Purchase and Sale Agreement for Whately Facility Signed

Dear Massachusetts Library System Members,

We recently signed a purchase and sale agreement to sell the Whately facility to the Town of Whately.   A leaseback provision will allow some MLS staff to remain in-place for up to three months to give us sufficient time to find a suitable replacement office/training facility in Western Massachusetts. While a number of contingencies remain, we expect to close the sale this fall. We are actively seeking alternative locations in Western Massachusetts along the I-91 corridor between Greenfield and Springfield.

This step will allow MLS to reduce operating costs and eliminate ongoing facility management responsibilities. These savings will be used to provide services to members. The facility has been on the market for several years and two previous offers have not reached fruition.

This will be a short sale and involve substantial debt forgiveness by our mortgage holder, the USDA. In light of this fact, it is highly likely that we will need to dissolve the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System as we move forward to conclude the sale. This not-for-profit corporation has been dormant for five years and it is the property owner.

The Town of Whately plans to use the facility as Town Hall and headquarters for a new regional EMS service.

Please contact me if you have any questions.


Greg Pronevitz

Executive Director

Second Small Libraries Forum – Call for Presentations and Posters

Small Libraries Forum
September 23, 2015, 9:00am – 2:30pm
Sturbridge Host, Sturbridge

The Second Small Libraries Forum will be held again at the Sturbridge Host on Wednesday, September 23 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM. Over 100 members of small libraries attended to be inspired by our keynote and other libraries. Come join us again to learn and network with your colleagues. Registration is Open!

What has your library done that makes it shine? This year we are not only continuing the very popular poster/table talk presentations, but have made space for three 15-minute presentations by libraries to highlight a particular initiative or innovation in their small library.

We invite librarians from all small libraries to submit brief proposals for their presentation on the afternoon of September 23 at the Sturbridge Host. Libraries can also create a poster or tabletop display to be displayed on tables during a dedicated 45-minute session. No A/V will be provided, but libraries are welcome to bring laptops to show a slideshow.

Your proposal must be received by August 19 and should include:

  • Library Name, Location
  • Contact Person
  • Email:
  • Telephone
  • One paragraph description of your project or program.

You may find the application for the Forum Proposals here. Please feel free to contact Kristi Chadwick (x117) if you have any questions.

Welcome Betsy Meaden, Business and HR Director

Dear Mass Library System Members,Betsy00

Please join me in welcoming Betsy Meaden, MLS’s new Business and Human Resources Director.  She comes to us with strong experience in financial and HR management in the not-for-profit environment.  She is certified as PHR (Professional in Human Resources) and SHRM-CP (Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional).  We all look forward to working with her.

Betsy will be based in Whately and she’ll take responsibility for financial and HR management; purchasing cooperative; library delivery; and BiblioTemps services.

Betsy can be reached by email at betsy@masslibsystem.org or by phone at 508-357-2121 X 119 or toll free 866-627-7228 X 119 ( Mass. Only)



Greg Pronevitz, Executive Director

New BiblioBoard content available June 22!

On June 22, BiblioLabs will flip the switch to change over to the content that Content Selection Committee has chosen for the coming year. This includes some exciting new offerings like a collection from the Dummies series as well as comic book presses Dark Horse and Valiant. Descriptions and links to the modules are below. Happy eReading from Commonwealth eBook Collections!
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