The Massachusetts Library System (MLS) is seeking volunteers from among the membership to serve on the Executive Board. Board members are elected to represent our multitype membership, i.e., academic, special, school, and public libraries from all parts of the Commonwealth. We have two vacancies coming up for the upcoming term. Two new board members and three renewing board members will be elected for three-year terms, beginning January 2017. The Council of Members at its November 2016 annual meeting will approve a slate of candidates and officers.

The two new openings are to replace one academic library and one special library representative. It is our hope that we can fill these slots with representatives from these same types of libraries. However, we occasionally have openings due to job changes that require us to fill other slots on short notice from all types of libraries.

The Executive Board governs the business and affairs of MLS. It typically meets for three hours, twelve times a year. Most meetings are held at the MLS headquarters in Marlborough and two or three meetings will be held at our new Northampton office, others may be held at other locations around the state. For example, we are meeting in May in Hyannis in conjunction with the MLA Annual Conference. The option to attend remotely is available; however in-person attendance is best. We traditionally invite incoming members to an orientation meeting in December, prior to their taking office.

Nominations closed at 5:00 p.m., Friday, July 8, 2016. We have a lengthy nominating period to encourage those who may not work in the summer to participate. Nominating Committee recommendations will be announced by early fall.

Please contact the Nominating Committee Chair, Margot Malachowski (margot.malachowski@baystatehealth.org) if you have questions. MLS bylaws are available at www.masslibsystem.org/bylaws.

Tentative meeting schedule for 2017, some locations to be determined.

• December 12, 2016 – 10-12 Orientation new members; 12-1 Lunch; 1-4 Meeting (Marlborough)
• January 9, 2017 – 1-4pm
• February 13 – 1-4pm
• March 20 – 1-4pm
• April 10 – 1-4pm
• May 15 – 1-4pm
• June 19 – 1-4pm
• July 17 – 1-4pm
• August 21 – 1-4pm
• September 18 – 1-4pm
• October 16 – 1-4pm
• November 6 – 9:30-TBA (Annual Meeting at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester)
• December– 11 — 10-12 Orientation; 12-1 Luncheon; 1-4 Meeting (Marlborough)