to view


  1. An update on the September Executive Board meeting with recommendations to manage the anticipated shortfall for funding statewide databases in fy2018 including service curtailment for statewide databases, delivery, training, and consulting services; approval of our new strategic plan, and approval to move Commonwealth eBook Collections from beta to go live.
  2. Personnel changes
  3. MLS Service updates
  4. Annual Meeting Agenda

All members are invited to our November 7 Annual Meeting at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. RSVP

 9:30 Registration (fiscal constraints force us to not provide coffee or morning refreshments)

10:00 Welcome, Business Meeting, Updates, Stronger Together Awards, Member approval of Plan of Service/Budget-fy2018, Slate of Candidates, and Strategic Plan

11:00 Project SET Presentation

12:00 Lunch and Keynote Address by John Palfrey, Head of School at Phillips Academy and DPLA Leader

1:15 Strategic Plan and Co-creator Culture exercise

MLS Annual Meeting – Nov. 7 in Worcester

Dear Mass Library System Members,

On behalf of the MLS Executive Board I extend our invitation to please join us at our 2016 Annual Meeting on November 7, 2016 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.

Our keynote speaker is John Palfrey, Head of School at Phillips Academy and an instrumental leader in founding the Digital Public Library of America.  John is the author of the recent book, BiblioTech.  His book is a strong endorsement of the need for libraries and a call for support.

A presentation on our new Strategic Plan: 2017-2019 will be the after lunch topic.  Our plan includes three goals:  Develop and facilitate co-creator culture in the Mass Library Community; Build Capacity for Marketing & Communications; and Position the library community for future readiness.  Abby Straus, our strategic planning consultant, will lead members in a participatory exercise in co-creator culture.

Members will be asked to approve the Plan and Service and Budget for fy2018 and the slate of candidates for the Executive Board.  These documents will be available soon.

We are proud to host Ignite Session presentations crafted by our 2016 Project SET participants.  During our second session of Project SET we took a deep look at current trends in libraries, inspired by the American Library Association’s Library of the Future. Come discover the inspirational results of this six-month project, designed to cultivate presentation and leadership skills among your Massachusetts library colleagues.


Please let me know if you have any questions.

Greg Pronevitz
Executive Director
508-357-2121 x303




Invitation to Western Mass. Reg. Lib. System Exec. Cte. Meeting – 9/19/16

Western Massachusetts Regional Library System, Inc., Executive Board
Public Meeting Notice – September 19, 2016 – 1-2pm at
241-243 King St., Suite 250, Northampton, MA 01060 (MLS-Northampton) Directions

Dear Massachusetts Library System Members,

I am writing with notice of a public meeting of the Executive Board of the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System (WMRLS) at 1:00-2:00 PM on September 19, 2016 at MLS-Northampton – 241-243 King St., Suite 250, Northampton, MA 01060, at which time the Executive Board will discuss the steps necessary to dissolve the Corporation. RSVP

The corporation sold its Whately facility at 4 Sandy Lane to the Town of Whately in October. This was a short sale and the Corporation requested substantial debt forgiveness with a loan cancellation from the mortgage holder, the USDA. The mortgage holder expects the Corporation to be dissolved after the sale. We have received a preliminary acceptance to the loan cancelation request. As we await formal paperwork, WMRLS will begin discussion of the steps necessary to dissolve the Corporation. We invite the community to join us for this discussion.

A motion to approve Resolutions Of Dissolution
 by the Executive Board
 Western Massachusetts Regional Library System, Inc. subsequent to the sale of the property and debt forgiveness in order to meet the expectations of the USDA was approved in September 2015 by the Executive Board.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Greg Pronevitz
Executive Director,
Massachusetts Library System
508-357-2121 x303

MLS Welcomes our new Consultant Michelle Eberle

MichelleEberle_MLSMLS is pleased to announce that Michelle Eberle joined the MLS team as a Consultant on September 9.  Please join us in welcoming her to MLS.

She brings strengths in serving several types of libraries, youth initiatives, training and outreach. She will be working with members providing both continuing education and advisory services. Michelle was most recently at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England  Region (NN/LM NER). She also has experience with grant writing and management, health literacy, and marketing and promotions.

Michelle can be reached at:

Welcome, Michelle!