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Meet the MLS Team

Each month we will be highlighting two MLS staff members and sharing a little bit about them. This month we would like to introduce you to…

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Commonwealth eBook Collection Grant

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) are collaborating to bring more eContent to the statewide school eBook and audiobook program called Commonwealth eBook Collections: the OverDrive K-12 Shared Sora Collection, more commonly referred to as “Sora.” School membership in Sora has more than doubled since the beginning of the pandemic and circulation has increased by more than 25 % in just the last four months.

Read the Full statement on the MBLC website – https://mblc.state.ma.us/news/news-releases/2021/nr210208.php

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March Delivery Survey

It’s that time again! Delivery Survey – March 15-19

MLS will be collecting delivery statistics from all member libraries who receive delivery. Information on how delivery is used help us determine how to allocate funding during our planning and budgeting process. Reporting delivery statistics is a requirement of membership in the Massachusetts Library System.  Survey information can be found on our Delivery LibGuide under ‘Delivery Surveys’

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MLS Live: Partner Organizations

Watch the Recording!

MLS Executive Director Sarah Sogigian and Membership Manager Amanda Fauver discuss how we work with and are different from our partner organizations in the state.

The purpose of this new series is to strengthen connections with our members and partners in our new virtual work environment. This series will offer attendees the opportunity to learn about and engage with MLS.

MLS Live is held the last Tuesday of the month at 11:00 AM.

Register for our March 30th Session

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MHEC (Purchasing Cooperative)

Coming Soon! New engagement opportunities with our Purchasing Cooperative/MHEC (Massachusetts Higher Education Collaborative). More news to come!

In the meantime, don’t forget that all MLS members are eligible to use the MHEC Contracts for discounted purchases. MHEC conducts its procurement in a fair open and competitive manner consistent with Massachusetts General Law Chapter 30B requirements. MHEC Contract Managers have completed MCPPO training and most are fully designated MCPPO’s (Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Officials).

MHEC members save an average of 35% through MHEC contracts and have access to competitive pricing on library books and supplies, technology hardware and software, furniture (protective barriers), cleaning services and supplies, office supplies, signage, multi-media, flooring, medical (PPE), security, promotional products and more.

Our Purchasing Cooperative LibGuide has additional information and resources to help you navigate the MHEC contracts.

Visit MHEC for more information

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Hannaford Community Bag Program

Massachusetts Library System has been selected by Hannaford Supermarket as the March beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program! More info available here –

https://www.masslibsystem.org/blog/2021/02/11/hannaford-community-bag-program/

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MSLA Awards

Congratulations to our School Library members who have been recognized for their achievements in the field of School Librarianship. An awards ceremony will be held at the Virtual 2021 MSLA Conference.

  • Jennifer Edwards, Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School
  • Patsy Divver, ​Millis Middle-High School
  • Carrie Tucker, E. Bridgewater ​Jr.-Sr. High School
  • ​Liz Phipps Soeiro, Cambridgeport School
  • Alix Woznik, ​Beverly Middle School
  • ​​Kristina Johnson, Medford Public Schools
  • ​​Maureen Riordan, ​Newton Public Schools
  • I​ris Santana, UP Academy, Boston PS
  • Carrie Mathias, ​Silver Lake Regional High School

For the official announcement please visit this MSLA webpage.

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