Second Small Libraries Forum – Call for Presentations and Posters

Small Libraries Forum
September 23, 2015, 9:00am – 2:00pm
Sturbridge Host, Sturbridge

The Second Small Libraries Forum will be held again at the Sturbridge Host on Wednesday, September 23 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Over 100 members of small libraries attended to be inspired by our keynote and other libraries. Come join us again to learn and network with your colleagues. Registration will begin in early August.

What has your library done that makes it shine? This year we are not only continuing the very popular poster/table talk presentations, but have made space for three 15-minute presentations by libraries to highlight a particular initiative or innovation in their small library.

We invite librarians from all small libraries to submit brief proposals for their presentation on the afternoon of September 23 at the Sturbridge Host. Libraries can also create a poster or tabletop display to be displayed on tables during a dedicated 45-minute session. No A/V will be provided, but libraries are welcome to bring laptops to show a slideshow.

Your proposal must be received by August 26 and should include:

  • Library Name, Location
  • Contact Person
  • Email:
  • Telephone
  • One paragraph description of your project or program.

You may find the application for the Forum Proposals here. Please feel free to contact Kristi Chadwick (x117) if you have any questions.

Welcome Betsy Meaden, Business and HR Director

Dear Mass Library System Members,Betsy00

Please join me in welcoming Betsy Meaden, MLS’s new Business and Human Resources Director.  She comes to us with strong experience in financial and HR management in the not-for-profit environment.  She is certified as PHR (Professional in Human Resources) and SHRM-CP (Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional).  We all look forward to working with her.

Betsy will be based in Whately and she’ll take responsibility for financial and HR management; purchasing cooperative; library delivery; and BiblioTemps services.

Betsy can be reached by email at or by phone at 508-357-2121 X 119 or toll free 866-627-7228 X 119 ( Mass. Only)



Greg Pronevitz, Executive Director

New BiblioBoard content available June 22!

On June 22, BiblioLabs will flip the switch to change over to the content that Content Selection Committee has chosen for the coming year. This includes some exciting new offerings like a collection from the Dummies series as well as comic book presses Dark Horse and Valiant. Descriptions and links to the modules are below. Happy eReading from Commonwealth eBook Collections!
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Executive Board Nominations are Open

Seeking Nominations to the Executive Board

The Massachusetts Library System (MLS) is seeking nominations to serve on the Executive Board.  Board members represent member libraries: academic, special, school, and public libraries from all parts of the Commonwealth.  Three board members will be elected for three-year terms, beginning January 2016.  A slate of candidates will be approved by the Council of Members at its November 2015 annual meeting.

The Executive Board governs the business and affairs of MLS.  It typically meets for three hours, twelve times a year.  Most meetings are held at the MLS headquarters in Marlborough and some are at other locations around the state.  The option to attend remotely is available; however in-person attendance is best.

If you are interested in serving on the Board, please complete the online self-nomination form at by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 15, 2015.

Please contact the Nominating Committee at if you have questions.  MLS bylaws are available at