Commonwealth eBook Collections – Overview and Q&A [Webinar]

Contact:               Stephen Spohn    508-357-2121 x 312   steve@masslibsystem.org

Location:             Online-GoToWebinar

Join us for a lively discussion about the Commonwealth eBook Collections program.  Stephen Spohn from MLS will give a brief update on the program and address questions from the audience.  MLS is delighted to be a part of this program along with our partners at MBLC and with strong support from our colleagues throughout Massachusetts.

Event dates and times:

January 28, 2015
10 to 11 a.m.
Register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/606936439
February 25, 2015
2 to 3 p.m.
Register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/637206887
March 25, 2015
10 to 11 a.m.
Register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/649248583
April 22, 2015
2 to 3 p.m.
Register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/659736071
May 20, 2015
10 to 11 a.m.
Register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/669135271
June 24, 2015
2 to 3 p.m.
Register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/673570535

 

Commonwealth eBook Collections (beta) is the next chapter in building a statewide eBook collection.  Following the successful pilot MA eBook Project, the Commonwealth eBook Collections program will expand participation to libraries throughout Massachusetts and continue efforts to expand access to affordable eContent and to strive for seamless, easy user experiences.

MLS is only able to accept a handful of additional FY 2015 program participants until January 31.  At that time, we will shift gears to recruitment for FY 2016.

For more information, see our MLSguide:  http://guides.masslibsystem.org/ebooks

Legislative Breakfasts Kick Off in Clinton

The Bigelow Free Public Library in Clinton hosted the season’s first library legislative breakfast.  Representatives from the library and library community; the Mass Board of Library Commissioners; Mass Library Associaition; Mass School Library Association; the Mass Library System; and Senator Harriette Chandler; Representative Naughton; and Representative Hogan (Chair of the Library Caucus) addressed the crowd.  An Aide for Representative Benson and the Regional Director for Congresswoman Niki Tsongas also attended.

Themes for the day included the need to improve library funding, particularly state aid to public libraries and automated networks/library technology and resource sharing.  The opportunities for all offered by libraries to the residents of the Commonwealth including materials, summer library program, resource sharing, eBooks, and community center were mentioned by several speakers.  Others pointed out the efficiency of libraries and how a dollar goes a long way in these budget lines.  See MBLC’s Legislative Agenda.

Thanks to all who attended and we’ll see you at future breakfasts. See: http://www.masslib.org/2015Breakfasts

Marie Letarte Mueller, Bigelow Free Public Library Director; Michael J. Ward, Town Administrator; Gloria Parkinson, Library Trustee (l-r)

Marie Letarte Mueller, Bigelow Free Public Library Director; Michael J. Ward, Town Administrator; Gloria Parkinson, Library Trustee (l-r)

 

Regional Resource Sharing Symposium: Interstate Opportunities

The Boston Library Consortium and the Massachusetts Library System are pleased to announce open registration for the Regional Resource Sharing Symposium: Interstate Opportunities

The event will be held at the Beechwood Hotel, Worcester, Massachusetts on February 24, 2015 at 9:00 am.

Our keynote speaker, Valerie Horton, Minitex Executive Director, comes with rich interstate resource sharing experience.  Valerie was a co-founder of the COKAMO interstate delivery in Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri. Currently her organization provides and supports resource sharing in Minnesota and the Dakotas with a delivery connection to Wisconsin.

Additional updates will include Matthew Revitt, Maine Shared Collections Strategy; Mark Sullivan, IDS Project; Joni Blake, Occam’s Reader and others.

For more information about the event and to sign up click here: http://guides.masslibsystem.org/interstate?hs=a

Position Open: Training and Advisory Services Director

The Massachusetts Library System (MLS) is offering an exciting employment opportunity for a highly motived leader to direct a talented team of advisors in providing training, professional development, and advisory (consulting) services to 1,600 multi-type Massachusetts Libraries. The director serves on MLS’s leadership team in developing a holistic approach to empowering and enhancing Massachusetts libraries; organizational development, and setting policy; and reports to the executive director.  Please see the Position Description for more information. Continue reading

Deb Hoadley Named Interim Training and Advisory Services Director

Dear Mass Library System Members,

I am pleased to announce that Deb Hoadley has been named Interim Training and Advisory Services Director as of January 1st. Deb will be coordinating our training, professional development, and advisory services until the position is filled.  You can reach her at dhoadley@masslibsystem.org or 508-357-2121 x309.

She brings an excellent background to this role with her strong planning, training and advisory skills along with her proven project management experience as evidenced by last year’s MA eBook pilot project.

I look forward to working with her on the Management Team to maintain a smooth transition as we move forward into the New Year. The posting for the permanent position will occur very soon.

Please join me in welcoming her to this role as Interim Director.

Sincerely,

Greg Pronevitz

Executive Director