Executive Board Nominations are Open

The Massachusetts Library System (MLS) is seeking volunteers from among the membership to serve on the Executive Board. Board members are elected to represent our multitype membership, i.e., academic, special, school, and public libraries from all parts of the Commonwealth. We have two vacancies coming up for the upcoming term. Two new board members and three renewing board members will be elected for three-year terms, beginning January 2017. The Council of Members at its November 2016 annual meeting will approve a slate of candidates and officers. Continue reading

Project SET 2016!

We would like to thank all our applicants for the 2016 session of Project SET. The SET Crew have worked hard to select participants that will add a unique perspective and experience to the dynamic of our 2016 group. We are very happy to announce this years participants.

Congratulations! We look forward to working with you.

Name Title Library
Kristin Bergeron School Library/Technology Integration Specialists North Falmouth Elementary School
Anna Bognolo Outreach/Technical Services Librarian Springfield Technical Community College
Susannah Borysthen-Tkacz Senior Library Assistant, Circulation Department Newton Free Library
Emily Bredberg Library Media Specialist Shrewsbury Sr. High School
Kim Butler Assistant Director Amesbury Public Library
Amy Klein Reference Librarian Worcester Public Library
Rob Lorino Adult Services Librarian Robbins Library
Rachel Moir Teen Services Librarian Worcester Public Library
Bill Mongelli Prison Librarian MCI-Norfolk
Andrea Puglisi Reference & Serials Librarian Berkshire Athenaeum
Joseph St. Germain Access Services Librarian Wheelock College Library
Mikaela (Miki) Wolfe Head of Adult and Technology Services Sharon Public Library

Readers’ Advisory Summit

Thursday, June 16, 2016
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Beechwood Hotel
363 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA

Join other readers’ advisory enthusiasts for a day of information, hands-on learning, and sharing stories as MLS brings together years of experience with innovative techniques.

Becky Spratford, Illinois librarian and head of RA for All will talk about “RA Rethink: From Quaint and Comfortable to Cutting Edge.”

Joyce Saricks, (also from Illinois) will lead a hands-on-workshop: “Sharing Books: Notes from the Field.” Bring three titles with you to use in the exercise.

“What do you know?” Five 20 minute presentations from MLS members on RA topics that can be broken down and used by any library.

Also, on-site, all day, a 5 in 15 pop up studio. Record your own 5 in 15 for our popular RA series.

Registration fee will cover the cost of breakfast and lunch.

Register here: http://bit.ly/RASUMMIT

For information on “What do you know?” or the 5 in 15 series, please visit the MLS Guide for Readers’ Advisory: http://guides.masslibsystem.org/RA


Strategic Planning Survey 2016 for library staff and all stakeholders

Dear MLS Members, Friends and Colleagues,

We have created an online survey to gather thoughts and ideas from those who were unable to attend our in-person strategic planning workshops. We would like to hear from as many people as possible so that we might create a strategic plan that incorporates the voice and addresses the interests of the whole Massachusetts library community. We welcome input from all libraries and all stakeholders.

Please respond by April 28th. Survey ended April 28th.

Please visit THE SURVEY to share your thoughts and ideas.

Thank you and all best wishes.

For more information on our planning process – CLICK.

Will Adamczyk, Chair MLS Strategic Planning Committee, MLS Executive Board, and Director, Milton PL
Abby Straus, MLS Strategic Planning Consultant (Maverick & Boutique)
Greg Pronevitz, MLS Executive Director

Breakfast on Breakfasts

The MLA Legislative Committee offers this information sharing event to encourage libraries to host legislative breakfasts that can inform supporters and elected officials about issues that are important to libraries.

Cosponsored by CW/MARS and MLS.

This event will be held at the CW/MARS Office is on the second floor of the Worcester Business Center, South Entrance. Left entrance as you face the building.

Directions Via Google Maps
67 Millbrook Street, Suite 201
Worcester, MA 01606

Click here to RSVP.