Changes in BiblioTemps® Management, Contacts & New MLS Advisor

I am pleased to announce recent staffing changes at MLS’s BiblioTemps service and Advisory/Continuing Education and new positions held by Kelly Jo Woodside and Shelah Coullard. For contact information, visit our site.

Shelah Coullard has been promoted to the position of BiblioTemps Manager, and she is now the contact for member libraries seeking temporary staff and for potential temporary staff seeking positions. Shelah said, “I am excited about this opportunity to lead the provision of this unique service with a focus on customer service relationships with member libraries and candidates.” MLS is the only library consortium in the country providing temporary employment services.

Shelah joined MLS in 2014 as the Resource Sharing and BiblioTemps Assistant. Since then, she has developed the email invoicing system, led marketing efforts, managed the candidate database, and worked directly with candidates and clients to answer questions and solve problems. Her recent contributions have included streamlining the candidate hiring process and initializing an online onboarding system that safeguards privacy as well as reduces our carbon footprint. In past roles, Shelah has managed office environments and is an accomplished business professional.   We look forward to the continued success of BiblioTemps under her leadership.

Kelly Jo Woodside, who was formerly BiblioTemps Manager and half-time MLS Advisor, is now a full-time MLS Advisor. She will provide full-time continuing education and advisory services to the membership. Kelly said that she has been looking forward to this transition for some time and that she is pleased to be turning the BiblioTemps management reigns over to Shelah. Kelly led the BiblioTemps relaunch three and one-half years ago, and since then, she has helped place 133 library staff into 238 temporary placements in 65 different Massachusetts libraries. She has also organized training opportunities for MLS members on employment and job-seeking topics; advised member libraries on the hiring process; spoken about the benefits of short-term library staffing at institutional, state, and national events; and published a case study about the BiblioTemps service.

Kelly hopes to bring all that she has learned about the Massachusetts library work force to her new role, where she will also focus on topics such as information literacy, instructional design, and academic library issues. Prior to joining the MLS staff, Kelly worked in reference and instruction librarian positions at Assumption College, Simmons College, and Roxbury Community College. She looks forward to continuing to work with MLS members in her new capacity.

Library Directors Forums in January and February

We are pleased to announce two upcoming forums for Library Directors from all types of libraries.  Both events will be held at 11:30-1:30 and they are brown bag lunch meetings.

The main focus of these meetings is to provide a venue for library director discussion and networking.  We’ll provide brief MLS update and we are always happy to answer any questions about MLS.

January 27, 2016 – Suffolk University is hosting a forum for all Library Directors. RSVP

Feburary 10, 2016 – Belmont Public Library is hosting a forum for Urban Library Directors. RSVP

If you plan to attend and would like to suggest a topic, please send a note to


Open Position: Advisor

The Massachusetts Library System is pleased to announce an opening to join our Advisory Team. MLS invites high energy, forward thinking, and dynamic librarians to join our team in serving over 1,500 libraries of all types.  The Advisor will play an important role with providing youth advisory services and leading education opportunities for staff at MLS member libraries. MLS is a leader among national library systems, offering unique services and opportunities that benefit all who live, work, and study in MA.

Please see the Advisor Position Description for more information.

To apply:
Send a cover letter, resume and references to with “Advisor” in the subject line.  Applications are due January 4, 2016.

Best Retirement Wishes to Rick Levine

Rick is a familiar face to many MLS library members, as a technologist, teacher, consultant, and musician. Among his projects are years of database research, technology implementation, training, event coordination, and troubleshooting.

Rick has also contributed generously to our professional organizations, serving in the NELA Information Technology Section and coordinating technology at many local conferences and events. Sometimes he even brings his guitar along!

Rick joined the staff at the Central Massachusetts Regional Library System in 1998 and was part of the original advisory team at the MA Library System.

We will miss his expertise, good humor and wit, as well as his dedication to the best service for libraries of all types and sizes.  We all wish him the best as he transitions to retirement on January 1st!