Judy Zomer has decided to leave her position as Resource Sharing Assistant. Judy was among the first group of Resource Sharing Assistants hired when the MLS took over Mediated ILL Services in 2014. Prior to that, Judy worked in Circulation and Interlibrary Loan at Wellesley Free Library and in the Massachusetts Metrowest Regional Library System where she was responsible for Delivery among many other things. Judy’s last day with us was January 25th. We know that Judy will likely continue to be very busy in the near distant future, but after that we look forward to hearing tales of the travels we know she anticipates having the time to enjoy. Join us in wishing Judy well!
Dear MLS Members,
I am writing to announce our January 2018 MLS Update. DOWNLOAD
- Greg Pronevitz Announces July Retirement
- Western Massachusetts Regional Library System Dissolved
- Directors’ Forums
- eBook RFP Update
- On the Road with Gale
- 1 in 5: Disability Essentials in Your Library – Webinar Series
- Interlibrary Loan Policy Revision Approved by the Executive Board
- Interlibrary Loan Policy
Please let me know if you have any questions.
We are excited to announce the 1 in 5 Disability Essentials in Your Library webinar series, a continuation of the 1 in 5 program. Please join us, webinars are free and suitable for all.
Tuesday, January 30, 12-1pm
Accessibility and Electronic Resources: A Case Study on Evaluating eBooks
Vendors often claim that their products are accessibility-compliant and easy to use, but is that really true? In this session, we’ll examine some ways in which you can evaluate your electronic resources for accessibility and usability. Using the context of eBooks, we’ll discuss rubrics, VPATs, and the do’s and don’ts of accessibility testing. Libraries with dedicated accessibility software may find this session the most useful but with accessibility features built into smartphones and devices, library staff members from all library types are encouraged to attend.
• Introductory knowledge of accessibility in libraries
• Methods for evaluating accessibility of electronic resources in libraries
• Lessons learned from a case study of live-testing eBooks for accessibility
Speaker: Tressa Santillo, Electronic Resources Coordinator, Massachusetts Library System
Monday, February 12, 2-3pm
Disability on the Shelf: Looking for Representation in Library Collections
When asked, we all can think of a book, movie, or TV show that features a disabled character, but we don’t often think about the representation itself. With diversity and representation increasingly a part of our Collection Development practices, it is important we don’t continue to overlook this aspect. In this webinar, we invite participants to learn about disability, to gain an awareness of representation, and learn vocabulary and resources to evaluate materials.
• Introduction to disability as a facet of diversity representation
• Concepts of disability
• Awareness of tropes, stereotypes, and representation in popular media
• Vocabulary to discuss and evaluate materials
Presenter: Tegan Mannino, Circulation Supervisor & Cataloger, Monson Free Library
Save the Dates!
Monday, March 12, 10-11am
Is Everyone Invited? Accessible Events at your Library
Tuesday, September 11, 12-1pm
Autistics in the Library: How Libraries Can More Effectively Serve Patrons and Employees on the Spectrum
MLS is gearing up for its second round of in-person Gale training sessions. Take advantage of Gale’s expert trainer, Stacey Knibloe, who will provide an overview of Gale resources and be available to answer your questions. Register Now!
Stacey will be stopping in:
MLS is planning afternoon sessions at public libraries and evening sessions at nearby school libraries. We hope to see you there!
Both MLS offices are closed Wednesday, January 17th due to inclement weather.
MLS staff will be working remotely, feel free to contact us by email or phone. Please see contact list.