August 2016 MLS Member Update

Our MLS monthly update for August is ready.

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  1. An update on the August Executive Board meeting with discussion on the anticipated shortfall for funding statewide databases in fy2018; endorsement of a statement on copyright from the library community; and the release of our new strategic plan draft.
  2. Committee updates-Nominating and Patron Information Sharing Study.
  3. Personnel changes
  4. MLS Service updates



New England Assessment in Action Symposium

ACRL/New England Chapter and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) present:
The New England Assessment in Action Symposium
Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 9am-3:30pm
Assumption College, Worcester, MA

Register online: One of the biggest challenges for academic libraries is how to measure impact and communicate value to campus leadership and accreditors. Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success is an initiative undertaken by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in order to help academic librarians build their skills in carrying out data-driven assessment projects.

Join us for this program to hear from your New England colleagues who participated in AiA, and learn how the academic library community might build on its success at the national and regional level. The program will include:

  • Keynote address by Irene Herold, 2016-17 ACRL President
  • Panel of AiA participants who will share their experience with the program
  • Poster presentations on action research projects conducted by AiA teams from 17 New England institutions
  • Roundtable discussions on challenges and opportunities in developing and sustaining library research projects

View the full program, including speaker information, poster abstracts, and resources.


Our Draft Strategic Plan is Here

Dear Mass Library System Members,

We are pleased to report that the Executive Board has approved the draft Strategic Plan: 2017-2019 for distribution. We offer a text version and and illustrated version for your review.  The MLS Strategic Planning Committee began this process in February 2016 and has been gathering and analyzing information since then.

Throughout this process we have heard three clear messages:

  1. MLS must continue to find ways to work closely with its members for the library community to thrive;
  2. Marketing and advocacy are vitally important to the future of libraries; and
  3. Change is a continuous theme for all libraries.

These repeated concerns and issues have become the basis for MLS’ strategic goals for 2017-2019.

Five overarching themes emerged to guide our direction and actions:

  • Strengthen the Massachusetts library community;
  • Use our resources efficiently for the best sustainable outcomes;
  • Social justice is an imperative for libraries and MLS;
  • Provide opportunities for MLS staff success;
  • Align actions with the MBLC.

We’d like to thank the 17 members of the Strategic Planning Committee, the MLS staff and Executive Board, everyone from the library community who participated in meetings, online discussions, or other conversations to make this possible, and our planning consultant Abby Straus (Maverick & Boutique) for her excellent facilitation.

We now present this draft for review to you, the Massachusetts library community, and we welcome your comments and suggestions.  Please join us at a Town Hall Meeting to share your thoughts and perspective; post your comments on our survey or feel free to contact us directly to make your voice heard.  Let us know how the plan can best benefit libraries and their constituencies.  We’d love to hear your suggestions.

Join the Conversation!

1.  Attend one of our Town Hall Meetings to present and discuss the plan with members and stakeholders .  Please join us at one of these in-person or online events–RSVP here   for an event in Pittsfield on 8/17, Northampton on 8/18, Middleton on 8/19, Plymouth 8/22, Boston on 8/26, Marlborough on 9/7, and online on 8/23 and 9/12.

2.  Contact the Planning Committee by September 1st:

Will Adamczyk (Milton Public Library) and Strategic Planning Committee Chair and MLS Executive Board Member | 617-898-4949

or Greg Pronevitz, MLS Executive Director | 508-357-2121 x303

3.  Complete our online input form by September 1st please Click Here


Will Adamczyk (Milton Public Library) and Strategic Planning Committee Chair | 617-898-4949

Greg Pronevitz, MLS Executive Director | 508-357-2121 x303