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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Project SET Alumni Spotlight:Bill Mongelli

Bill Mongelli was a participant in our 2016 SET Cohort. Since completing SET Bill has continued to update his prison library blog- www.jailfire.net. Bill presented “I need a good laugh:” How to Give a Laughter-as-Therapy Program in Your Library at the 2017 NELA Conference. This winter Bill instructed a 6 week moodle course for ASCLA (Association of Specialized and Cooperative Agencies) called “The Prison Library as an Agent of Rehabilitative Change”. In June he will be offering an InfoPeople webinar called “HT Give a Laughter-as-Therapy Program in Your Library”.

What did you learn about yourself as a participant in Project SET?
I learned how different giving a presentation is from teaching in a classroom! Unique skill sets. And I needed to learn that, because I always thought “If you can teach, you can present.” Au contraire.

I also learned how useful the ADDIE instructional design worksheet is when contemplating a program or grant proposal. Project SET helped to shatter some of my notions about speaking and about program planning.

What one thing do you most want other people to know about your experience with Project SET? What are you most proud of?
I’d like everyone to know how sincerely and passionately the MLS staff care about the Massachusetts library community. They go out of their way to help you achieve your professional goals. And they are all personable people!

What I am most proud of is that I forced myself out of my comfort zone in order to pick up skills that I need to have. Project SET taught me that instead of being afraid of failing, I should rather be afraid of not trying. That is a lesson I never want to forget, and one I wished I’d learned a lot earlier in my career.

Identify one goal you have for your career, your library, and for the Massachusetts library community?
One of my goals is to publish a text on my experiences with the beneficial effects of cognitive-based programming in the lives of the incarcerated. I would then like to present my findings at the national American Correctional Association conference.

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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ILL User Group Announcement

Join the Massachusetts Library System and Boston Public Library ILL teams to discuss the latest developments in interlibrary loan. We’ll be covering the inner workings of the BPL’s ILLiad site, as well as Clio in the Cloud, including an upcoming enhancement to the Clio request form. There’s also the new MLS ILL Policy to discuss, recently approved by the Board. And we’re recruiting members for an exciting new task force, dedicated to exploring innovative ways of increasing resource sharing in the Commonwealth. Bring us your questions and concerns, and take this opportunity to meet with ILL staff from other Massachusetts libraries. We hope to see you soon as we travel across the state!

Click here to register for stop nearest you!

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Member Update-April 2018

Dear MLS Members,

I am writing to announce our April 2018 MLS Update.  DOWNLOAD

Selected Contents:

  • Executive Board Activities
  • Search Committee Update
  • Delivery Cost Sharing Policy begins July 1, 2018
  • Long-Term Sustainability Task Force Formed
  • Special Commission on School Libraries in Massachusetts Report Issued
  • Directors’ Forums

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Greg Pronevitz,
Executive Director
greg@masslibsystem.org

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Project SET Alumni Spotlight: Kirsten Underwood

Kirsten Underwood was a participant in our 2015 SET Cohort. Since completing SET Kirsten has been an active member of our library community. Kirsten has continued the work she did on her 2015 Project SET program by joining the Massachusetts Library System’s Tressa Santillo in the planning and development of the “Institute for Database Engagement and Leadership” (IDEAL). Kirsten is also currently serving on the MBLC’s Public Relations Advisory Committee.

What were your goals for Project SET? How did these develop throughout the Project? Did you meet them?
As everyone in my cohort can attest, my goals seemed to morph and change at every session. I was concerned with the amount of money we spend on electronic resources and wanted to determine the best way to encourage usage among my patrons. Was it a marketing issue or was I just not providing what my community really needed? While I never determined the definite cause I enjoyed digging more deeply into the problem and was very appreciative of the wonderful conversations and discussions among my fellow SET participants….they were great.

Identify one goal you have for your career, your library, and for the Massachusetts library community?
As part of my continuing interest in the problem of usage with digital resources I would like to develop some best practices. These would allow colleagues to more accurately predict what their patron base would want and or need from electronic sources and to determine the most efficient and effective marketing tools to make these resources less intimidating and more accessible to the general audience. To that end I was excited to join with MLS to co chair the IDEAL program (Institute for Database Engagement and Leadership). We hope to gain insights through this program for specific ways to increase the visibility and acceptance of the Gale resources and through this process gather ideas to use in promoting other electronic resources to the public.

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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