Executive Board 2015

December 2014 Meeting

December 2014 Meeting

Front Row l-r

Amy Lewontin, Northeastern University; Henry Tormoreno, Haverhill HS; Will Adamczyk, Milton PL (outgoing President); Patrick Marshall, Jonathan Bourne PL; Tim Gerolami, Cape Cod Community College (incoming secretary).

Middle Row l-r

Betty Johnson, Griswold Memorial Library (Colrain) incoming VP; Anna Fahey-Flynn, Boston PL; Dianne Carty, MBLC; Millie Gonzalez, Framingham State University; Charlotte Canelli, Merril Memorial Library (Norwood) (outgoing member); Jackie Rafferty, Paul Pratt Library (Cohasset); Ellen Keane, UMASS/Lowell.

Back Row l-r

John Walsh, Newton Free Library; Margot Malachowski, Bay State Health (incoming President); Sharon Lux, Fay School; Matthew Beurbe, Jones Library (Amherst); Bert Saul, Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger (incoming Treasurer).


Not in photo

Cathy Collins, Sharon HS., Greg Pronevitz, MLS Executive Director.

Catherine Utt is Moving On

Catherine Utt, Business Director, joined MLS in our early days at the old Waltham office.   We were amazed at our good fortune to find a candidate with an MBA and the right experience to manage our finances, HR, and launch MLS’s new statewide delivery service.

Catherine very successfully wrestled with the finances and corporate documents of a complex reorganization to help make MLS what it is today. She worked to build our partnership with MHEC to expand our cooperative purchasing program.

Catherine has made many important contributions to MLS to benefit our members. Her talents and organization have created an efficient and friendly member services team Her team is our interface to members, vendors, and our stakeholders including event coordination, delivery services, purchasing cooperatives, resource sharing, BiblioTemps®, and accounts receivable and payable. Her role on the management team has focused on team building and moving MLS forward on all fronts to serve our members more effectively.

Catherine has done much to make MLS successful and we will miss her. Her last day with us is February 6. Please join us in wishing her well in her new role as ­­­­­­­­Director of Finance and Administration at Jane Doe Inc.


Commonwealth eBook Collections – Overview and Q&A [Webinar]

Contact:               Stephen Spohn    508-357-2121 x 312   steve@masslibsystem.org

Location:             Online-GoToWebinar

Join us for a lively discussion about the Commonwealth eBook Collections program.  Stephen Spohn from MLS will give a brief update on the program and address questions from the audience.  MLS is delighted to be a part of this program along with our partners at MBLC and with strong support from our colleagues throughout Massachusetts.

Event dates and times:

January 28, 2015
10 to 11 a.m.
Register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/606936439
February 25, 2015
2 to 3 p.m.
Register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/637206887
March 25, 2015
10 to 11 a.m.
Register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/649248583
April 22, 2015
2 to 3 p.m.
Register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/659736071
May 20, 2015
10 to 11 a.m.
Register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/669135271
June 24, 2015
2 to 3 p.m.
Register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/673570535


Commonwealth eBook Collections (beta) is the next chapter in building a statewide eBook collection.  Following the successful pilot MA eBook Project, the Commonwealth eBook Collections program will expand participation to libraries throughout Massachusetts and continue efforts to expand access to affordable eContent and to strive for seamless, easy user experiences.

MLS is only able to accept a handful of additional FY 2015 program participants until January 31.  At that time, we will shift gears to recruitment for FY 2016.

For more information, see our MLSguide:  http://guides.masslibsystem.org/ebooks

Legislative Breakfasts Kick Off in Clinton

The Bigelow Free Public Library in Clinton hosted the season’s first library legislative breakfast.  Representatives from the library and library community; the Mass Board of Library Commissioners; Mass Library Associaition; Mass School Library Association; the Mass Library System; and Senator Harriette Chandler; Representative Naughton; and Representative Hogan (Chair of the Library Caucus) addressed the crowd.  An Aide for Representative Benson and the Regional Director for Congresswoman Niki Tsongas also attended.

Themes for the day included the need to improve library funding, particularly state aid to public libraries and automated networks/library technology and resource sharing.  The opportunities for all offered by libraries to the residents of the Commonwealth including materials, summer library program, resource sharing, eBooks, and community center were mentioned by several speakers.  Others pointed out the efficiency of libraries and how a dollar goes a long way in these budget lines.  See MBLC’s Legislative Agenda.

Thanks to all who attended and we’ll see you at future breakfasts. See: http://www.masslib.org/2015Breakfasts

Marie Letarte Mueller, Bigelow Free Public Library Director; Michael J. Ward, Town Administrator; Gloria Parkinson, Library Trustee (l-r)

Marie Letarte Mueller, Bigelow Free Public Library Director; Michael J. Ward, Town Administrator; Gloria Parkinson, Library Trustee (l-r)


Regional Resource Sharing Symposium: Interstate Opportunities

The Boston Library Consortium and the Massachusetts Library System are pleased to announce open registration for the Regional Resource Sharing Symposium: Interstate Opportunities

The event will be held at the Beechwood Hotel, Worcester, Massachusetts on February 24, 2015 at 9:00 am.

Our keynote speaker, Valerie Horton, Minitex Executive Director, comes with rich interstate resource sharing experience.  Valerie was a co-founder of the COKAMO interstate delivery in Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri. Currently her organization provides and supports resource sharing in Minnesota and the Dakotas with a delivery connection to Wisconsin.

Additional updates will include Matthew Revitt, Maine Shared Collections Strategy; Mark Sullivan, IDS Project; Joni Blake, Occam’s Reader and others.

For more information about the event and to sign up click here: http://guides.masslibsystem.org/interstate?hs=a