Annual Meeting

Our 9th Annual Meeting was held on Monday, November 4, 2019 at the College of the Holy Cross. Attendees participated in our annual business meeting, heard updates from MLS, MBLC, MLA Legislative Committee, and enjoyed presentations by Peter Sokolowski, Lexicographer at Merriam Webster, and our 2019 Project SET Cohort.

The membership voted to approve the FY2021 Plan of Service and Budget as well as the Nominations for Executive Board and Board officers.

I also want to thank our staff, who, through a year of changes, remained dedicated and committed to providing excellent service to our members. Read our special staff thank you we prepared for Annual Meeting.

Thanks to those of you who were able to join us. If you were unable, or would like to review presentations and documents, they are available on our Annual Meeting 2019 Resource Guide.

MLS Staff Update

Terry McQuown, our new Consulting and Training Services Director, joined MLS in November. Read more about Terry on our MLS News site.

And contact Terry at:
terry@masslibsystem.org
508.357.2121 x302

We also said goodbye to Shelah Coullard, our BiblioTemps Manager. Shelah left MLS in late October for her next adventure!

A Note of Sympathy

MLS was saddened to learn that our friend, advocate, and supporter, Frank Murphy passed away. Frank served as an MBLC Commissioner for many years, and also filled the role of Commissioner liaison to the MLS Executive Board for several terms. He was a huge champion of all things MLS, especially the Summer Library Program. His term on the MBLC ended about a year ago, but was still very involved in his home libraries in Arlington and on the Cape.

We also share our thoughts with the family of Peg Barber. Peg, a marketing force with ALA for many years (she created the ALA READ poster program), passed away in late August. Peg also worked closely with MLS on our recent Word of Mouth Marketing program. We are honored to have been able to support the sharing of Peg’s knowledge, kindness, and advocacy work with MLS members. Read more about Peggy and her incredible work on behalf of libraries.