Teen Summit: Save the Date and Final Call for Proposals

10th Annual Teen Summit
October 4, 2018 from 10am-4pm at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA

We are pleased to announce our 10th Annual Teen Summit brought to you by the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) and the Rhode Island Office of Library & Information Services (RIOLIS). This is a one-day conference for anyone who works with teens – public librarians, school librarians, academic librarians, and educators. Join approximately 200 professionals from across New England to share program ideas, book recommendations, educational philosophies, and more!

This year’s loose theme is genre fiction and fandom (think fantasy/sci-fi/horror/subgenres and fandom of all types: tv, movies, games, comics, anime, cosplay etc.) And one of our special guests will be acclaimed author Malinda Lo!

Do you work with teens? We invite you to submit a program proposal to present a session at the summit.  Any questions not addressed here should be sent to christif@masslibsystem.org or april@masslibsystem.org Continue reading

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Peer Worker Receives Award from the Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health for Connecting with the Massachusetts Library System

Jonathan Bowen Leopold receiving an award from the DMH Commissioner

Jonathan Bowen Leopold, Peer Worker, receiving an award from Joan Mikula, Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health

On July 12, 2018, Joan Mikula, the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) presented an award to Jonathan Bowen-Leopold for his outstanding service as a Peer Worker instrumental to connecting the Department of Mental Health with the Massachusetts Library System. Jonathan, a patron at the Thomas Crane Public Library and DMH Peer Worker, became acquainted with Clayton Cheever, Assistant Director at the library. Jonathan thought there could be some shared programs between the DMH and public libraries, and encouraged Joe Vallely, the Department of Mental Health’s Housing and Homelessness Specialist, to reach out to the library. Following meeting with Joe, Clayton recommended that Joe reach out to the Massachusetts Library System (MLS). Jonathan’s initial connection with Clayton Cheever at the Thomas Crane Public Library resulted in a successful linkage of the Department of Mental Health and the Massachusetts Library System. Continue reading

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MLS Executive Director Presentations available online

The interviews for the position of the Massachusetts Library System Executive Director have concluded.

MLS members are invited to view the presentation portion of the interview for each candidate on our Vimeo page

The MLS Executive Board welcomes feedback from members via email at: execdirsearch@masslibsystem.org

We would appreciate receiving comments by 5 p.m. Sunday, July 15th.

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Cooperative Purchasing Expo

MHEC logoThe MHEC purchasing cooperative will hold its annual vendor expo this fall in Worcester. This is a chance to see, touch, and ask about the innovative and interactive products and services you may want for your library.

The MHEC Vendor Expo, September 21 at the DCU Center in Worcester is your chance to see the furniture you want to buy, learn about the technology that you don’t have (yet), and collect samples for promotional products your patrons will remember.

Set aside the day on your calendar. Enjoy a day of window shopping, collecting pens for your public service areas, and enjoy lunch on MHEC.

Click here to register.


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Jeff Wolfson is moving on


On July 5, MLS said farewell to Jeff Wolfson.  Jeff helped MLS in a variety of roles including Accounting, BiblioTemps and Mediated Interlibrary Loan.  He is moving on to his next adventure, and we wish him well.

Good luck, Jeff!

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