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!
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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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MLS welcomes new Resource Sharing Assistant Alison DeMers

MLS is pleased to announce that Alison DeMers joined the MLS team as a Resource Sharing Assistant on October 1. Please join us in welcoming her to MLS!

Alison has held positions in several MLS member libraries including Concord Free Public Library, the Paul Pratt Library in Cohasset, Wellesley Free Library and Watertown Free Library. She comes to MLS with a solid foundation in resource sharing in Massachusetts, and we look forward to putting her skills to use to serve MLS members. She will join the Resource Sharing Team concentrating on Mediated Interlibrary Loan.

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