Position Open: Training and Advisory Services Director

The Massachusetts Library System (MLS) is offering an exciting employment opportunity for a highly motived leader to direct a talented team of advisors in providing training, professional development, and advisory (consulting) services to 1,600 multi-type Massachusetts Libraries. The director serves on MLS’s leadership team in developing a holistic approach to empowering and enhancing Massachusetts libraries; organizational development, and setting policy; and reports to the executive director.  Please see the Position Description for more information.

Our mission is to foster cooperation, communication, innovation, and sharing among member libraries of all types.  We support the library workforce with training, advisory, and a unique temporary employment service called BiblioTemps®. We support provision of content electronically and through mediated ILL and document delivery, and physical delivery. Other services include a statewide purchasing cooperative for materials and supplies, a shared ILS for smaller libraries called MassCat, and a strong statewide summer reading program that reaches thousands of residents. We aspire to exploring innovative ways to strengthen libraries and bring the Massachusetts library community together. We believe that Libraries are stronger when they work together. MLS promotes equitable access to excellent library services and resources for all who live, work, or study in Massachusetts.

Applications received by February 15, 2015 will receive first consideration. Please provide a letter of application, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references. We will notify candidates prior to contacting references. Send applications to employment@masslibsystem.org. Please state “Application TASD” in your subject line. All applications will be acknowledged by return email.

We welcome nominations of qualified candidates. Please forward nominations with your own and your nominee’s contact information to employment@masslibsystem.org. Please state “Nomination TASD” in your subject line. All nominations will be acknowledged by return email.

If you are attending ALA’s Midwinter Conference in Chicago, we would be pleased to arrange informational discussions with qualified candidates and members of our search committee.

Please contact Greg Pronevitz, Executive Director, at 508-357-2121 x303 with any questions or to arrange an informal discussion.

Recruiting schedule – Screening of applications will begin in mid-February. Initial screening of candidates will begin by late February.   Telephone reference checks will begin shortly thereafter for those candidates we are considering for the second round of screening. Finalists will be invited for additional interviews after reference checks for interviews in Marlborough mid-March through April 10, 2015.

MLS is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, age, marital status, sex, physical or mental challenge, creed, religion, political affiliation, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.  Members of underrepresented groups, and those committed to working in a diverse cultural environment are encouraged to apply.

About the Massachusetts Library System (MLS)

Our organization was formed by the merger of six regional library systems in 2010. We were one of many groups of regional library systems that merged at that time as a result of the economic crisis. MLS is a member-driven not-for-profit corporation governed by a 15-member Executive Board which is elected by the membership. MLS is funded chiefly by state appropriations and that funding has been stable since 2010 at about $7 million per year. Staffing stands at 27 FTE with plans to add several positions when increased funding permits.

Our new organization is maturing and we are now making special efforts to recruit a diverse pool of candidates for this position. We are boosting our efforts and attention to diversity in other ways. We will be working with our membership to discuss services to diverse patrons. We plan to identify effective ways to incorporate the needs of diverse populations in our work.

MLS provides important services to our membership: Training, Advisory, Cooperative Purchasing, eContent (reference and eBooks), Mediated ILL and Document Delivery, Physical Delivery, Shared ILS (MassCat), Summer Reading, and Temporary Library Staffing (Bibliotemps™).

MLS has two offices; one in Marlborough and the other in Whately. Our Marlborough office is located 30 miles west of Boston and 18 miles east of Worcester with easy highway access from I-495 and I-90 and outside the major rush hour traffic issues. Our Whately office is located 28 miles north of Springfield in a scenic rural area but close to a major highway. We plan move within a year into new quarters along the I-91 corridor between Springfield and Greenfield.

Please see the Position Description.




Deb Hoadley Named Interim Training and Advisory Services Director

Dear Mass Library System Members,

I am pleased to announce that Deb Hoadley has been named Interim Training and Advisory Services Director as of January 1st. Deb will be coordinating our training, professional development, and advisory services until the position is filled.  You can reach her at dhoadley@masslibsystem.org or 508-357-2121 x309.

She brings an excellent background to this role with her strong planning, training and advisory skills along with her proven project management experience as evidenced by last year’s MA eBook pilot project.

I look forward to working with her on the Management Team to maintain a smooth transition as we move forward into the New Year. The posting for the permanent position will occur very soon.

Please join me in welcoming her to this role as Interim Director.


Greg Pronevitz

Executive Director

Member Forums in 2015

We are scheduling six member forums across the Commonwealth in 2015 to foster dialog with members.  You and all staff in MLS member libraries are invited.  Each forum will include an update on “what’s new” at MLS and we’ll host focused discussions with MLS staff and Executive Board members on specific service areas.

The first event is scheduled for January 13, 2015 at the new South Hadley Public Library.  Our three targeted discussions in January will be as follows:

1.     Commonwealth eBook Collections;
2.     MLS/MHEC Purchasing Cooperative; and
3.     We’ll have an area to discuss other topics of interest to the membership.

Member Forum 2015 Schedule.  We’ll announce additional locations as they are confirmed.

January 13 at South Hadley Public Library (RSVP).
March 19 at TBA
May 21 at TBA
July 16 at TBA
September 17 at TBA
November 19 at TBA

We hope you will take this opportunity to meet with MLS staff and Board members and share your thoughts and ideas about our services and your libraries.  Please join us at one of these events.

Reduced registration to Computers in Libraries

Members can attend Computers in Libraries at reduced rates through MLS’ membership in Lyrasis.

Please note new dates for the conference:

Due to unforeseen circumstances at the Hilton Washington, the conference hotel, Computers in Libraries will now be April 27-29, about 4 weeks later than originally announced. Preconference workshops will take place on April 26 followed by two full days of exhibits on April 27 and 28.

To learn more and to register, visit the Lyrasis information page.

Regional Resource Sharing Symposium: Interstate Opportunities

Save the date:  February 24, 2015

at the Beechwood Hotel, Worcester, Massachusetts

The Boston Library Consortium and the Massachusetts Library System are pleased to announce the Regional Resource Sharing Symposium: Interstate Opportunities.  Join your colleagues throughout the Northeast to begin a discussion of interstate collaboration on resource sharing and delivery.
Our keynote speaker, Valerie Horton, Minitex Executive Director, comes with rich interstate resource sharing experience.  Valerie was a co-founder of the COKAMO interstate delivery in Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri.  Currently her organization provides and supports resource sharing in four states in the upper Midwest (Minnesota, the Dakotas, and Wisconsin).

For more information about the event or to sign up for updates, visit:

About the Boston Library Consortium
The Boston Library Consortium, an association of 17 academic and research libraries located in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire, supports resource sharing and enhancement of services to users through programs in cooperative collecting, access to electronic resources and physical collections, and enhanced interlibrary loan and document delivery. The BLC sustains strategic, cost-effective partnerships to achieve collaboratively what cannot be achieved singularly.

Susan Stearns, Executive Director, Boston Library Consortium
sstearns@blc.org | 617-262-6244

About the Massachusetts Library System
The Massachusetts Library System, a state-supported collaborative, fosters cooperation, communication, innovation, and sharing among member libraries of all types.  The MLS promotes equitable access to excellent library services and resources for all who live, work, or study in Massachusetts.

Greg Pronevitz, Executive Director, Massachusetts Library System
greg@masslibsystem.org | 508-357-2121 x303