Celebrating 50 Years of Dodie Gaudet!

Staff member Dodie Gaudet, circa 1970Ladies and Gentlemen of the Massachusetts Library Community, please join MLS in thanking Dodie Gaudet for 50 years of library service. Dodie began her career the Monday after Thanksgiving, 1967 as a Cataloger at UMass Amherst. You may know Dodie as the Cataloger for MassCat. You may know Dodie as the Cataloging Professor for Simmons School of Library and Information Science, West. Staff member Dodie Gaudet, circa 1980sYou may know Dodie as a Trustee of the Hatfield Public Library. Or from work with the Friends of UMass/Amherst Libraries, or NETSL or from wide reaching consulting in central and western Massachusetts. Dodie has been solving the cataloging, AACR, MARC, Staff member Dodie Gaudetand RDA problems of Massachusetts for five decades. Dodie knows all the acronyms. The Massachusetts Library Community is very fortunate to have Dodie among our ranks. Please join us in thanking Dodie for 50 years of service.

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2017 Summer Library Program Press release

November 27, 2017-Massachusetts Libraries were incredibly active during the summer of 2017. A record high of 462,749 people attended programs held in 293 participating libraries across the Commonwealth. These public libraries offered over 18,000 programs for all ages during the summer months; an increase of approximately 1,400 programs from 2016. In 2017, 119,154 participants of all ages registered for Summer Library Programs, with 34,229 using Wandoo Reader, the statewide online tool offering registration and tracking reading from anywhere with Internet access.

2017 was our seventh year as members of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), allowing MA libraries to share the same program, theme, incentives, and artwork with many other states across the nation. The Massachusetts Library System (MLS) continues to provide membership to the CSLP for each public library member along with the program manual, posters, and bookmarks.

Participating libraries really enjoyed the 2017 theme of “Build A Better World” finding it flexible and appealing to many age ranges from construction for young children to social awareness for teens and adults. They loved the colorful, playful artwork especially all-ages materials they could use to engage the whole family. Libraries across Massachusetts also showed appreciation for the bookmarks, posters, and manuals they received as part of the statewide Summer Library Program. As one librarian stated, “It was my first year working in a Massachusetts library this summer. I love the support and the cooperation that I have experienced! I appreciated how easily this year’s theme could be used in a variety of different ways.”

MLS also continued working with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) to bring the much loved and appreciated Boston Bruins Partnership to libraries. The Bruins visited 11 libraries for special events with Blades the Bear and the Bruins Promo Team. Additionally, thanks to the Bruins support, poster costs were covered for all programs for all libraries, and participants had the opportunity to win prizes provided by the Boston Bruins. The Western MA Library Advocates (WMLA) once again coordinated the donations of incentives from the Big E, Yankee Candle, USS Constitution and Friendly’s Restaurants. Librarians statewide report the high value of these incentives and partnerships.

MLS and Massachusetts libraries are already planning for summer 2018, inspired by the theme of “Libraries Rock!”, and will continue our tradition of offering a quality, educational, and fun program for all ages available at your public library.

For more information, contact:

April Mazza
MLS Consultant

Christi Showman Farrar
MLS Consultant

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Project SET at NELA

MLS Consultant April Mazza, one of the facilitators of Project SET, reflects on a recent Project SET conference presenation.

librarian, Rob Lorino, at a podium with presentation slide featured behind him

Rob Lorino

Two past Project SET participants presented at the New England Library Association 2017 conference in Burlington, VT in October. Rob Lorino, Adult Services Librarian at the Robbins Library in Arlington, presented “It’s Time For Libraries To Level Up!” an extension of their ignite session from the 2016 MLS Annual Meeting. Rob explained the research and background regarding video games and their inclusion in library collection. They talked about their own experience circulating games and also shared insights and information from other libraries making the session very comprehensive. At the conclusion Rob expertly provided practical tips on starting a game collection including tips on buying and security. If anyone listening wasn’t convinced about having video games in their library they were after Rob’s presentation!

librarian Bill Mongelli standing at a podium and speaking

Bill Mongelli

Bill Mongelli presented “I need a good laugh: How to Give a Laughter-as-Therapy Program in Your Library” based on the programming he has done as Librarian at MCI-Norfolk. With a title like that most people came prepared to laugh but they also learned a lot. There are different kinds of stress and different types of humor and Bill explained the benefits of laughter therapy and why a library might want to run a program for patrons and/or staff. He explained how an extensive program like his at the prison could be tailored for shorter library sessions. He also provided resources and explained how to find a certified laughter yogi in your area.

Both Rob and Bill really amazed me with their presentations – they were interesting, engaging, and very informative. I don’t think I am being biased because I work on Project SET, I really think they stood out from the many great programs at NELA because they were clearly passionate and knowledgeable about their topics. Also, they both had really fun visuals!

a picture of a presentation slide featuring a cat. It's a librarian thing - cats everywhere.

Project SET also provided for the requisite cat sighting at any library event.

Rob’s presentation slides can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5URcN36V8kXSVB6d0tRSVlnLUU/view

Bill’s resources are at the NELA website: http://conference2017.nelib.org/conference-presentations-handouts/

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Member Update – November 2017

Dear MLS Members,

I am writing to announce our November 2017 MLS Update.  DOWNLOAD

Selected Contents:

  • fy2017 Annual Report
  • Upcoming Events – Library Directors’ Forums – Dec. – Jan.
  • Annual Meeting Action & Reports
  • RFPs
  • Teen Summit Notes
  • BiblioTemps Curiosities
  • New and Returning Members

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Greg Pronevitz,
Executive Director

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2017 Teen Summit Reflection

On Tuesday, October 17 over 160 librarians from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire attended the 9th Annual MLS/RIOLIS Teen Summit to share, learn, and discuss all things teen services. The day began with a keynote by Danielle Allen, Ph.D., James Bryant Conant University Professor and Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Dr. Allen’s work with the Youth Participatory Politics Research Network was the reason she was chosen to speak at Teen Summit. Attendees were given a thought-provoking introduction to the Network’s “10 Questions for Change Makers”, a framework to help youth determine their ability and place in civic engagement. In addition to her work researching youth participatory politics, Dr. Allen is also an author. She spoke briefly about her new book, Cuz: the life and times of Michael A., the story of Dr. Allen’s cousin who, as a teen, was caught in a cycle of violence and incarceration.

The majority of the day-long conference consisted of break-out sessions on hot-topics in teen services. Participants were able to choose from sessions on great adult graphic novels for teens, breaking mental health stigma, providing safe spaces for teens, and creating social justice zines. The final session of the day was an ignite-style panel of program ideas for all types of library settings, from large-scale events like a Harry Potter party, to library-classroom collaborations in a high school. Feedback for the sessions was positive, with librarians saying the day included a “great selection of topics, breakouts, and panel speakers” and that they “always feel inspired after the Teen Summit.” 

Massachusetts Library System (MLS) and the Rhode Island Office of Library Services (RIOLIS) would like to thank all the librarians and experts who made Teen Summit possible, with an especially warm thank-you to Eduporium, our coffee sponsor and Tech Petting Zoo host. The MA-based company is a reseller of STEAM and MakerED innovative technology, providing kits and support to schools and libraries.

To read more about the 2017 Teen Summit, and to find handouts from the sessions, visit our LibGuide. We hope to see you all next year at our 10th Annual Teen Summit!

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