MLS-Northampton – Open House Invitation – July 12 at 1-3pm

We are pleased to announce the opening of MLS-Northampton. MLS staff began moving in on June 20 and we’re settling in quickly.

The facility will be opened in two phases. This first phase includes office space for six MLS staff members with room to grow. Phase Two will include a large training room. We will announce the Phase Two opening as soon as the date is confirmed. We are working with the landlord to bring this about as soon as possible.

Our phone numbers and email addresses remain the same:

• 508-357-2121
• toll free 866-627-7228

Visit our site for individual extension numbers and email addresses.

Our new mailing address is:

• 241-243 King Street, Suite 250, Northampton, MA 01060.
Directions are on our site.

To send items to us via delivery, please use a
“W” label and designate as: Massachusetts Library System-Northampton Office

The MLS Executive Board and Staff members invite you to join us for an open house to see the new office, have a chance for conversation, and partake of light refreshments in our Phase One location on July 12, 2016 at 1-3pm. RSVP.

We hope to see you there.

Executive Board Nominations are Open

The Massachusetts Library System (MLS) is seeking volunteers from among the membership to serve on the Executive Board. Board members are elected to represent our multitype membership, i.e., academic, special, school, and public libraries from all parts of the Commonwealth. We have two vacancies coming up for the upcoming term. Two new board members and three renewing board members will be elected for three-year terms, beginning January 2017. The Council of Members at its November 2016 annual meeting will approve a slate of candidates and officers. Continue reading

Project SET 2016!

We would like to thank all our applicants for the 2016 session of Project SET. The SET Crew have worked hard to select participants that will add a unique perspective and experience to the dynamic of our 2016 group. We are very happy to announce this years participants.

Congratulations! We look forward to working with you.

Name Title Library
Kristin Bergeron School Library/Technology Integration Specialists North Falmouth Elementary School
Anna Bognolo Outreach/Technical Services Librarian Springfield Technical Community College
Susannah Borysthen-Tkacz Senior Library Assistant, Circulation Department Newton Free Library
Emily Bredberg Library Media Specialist Shrewsbury Sr. High School
Kim Butler Assistant Director Amesbury Public Library
Amy Klein Reference Librarian Worcester Public Library
Rob Lorino Adult Services Librarian Robbins Library
Rachel Moir Teen Services Librarian Worcester Public Library
Bill Mongelli Prison Librarian MCI-Norfolk
Andrea Puglisi Reference & Serials Librarian Berkshire Athenaeum
Joseph St. Germain Access Services Librarian Wheelock College Library
Mikaela (Miki) Wolfe Head of Adult and Technology Services Sharon Public Library

Readers’ Advisory Summit

Thursday, June 16, 2016
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Beechwood Hotel
363 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA

Join other readers’ advisory enthusiasts for a day of information, hands-on learning, and sharing stories as MLS brings together years of experience with innovative techniques.

Becky Spratford, Illinois librarian and head of RA for All will talk about “RA Rethink: From Quaint and Comfortable to Cutting Edge.”

Joyce Saricks, (also from Illinois) will lead a hands-on-workshop: “Sharing Books: Notes from the Field.” Bring three titles with you to use in the exercise.

“What do you know?” Five 20 minute presentations from MLS members on RA topics that can be broken down and used by any library.

Also, on-site, all day, a 5 in 15 pop up studio. Record your own 5 in 15 for our popular RA series.

Registration fee will cover the cost of breakfast and lunch.

Register here:

For information on “What do you know?” or the 5 in 15 series, please visit the MLS Guide for Readers’ Advisory: