Seeds and Stories, Gaylord Library’s Seed Library

Interview with Criss Quigley, Director of Gaylord Memorial Library in South Hadley


What are your most popular seeds?

Tomato seeds and Hampshire College’s red pop corn

Do you circulate any other unusual items?

Seed sieves to be ordered […] We also lend book bags that our knitting group made from recycled materials as part of the Bagshare Project.

Where are your seeds listed?

What advice or interesting stories would you like to share with other librarians?

Outreach is important. For example, volunteers had a table at the Farmer’s Market, gave out packets of marigold seeds and made “seed bombs”. Our Seed Library volunteers meet periodically, and offer garden-related programming. A wheel barrow donated by Gaylord Friends was used as a raffle prize to raise funds.

Photos attached: Gaylord Seeds and Stories organizer Marie Rohan and volunteer Wendy Farley with raffle prizes, and some of the seed packets available.

MHEC Cooperative News

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MLS member libraries who purchase through the Massachusetts Higher Education Collaborative (MHEC) should be aware that Follett’s acquisition of Baker & Taylor (B&T) will have immediate impact on some members’ purchases. K-12 members who are serviced by B&T will be moved over to Follett School Solutions. Follett has chosen not to participate in the MHEC contract.  Members who would like to continue with Follett School Solutions should do so with the understanding that those purchases will not be covered by the consortium contract, and will not have blanket 30B compliance. There are other suppliers on the MHEC contract that may be suitable substitutes: for example, Cavendish Square, Ingram, and Scholastic.

Baker & Taylor will be extending the current contract pricing and will keep all accounts for MLS members open until the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2017.  MLS members who continue to purchase from B&T after June 30, 2017 will not have blanket 30B compliance. There are many vendor options in the MHEC library contracts. MLS members who would like help reviewing options can contact Jackie Cashin at MHEC.

Jackie Cashin
Manager Library Procurement Contracts




Interstate Delivery Pilot Program a success

ILL delivery van of contractor Optima

ILL delivery van of contractor Optima

The Massachusetts Library System and the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) has concluded a pilot program to study the cost savings benefits and feasibility of expanding physical delivery to facilitate interstate borrowing. After nine months, it has been determined to be a success, providing more service to academic libraries and reducing some financial burdens on participating libraries.

Even as delivery is facing reductions and funding issues, the MLS Executive Board has recognized the value and the utility to member libraries who may otherwise be underserved. For the full report, please see the January Member Update.