Deb Hoadley to be Moving On as Independent Consultant

Dear Mass Library System Members,

I am sad to announce that Deb Hoadley is resigning her full-time position as Interim Training and Advisory Services Director as of April 17, 2015. However, I’m pleased to say that she’ll continue in this role as a part-time contract employee until we hire and provide orientation to a new Director. We all wish her the best as she begins a new chapter in her career as an independent consultant working in the library and small business spheres.

Deb has done an excellent job coordinating MLS training, professional development, and advisory services with the Advisory Team since January. Member libraries have benefited from her strong planning, training and advisory skills, and proven project management experience.

Please join me in wishing her well as she turns this page in her career.

Sincerely,

Greg Pronevitz

Executive Director

Call for Committee Participation and Nominations 2015

Dear Massachusetts Library System Members,

MLS seeks librarians and staff from member libraries to provide input to align MLS services and activities with member needs. We need your support and active participation to strengthen our Massachusetts library community. Participation is a great way to network with colleagues at other libraries and to prepare for leadership roles on our board and committees. We have two new committees this year:  Academic Library Services Advisory Committee and Purchasing Cooperative Advisory Committee.

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New York Public Library LEAPing into the Library eBook Future

By Greg Pronevitz, Executive Director, Massachusetts Library System and ASCLA Board Member

At the ALA Mid-Winter Meeting in snowy Chicago attendees at the ASCLA Consortial eBook Interest Group were treated to an intriguing discussion about an exciting future possibility for eBooks in libraries. Micah May, NYPL’s Director of Business Development, and James English, NYPL’s Senior Product Manager for Reader Experience, introduced the concept for an upcoming grant application responding to IMLS’s “National Digital Platform” priority. The project is called Library E-Content Access Project, or LEAP. The proposal includes developing partnerships with other libraries and consortia (including a key partner in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)) across the country. Rachel Frick, DPLA’s Business Development Director, joined the conversation too. My own organization, the Massachusetts Library System, recently submitted a letter of support to IMLS and offer to partner. Continue reading

Catch up with MLS

Our latest newsletter has been released.

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MLS Winter 2015 news

CORRECTION: In “Change is in the Air” a link to the recorded sessions of the Regional Resource Sharing Symposium was omitted. Please use this link:

http://tinyurl.com/odahaqz. We apologize for the oversight.