Judy moves on

Judy Zomer has decided to leave her position as Resource Sharing Assistant. Judy was among the first group of Resource Sharing Assistants hired when the MLS took over Mediated ILL Services in 2014. Prior to that, Judy worked in Circulation and Interlibrary Loan at Wellesley Free Library and in the Massachusetts Metrowest Regional Library System where she was responsible for Delivery among many other things. Judy’s last day with us was January 25th. We know that Judy will likely continue to be very busy in the near distant future, but after that we look forward to hearing tales of the travels we know she anticipates having the time to enjoy. Join us in wishing Judy well!

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Member Update – January 2018

Dear MLS Members,

I am writing to announce our January 2018 MLS Update.  DOWNLOAD

Selected Contents:

  • Greg Pronevitz Announces July Retirement
  • Western Massachusetts Regional Library System Dissolved
  • Directors’ Forums
  • eBook RFP Update
  • On the Road with Gale
  • 1 in 5: Disability Essentials in Your Library – Webinar Series
  • Interlibrary Loan Policy Revision Approved by the Executive Board
  • Interlibrary Loan Policy

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Greg Pronevitz,
Executive Director

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1 in 5: Disability Essentials in Your Library – a Spring 2018 webinar series

We are excited to announce the 1 in 5 Disability Essentials in Your Library webinar series, a continuation of the 1 in 5 program. Please join us, webinars are free and suitable for all.

Tuesday, January 30, 12-1pm
Accessibility and Electronic Resources: A Case Study on Evaluating eBooks
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Vendors often claim that their products are accessibility-compliant and easy to use, but is that really true? In this session, we’ll examine some ways in which you can evaluate your electronic resources for accessibility and usability. Using the context of eBooks, we’ll discuss rubrics, VPATs, and the do’s and don’ts of accessibility testing. Libraries with dedicated accessibility software may find this session the most useful but with accessibility features built into smartphones and devices, library staff members from all library types are encouraged to attend.

Learning Outcomes:
• Introductory knowledge of accessibility in libraries
• Methods for evaluating accessibility of electronic resources in libraries
• Lessons learned from a case study of live-testing eBooks for accessibility

Speaker: Tressa Santillo, Electronic Resources Coordinator, Massachusetts Library System

Monday, February 12, 2-3pm
Disability on the Shelf: Looking for Representation in Library Collections
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When asked, we all can think of a book, movie, or TV show that features a disabled character, but we don’t often think about the representation itself. With diversity and representation increasingly a part of our Collection Development practices, it is important we don’t continue to overlook this aspect. In this webinar, we invite participants to learn about disability, to gain an awareness of representation, and learn vocabulary and resources to evaluate materials.

Learning Outcomes:
• Introduction to disability as a facet of diversity representation
• Concepts of disability
• Awareness of tropes, stereotypes, and representation in popular media
• Vocabulary to discuss and evaluate materials
• Resources

Presenter: Tegan Mannino, Circulation Supervisor & Cataloger, Monson Free Library

Save the Dates!

Monday, March 12, 10-11am
Is Everyone Invited? Accessible Events at your Library

Tuesday, September 11, 12-1pm
Autistics in the Library: How Libraries Can More Effectively Serve Patrons and Employees on the Spectrum


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On the Road with Gale

portrait of Stacey Knibloe a trainer of Gale databasesMLS is gearing up for its second round of in-person Gale training sessions. Take advantage of Gale’s expert trainer, Stacey Knibloe, who will provide an overview of Gale resources and be available to answer your questions. Register Now!

Stacey will be stopping in:
Pittsfield     Norton
Boston       Mashpee

MLS is planning afternoon sessions at public libraries and evening sessions at nearby school libraries. We hope to see you there!

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