Thanks to Committee Volunteers

The Massachusetts Library System has a number of committees and task forces comprised of member library and stakeholder staff.  These bodies perform the essential function of providing a voice of the membership in MLS decision-making.  The Executive Board and staff rely on these volunteers to provide ideas and to act as a sounding board in our discussions. These committees also provide guidance and direction in many MLS activities, e.g., planning for continuing education and eContent services.

We recently updated all of our rosters and we invite you to review the committee rosters and charges by visiting:  Thanks to these volunteers! We really appreciate your contributions.

Most committee members serve a two-year (renewable) term. And we strive to provide representation from all parts of the Commonwealth and from different types and sizes of library, so we may favor a new member to fill a gap. We plan to issue a call to fill anticipated vacancies next March/April.

I invite you to contact me or any committee liaison about the role or activities of MLS committees.

Thanks again to our volunteers.

Greg Pronevitz –

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%.