Is your library open 24 hours a day?

The temperature has dropped, pumpkin spice coffee is back, and school is in full swing. It may feel like summer just ended but before we know it, winter will be upon us. That means that libraries are now filled with hard working students looking for research materials and studying for tests. To make that task easier, Westfield State University opens its doors 24 hours a day at the Ely Library during finals week every semester. Students can access their resources at all hours of the day and night to ensure they are prepared for exams and can complete their essay papers. To do this, they hire BiblioTemps® Every winter and spring, we provide an Overnight Circulation Desk Attendant who keeps the library open from midnight to 8:00 am. We are happy to have helped keep Ely Library accessible to students during that critical study period since 2013!

Here’s what they say about our services, “At the end of both the fall and spring semester, we are open 24 hours.  We need a librarian to work at our Circulation desk between midnight and 8 a.m. for those days.  We have used BiblioTemps®  for this purpose for years. Highly satisfied.”

BiblioTemps®  can provide temporary or permanent staff for all your patron needs, including SAT and MCAS testing periods, essay or dissertation season or during semester exams. For more information about how to hire BiblioTemps® to help the students in your area, call or email Shelah Coullard at 508-357-2121 ext. 322 today!

http://www.bibliotemps.com/

 

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Project SET Spotlight: Natane Halasz

photo of Project SET participant Natane HalaszIntroducing Natane Halasz! She is the InfoBar Evening Associate at Harold F. Johnson Library, Hampshire College. Recently we had a chance to ask Natane what attracted her to Project SET.

“As someone still new to the new to the LIS profession, I’m always interested to know about opportunities to broaden my skill set and knowledge, and Project SET was exactly the kind of professional development I was looking for: extended, scaffolded, and highly supportive. Being a 2017 participant is giving me a greater awareness of some of the most pressing issues facing libraries. Aside from strengthening skills such as public speaking, I’m clarifying my career goals. Finally, it’s very inspiring and encouraging to hear and learn from fellow library staff from all over Massachusetts!”

Want to see the final projects of our past Project SET participants? Check it out at http://guides.masslibsystem.org/projectset16

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Delivery Survey Time!

It’s that time again…. Once again, MLS will be collecting delivery statistics from all member libraries who receive delivery. Accurate figures on how delivery is used help us to allocate funding during our planning and budgeting process. As we have done previously, data will be collected using Survey Monkey. This survey will be used to capture delivery statistics, including bins delivered and bins/items put into delivery. Mark you Calendar! Survey Week October 16th-20th 

Please use this link to input your numbers.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/October2017DeliverySurvey

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Project SET Spotlight: Elizabeth McGovern

photo of Project SET participantIntroducing Elizabeth McGovern! She is the Head of Children’s Services at Westwood Public Library. Recently we had a chance to ask Elizabeth what attracted her to Project SET.

“I have reached a point in my career where I want to grow professionally and engage thoughtfully with the larger community of my peers, in the library field. I wanted to be able to share ideas and inspire fellow librarians to take chances, think outside the box, and look for solutions. Project SET has given me the opportunity to enhance my leadership skills when instructing and sharing knowledge to staff; as well to hone my ability to think about emerging trends and how they relate to library culture. I hope to be more involved/present in the library field and be able to bring new ideas to life at my library.”

Want to see the final projects of our past Project SET participants? Check it out at http://guides.masslibsystem.org/projectset16

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Ninth Annual Teen Summit: Register Today

We are excited to welcome our keynote speaker, Danielle Allen, PhD, Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and author of Cuz: the life and times of Michael A. who will be speaking about civic engagement and teens in society. Professor Allen is a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought. Her current work focuses on the connection between education and democratic equality, as well as the significance of political equality for theoretical accounts of justice.

Save your seat! To register and learn more visit our Event Guide.

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