The Massachusetts Library System in partnership with Communities Responding to Extreme Weather and a core team of librarians is offering a webinar to inspire our members to host a program for Climate Preparedness Week. In this interview, team member Madeleine Charney, Research Services Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries will tell you about this opportunity.Continue reading
Thanks to all who participated in our winter MLS Listening Tour! Below is a summary. We learned a lot about what’s happening in Massachusetts libraries and gathered important feedback to inform the future of MLS. The Executive Board and Leadership Team at MLS is reviewing this information and considering next steps.
MLS scheduled nine in-person and one virtual listening tour sessions in January 2019. Six in-person sessions were held at Forbes Library in Northampton, Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield, Worcester Public Library, Falmouth Public Library, Abington Public Library and Boston Public Library. Three sessions were cancelled due to low registration at New Bedford Free Public Library, Wellesley Free Library and Parker Memorial Library in Dracut. All sessions were led by MLS Resource Sharing Director Stephen Spohn.
In total, there were 51 attendees including four from academic libraries and 44 from public libraries. Continue reading
Are you embarking on your strategic planning process? Or, would you like to brush up on your strategic planning skillset? I’m thrilled to announce three Strategic Planning Vignette videos featuring library directors sharing insights about their strategic plans. In the vignettes, the directors share lessons learned, helpful tools and resources, and how they plan to monitor their progress. Thank you to Jessi Finnie, Kristin Smith, and Lisa Downing for sharing their stories!Continue reading
The MLS Executive Board is very pleased to announce that we have named Sarah Sogigian as the new Executive Director of MLS starting immediately. Many of you are familiar with Sarah as she has been with MLS since our founding and she has been serving as the interim director for MLS since June. She steps into this role from her previous one as the Consulting and Training Services Director. She brings experience with collaboration across many state organizations and also had previous experience with the Metrowest Massachusetts Regional Library System. Sarah’s experience with youth services, including many years hosting teen summits and managing the hugely successful Massachusetts summer library programs with our partners at MBLC and library colleagues are among her accomplishments. She was also named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal and has served on the board of YALSA. We look forward to seeing what Sarah has to offer as MLS continues to evolve as an organization.Continue reading
Happy Spring, MLS members! We are pleased to share with you our March Member Update.
Marlborough Office News
We continue to work with our broker to find a new home for the Marlborough office. We hope to have news soon.
MLS welcomed 1 new member and 2 new directors in February
• Saint John School Library, Wellesley
• Huntington Public Library – Heather Dunfee
• Warwick Free Public Library – Ivan Ussach
An Open House is being planned at Optima’s Plymouth sort site for May. We are confirming dates and will post soon. This is a great opportunity to see how the sort-to-light works, and you may even get to try the process out!