Best Retirement Wishes to Rick Levine

Rick is a familiar face to many MLS library members, as a technologist, teacher, consultant, and musician. Among his projects are years of database research, technology implementation, training, event coordination, and troubleshooting.

Rick has also contributed generously to our professional organizations, serving in the NELA Information Technology Section and coordinating technology at many local conferences and events. Sometimes he even brings his guitar along!

Rick joined the staff at the Central Massachusetts Regional Library System in 1998 and was part of the original advisory team at the MA Library System.

We will miss his expertise, good humor and wit, as well as his dedication to the best service for libraries of all types and sizes.  We all wish him the best as he transitions to retirement on January 1st!

Registration for Book Buzz – Boston is now OPEN

Join us at Boston Public Library on Thursday, January 7th before ALA Midwinter begins and enjoy highlights from publishers and their upcoming catalogs. Over two dozen publishers will share some of their picks for late winter and spring. Children’s, Young Adult, and Adult titles galore!

  • Children’s and teen books will be discussed from 9:30AM-12:30PM.
  • Adult titles will be highlighted from 1:30-4:30pm.
  • Publishers will provide lunch.  

Registrants can choose to come hear about Children’s and YA titles in the morning, Adult titles in the afternoon, or stay all day! Advance reading copies will also be available for those who pre-register.

Choose your sessions and whether you will be attending lunch on the registration form. Don’t wait! Registration is limited to the first 100 of each session.

Co-presented by the Boston Public Library and the Massachusetts Library System

Accreditation Standards and Libraries

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) is deliberating a revision to standards related to the accreditation of academic institutions.  MLS members raised concerns that the revised draft standards do not fully represent the unique contributions of the library to higher education outcomes.  Kelly Jo Woodside, MLS Advisor, took the lead on gathering information and formulating an MLS statement to NEASC to seek reconsideration (see Letter to NEASC).  Several other stakeholders have also raised this concern with the draft NEASC standards, e.g., ACRL/NE, BLC, MCCLPHEI, MLA, and NELA.

As MLS deliberated this issue internally, Executive Board members noted that a similar situation may be the result with upcoming revised standards for school libraries.  April Mazza, MLS Advisor, and I are reaching out to that community for feedback and further information.  MLS believes that strong libraries with professional staff are essential to education at all levels.

If you have suggestions or input for MLS on these matters, please let us know:

April Mazza, School Library Liaison 866-627-7228 x307 |

Kelly Jo Woodside, Academic Library Liaison 866-627-7228 x314 |

Greg Pronevitz, Executive Director 866-627-7228 x303 |