Hello MLS Members!

I want to thank all of you for your good wishes and support as I take on this new role as Executive Director. I’m very excited to continue serving the organization in this capacity. I’ll need some time to get settled but I’m working closely with our Executive Board to prioritize tasks over the coming months. I welcome your input and ideas as we continue the great work MLS has provided over the past 9 years. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or any of our staff with questions or comments. We have some exciting things coming and I can’t wait to share them with you!

Sarah Sogigian
Executive Director

MLS Executive Board

Welcome to Liz Teoli, Assistant Librarian at Northern Essex Community College – Bentley Library. Liz, a Project SET grad and active member of our community, joins us to fill a vacancy on our board. Thank you to Sarah Hooke, Associate Dean for Research and Information Services at Northeastern University School of Law for her years of service on behalf of MLS.

House Ways and Means Budget Released

The House released the Ways and Means budget on April 10.  While there were some notable successes, Line 7000-9401 only received a 1% increase.  (Line 7000-9401 funds both Massachusetts Library System and the Library for the Commonwealth.)  Representatives Natalie Higgins of Leominster and Brian Murray of Milford filed an amendment to change the amount in the budget to the funding request in the library legislative agenda.  The final House budget was released on April 23.  We are pleased to see that funding for Line 7000-9401 increased to $11,484,961, and while we have many more steps in the budget process, we thank you for your work advocating on behalf of MLS and the services we provide.

Marlborough Office News

We expect to have some happy news to share soon.

Membership News

MLS welcomed 4 new directors in April:

New Directors

  • Bancroft Memorial Library, Hopedale – Robyn York
  • Becket Athenaeum – Jodi Shafiroff
  • Lynnfield Public Library – Jen Inglis
  • Memorial Hall Library, Andover – Barbara McNamara

Statistics and Member Value

Members are encouraged to learn more about the value of MLS services to their libraries.

MLS/MBLC Boston Bruins PJ Drive

MLS participated in the 12th Annual Boston Bruins PJ Drive, to benefit Cradles to Crayons and DCF WonderFund. MLS collected over 100 pairs of PJs, contributing to the statewide library total of over 13,000 PJs donated. MLS and MBLC once again participated in a friendly competition to see which organization could collect the most pairs. For the first time, MLS won the PJ Cup!