Project SET Application

The wait is over! The application period for Project SET (now in year five)  is open. Join us in 2019, and accelerate your professional development.

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Project SET is a professional learning cohort that supports the development of individual career goals and offers a deeper exploration of the diverse 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.

Project SET is an amazing opportunity to work with a diverse group of Massachusetts library folk who are passionate about the profession. It’s a program that pushes and inspires participants, and grants its learning cohort both time and permission to reflect deeply on their place in the library world. Project SET is a program designed to broaden library-related understanding, boost confidence, and connect colleagues across the state.

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

The application period will end April 8th, 2019.

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Reflections on RIPL: Jessi Finnie


In May 2018, the Massachusetts Library System hosted the Research Institute for Public Libraries.  Fifty librarians attended the institute with the goal of building research into their activities.  Interested to learn more about how the institute has benefitted our members this past year, I reached out to Jessi Finnie, the Director of the Scituate Town Library.  In this interview, Jessi will tell you about how she integrated what she learned at RIPL into her workflow and strategic planning process.

Jessi Finnie

Jessi Finnie opening the doors at the Scituate Town Library grand opening.

Reflecting on the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL), what did you think about your experience?

Jessi Finnie:  Overall, I was pleased with my experience at RIPL and left with more tools in my tool belt to manage our library’s Strategic Planning process.

What are the most useful tools and resources you learned about at the RIPL? 

While I already knew how to pull census data, RIPL highlighted tools within FactFinder such as using the advanced search feature to compare data between towns. We also learned of a number of smaller and more niche databases that could provide helpful data such as “Kid’s Count” and some of the information to be found from the Centers for Disease Control.

Learning about new resources is always helpful, but one of my biggest takeaways from the session was simplifying and maximizing my presentation data. We discussed the pros and cons of various types of charts and graphs, and learned a bit about how people respond to these visual tools. I think data analysis comes naturally to many librarians, but presenting data in an impactful way can be a bit more challenging. Continue reading

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MLS Member Update: January 2019

Marlborough Office News
New owners have purchased the building where MLS leases its Marlborough office. The new owners intend to occupy the entire building, so MLS-Marlborough is now looking for a new home. We are working quickly to find a location close to our current home. We know that location is a big factor for our members and staff, and we are committed to maintaining easy access to the major routes we’ve come to rely on. The move will most likely happen this summer, and we’ll keep you posted on news as it happens.

Membership News
MLS welcomed 1 new member and 5 new directors in December:

New Members
• George P. King Elementary School, Framingham

New Directors
• Candace Bradbury-Carlin, Tilton Library, South Deerfield
• Amy-Jo Conant, Fiske Elementary School, Lexington
• Sandra Moltz, Swampscott Middle School
• Ivan Ussach, Warwick Free Public Library
• Marcie Walsh-O’Connor, Whitman Public Library

Commonwealth eBook Collections Content Transfer “Mini Update”
MLS staff has nearly completed follow-up with publishers to authorize the transfer of content from Axis 360 to OverDrive and will issue a report soon with the outcomes. One important update, MLS was able to connect with Rosen Publishing who were happy to approve the content transfer. MLS was previously misinformed that this publisher had disapproved the transfer.

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Announcing our Spring 2019 CE Calendar

We are pleased to present our Spring 2019 Training Calendar!

Workshop Offerings:
Planning With Purpose: Strategic Planning At Your Library
Strategic Planning Tips, Tools, and Techniques
Out of this World Summer Library Programs
Word of Mouth Marketing: How to Drive the Message
Copyright and Plagiarism Basics
Intro to Copyright, Plagiarism, and Open Access

Registration and further information can be found on our calendar: Be sure to check back periodically as we are continuing to post additional webinars and other training opportunities.

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