Announce new staff members on the Resource Sharing Team

The Resource Sharing Team at the Massachusetts Library System is pleased to announce that we are growing.  We have been joined by Kara Kirby, who will be working half time, and Hansie Grignon who will be a full timer.  Kara and Hansie have written a sentence or two each about their background.  Please join us in welcoming them! Continue reading

CE and Advisory Committee News

The Continuing Education and Advisory Committee has two new co-chairs:  Bernadette Rivard, Director of the Bellingham Public Library, and Peter Struzziero, Director, Winthrop Public Library and Museum.  The twelve-member committee includes academic, public, school and special librarians from across the state as well as an Executive Board liaison and two staff liaisons.  See the complete charge and roster here.

What You Told Us: CE Survey Results

The results are in and we are pleased to share this brief summary:

The 2014 MLS Continuing Education Survey received a total of 627 responses.

Nearly 60% of those who responded had attended at least one MLS Continuing Education event in the last 12 months.

The majority of respondents to this survey came from Public Libraries with areas of responsibilities as Directors or in Youth Services.

In all questions in which we asked respondents to identify an interest in a specific topic area, in every category the respondents identified a technology topic as their number one option.

The only topic to break 60% in a very or extremely interested rating was eBooks with a score of 64% in Collection Training and 62% in Resource Sharing.

The most preferred format was Face to Face trainings with 72% of respondents ranking it as the most preferred or preferred method of training.

Go to Meeting and/or Go to Webinar was the most preferred online communication tool with 63% of respondents ranking it as the most preferred online communication tool. Respondents also choose Webinars (ex: GoToWebinar) as the most preferred delivery preference of online continuing education with a rating of 71%.

DEADLINE EXTENDED! MLS Executive Board Nominations

Seeking Nominations to the Executive Board

The Massachusetts Library System (MLS) is seeking nominations to serve on the Executive Board.  Board members represent member libraries: academic, special, school, and public libraries from all parts of the Commonwealth.  Three board members will be elected for three-year terms, beginning January 2015.  A slate of candidates will be approved by the Council of Members at its November 2014 annual meeting.

The Executive Board governs the business and affairs of MLS.  It typically meets for three hours, twelve times a year.  Most meetings are held at the MLS headquarters in Marlborough and some are at other locations around the state.  The option to attend remotely is available; however in-person attendance is best.

If you are interested in serving on the Board, please complete the online self-nomination form at http://www.masslibsystem.org/executive-board-nomination-form/ by 5:00 p.m., Thursday, July 17, 2014.

Please contact the Nominating Committee at nominations@masslibsystem.org if you have questions.  MLS bylaws are available at www.masslibsystem.org/bylaws.