2018 MLS Annual Meeting Packet

Whether you are planning to attend the annual meeting or not, we want to share the Annual Meeting materials with our members. Please take a moment to review. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

  1. Annual Meeting Agenda and Business Meeting Packet
    The annual meeting agenda lists the events of the entire day.  The remainder of the packet reflects the business meeting including (a) the 2017 Annual Meeting minutes, (b) the FY 2020 Plan of Service and Budget and (c) the recommendations of the Nominating Committee for new Executive Board members and officers.
  2. FY 2018 MLS Annual Report
    This year’s annual report highlights progress on our strategic plan as well as important accomplishments in (a) consulting and training, (b) electronic resources, (c) resource sharing and (d) other MLS services.  The annual report also showcases member use and savings.
  3. MLS Value to Members
    We will also distribute information and highlight our efforts to translate MLS programs and services to member value.  MLS has developed a number of online dashboards where members can view usage statistics and member value by member library, by municipality and by state legislator.

Copies to share will be available at each table at the Annual Meeting.

Thank you for your participation!  Together, we are all stronger.

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Last Chance to Register for MLS Annual Meeting

Time is running out to register to attend Annual Meeting, November 5th at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. Registration closes October 31st, so reserve your seat today!
Register here!

Lisa Lucas

We are excited to welcome our Keynote Speaker, Lisa Lucas, the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. Ms. Lucas will present a talk on Preaching to a New Choir: Widening the Audience for Literature. She will discuss coalition-building, the crucial role that libraries play in widening the audience for literature, and the National Book Foundation’s work to expand readership across America. We are thrilled that she will be joining us, and we look forward to her presentation.

 

 

Natalie Higgins

We will also hear from Library Caucus Co-Chair and State Representative Natalie Higgins. Representative Higgins serves the 4th Worcester District (Leominster). She is a lifelong Leominster resident, Boston-educated attorney, and former non-profit director and rape crisis counselor, dedicated to service and advocacy. She believes in the importance of a government that is accessible and understandable to the people that it serves, and we are delighted that she will join us at our Annual Meeting.

We hope you can join us for this important day!

 

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Project SET: Annual Meeting Presentations

We are happy to announce that our 4th Project SET Cohort is currently putting the finishing touches on their presentations for the 2018 Annual Meeting. This year we will be examining the role of a Librarian as Citizen (educator and curator). Each year we begin Project SET with a deep dive into current and developing trends within the library community. We mix this research with a discussion of issues facing libraries. Participants engage in critical thinking exercises about our community while building on skills like communication, teamwork, and leadership. These Annual Meeting presentations are an important part of the Project SET experience, which helps strengthen participants’ confidence, and their connection to the network of SET Alumni.

An overarching theme of this year’s presentations emerged during group discussions with our Cohort. This year’s presentations will begin by examining how librarians can create safer and more supportive environments for staff and patrons alike. Then we will explore the role librarians play in education, and how they can use this position to promote the value of libraries while providing support to the communities we serve. Finally, we will conclude by discussing the unique opportunities available to librarians in their roles as curators of library collections.

The twelve participants of Project SET have prepared presentations that will explore the role librarians’ play in society, examining our responsibilities to the communities we serve and how we can strengthen our positions as a vital and trusted community resource. Presenting for the first time or the one hundredth time can be scary and intimidating, so please come out on November 5th, 2018 to our Annual Meeting at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. Cheer on your colleagues and the presentations they’ve been working so hard on.

Register here for Annual Meeting!

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Project SET Spotlight: Supriya Bhat

Introducing Supriya Bhat! She is the Head of Circulation at Chelmsford Public Library. Recently we asked Supriya to share her Project SET experiences.

How did you become aware of Project SET, and what elements drew you to the program?
For two years I have been seeing flyers and could not even think about it as I was in my masters program. Since then I have wanted to join. I wanted to see what other libraries and librarians are doing as I like to learn new things. I was drawn to the idea of working with other librarians as by nature I am an introvert and was hoping that it would force me to go out of my comfort zone. And I am pleased to report that it is working.

What are your first impressions of the program and its intended outcomes?
During the first meeting I was amazed by all the creativity that went on in that room. To begin with I always thought that I do not have a creative bone in me and to my amazement I did end up creating something creative. It has helped me to gain confidence in my ability to stand up and present as I have terrible stage fright. So I will say public speaking as the intended outcome is a success.

Project SET begins each year with a study of trends currently impacting libraries. Of the trends you’ve learned about which one do you feel will have the biggest impact on your library and why?
I would say that technology is the trend that is impacting our library as I work in a public library in a small town with ageing population. We have the influx of younger population in recent years who are more tech savvy. To meet their demand and expectations we have to keep up with the emerging technology.

Want to know more about Project SET? Visit our LibGuide!

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