Project SET Alumni Spotlight: Lilly Sundell-Thomas

Lilly Sundell-Thomas was a participant in our 2015 SET Cohort. Since the conclusion of SET Lilly has been hard at work at the Somerville Public Library finding creative ways to meet the needs of her library patrons.

What were your goals for Project SET? How did these develop throughout the Project? Did you meet them?
I entered Project SET as a very new librarian and so my major goals were to make connections in the Massachusetts library community and learn about what was happening at libraries across the state. I absolutely met this goal! Whenever I attend regional workshops or conferences, I run into someone associated with Project SET. Even if I don’t see a Project SET participant from my cohort, my involvement in the program is a nice conversation starter.

Identify one goal you have for your career, your library, and for the Massachusetts library community?
As a programming and outreach librarian, I am constantly thinking about new and interesting ways to engage with patrons and the community in general. It is clear to me that the role of libraries is shifting in the digital age, and so my main goal as a librarian is to keep libraries relevant. Libraries will always be places for people of all ages to borrow books and media, but they are also becoming gathering spaces for people to learn new skills. I hope that librarians across the state will recognize this shift, think outside the box, and embrace change. It is my personal goal to develop creative programs that will remind people that the library is an essential part of the community.

Project SET is a professional learning cohort that supports the development of individual career goals and the exploration of other aspects of the library community. Every session provides the chance for participants to build knowledge, communication skills, connections, awareness, and confidence as an information professional.

For additional information about Project SET visit our LibGuide!   

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A Season of Hygge at the Groton Public Library

This winter, I discovered a booklet at my neighboring library, the Groton Public Library, announcing a Season of Hygge.  I enjoyed reading the Little Book of Hygge and loved the helpful tips to bring more coziness and happiness into our lives with simple things like spending more time with friends and family, expressing gratitude, lighting candles, playing board games, wearing comfortable clothes, and drinking lots of hot cocoa and tea.  We can learn a lot from the Danish about how to create a warm and comfortable atmosphere for our libraries and homes. In this interview, Lisa Baylis and Deb Dowson tell us about the Groton Public Library’s experience with a Season of Hygge.

Groton Public Library

Groton Public Library

What inspired your selection of The Little Book of Hygge for your community read and the theme for your winter and spring programs?

Groton Public Library:  The positive joyful message, focus on natural products and experiences, encouraging small scale interpersonal connections, home grown events, and warm and cozy ideas for a winter month.

Which of your hygge themed programs were most popular?

Alpaca at Warm and Cozy Event

GPL:  Warm and Fuzzy Kickoff Event: This was a huge success! We had two visiting alpacas to meet from a local farm and crock pots full of hot cocoa. People from the Luina Grenine Farm were here to answer questions and display products that the incredibly soft alpaca fur gets transformed into. (socks, hats, stuffed animals, etc.) It was a hit with every age, and we had a lot of families attending with multiple generations! (same with the board games…) Continue reading

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Project SET Alumni Spotlight: Michelle Gario

Michelle Gario was a participant in our 2015 SET Cohort. Since the conclusion of SET Michelle has been creating and providing amazing programing opportunities to her library patrons in Seekonk.

What did you learn about yourself as a participant in Project SET?
As a participant in Project SET I learned that there are many opportunities in Massachusetts to grow and contribute. It was an amazing opportunity to be with a cross section of library professionals from many fields and experience levels.

What one thing do you most want other people to know about your experience with Project SET? What are you most proud of?
Project SET is a great opportunity to develop your skills as a presenter and contributor to the library community. I am most proud of getting out of the familiar and being exposed to different perspectives in librarianship.

Project SET is a professional learning cohort that supports the development of individual career goals and the exploration of other aspects of the library community. Every session provides the chance for participants to build knowledge, communication skills, connections, awareness, and confidence as an information professional.

For additional information about Project SET visit our LibGuide!

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Procurement: Chapter 30B and MHEC

Do you have questions about procurement requirements? How MHEC relates to those requirements? How can I use MHEC contracts effectively? This program provides you information to answer those questions.

MHEC logoProcurement: Chapter 30B and MHEC
Friday, April 27th 10AM-1PM
MLS-Marlborough Register!

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Neil Cohen, CFE, Director, Office of the Massachusetts Inspector General, will present a 30B overview and answer your questions about procurement law.
  • An overview of MHEC/MLS contracts and an introduction to related resources from the MHEC MLS Guide.
  • MHEC Website training presented by Jacqueline Cashin, CGA, CA, Manager Library Procurement Contracts, MCPPO, MHEC.
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Where in Massachusetts has BiblioTemps® been?

Shelah Coullard, Bibliotemps Manager, has been on an outreach mission to libraries around the state recently. The libraries of Massachusetts have diverse and colorful backgrounds and great histories. Some are old and some are young, some have interesting exteriors while others have fantastic interiors. And MLS wants to visit all of them!

Take the Bolton Public Library for example. The architecture is Tudor style both inside and out. The beautiful stone masonry exterior and high interior wood beams bring a cozy warm feeling to the space. You may be surprised to find an old safe preserved in the space, which was originally used to house town records and rare books. The staff at the Bolton library are a pleasure to meet. They are familiar with all the services MLS offers, including BiblioTemps®. BiblioTemps® has provided staffing help for them in the past and we love working with them. If you are in the Bolton vicinity, the library is a splendid place to explore!

Where will BiblioTemps® be next? Watch this space for more information. And call today for all your staffing needs! Shelah Coullard, Bibliotemps Manager

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