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, September 26, 2011)

MLS member library staff and members of their governing boards, such as Trustees, receive priority for attendance at continuing education events. Non-library staff that is closely affiliated with a library may register and attend with authorization of the library director.

For most offerings, if seats remain unfilled, they become available free of charge to nonmembers in this priority order:
• BiblioTemps® who are currently working in temporary placements
• Students enrolled in a graduate school of library and information science
• Massachusetts library staff who are currently unemployed and can demonstrate membership in a library professional association

Training for which MLS pays per participant is not included in the nonmember offer. Examples are courses from Lyrasis or

If programs are designated to meet the needs of one library type or function, member librarians of that group will receive priority.

Volunteers and Friends are invited to attend workshops that are specifically designed for them. Prior approval by their Library Director is required.
Workshops may be canceled due to low registration. Participants will be notified a week in advance and a cancellation notice will be added to the MLS calendar.

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 an official PDP Provider for School Librarians seeking certification or re-certification. We offer a wide variety of workshops that can be fit into an Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP).
School librarians can select professional development options from several different threads: technology, literacy, and administration.
MLS will award a Certificate of Professional Development for 9 hours of workshops plus one hour of product related to the workshops. The product can be a wiki, a blog, a bibliography, a lesson plan, or a report. MLS members are eligible for Certificates of Professional Development.

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!

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