Project SET: Skills, Empowerment, and Talent

Project SET is a professional learning cohort that supports the development of individual career goals and the exploration of other aspects of the library community. Every session provides the chance for participants to build knowledge, communication skills, connections, awareness, and confidence as an information professional. SET is a way to interact with other librarians by stepping out of the day-to-day routine and thinking about the bigger picture.

Project SET is an amazing opportunity to work with librarians of all types throughout the Massachusetts community who are passionate about the profession. It is an inspiring program that pushes participants and gives them the time and permission to reflect deeply on their place in the library world. Project SET is a program designed to broaden your library related understanding, boost your confidence and connect you to colleagues.

Reflections from the 2017 SET Participants


This program focuses on six key themes and the overall breakdown is as follows:

  1. Trends and emerging topics in the library field (30%)
  2. Instructional design (10%)
  3. Presentation skills (30%)
  4. Communication (10%)
  5. Leadership (10%)
  6. Career development (10%)

Those chosen to participate will be expected to-

Attend six in person meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at our Marlborough Office:

  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018
  • Wednesday, August 8, 2018
  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Participate in:

  • Online discussions
  • Research
  • Reading assignments
  • Video tutorials

Design and present on a topic in the library field at the MLS Annual Meeting on Monday, November 5, 2018.

Participants will be working closely with the following members of the Mass. Library System Consultant Team and former SET participants-

Sarah Donnelly, Mass Library System

Kelly Jo Woodside, Mass Library System

Christi Farrar, Mass Library System

Erica Street, Gordon College

Mikaela Wolfe, Sharon Public Library


Questions about this program should be addressed to Project Manager Amanda Fauver


Phone- 508-357-2121

To apply please complete the Google form application. Additional application materials will be requested once your application is received. They include-

  1. Current resume
  2. Letter of support from your supervisor, including their understanding of the time and travel commitment
  3. One additional letter of reference (not from an MLS staff member or your supervisor)


Applications for 2018 closed April 6th, 2018

For more information go to our LibGuide-

Project SET prides itself on creating an open and welcoming environment for its participants.  We are committed to building a cohort of participants from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. Applications from diverse applicants are strongly encouraged.

There is no cost to participate, however only applicants who are currently employed as a permanent staff member of a member library will be considered.

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