Call to Meeting: MLS Strategic Planning Community Workshops

The Massachusetts Library System is undertaking our second strategic planning process for the period 2017-2019.  Our goal is to create a way forward that serves our staff well, helps us provide excellent services, builds community among our members, and distinguishes MLS as an active participant in creating a vibrant future for libraries of all kinds.

A dialog with members and stakeholders is critical to our success.  As part of the planning activity, we are holding a series of five community-planning workshops around the state to engage our members and stakeholders who have an interest in libraries.  Please join us to share your insight, perspective, and priorities.

Registration and light refreshments will be available 30 minutes prior to the planning workshop.

We would be delighted if you would participate in one of the workshops. We expect to announce at least one more session soon.

Space is limited; please rsvp to let us plan for your attendance with the links below:

February 22 at Northeastern University (10am-1pm) Register

February 24 at Tewksbury Public Library (3-6pm) Register

February 25 at Mashpee Public Library (2-5pm) Register

February 29 at South Hadley Public Library (10am-1pm) Register

March 1 at Goodnow Library (Sudbury) (3-6pm) Register

March 15 at MLS-Marlborough office (3-6pm) Register

March 23 at Berkshire Athenaeum(Pittsfield) (10am-1pm) Register

More information about our planning process is available on our site.  We’ll use this site to keep you up to date on the process.

 

Please let us know if you have any questions.

We hope to see you at one of these important events,

Will Adamczyk, Strategic Planning Committee Chair and MLS Executive Board

Milton Public Library

Greg Pronevitz, Executive Director

Massachusetts Library System

508-357-2121 x303

 

Visit MLS & MHEC at Booth 1545 at ALA Mid-Winter

Stop by and visit MLS at Booth #1545 In the ALA Mid-Winter exhibit hall!   We will be there along with our friends from MHEC, so this is a great opportunity to learn more about our services and programs for libraries. MLS staff will be on hand.

Friday

5:30-7-Exhibit Hall Opening

Saturday

11-11:45- Commonwealth eBook Collections and BiblioBoard
Drop in to this demo made just for MLS members at BiblioLabs Booth #2122.

2PM-2:45- Commonwealth eBook Collections and Axis 360-Drop in to this Axis 360 presentation by Stephen Spohn at Baker & Taylor Booth #1331.

Sunday

1-3- Visit with Executive Director Greg Pronevitz at the MLS Booth #1545

3PM-3:45- Commonwealth eBook Collections and EBL & learn more about EBL during this time for MLS members at Proquest Booth #1313.

Monday

10-11- Mediated Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery
Drop by MLS Booth #1545 to learn all about these MLS services from Sue Kaler and Susan Applegate

11-11:45- Commonwealth eBook Collections 
Drop by MLS Booth #1545 to learn all about this service from Stephen Spohn.

Farewell and Best Wishes to Nora Blake

 

Dear Mass Library System Members,

I am writing let you know that Nora Blake, our MassCat Manager, will be leaving MLS at the end of the week to take the position as director of the Emily Williston Memorial Library in Easthampton.  This is sad news for MLS to lose a valued long-term, talented individual; but very nice news for Nora to be moving up in her career.  The really nice thing is that she’ll become a member!

Personally, I’ve worked with Nora from her day one in 2001. I still remember her interview at the Hatfield Town Hall and how excited we were to offer her the MassCat position back then.  Over the years, she did a great job balancing the needs of numerous stakeholders, e.g., 70 libraries, an advisory committee, and five regional administrators before MLS formed, and later as our MLS colleague.

Cindy Roach, MBLC, sent a note that sums up Nora’s work, “Nora’s vision, determination, and knowledge made MassCat what is today.   She has opened the door to the benefits of resource sharing to libraries across the state. MassCat’s success is due to Nora.”

We all wish you the best Nora!

Greg

Visit with MLS at ALA Midwinter this weekend!

Heading to ALA Midwinter in Boston this week? We are too! Stop by and visit us at Booth #1545 In the exhibit hall!   We will be there along with our friends from MHEC, so this is a great opportunity to learn more about our services and programs for libraries. MLS staff will be on hand to talk with you, and intern Goldie, Jr. is available to pose for pictures! You’ll also see many of us at programs and events all week.

Staff will be hosting meet and greets at our booth and some others.  Some highlights:

Friday, January 8

5:30PM-7PM-Exhibit Hall Grand Opening

Saturday, January 9

11:00AM-11:45 AM- Commonwealth eBook Collections and BiblioBoard
Drop in to this BiblioBoard demo made just for MLS members at BiblioLabs Booth #2122.

2PM-2:45PM- Commonwealth eBook Collections and Axis 360
Drop in to this Axis 360 presentation by Stephen Spohn at Baker & Taylor Booth #1331.

Sunday, January 10

1PM-3PM- Visit with Executive Director Greg Pronevitz at the MLS Booth #1545

3PM-3:45- Commonwealth eBook Collections and EBL
Drop in to learn more about EBL during this time set aside just for MLS members at Proquest Booth #1313.

Monday, January 11

10AM-11AM- Mediated Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery
Drop by MLS Booth #1545 to learn all about these MLS services from Sue Kaler and Susan Applegate

11Am-11:45AM- Commonwealth eBook Collections
Drop by MLS Booth #1545 to learn all about this MLS service from Stephen Spohn.

See you there!

Massachusetts Public Libraries to Receive New Summer Reading Software

The Massachusetts Library System will offer a new online summer reading program to 150 public libraries throughout the state.

The Massachusetts Library System selected Wandoo Reader as the summer reading program, developed by Evanced Solutions. Wandoo Reader is designed specifically for public libraries and includes program management features for librarians and engagement tools that excite readers to continue learning throughout the summer.

“We’re very proud to assist our public libraries by offering this advanced tool that helps them engage more deeply in their communities and increase literacy skills during the summer break,” said April Mazza, Advisor for Youth and School Library Services. “We know how important reading is in all subject areas and we are committed to helping our communities continue learning over the summer and provide services through our public libraries that are valuable to our communities.”

Starting January 1, 2016, the Massachusetts Library System will provide funding for up to 150 public libraries to use this popular summer reading software program. The program is supported with federal funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. This multi-year agreement gives libraries a new technologically advanced online solution that helps create engaging summer library programs and fosters a love of reading for children through adults.

For more information:

April Mazza

MLS Advisor for Youth & School Library Services

508-357-2121 x307