MLS Strategic Planning RFP and Committee Announced

MLS has issued a Request for Proposals for Strategic Planning Consultation and Facilitation. Responses received by November 20, 2015 will receive first consideration.

The Strategic Planning Committee has been formed to develop and finalize MLS’s second strategic plan in November 2016.

The RFP, Committee Roster, and tentative schedule are available for download on a new MLS Guide.

Please share this information with qualified consultants.

MLS 2015 Annual Meeting: Adventures in Outreach

Join us for the MLS’ annual meeting–Adventures in Outreach.  Following our business meeting, presentations on the budget, plan of service, and slate of candidates, we are featuring debut presentations crafted by Project SET participants focused on the theme of outreach. Come discover the inspirational results of this yearlong project designed to cultivate presentation and leadership skills among your Massachusetts library colleagues.

Project SET: Skills, Empowerment, Talent is a learning community guided by members of the Mass. Library Systems Advisory team. Project SET has been established in order to cultivate talent and provide support and encouragement to build participants confidence and strengthen their career paths.

We invite you for a full day of rich programming, breakfast and lunch.  There is no charge to attend but you must register in advance.


>2015 MLS Annual Meeting Packet

To save paper, two copies of the packet will be available at each table.

The Agenda

November 2, 2015 at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester

9:00 Registration & Refreshments

9:30 Business Meeting and Announcements

Welcome – Margot Malachowski, President

MLS Update – Greg Pronevitz, Executive Director

Business Meeting– Margot Malachowski, President, presiding

  • Approve Minutes of November 2014 Meeting
  • Approve Budget & Plan of Service for fy2017
  • Approve Slate of Candidates and Officers

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Update – Dianne Carty, Director

11:00 AM – Project SET Crew–The philosophy behind Project SET* and a few words on the theme of outreach, plus an introduction to our participants.

11:30 AM – Breakouts

Outreach from the inside out

  • Presented by Karen Horn and Jazmin Idakaar
  • Reality Bytes…. Electronic Collections and the Usage Question…. How much, by Whom, Costs What?
    Presented by Kirsten Underwood with guest panelists Ellen Rainville, Clayton Cheever, Elizabeth Thomsen, and Myron Schirer-Suter.
  • Not Your Average Information Literacy: Cultivating the Library’s Virtual Space through Twitter
    Presented by Erica Street

12:30 PM – Lunch

1:30 PM – Ignite Sessions

  • If You Build It, They Will Come: A Makerspace Story, Michelle Gario
  • Getting Personal: Developing a Personalized Reading List Service, Lilly Sundell- Thomas
  • NOW That’s What I Call Programming: Reaching Generation #Yolo, Liz Reed
  • Outreach through mobile library services, Rebecca Folb
  • Get Back In There!  Inside-the-box Outreach, Katrina Ireland
  • No Patron Left Behind, Jonathan Schmidt

2:30 PM – Wrap up

The Future of Project SET and Participant meet and greet.

2:45 PM – Adjournment

* Project SET: Skills, Empowerment, Talent is a learning community guided by members of the Mass. Library Systems Advisory team. Project participants spent the past year engaging in activities and discussions designed to develop their leadership skills as a trainer in the library community.