eBook, eMagazine and Streaming Media Solutions RFP Released

On behalf of Commonwealth eBook Collections and other Interested Parties and Partners, Massachusetts Library System (MLS) seeks responses from a wide array of interested eBook, eMagazine and Streaming Media Solution Providers to serve its consortium of academic, public, school and special libraries. All established and emerging Providers are encouraged to submit responses. Click here for more information about the RFP.

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MassCat is on ComCat

We are pleased to announce that MassCat is now part of the Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat). MassCat is a small network, partly underwritten by the Massachusetts Library System, to support small and unique libraries which don’t quite fit into the nine large networks in Massachusetts. MassCat offers it’s libraries a completely web-based platform for circulation, cataloging, ILL, acquisitions and serials management. Currently, most MassCat public libraries are online. MassCat school libraries will come onto ComCat in October. The Massachusetts Library System’s Professional Collection circulates on MassCat, providing all of our members with direct access to the collection of over 500 librarian curated titles on library topics.

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Reflections on the ALA Annual Conference 2017

Would you like to hear about three presentations that Consultant Michelle Eberle found particularly interesting? Then, read on…

Imagining a World that Works: In Time to Prevent a World that Doesn’t

Presented by:  Bill McKibben – Middlebury College VT

In my opinion, climate change is the most urgent issue facing our world.  When I learned that Bill McKibben was speaking at ALA, I made sure to attend his presentation.  McKibben said he thinks that the root of the climate change debate is the battle between reason and greed. McKibben shared pictures of environmental activists participating in 350.org.  An attendee asked McKibben, “What can local libraries do to catalyze our communities?” He encouraged us to create opportunities for “people to be a part of something large” and “draw people together with a higher calling to get large conversations going.” McKibben urged every library to use solar energy.  When asked about what else he would like to see libraries share in non-traditional collections such as seed libraries, McKibben said “Why leave car sharing up to Uber?  Put your minds to it.  Come up with all kinds of stuff.” In his final thoughts, he expressed the immediacy to prevent exploration of new carbon and to spread renewable energy.

Fake News is not the Problem:  Addressing Issues with Information Consumption in a Digital Environment 

Presenter Brandy Horne, Instruction/Reference Librarian, University of South Carolina Aiken

Brandy Horne explained how information scent (what appeals to us) and information foraging (how we hunt for information) affect our information diet (what we consume).  She spoke about the change from “active seeking to passive consumer” and how our natural impulses are reinforced by our online search language.  Horne said that when we use the phrase “fake news” that we are “buying into the narrative,” while propaganda, disinformation, and lies are more accurate terms.  Horne advised us “to teach information literacy early and vigorously to young people.”  During the Q&A, one of the attendees expressed concern that we might not make an impact by teaching information literacy skills to children and teenagers, because their opinions are shaped by their family and suggested that we look towards the influence of economic and political motivations behind the news.

Life Hacks: Survival Skills for Teens

Presented by:  Kayla Marie Figard (Belmont Library); Elizabeth Tanner (County of Los Angeles Public Library); Erik Berman (San Jose Public Library)

Figard, Tanner, and Berman shared their experiences with creating programs to empower teens with essential life skills. The San Jose Public Library created a LifeSkills Academy for teens with programs on financial literacy, cooking on a budget, and moving into your first apartment.  The Belmont Library offered a series of programs on how to combat media inundation.  Through a $75,000 grant, the Los Angeles Public Library created an Adult 101, Life Skills Boot Camp for Teens, which included programs on etiquette, public speaking, finance, time management, and cyber-smarts. The presenters offered the following tips:  start with library staff to find presenters; then reach out to community partners; find the right time/date/location; ask to see outlines from guest speakers; spread out programming to increase attendance; and make it fun!

 

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Recording of Citizenship webinar now available

A recording of our July webinar “Librarians’ Critical Role Serving Immigrant Communities” is now available on the MLS Vimeo channel. The webinar is presented by Ted Albers of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the US Government branch of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for providing immigration services and benefits such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), employment authorization, lawful permanent residency and U.S. citizenship. In this webinar, Mr. Albers offers suggestions about how to refer library patrons who may need immigration information or services to qualified immigration service providers. Click through to the video’s description for additional resources, and a special offer.

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2017 Boston Bruins Raffle Open!

The Boston Bruins are donating prizes to our statewide raffle! Prizes are divided into three age categories: Children Ages 5-7, Children Ages 8-11 and Children/Teens ages 12 and up. The raffle will be open to all Statewide Summer Reading Program child and teen participants. Branch libraries may submit their own batch of names. The form must be filled in by a librarian. Prize details can be found here: http://guides.masslibsystem.org/slp/bruins

You can submit up to FIVE names per age category. Entries must be received by 5PM EST Thursday August 31, 2017. Winners will be randomly selected from the submitted batch of names and announced the first week of September. Please remember to fill in ALL your contact info. If you are not submitting names for certain age groups please leave those fields blank.

Be sure to hit SEND once you have filled in all the info.

1.Your Name

Your Library

Your Position/Title

City/Town

Your Email

Your Phone Number

2.Children ages 5-7 Entry #1
Name
Age
Children ages 5-7 Entry #2
Name
Age
Children ages 5-7 Entry #3
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Age
Children ages 5-7 Entry #4
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Age
Children ages 5-7 Entry #5
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Age

3.Children ages 8-11 Entry #1
Name
Age
Children ages 8-11 Entry #2
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Age
Children ages 8-11 Entry #3
Name
Age
Children ages 8-11 Entry #4
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Age
Children ages 8-11 Entry #5
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4.Children/Teens 12 and older Entry #1
Name
Age
Children/Teens 12 and older Entry #2
Name
Age
Children/Teens 12 and older Entry #3
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Children/Teens 12 and older Entry #4
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Children/Teens12 and older Entry #5
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April Mazza
Consultant
Massachusetts Library System
april@masslibsystem.org
Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
MBLC
celeste.bruno@state.ma.us
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