Continuing Education

Read current workshop descriptions and register online via our MLS Calendar of Events.

Click HERE to find and register for workshops.

BLT (Basic Library Technique)
Lyrasis Courses
PDPs – Professional Development Points
Evaluation Form (.doc) updated 3/13
Workshop Handouts

Continuing Education Policy (Adopted by the Executive Board, December 11, 2017)

Basic Library Techniques
Basic Library Technique (BLT) classes are required for certification of libraries serving populations under 10,000 if their librarian does not have a Masters of Library Information Science. These staff members take priority for registration for BLT classes.


MLS is authorized by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to award Professional Development Points (PDPs) to Massachusetts School Librarians working in MLS member schools. We offer a variety of workshops that can fit into a librarian’s PDP plan for certification or re-certification.

MLS will provide a Certificate of Professional Development for a combination of workshops and a project that meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum of 10 hours,
  • An assessment of learning (which may be an end-of-course assessment or an observable demonstration of learning), and
  • Evidence that a participant has met the provider’s criteria for mastery.

Independent Roundtables
MLS can assist members who wish to meet for discussion independently of MLS by posting their events on our website. Staff of a member library will be the contact person for independent roundtables.
MLS staff members welcome invitations to independent roundtables, especially if their expertise is relevant. If MLS staff is important to the discussion, planners are asked to coordinate dates with MLS in advance.

Weather Cancellations
If bad weather is forecast and any MLS workshops are affected, MLS will announce workshop postponements, office closing and late openings by 8:00 am via MLS voicemail at 866-627-7228.
Any workshop postponement or office closing announcements will also be made to the MLS Announcement List and website by 8:00 am or as soon as possible on the day preceding a storm.

Please contact MLS for more information!