Project SET: Skills, Empowerment, Talent

After some weather delays, yesterday marked the first official gathering of our Project SET participants. We are very happy to announce our first pilot group in this new MLS endeavor and would like to extend our sincerest congratulations to them for being chosen to participate. We look forward to working with all of you.

Project SET Team

Rebecca Folb, Youth Community Services Librarian, Worcester Public Library
Michelle Gario, Senior Adult Services Librarian, Seekonk Public Library
Karen  Horn, Circulation Supervisor/ILL, Sturgis Library
Jazmin Idakaar, Generalist Librarian, Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library
Katrina Ireland, Children’s Librarian, Worcester Public Library- One City One Library Branches
Jeff Lambert, Youth and Outreach Services Supervisor, Springfield City Library
Liz Reed, Adult Services and Information Librarian, Morrill Memorial Library
Jonathan Schmidt, Youth Department Supervisor, Emily Williston Memorial Library
Erica Street, Instruction/Serials Librarian, Jenks Library Gordon College (Not Pictured)
Lilly Sundell-Thomas, Information Services Librarian, Forbes Library
Kirsten Underwood, Head of Reference Services, Nevins Memorial Library

Registration Closing for the Interstate Opportunities Event!

Registration for the Regional Resource Sharing Symposium: Interstate Opportunities will be closing on February 17, 2015. No refunds will be issued after this date. Sign up below!

The event will be hosted by The Boston Library Consortium and the Massachusetts Library System and  held at the Beechwood Hotel, Worcester, Massachusetts on February 24, 2015 at 9:00 am. Continue reading

Position Open: Business and Human Resources Director

The Massachusetts Library System (MLS) is offering an exciting employment opportunity for a highly motivated leader to direct a talented team in managing corporate finances, HR, operations, facilities and three unique MLS services to 1,600 multi-type Massachusetts libraries: (BiblioTemps®), a temporary employment service ; delivery services for 550 libraries across the Commonwealth, and a cooperative purchasing program in collaboration with our partner, the Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium. The Business and Human Resources Director serves on MLS’s leadership team in developing a holistic approach to empowering and enhancing Massachusetts libraries; organizational development; and setting policy. This position reports to the Executive Director.  Postition Description Link  Continue reading

Catherine Utt is Moving On

Catherine Utt, Business Director, joined MLS in our early days at the old Waltham office.   We were amazed at our good fortune to find a candidate with an MBA and the right experience to manage our finances, HR, and launch MLS’s new statewide delivery service.

Catherine very successfully wrestled with the finances and corporate documents of a complex reorganization to help make MLS what it is today. She worked to build our partnership with MHEC to expand our cooperative purchasing program.

Catherine has made many important contributions to MLS to benefit our members. Her talents and organization have created an efficient and friendly member services team Her team is our interface to members, vendors, and our stakeholders including event coordination, delivery services, purchasing cooperatives, resource sharing, BiblioTemps®, and accounts receivable and payable. Her role on the management team has focused on team building and moving MLS forward on all fronts to serve our members more effectively.

Catherine has done much to make MLS successful and we will miss her. Her last day with us is February 6. Please join us in wishing her well in her new role as ­­­­­­­­Director of Finance and Administration at Jane Doe Inc.