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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Project SET Spotlight: Alyson Cox

Introducing Alyson Cox! She is the Library Media Specialist at Marlborough High School. Recently we asked Alyson to share her Project SET experiences.

How did you become aware of Project SET, and what elements drew you to the program?
I learned of the program via emails from MLS. As a solo librarian in a super busy high school library, I was drawn by the opportunity to get out of my usual space, to network, and to pursue some deeper thinking.

What are your first impressions of the program and its intended outcomes?
It’s been really fun getting to know the rest of the cohort as we work in small groups on different projects each month (and over lunch)! I’ve had to step outside of my comfort zone a little bit, which I do believe makes me stronger.

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’m fascinated by Digital Natives. I am working with students who don’t know a world before the Internet. They all multi-task, and most of them seem to be experiencing stress. This impacts my approach to teaching, as well as my personal dealings with them, as I seek a balance of empathy and adherence to school rules.

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

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Member Update September 2018

MLS Annual Meeting

November 5, 2018
9AM-2:30 PM
Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross
Register here!

We invite you to join us for the 2018 MLS Annual Meeting.

In addition to the Business Meeting, the current class of Project SET will present their ignite talks, and we’ll welcome Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation as our Keynote Speaker.

Executive Director Search Committee Update

The MLS Executive Board met to discuss the continuation of the search process as they were unable to hire a candidate they felt was right for the organization at this time. They shared their gratitude for the hard work of the initial search team, especially the time put in by Melinda Webster Loof as the chair of the committee. The Executive Board discussed all of the feedback received concerning the search process, from board members, staff and MLS members. Taking this feedback into consideration, along with realizing the time already spent by members of the previous search, the board approved a new Search Committee. This committee will be constituted of seven members: three board members, three MLS members at large and James Lonergan from the MBLC. In addition, the Search Committee will form a subcommittee of 6-8 individuals to help provide feedback on candidates throughout the process. This group will include staff members and members of MLS representing diverse geographic locations and library types. The Search Committee will begin to meet in October, and should have a new job posting ready to go before the end of the year. Continue reading

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Project SET Spotlight: Rhonda Cunha

Introducing Rhonda Cunha! She is the Early Literacy Children’s Librarian at Stevens Memorial Library. Recently we asked Rhonda to share her Project SET experiences.

How did you become aware of Project SET, and what elements drew you to the program?
I learned about Project SET in an email from MLS. I was interested mostly in improving my presentation skills, and figuring out how and what I wanted to say about literacy and working with children in a library setting so I could go out there and do some relevant awesome presentations!

What are your first impressions of the program and its intended outcomes?
For me, Project SET is a way to learn about all the library topics and current issues facing libraries that I might not be aware of. Because I am able to specialize within my field, my gaze has been hyper-focused on children’s and parents’ literacy issues and how to promote reading and a love of books. Project SET enables me to look up from all that navel-gazing to see my profession in a broader context, and with that, to understand the need for libraries to adapt to and embrace a rapidly changing world. I also especially appreciate the emphasis on presentation skills which is what initially drew me to Project SET. I am trying to figure out ways to promote literacy and creativity in new ways, and the ignite project and the mentors at SET have helped me to articulate my passions more specifically. I have also really enjoyed meeting librarians from other places/positions and exchanging ideas with them in person and through the discussion board.

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?
Any of the trends that address broadening the scope of library services and how libraries can extend more into the communities. The tech end of things is obvious given today’s tech dependent culture.

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

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