Class Canceled Mon, October 30-Flint Memorial Library, Middleton

Due to power outages and hazardous road conditions from last night’s storm, we’ve  CANCELED today’s workshops in Middleton. These two workshops are “Get STEAMed” and “Run with Scisssors”. We’ll post a new date for these sessions as soon as it is scheduled. In the meantime, check out our extensive Resource Guide: Get STEAMED and Run with Scizzors.

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Taking on a Project? Think BiblioTemps®!

In mid-July, MBLC announced the Provisional Construction Grant recipients, which awards monies to libraries to for “Planning and Design” and “Construction”. To redesign, renovate or move a library is a huge undertaking that requires coordination, time, and effort from all members of the library staff. The logistics alone are complicated and can be extremely stressful. The Eastham Public Library knows all too well what this exciting but difficult project involves. The final stage to any move is, of course, physically transferring the entire contents of the building to the new location. You could close the old building, pack everything, ship it to the new location, unpack everything, re-shelve all the books, and set up all the equipment and then, finally, open the doors! This means your library has to close for weeks or even months. Or you could move and set up the new location over a period of time while maintaining the old or temporary facility. Eastham Public Library did just that! To ensure their staff was not overworked and stressed out, they called BiblioTemps® to the rescue. We provided a qualified paraprofessional who had worked in the CLAMS library system and was able to step in and serve patrons at their old location for two months while the regular staff moved and trained in the new location. Debra DeJonker-Berry, the Library Director at Eastham Public Library had this to say about BiblioTemps®, “We moved into our new library.  Our temp enabled staff to be able to get into the new library before opening WHILE keeping our temporary library open.”

Library projects are a fantastic way to add to your patrons’ experiences, but they can also overburden your regular team. Let BiblioTemps® help by employing skilled and trained temporary staff during your next project! For more information about how BiblioTemps® can help your library, call Shelah Coullard at 508-357-2121 ext. 322 today!

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Project SET Spotlight: Danielle Masterson

photo of Project SET participant Danielle MastersonIntroducing Danielle Masterson! She is the Head of Youth Services at Flint Memorial Library. Recently we had a chance to ask Danielle what attracted her to Project SET.

“I have always been someone who enjoys learning. When Christi Farrar suggested I look at Project SET, I sheepishly admitted I had been ogling the flyer, but wasn’t sure if I had what it takes. With Christi’s support, I’m here! I hope to learn more about librarianship, while honing my presentation skills and instructional design. I also really want to become more active in MLS and work with others across the state.”

Want to see the final projects of our past Project SET participants? Check it out at

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Announcing Institute for Database Engagement and Leadership (IDEAL) Participants

MLS is pleased to announce our first ever group of participants for IDEAL!

Hedda Monaghan Framingham State University
Beverly Bullock Greenfield Public Library
Kathleen McCabe Kenny Nevins Memorial Library
Christopher Callaghan Milton Public Library
Elizabeth Safford Boxford Town Library
Sara Kelso Peabody Institute Library
Janet Dawson Hampden Wilbraham Regional School District
Erica Street Gordon College
Danny Lykansion Chelmsford Public Library
Kathy Downey Lowell High School
Lynn Loftus Burncoat Middle School
Mary Millette Greater Lawrence Technical School
Carol Gafford Swansea Public Library
Kelly Depin Derby Academy
Alexis Chanthachack Beals Memorial Library
Elizabeth McKinstry Worcester Public Library
Dave Bartos Morse Institute Library


The Institute for Database Engagement and Leadership (IDEAL) is a comprehensive program focusing on the awareness, promotion, and usage of the Gale Massachusetts statewide database. Participants will learn how to promote and increase individual and library engagement with MA statewide databases and will share experiences and lessons learned with colleagues at all levels.

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Member Update – October 2017

Dear MLS Members,

I am writing with our October 2017 update.  DOWNLOAD

Selected Contents:

  • Packet Available for Council of Members Annual Meeting on Nov.6-RSVP by Nov. 1
  • Executive Board Actions in October
  • Delivery Survey and RFP
  • Commonwealth eBook Collections RFP
  • Consulting/Training News
  • BiblioTemps 24 hours a day
  • Upcoming Events – Directors’ Forums – Nov.-Jan.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Greg Pronevitz,
Executive Director

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