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Tuesday September 27, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Northeast MA Readers' Advisory Round Table [Dracut] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Leane M Ellis   781-246-6334   ellis@noblenet.org
   

The Northeastern Readers' Advisory Round Table reads Emerging World Literature

Benchmark:  Everyone reads both Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wonderful Life of Oscar Wao & Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah

We are approaching this genre as a subset of Literary Fiction with an emphasis on Emerging Nations' point of view.  So authors or characters are not  from the United States, Great Britain or Eastern Europe unless it is about how it feels to be trying to find oneself's identity in these countries through the immigrant experience. The list of books and the notes on what we learned in our discussions can be found on our blog.

Please read a 3rd title in the Emergign World Literature -look on the RA RT blog: for a list of suggested titles and some supporting materials.

Appeal to be read for September 2016 meeting: Focus on all the appeal factors, but really think about frame, character, and tone.

Meeting every other month, the NE RA RT reads from one genre--and then discusses the appeal of that genre with each other emphasizing the building of a skill set of appeal categories and familiarity of genre particulars. They cover a different genre every meeting, allowing each of the participants to be introduced to the discipline of reading for appeal, as well as an initiation to broad genre categories. Everyone participating will be able to share analysis of titles and authors in unfamiliar genres that will stretch their capicity as readers' advisors.  The discussion leaders are Leane Ellis (ellis@noblenet.org) and Nanci Milone Hill (nhill@mvlc.org).

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.    
    Location: Parker Memorial Library,
28 Arlington Street
Dracut, MA 01826
Wednesday September 28, 2016 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   sdonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Register below for Lynda.com
If you can connect to the Internet, you can learn anywhere, anytime!

Important information

  • Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
  • Lynda.com access begins on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
  • A registered user has access to all the training resources available on Lynda.com during a two-week access period.
  • Please limit yourself to one two-week session every three months.
  • You will receive an email with login instructions on the 1st day of your access period.
  • If you do not receive your login instructions by 4:00 PM of the 1st access day please contact the MLS office;  866-627-7228 or info@masslibsystem.org
  • You must have the latest version of QuickTime  or Windows Media Player installed on your computer.
  • System Requirements can be found online here
  • To use the MLS account, free-of-charge, you must be a current staff member at a MLS member library.

 

NOTE: Lynda.com is very popular with you & your colleagues! Please be prudent about the 2-week time-period you sign up for.  Be sure you can use Lynda.com during that time-period.  If you've already registered for a time-period when you will be unable to use Lynda.com, please let MLS know to give others an opportunity to register.


Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
Session registrations appear on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month.

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
        There are 15 spaces available.
 
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Design Redesign [Gardner] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Anna Popp     anna@masslibsystem.org
   

Do you want better looking flyers, brochures, or posters? Bring a current piece of your marketing materials to this small group activity. We will review some of the tips and tricks of professional designers and then work together to plan redesigns of your current work. Bring newly refreshed material back to the library. Stick around later in the day for the afternoon Marketing Salon (bring your own lunch).

Directions via Google Maps    
    Location:
Levi Heywood Memorial Library
55 West Lynde St.
Gardner, MA
   
 
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Marketing Salon [Gardner] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Anna Popp     anna@masslibsystem.org
   

Let’s build on the wonderful conversations we had in the spring about Library Marketing and
Communications (MarCom). We’ve exchanged thoughts and ideas about the many facets of marketing,
discussing the art, science, and philosophy of Library MarCom. Attendees will share experiences, lessons
learned, and future plans. We will continue to build the community, learn from each other, and connect
with more patrons.

 

Directions    
    Location:
Levi Heywood Memorial Library
55 West Lynde St.
Gardner, MA
        There are 15 spaces available.
Thursday September 29, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 9:30 AM  -  4:00 PM Eighth Annual Teen Summit [Worcester] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza     april@masslibsystem.org
   

Looking to make an impact with your teens? Join us for the Eighth Annual Teen Summit where you’ll engage in such topics as gender diversity, teen behavior, teaching media literacy, and writing workshops. Our special guests include speakers from the Center for Hope and Healing to talk to us about sexual violence recognition, disclosure and recourses, and our keynote speaker, Tara Sullivan, award-winning local author of Golden Boy and The Bitter Side of Sweet.

Registration fee is $40.00 and includes lunch.

Register via EventBrite    
    Location:
Beechwood Hotel
363 Plantation St.
Worcester, MA 01605
Friday September 30, 2016 Go To Top
elect_computer2 10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Gale Resources Refresher - Academic Libraries [Online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Need a refresher on using your Gale resources? New to the academic  library and need a good overview of what's available? Then this session is for you! We've go over the resources most popular in academic libraries and classrooms, let you know about new tools, and provide ideas for integrating the resources into libguides and other tools. Bring all your questions as we'll leave plenty of time for answering them!

Register here.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: online
Monday October 3, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Commonwealth eBook Collections – BiblioBoard Desk Curations Open Training - Online Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Emily Gooding     goodinge@bibliolabs.com
   

Meet BiblioBoard, the award-winning app and web ecosystem that connects library patrons with digital archives from all over the world. This one-hour session demonstrates how to use the new BiblioBoard Desk Curation feature which allows library staff to customize modules and display on them on the library’s BiblioBoard homepage.

Get started by watching a short video about Desktop Curations.

Emily Gooding from BiblioLabs will lead the training. 

Register here.

Tuesday October 4, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM NE Assistant Directors' Forum Meeting Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Giselle Stevens   978-465-4428 x224   
   

The NE Assistant Directors Forum meets five times a year on Tuesdays from noon to 2pm to share ideas and discuss issues. Feel free to bring your lunch. Please RSVP to Giselle at gstevens@newburyportpl.org 

    Location:
Reading Public Library
64 Middlesex Ave, Reading, MA 01867
 
misc_none 4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Commonwealth eBook Collections - BiblioBoard Creator Open Training [online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Emily Gooding     goodinge@bibliolabs.com
   

Meet BiblioBoard Creator, the award-winning app and web ecosystem that connects library patrons with digital archives from all over the world. This one-hour session demonstrates how libraries are using BiblioBoard Creator to create unique digital exhibits.

Watch a short video on how libraries in Massachusetts are using Creator.

Emily Gooding from BiblioLabs will lead the training. 

Register to sign up    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Wednesday October 5, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Design Redesign [Harwich] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Anna Popp     anna@masslibsystem.org
   

Do you want better looking flyers, brochures, or posters? Bring a current piece of your marketing materials to this small group activity. We will review some of the tips and tricks of professional designers and then work together to plan redesigns of your current work. Bring newly refreshed material back to the library. Stick around later in the day for the afternoon Marketing Salon (bring your own lunch).

Directions via Google Maps    
    Location:
Brooks Free Library
739 Main St.
Harwich, MA 02645
        There are 6 spaces available.
 
elect_computer2 3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Gale Resources Refresher - K12 Libraries [Online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Need a refresher on using your Gale resources? New to the school  library and need a good overview of what's available? Then this session is for you! We've go over the resources most popular in school libraries and K-12 classrooms, let you know about new tools, and provide ideas for using the resources in in the classroom. Bring all your questions as we'll leave plenty of time for answering them!

Register online

 
misc_none 3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Marketing Salon [Harwich] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Anna Popp     anna@masslibsystem.org
   

Let’s build on the wonderful conversations we had in the spring about Library Marketing and
Communications (MarCom). We’ve exchanged thoughts and ideas about the many facets of marketing,
discussing the art, science, and philosophy of Library MarCom. Attendees will share experiences, lessons
learned, and future plans. We will continue to build the community, learn from each other, and connect
with more patrons.

 

Directions via Google Maps    
    Location:
Brooks Free Library
739 Main St.
Harwich, MA 02645
        There are 21 spaces available.
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Thursday October 6, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Commonwealth eBook Collections Training [online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Spohn     steve@masslibsystem.org
   

Are you currently participating in Commonwealth eBook Collections or are you interested in participating in the Commonwealth eBook Collections program? Would you like some training on Axis360, BiblioBoard, and EBL?

This is an open training on the Commonwealth eBooks Collections. All library staff members are welcome to attend. The training will include an overview of the program and targeted instruction on all three eBook platforms. (Note: this session does not include training on BiblioBoard Creator.)

Click to register    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
misc_none 9:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Learning in the Library Part 1 [Boston] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kelly Jo Woodside     kelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both!

Part 1: Teach People, Not Content: A Patron-Centered Approach to Library Training

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to use your patrons’ needs as a guide for developing, delivering, and evaluating training programs and materials at your library. Come with an idea for a new class at your library, or use this opportunity to revise an existing training program! We will walk through a step-by-step process of instructional design and discuss how to incorporate principles of adult learning throughout. We will also review key strategies for managing group dynamics during your training sessions.

This session will be held in The Classroom, Community Learning Center on the Mezzanine Level at the Boston Public Library.

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

Facilitator: Kelly Jo Woodside, Consultant, Massachusetts Library System

Directions via Google Maps    
    Location:
Boston Public Library, Copley
700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
617-536-5400
   
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Beyond Surveys and Purposeful Planning Part 1 [Mashpee] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christi Showman Farrar     christif@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both! 
 
Part One: Beyond Surveys


Moving beyond surveys and planning purposefully will help you create library programs and services that really meet the needs of your community. But how do we know what they really need and where do we start?
In part one participants will:
• Be introduced to user experience research and human-centered design theory and, in a hands-on environment, will learn some simple strategies for gathering information about their customers;
• Learn techniques that can be implemented with small teams and in short periods of time, as well as ways to evaluate space and services.

Please bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone with web access for this workshop. Those with all levels of library experience are welcome to join us.

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

Directions via Google Maps    
    Location:
Mashpee Public Library
64 Steeple ST
Mashpee, MA 02649
(508) 539-1435
        There are 13 spaces available.
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Non Traditional Materials: A Collection Development Conversation Part 1[South Hadley] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kristi Chadwick     kristi@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both!

PART ONE

Cake pans, garden tools, musical instruments, and more are now being added to collections to ensure that patrons can have a truly enriching experience with their local library. This two-part conversation will have a presentation in the morning and discussion in the afternoon.

In the first session, participants will learn the history of how non-traditional materials were introduced into libraries. Topics covered will include needs assessment, policies, library needs for storage and circulation, and examples of successes and failures.

Whether just starting to think about adding non-traditional materials to your collection or having years of experience, these sessions should give you some great information to take back to your library.

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

Directions via Google Maps    
    Location:
South Hadley Public Library
2 Canal Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
        There are 11 spaces available.
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Beyond Surveys and Purposeful Planning Part 2 [Mashpee] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza     april@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both! 

Part 2: Purposeful Planning

Moving beyond surveys and planning purposefully will help you create library programs and services that really meet the needs of your community. But how do we know what they really need and where do we start?

In part two participants will:
• Learn how to identify community needs;
• Learn methodologies for brainstorming ways the library can meet those needs;
• Discover tools to help figure out a path to reinvigorate space, technology, and/or services.

Please bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone with web access for this workshop. Those with all levels of library experience are welcome to join us.

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

Instructed by April Mazza, MLS Consultant.
 

Directions via Google Maps    
    Location:
Mashpee Public Library
64 Steeple ST
Mashpee, MA 02649
(508) 539-1435
        There are 12 spaces available.
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Non Traditional Materials: A Collection Development Conversation Part 2 [South Hadley] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kristi Chadwick     kristi@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both!

PART TWO

Cake pans, garden tools, musical instruments, and more are now being added to collections to ensure that patrons can have a truly enriching experience with their local library. This two-part conversation will have a presentation in the morning and discussion in the afternoon. 

Participant-led discussion will support the second session, with an engaging conversation including experiences in all aspects of non-traditional materials up for debate.

Whether just starting to think about adding non-traditional materials to your collection or having years of experience, these sessions should give you some great information to take back to your library.

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

Directions via Google Maps    
    Location:
South Hadley Public Library
2 Canal Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
        There are 16 spaces available.
 
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Learning in the Library Part 2 [Boston] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kelly Jo Woodside     kelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both!

Part 2: Computer Training for the Commonwealth: Ideas and Resources from the Boston Public Library

Looking for ideas to jumpstart or expand computer and technology-based classes in your library? Need ideas on how to get your colleagues on board to teach? As the Library for the Commonwealth, the Boston Public Library has you covered! Jessica Elias, Curriculum Development Coordinator at BPL, will share her experiences creating fun, creative teaching tools and workshops for adult learners as well as examples of curriculum that is publicly accessible for instructors. This workshop will also go over some of the BPL's Research Guides that are perfect for utilizing in the classroom. At the end of her session, participants are welcome to share their challenges and successes of providing computer instruction in their branches. 

This session will be held in The Classroom, Community Learning Center on the Mezzanine Level at the Boston Public Library.

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

Directions via Google Maps    
    Location:
Boston Public Library, Copley
700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
617-536-5400
   
Friday October 7, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Urban Library Directors Roundtable - Brookline Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Spohn   508-357-2121 x312   steve@masslibsystem.org
   

The main focus of the forum is for urban library director networking. We hope directors from all types of libraries will join us. We’ll also provide a quick MLS update and we’re happy to discuss any questions you might have about MLS. If you have a suggested topic, please contact Steve Spohn at steve@masslibsystem.org. 

PLEASE BRING A BROWN BAG LUNCH

The meeting will be held at Brookline Public Library

 

Directions via Google Maps    
    Location:
Brookline Public Library
361 Washington St.
Brookline, MA 02445
        There are 13 spaces available.
Tuesday October 11, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Non Traditional Materials: A Collection Development Conversation Part 1 [Hamilton Wenham] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kristi Chadwick     kristi@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both!

PART ONE

Cake pans, garden tools, musical instruments, and more are now being added to collections to ensure that patrons can have a truly enriching experience with their local library. This two-part conversation will have a presentation in the morning and discussion in the afternoon.

In the first session, participants will learn the history of how non-traditional materials were introduced into libraries. Topics covered will include needs assessment, policies, library needs for storage and circulation, and examples of successes and failures.

Whether just starting to think about adding non-traditional materials to your collection or having years of experience, these sessions should give you some great information to take back to your library.

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

Directions via Google Maps    
    Location:
Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
14 Union St.
Hamilton, MA 01982
        There are 16 spaces available.
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Non Traditional Materials: A Collection Development Conversation Part 2 [Hamilton Wenham] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kristi Chadwick     kristi@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both!

PART TWO

Cake pans, garden tools, musical instruments, and more are now being added to collections to ensure that patrons can have a truly enriching experience with their local library. This two-part conversation will have a presentation in the morning and discussion in the afternoon. 

Participant-led discussion will support the second session, with an engaging conversation including experiences in all aspects of non-traditional materials up for debate.

Whether just starting to think about adding non-traditional materials to your collection or having years of experience, these sessions should give you some great information to take back to your library.

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

Directions via Google Maps    
    Location:
Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
14 Union St.
Hamilton, MA 01982
        There are 17 spaces available.
Wednesday October 12, 2016 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Register below for Lynda.com
If you can connect to the Internet, you can learn anywhere, anytime!

Important information

  • Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
  • Lynda.com access begins on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
  • A registered user has access to all the training resources available on Lynda.com during a two-week access period.
  • Please limit yourself to one two-week session every three months.
  • You will receive an email with login instructions on the 1st day of your access period.
  • If you do not receive your login instructions by 4:00 PM of the 1st access day please contact the MLS office;  866-627-7228 or info@masslibsystem.org
  • You must have the latest version of QuickTime  or Windows Media Player installed on your computer.
  • System Requirements can be found online here
  • To use the MLS account, free-of-charge, you must be a current staff member at a MLS member library.

 

NOTE: Lynda.com is very popular with you & your colleagues! Please be prudent about the 2-week time-period you sign up for.  Be sure you can use Lynda.com during that time-period.  If you've already registered for a time-period when you will be unable to use Lynda.com, please let MLS know to give others an opportunity to register.


Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
Session registrations appear on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month.

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
Thursday October 13, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 9:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Learning in the Library Part 1 [MLS Marlborough] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kelly Jo Woodside     kelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both!

Part 1: Teach People, Not Content: A Patron-Centered Approach to Library Training

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to use your patrons’ needs as a guide for developing, delivering, and evaluating training programs and materials at your library. Come with an idea for a new class at your library, or use this opportunity to revise an existing training program! We will walk through a step-by-step process of instructional design and discuss how to incorporate principles of adult learning throughout. We will also review key strategies for managing group dynamics during your training sessions.

 

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

Facilitator: Kelly Jo Woodside, Consultant, Massachusetts Library System

Directions    
    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
        There are 8 spaces available.
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misc_none 10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Commonwealth eBook Collections – BiblioBoard Desk Curations Open Training - Online Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Emily Gooding     goodinge@bibliolabs.com
   

Meet BiblioBoard, the award-winning app and web ecosystem that connects library patrons with digital archives from all over the world. This one-hour session demonstrates how to use the new BiblioBoard Desk Curation feature which allows library staff to customize modules and display on them on the library’s BiblioBoard homepage.

Get started by watching a short video about Desktop Curations.

Emily Gooding from BiblioLabs will lead the training. 

Register here.

 
lib_bookshelf 1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Basic Book Repair: Getting it Right [Billerica] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   (866) 627-7228   sdonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Do you want to increase the shelf life of your most popular titles? For any library carrying books, book repair is a fundamental skill for technical services departments. Join us for this hands-on intensive where you will learn these useful practices: tipping in pages, hinge repair, corner strengthening and two techniques of page repair. Attendees are expected to bring damaged books and a selection of basic supplies (a list will be provided to registrants).  Class size is limited, so sign up early. Gregor Trinkaus-Randall of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners will lead this instruction.

Please review the supply list and bring what you can to the workshop.  Supply List


 

Directions    
    Location:
Billerica Public Library
15 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
        There are 5 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Learning in the Library Part 2 [MLS Marlborough] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kelly Jo Woodside     kelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both!

Part 2: Computer Training for the Commonwealth: Ideas and Resources from the Boston Public Library

Looking for ideas to jumpstart or expand computer and technology-based classes in your library? Need ideas on how to get your colleagues on board to teach? As the Library for the Commonwealth, the Boston Public Library has you covered! Jessica Elias, Curriculum Development Coordinator at BPL, will share her experiences creating fun, creative teaching tools and workshops for adult learners as well as examples of curriculum that is publicly accessible for instructors. This workshop will also go over some of the BPL's Research Guides that are perfect for utilizing in the classroom. At the end of her session, participants are welcome to share their challenges and successes of providing computer instruction in their branches. 

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

Directions    
    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
        There are 8 spaces available.
Wednesday October 19, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Commonwealth eBook Collections – BiblioBoard Desk Curations Open Training - Online Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Emily Gooding     goodinge@bibliolabs.com
   

Meet BiblioBoard, the award-winning app and web ecosystem that connects library patrons with digital archives from all over the world. This one-hour session demonstrates how to use the new BiblioBoard Desk Curation feature which allows library staff to customize modules and display on them on the library’s BiblioBoard homepage.

Get started by watching a short video about Desktop Curations.

Emily Gooding from BiblioLabs will lead the training. 

Register here.

Thursday October 20, 2016 Go To Top
elect_computer2 10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Getting to Know Your Gale Pages [Online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Gale and MLS/MBLC have worked together to create a customized template for accessing your  resources via Gale Pages Join us for this webinar to learn more about how your page works and what you can do with it!

Register online

 
lib_bookshelf 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Southeast MA Reader's Advisory Roundtable [OCLN Offices] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 10-12, OCLN Conference Room, 220 Forbes Rd. Suite 401, Braintree

Diversity in Graphic Novels

Benchmark Title: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Join the Southeastern Massachusetts Reader’s Advisory Round Table (SE-RART) genre study group anytime throughout the 2016-17 year!

The SE-RART is embarking on a genre study with a twist this year. For 2016-17, we are going to discuss a different genre each meeting with a focus on books by authors whose race/ethnicity, gender/sexual orientation, or range of experience are underrepresented in mainstream reader’s advisory and frequently in library collections, as well. As usual, we will be discussing the appeal of these genres and subgenres with each other, emphasizing appeal factors as laid out by Joyce Saricks, but with a focus on diversity.

For each meeting, participants are asked to read a benchmark title (all reading the same one) and a second title of their own choosing (from the same subgenre) to describe to the group, focusing on appeal factors and matching a book to its reader, and less on plot summaries. The plan is for each of us to be introduced to the discipline of reading for appeal, and to practice it. Everyone participating will be able to share analysis of titles and authors in unfamiliar genres that will stretch their capacity as reader’s advisors. This is a targeted troundtable discussion, rather than a training workshop. Any or all meetings are open to any in the Mass. library community interested in reader's advisory, whether it is a direct part of their current positions or not.

The discussion leaders are Laurie Cavanaugh, Thayer Public Library, Braintree (lcavanaugh@ocln.org) and Maggie Holmes, Richards Memorial Library, North Attleborough (mholmes@sailsinc.org). For more info or for ideas for your second title, contact Laurie or Maggie, and/or visit the SE-RART blog at http://rartsoutheastma.wordpress.com.

Please click on Eventkeeper link below to register:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    Location: OCLN Conference Room, 220 Forbes Rd., Suite 401, Braintree
Friday October 21, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Non Traditional Materials: A Collection Development Conversation Part 1[Pittsfield] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kristi Chadwick     kristi@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both!

PART ONE

Cake pans, garden tools, musical instruments, and more are now being added to collections to ensure that patrons can have a truly enriching experience with their local library. This two-part conversation will have a presentation in the morning and discussion in the afternoon.

In the first session, participants will learn the history of how non-traditional materials were introduced into libraries. Topics covered will include needs assessment, policies, library needs for storage and circulation, and examples of successes and failures.

Whether just starting to think about adding non-traditional materials to your collection or having years of experience, these sessions should give you some great information to take back to your library.

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the Athenaeum.

Directions via Google Maps    
    Location:
Berkshire Athenaeum
1 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA
(413) 499-9480
        There are 9 spaces available.
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Non Traditional Materials: A Collection Development Conversation Part 2 [Pittsfield] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kristi Chadwick     kristi@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both!

PART TWO

Cake pans, garden tools, musical instruments, and more are now being added to collections to ensure that patrons can have a truly enriching experience with their local library. This two-part conversation will have a presentation in the morning and discussion in the afternoon. 

Participant-led discussion will support the second session, with an engaging conversation including experiences in all aspects of non-traditional materials up for debate.

Whether just starting to think about adding non-traditional materials to your collection or having years of experience, these sessions should give you some great information to take back to your library.

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the Athenaeum.

Directions via Google Maps    
    Location:
Berkshire Athenaeum
1 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA
(413) 499-9480
        There are 14 spaces available.
Monday October 24, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 9:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Learning in the Library Part 1 [West Barnstable] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kelly Jo Woodside     kelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both!

Part 1: Teach People, Not Content: A Patron-Centered Approach to Library Training

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to use your patrons’ needs as a guide for developing, delivering, and evaluating training programs and materials at your library. Come with an idea for a new class at your library, or use this opportunity to revise an existing training program! We will walk through a step-by-step process of instructional design and discuss how to incorporate principles of adult learning throughout. We will also review key strategies for managing group dynamics during your training sessions.

 

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

Facilitator: Kelly Jo Woodside, Consultant, Massachusetts Library System

Directions    
    Location:
Cape Cod Community College
2240 Iyanough Road
West Barnstable MA 02668
        There are 12 spaces available.
 
elect_computer2 10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Gale Resources Refresher - Public Libraries [Online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Need a refresher on using your Gale resources? New to the public library and need a good overview of what's available? Then this session is for you! We've go over the resources most popular in public libraries, let you know about new tools, and provide ideas for using the resources in new ways. Bring all your questions as we'll leave plenty of time for answering them!

Register online

 
office_meeting1 1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Executive Board Meeting [MLS Marlborough] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Betsy Meaden   866-627-7228   betsy@masslibsystem.org
   

Meeting of the MLS Executive Board. Members are welcome. If you plan to attend, please contact Betsy Meaden.

    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
  Location Map
 
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Learning in the Library Part 2 [West Barnstable] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kelly Jo Woodside     kelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both!

Part 2: Computer Training for the Commonwealth: Ideas and Resources from the Boston Public Library

Looking for ideas to jumpstart or expand computer and technology-based classes in your library? Need ideas on how to get your colleagues on board to teach? As the Library for the Commonwealth, the Boston Public Library has you covered! Jessica Elias, Curriculum Development Coordinator at BPL, will share her experiences creating fun, creative teaching tools and workshops for adult learners as well as examples of curriculum that is publicly accessible for instructors. This workshop will also go over some of the BPL's Research Guides that are perfect for utilizing in the classroom. At the end of her session, participants are welcome to share their challenges and successes of providing computer instruction in their branches. 

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

Directions    
    Location:
Cape Cod Community College
2240 Iyanough Road
West Barnstable MA 02668
        There are 11 spaces available.
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Tuesday October 25, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Beyond Surveys and Purposeful Planning Part 1 [Boston] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christi Showman Farrar     christif@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both! 
 
Part One: Beyond Surveys


Moving beyond surveys and planning purposefully will help you create library programs and services that really meet the needs of your community. But how do we know what they really need and where do we start?
In part one participants will:
• Be introduced to user experience research and human-centered design theory and, in a hands-on environment, will learn some simple strategies for gathering information about their customers;
• Learn techniques that can be implemented with small teams and in short periods of time, as well as ways to evaluate space and services.

Please bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone with web access for this workshop. Those with all levels of library experience are welcome to join us.

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

This session will take place in the Glass Orientation Room.

    Location:
Boston Public Library, Copley
700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
617-536-5400
        There are 14 spaces available.
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM New Director Breakfast [Marlborough] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

The MA Library System (MLS) welcomes new directors to enjoy breakfast with us at our office in Marlborough, MA! Join us to learn more about the services MLS provides. Staff will be on hand to share information and news on MLS signature services like Statewide Delivery, Resource Sharing (including ILL and the Commonwealth eBook Collection), Professional Development and Advisory Services, and the Summer Library Program. You’ll also have the chance to network with other new directors and participate in some fun surprises. All staff interested in learning more about MLS are invited to attend.

    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
        There are 24 spaces available.
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Beyond Surveys and Purposeful Planning Part 2 [Boston] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza     april@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both! 

Part 2: Purposeful Planning

Moving beyond surveys and planning purposefully will help you create library programs and services that really meet the needs of your community. But how do we know what they really need and where do we start?

In part two participants will:
• Learn how to identify community needs;
• Learn methodologies for brainstorming ways the library can meet those needs;
• Discover tools to help figure out a path to reinvigorate space, technology, and/or services.

Please bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone with web access for this workshop. Those with all levels of library experience are welcome to join us.

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

This session will take place in the Glass Orientation Room.

Instructed by April Mazza, MLS Consultant.
 

    Location:
Boston Public Library, Copley
700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
617-536-5400
        There are 15 spaces available.
 
office_document_tack 1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Be calm and manage on: a time management workshop [MLS Northampton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Are you losing track of to-do items? Staring with dismay at an ever-growing pile of ‘stuff’ you need to get to? Are you secretly taking work home with you? You don’t need to live like that. Do yourself a favor and add one more thing to your to-do list: sign up for this class. Our goal in this workshop is to give you the tools to realistically assess your workload, parse it out in a meaningful and sensible way, and think about different ways to move forward managing your responsibilities. From it all you will build a personal system for keeping track of tasks, managing projects and remembering commitments.

Instructed by MLS Advisor Anna Popp
 

Directions    
    Location:
MLS Northampton
241-243 King Street, Suite 250
Northampton, MA 01060
        There is 1 space available.
Wednesday October 26, 2016 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   sdonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Register below for Lynda.com
If you can connect to the Internet, you can learn anywhere, anytime!

Important information

  • Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
  • Lynda.com access begins on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
  • A registered user has access to all the training resources available on Lynda.com during a two-week access period.
  • Please limit yourself to one two-week session every three months.
  • You will receive an email with login instructions on the 1st day of your access period.
  • If you do not receive your login instructions by 4:00 PM of the 1st access day please contact the MLS office;  866-627-7228 or info@masslibsystem.org
  • You must have the latest version of QuickTime  or Windows Media Player installed on your computer.
  • System Requirements can be found online here
  • To use the MLS account, free-of-charge, you must be a current staff member at a MLS member library.

 

NOTE: Lynda.com is very popular with you & your colleagues! Please be prudent about the 2-week time-period you sign up for.  Be sure you can use Lynda.com during that time-period.  If you've already registered for a time-period when you will be unable to use Lynda.com, please let MLS know to give others an opportunity to register.


Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
Session registrations appear on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month.

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
 
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Design Redesign [MLS Northampton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Anna Popp     anna@masslibsystem.org
   

Do you want better looking flyers, brochures, or posters? Bring a current piece of your marketing materials to this small group activity. We will review some of the tips and tricks of professional designers and then work together to plan redesigns of your current work. Bring newly refreshed material back to the library. Stick around later in the day for the afternoon Marketing Salon (bring your own lunch).

Directions    
    Location:
MLS Northampton
241-243 King Street, Suite 250
Northampton, MA 01060
        There are 5 spaces available.
 
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Marketing Salon [MLS Northampton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Anna Popp     anna@masslibsystem.org
   

Let’s build on the wonderful conversations we had in the spring about Library Marketing and
Communications (MarCom). We’ve exchanged thoughts and ideas about the many facets of marketing,
discussing the art, science, and philosophy of Library MarCom. Attendees will share experiences, lessons
learned, and future plans. We will continue to build the community, learn from each other, and connect
with more patrons.

 

Directions    
    Location:
MLS Northampton
241-243 King Street, Suite 250
Northampton, MA 01060
        There are 19 spaces available.
Thursday October 27, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Commonwealth eBook Collections – BiblioBoard Desk Curations Open Training - Online Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Emily Gooding     goodinge@bibliolabs.com
   

Meet BiblioBoard, the award-winning app and web ecosystem that connects library patrons with digital archives from all over the world. This one-hour session demonstrates how to use the new BiblioBoard Desk Curation feature which allows library staff to customize modules and display on them on the library’s BiblioBoard homepage.

Get started by watching a short video about Desktop Curations.

Emily Gooding from BiblioLabs will lead the training. 

Register here.

Wednesday November 2, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 11:30 AM  -  1:00 PM Design Redesign [Lexington] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Anna Popp     anna@masslibsystem.org
   

Do you want better looking flyers, brochures, or posters? Bring a current piece of your marketing materials to this small group activity. We will review some of the tips and tricks of professional designers and then work together to plan redesigns of your current work. Bring newly refreshed material back to the library. Stick around later in the day for the afternoon Marketing Salon (bring your own lunch).

Directions via Google Maps    
    Location:
Cary Memorial Library
1874 Massachusetts Ave
Lexington, MA
   
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Marketing Salon [Lexington] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Anna Popp     anna@masslibsystem.org
   

Let’s build on the wonderful conversations we had in the spring about Library Marketing and
Communications (MarCom). We’ve exchanged thoughts and ideas about the many facets of marketing,
discussing the art, science, and philosophy of Library MarCom. Attendees will share experiences, lessons
learned, and future plans. We will continue to build the community, learn from each other, and connect
with more patrons.

 

Directions via Google Maps    
    Location:
Cary Memorial Library
1874 Massachusetts Ave
Lexington, MA
        There are 12 spaces available.
Thursday November 3, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Beyond Surveys and Purposeful Planning Part 1 [South Hadley] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christi Showman Farrar     christif@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both! 
 
Part One: Beyond Surveys


Moving beyond surveys and planning purposefully will help you create library programs and services that really meet the needs of your community. But how do we know what they really need and where do we start?
In part one participants will:
• Be introduced to user experience research and human-centered design theory and, in a hands-on environment, will learn some simple strategies for gathering information about their customers;
• Learn techniques that can be implemented with small teams and in short periods of time, as well as ways to evaluate space and services.

Please bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone with web access for this workshop. Those with all levels of library experience are welcome to join us.

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

Directions via Google Maps    
    Location:
South Hadley Public Library
2 Canal Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
        There are 13 spaces available.
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Beyond Surveys and Purposeful Planning Part 2 [South Hadley] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza     april@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both! 

Part 2: Purposeful Planning

Moving beyond surveys and planning purposefully will help you create library programs and services that really meet the needs of your community. But how do we know what they really need and where do we start?

In part two participants will:
• Learn how to identify community needs;
• Learn methodologies for brainstorming ways the library can meet those needs;
• Discover tools to help figure out a path to reinvigorate space, technology, and/or services.

Please bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone with web access for this workshop. Those with all levels of library experience are welcome to join us.

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

Instructed by April Mazza, MLS Consultant.
 

Directions via Google Maps    
    Location:
South Hadley Public Library
2 Canal Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
        There are 17 spaces available.
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Friday November 4, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Western Region Program Planners [Northampton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lyndsay Johnson   413-525-5400 x1508   lyjohnson@cwmars.org
   

Conducted in a roundtable format, each attendee will be invited to share information (and their promotional flyers) about two or three successful programs held at their library in the preceding three months, including corresponding details on the program/performer. Please bring completed forms for each program you are presenting.

Forms can be found on our (private) blog - https://westernrpp.wordpress.com, in the email we sent to cwinfo, or by contacting Lyndsay at lyjohnson@cwmars.org or Wendy at wpearson@longmeadow.org.

This group is primarily for sharing adult programming ideas, but membership is open to all interested. We welcome new and returning members!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location:
Massachusetts Library System, Northampton
241-243 King St.
Northampton, MA 01060
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM The Whole-Library Approach to Program Promotion Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lyndsay Johnson   413-525-5400 x1508   lyjohnson@cwmars.org
   

Presented by Anna Popp of MLS. You can combine all the library has to offer with the various communication methods of your library to build simple, but rich, promotion for your programs. We’ll explore in-library merchandising techniques as well as social media approaches to program promotion that involve the whole library, with the goal of garnering broad exposure. We will workshop some ideas and attendees will leave with practical understanding of how to build unique promotional strategies using new or varied tactics. 

REGISTER    
    Location:
Massachusetts Library System, Northampton
241-243 King St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Monday November 7, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 9:30 AM  -  3:00 PM MLS Annual Meeting [Worcester] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Please join us for MLS’s 2016 Annual Meeting.  We have a lot on the agenda this year which includes Keynote speaker, John Palfrey, Head of School at Phillips Academy and author of BiblioTech, a plain-spoken call to support your library; we’ll briefly present our new Strategic Plan for 2017-2019 and ask for members to approve it; members will be asked to approve a slate of candidates/officers and our Plan of Service and Budget for fy2018; and our 2016 Project SET crew will share their own presentations.

Please note: MLS will provide a buffet lunch at this no-charge event; however, in an effort to be fiscally responsible we will not be providing morning refreshments/coffee.  The costs for lunch are offset by a donation from Hannaford. We kindly ask that if you register but later learn that you are unable to attend, that you let us know so we can cancel your lunch order.

 

9:30 Registration

10:00 Welcome, Business Meeting, Updates

11:00  Project SET Presentations

12:00  Lunch and Keynote

1:15 MLS Strategic Plan: 2017-2019

3:00  Adjourn

 

 

Directions    
    Location: Hogan Center, Holy Cross
1 College St.
Worcester, MA 01610
        There are many spaces available.
Wednesday November 9, 2016 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   sdonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Register below for Lynda.com
If you can connect to the Internet, you can learn anywhere, anytime!

Important information

  • Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
  • Lynda.com access begins on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
  • A registered user has access to all the training resources available on Lynda.com during a two-week access period.
  • Please limit yourself to one two-week session every three months.
  • You will receive an email with login instructions on the 1st day of your access period.
  • If you do not receive your login instructions by 4:00 PM of the 1st access day please contact the MLS office;  866-627-7228 or info@masslibsystem.org
  • You must have the latest version of QuickTime  or Windows Media Player installed on your computer.
  • System Requirements can be found online here
  • To use the MLS account, free-of-charge, you must be a current staff member at a MLS member library.

 

NOTE: Lynda.com is very popular with you & your colleagues! Please be prudent about the 2-week time-period you sign up for.  Be sure you can use Lynda.com during that time-period.  If you've already registered for a time-period when you will be unable to use Lynda.com, please let MLS know to give others an opportunity to register.


Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
Session registrations appear on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month.

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
 
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Commonwealth eBook Collections - BiblioBoard Creator Open Training [online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Emily Gooding     goodinge@bibliolabs.com
   

Meet BiblioBoard Creator, the award-winning app and web ecosystem that connects library patrons with digital archives from all over the world. This one-hour session demonstrates how libraries are using BiblioBoard Creator to create unique digital exhibits.

Watch a short video on how libraries in Massachusetts are using Creator.

Emily Gooding from BiblioLabs will lead the training. 

Register to sign up    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Monday November 14, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Metrowest Reader's Advisory Roundtable [Weston] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Pam Aghababian     paghababian@minlib.net
   

The Metrowest Readers' Advisory Round Table's Genre: Science Fiction: Young Adult

Benchmark: Everyone Reads Marissa Meyer's "Cinder"

It's our 3rd year of Readers Advisory and our genre is Science Fiction (by popular demand!). Our second subgenre is Young Adult Science Fiction for the benchmark. If you can make it, please read "Cinder" by Marissa Meyer and another book of this subgenre of your own choosing. In addition to talking about the books themselves, please pay attention to appeal factors such as story, characters,tone, style, and pace.

Spend some time on the blog and introduce yourself!

Please read a 2nd title in the Science Fiction genre, YA subgenre--look on the MW-RART blog: for a list of links to suggested titles. Also, make sure to add your second title to the blog posts.

***Focus on all the appeal factors, but really think about setting and tone.

Meeting every other month, the MW-RART will read from one genre--and then discuss the appeal of that genre with each other emphasizing the building of a skill set of appeal categories and familiarity of genre particulars. Everyone participating will be able to share analysis of titles and authors in unfamiliar genres that will stretch their capacity as readers' advisors.  The discussion leaders for MW RART are Pam Aghababian and Liz Reed.

Looking forward to seeing you!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location:
Weston Public Library
87 School St
Weston, MA
(781) 786-6150
 
elect_computer2 3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Microsoft Integration and Your Gale Resources [Online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Join us in this webinar to learn more about how to take advantage of the Microsoft integration in your Gale resources!  We will be discovering how to export content to Microsoft OneDrive in a variety of ways and different ways to make use of the new tool. Gale is excited to offer this new integration with Microsoft OneDrive!

Register online

Tuesday November 15, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 9:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Learning in the Library Part 1 [Peabody] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kelly Jo Woodside     kelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both!

Part 1: Teach People, Not Content: A Patron-Centered Approach to Library Training

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to use your patrons’ needs as a guide for developing, delivering, and evaluating training programs and materials at your library. Come with an idea for a new class at your library, or use this opportunity to revise an existing training program! We will walk through a step-by-step process of instructional design and discuss how to incorporate principles of adult learning throughout. We will also review key strategies for managing group dynamics during your training sessions.

 

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

Facilitator: Kelly Jo Woodside, Consultant, Massachusetts Library System

    Location:
Peabody Institute Library
82 Main St.
Peabody, MA 01960
        There are 17 spaces available.
 
lib_book3 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Western MA Readers Advisory Round Table [MLS - Northampton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Molly Moss   413-587-1012   mmoss@forbeslibrary.org
   

Advising readers on their next book is one of the most intimidating and exhilarating aspects of library work. Helping readers with their reading needs builds an ongoing and treasured relationship between library staff and their users. Readers’ Advisory (RA) is a skill that grows over time and with practice. This roundtable explores reading genres, their appeal for readers, and expands our knowledge and awareness of authors and titles in the genres. 

Genre: Historical Fiction – Prehistory to Tudor (1485)

BenchmarkPompeii by Robert Harris.

Our next RART-W genre study is Historical Fiction. 

Please read a 2nd title in the Historical Fiction genre. Look on the blog for a list of links to suggested titles, and make sure to add your second title to the blog posts.

For a more detailed description and full schedule of the genre studies, check out: http://raroundtablewestma.wordpress.com/

Our schedule for the rest of the year will be:
Nov 15, 2016 Historical Fiction - Prehistory to Tudor (1485)
Jan 31, 2017 Historical Fiction - Tudor to World War II
March 21, 2017 Historical Biofiction vs. Biography
May 16, 2017 Alternate History

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Massachusetts Library System - Northampton
 
food_coffee 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Metrowest Program Planners [Medway] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Meena Jain     mjain@minlib.net
   

The Metrowest Program Planners Meeting

We're a group of library professionals that shares information about programming for adults! We come together to share 2 successful programs we've had at our library with all the details, including price of performer, attendance to the event, quality of the performer, etc. 

We then add all of this information to a BLOG which you can use as a resource. In addition, we send out minutes to all members of the group so you have a handy guide for programming! Contact Liz Reed, lreed@minlib.net, to be added to the blog and our email list.  Gina Wise, gwise@minlib.net, is our contact for submitting your 2 successful programs so she can add them to the minutes. 

We usually meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10am-12pm every two months from Sept - June. 

REGISTER HERE    
    Location:
Medway Public Library
26 High St.
Medway, MA
(508-533-3217)
 
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Learning in the Library Part 2 [Peabody] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kelly Jo Woodside     kelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both!

Part 2: Computer Training for the Commonwealth: Ideas and Resources from the Boston Public Library

Looking for ideas to jumpstart or expand computer and technology-based classes in your library? Need ideas on how to get your colleagues on board to teach? As the Library for the Commonwealth, the Boston Public Library has you covered! Jessica Elias, Curriculum Development Coordinator at BPL, will share her experiences creating fun, creative teaching tools and workshops for adult learners as well as examples of curriculum that is publicly accessible for instructors. This workshop will also go over some of the BPL's Research Guides that are perfect for utilizing in the classroom. At the end of her session, participants are welcome to share their challenges and successes of providing computer instruction in their branches. 

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

    Location:
Peabody Institute Library
82 Main St.
Peabody, MA 01960
        There are 17 spaces available.
Wednesday November 16, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Non Traditional Materials: A Collection Development Conversation Part 1[Mashpee] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kristi Chadwick     kristi@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both!

PART ONE

Cake pans, garden tools, musical instruments, and more are now being added to collections to ensure that patrons can have a truly enriching experience with their local library. This two-part conversation will have a presentation in the morning and discussion in the afternoon.

In the first session, participants will learn the history of how non-traditional materials were introduced into libraries. Topics covered will include needs assessment, policies, library needs for storage and circulation, and examples of successes and failures.

Whether just starting to think about adding non-traditional materials to your collection or having years of experience, these sessions should give you some great information to take back to your library.

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

Directions via Google Maps    
    Location:
Mashpee Public Library
64 Steeple ST
Mashpee, MA 02649
(508) 539-1435
        There are 16 spaces available.
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misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Non Traditional Materials: A Collection Development Conversation Part 2 [Mashpee] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kristi Chadwick     kristi@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both!

PART TWO

Cake pans, garden tools, musical instruments, and more are now being added to collections to ensure that patrons can have a truly enriching experience with their local library. This two-part conversation will have a presentation in the morning and discussion in the afternoon. 

Participant-led discussion will support the second session, with an engaging conversation including experiences in all aspects of non-traditional materials up for debate.

Whether just starting to think about adding non-traditional materials to your collection or having years of experience, these sessions should give you some great information to take back to your library.

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

Directions via Google Maps    
    Location:
Mashpee Public Library
64 Steeple ST
Mashpee, MA 02649
(508) 539-1435
        There are 15 spaces available.
Thursday November 17, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 9:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Learning in the Library Part 1 [Pittsfield] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kelly Jo Woodside     kelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both!

Part 1: Teach People, Not Content: A Patron-Centered Approach to Library Training

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to use your patrons’ needs as a guide for developing, delivering, and evaluating training programs and materials at your library. Come with an idea for a new class at your library, or use this opportunity to revise an existing training program! We will walk through a step-by-step process of instructional design and discuss how to incorporate principles of adult learning throughout. We will also review key strategies for managing group dynamics during your training sessions.

 

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the Athenaeum.

Facilitator: Kelly Jo Woodside, Consultant, Massachusetts Library System

Directions via Google Maps    
    Location:
Berkshire Athenaeum
1 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA
(413) 499-9480
        There are 8 spaces available.
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Beyond Surveys and Purposeful Planning Part 1 [MLS Marlborough] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christi Showman Farrar     christif@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both! 
 
Part One: Beyond Surveys


Moving beyond surveys and planning purposefully will help you create library programs and services that really meet the needs of your community. But how do we know what they really need and where do we start?
In part one participants will:
• Be introduced to user experience research and human-centered design theory and, in a hands-on environment, will learn some simple strategies for gathering information about their customers;
• Learn techniques that can be implemented with small teams and in short periods of time, as well as ways to evaluate space and services.

Please bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone with web access for this workshop. Those with all levels of library experience are welcome to join us.

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

Directions    
    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
        There are 20 spaces available.
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Beyond Surveys and Purposeful Planning Part 2 [MLS Marlborough] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza     april@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both! 

Part 2: Purposeful Planning

Moving beyond surveys and planning purposefully will help you create library programs and services that really meet the needs of your community. But how do we know what they really need and where do we start?

In part two participants will:
• Learn how to identify community needs;
• Learn methodologies for brainstorming ways the library can meet those needs;
• Discover tools to help figure out a path to reinvigorate space, technology, and/or services.

Please bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone with web access for this workshop. Those with all levels of library experience are welcome to join us.

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

Instructed by April Mazza, MLS Consultant.
 

Directions    
    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
        There are 20 spaces available.
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Commonwealth eBook Collections Training [online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Spohn     steve@masslibsystem.org
   

Are you currently participating in Commonwealth eBook Collections or are you interested in participating in the Commonwealth eBook Collections program? Would you like some training on Axis360, BiblioBoard, and EBL?

This is an open training on the Commonwealth eBooks Collections. All library staff members are welcome to attend. The training will include an overview of the program and targeted instruction on all three eBook platforms. (Note: this session does not include training on BiblioBoard Creator.)

Click to register    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Learning in the Library Part 2 [Pittsfield] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kelly Jo Woodside     kelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both!

Part 2: Computer Training for the Commonwealth: Ideas and Resources from the Boston Public Library

Looking for ideas to jumpstart or expand computer and technology-based classes in your library? Need ideas on how to get your colleagues on board to teach? As the Library for the Commonwealth, the Boston Public Library has you covered! Jessica Elias, Curriculum Development Coordinator at BPL, will share her experiences creating fun, creative teaching tools and workshops for adult learners as well as examples of curriculum that is publicly accessible for instructors. This workshop will also go over some of the BPL's Research Guides that are perfect for utilizing in the classroom. At the end of her session, participants are welcome to share their challenges and successes of providing computer instruction in their branches. 

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the Athenaeum.

Directions via Google Maps    
    Location:
Berkshire Athenaeum
1 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA
(413) 499-9480
        There are 8 spaces available.
 
misc_none 3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Commonwealth eBook Collections Q & A [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Spohn     steve@masslibsystem.org
   

Do you have a question about the Commonwealth eBook Collections but you haven’t had the time to ask? This webinar is an open Q & A session about the Commonwealth eBooks Collections. All library staff members are welcome to attend. Please bring your questions and/or join the webinar to hear what other questions are asked.   

Click to register    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Monday November 21, 2016 Go To Top
elect_computer2 3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Google Integration and Your Gale Resources [Online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Join us in this webinar to learn more about Google's integration with Gale resources! You can download content into Google Drive for use anywhere, anytime! Are you a Google Classroom user? Then you'll be glad to know you can share content to your Google Classroom stream with just a few simple clicks. We'll walk through all the new features and share ideas for making use of them. Gale is excited to partner with Google and integrate our resources into user's workflow! 

Register online

Tuesday November 22, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Northeast MA Readers' Advisory Round Table [Methuen] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Leane M Ellis   781-246-6334   ellis@noblenet.org
   

The Northeastern Readers' Advisory Round Table reads New Adult Fiction

Benchmark:  Everyone reads Colleen Hoover’s Slammed. 

Please read a 2nd title in the New Adult Fiction -look on the RA RT blog: for a list of suggested titles and some supporting materials.

Appeal to be read for November 2016 meeting: Focus on all the appeal factors, but really think about character, tone, and plot.

Meeting every other month, the NE RA RT reads from one genre--and then discusses the appeal of that genre with each other emphasizing the building of a skill set of appeal categories and familiarity of genre particulars. They cover a different genre every meeting, allowing each of the participants to be introduced to the discipline of reading for appeal, as well as an initiation to broad genre categories. Everyone participating will be able to share analysis of titles and authors in unfamiliar genres that will stretch their capicity as readers' advisors.  The discussion leaders are Leane Ellis (ellis@noblenet.org) and Nanci Milone Hill (nhill@mvlc.org).

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.    
    Location: Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844
Wednesday November 23, 2016 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   sdonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Register below for Lynda.com
If you can connect to the Internet, you can learn anywhere, anytime!

Important information

  • Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
  • Lynda.com access begins on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
  • A registered user has access to all the training resources available on Lynda.com during a two-week access period.
  • Please limit yourself to one two-week session every three months.
  • You will receive an email with login instructions on the 1st day of your access period.
  • If you do not receive your login instructions by 4:00 PM of the 1st access day please contact the MLS office;  866-627-7228 or info@masslibsystem.org
  • You must have the latest version of QuickTime  or Windows Media Player installed on your computer.
  • System Requirements can be found online here
  • To use the MLS account, free-of-charge, you must be a current staff member at a MLS member library.

 

NOTE: Lynda.com is very popular with you & your colleagues! Please be prudent about the 2-week time-period you sign up for.  Be sure you can use Lynda.com during that time-period.  If you've already registered for a time-period when you will be unable to use Lynda.com, please let MLS know to give others an opportunity to register.


Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
Session registrations appear on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month.

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
Tuesday December 6, 2016 Go To Top
elect_computer2 10:00 AM  -  10:45 AM Gale Resources and What To Use When [Online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Does the list of Gale resources overwhelm you? Are unsure which resource to go to? Then this session is for you. We'll go over the collection, let you know where overlaps occur, and give you a better idea of which resource to use when!

Register online

 
misc_none 12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM NE Assistant Directors' Forum Meeting Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Giselle Stevens   978-465-4428 x224   
   

The NE Assistant Directors Forum meets five times a year on Tuesdays from noon to 2pm to share ideas and discuss issues. Feel free to bring your lunch. Please RSVP to Giselle at gstevens@newburyportpl.org.

    Location:
Bedford Free Public Library
7 Mudge Way
Bedford, MA 01730
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Wednesday December 7, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Beyond Surveys and Purposeful Planning Part 1 [Hamilton Wenham] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christi Showman Farrar     christif@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both! 
 
Part One: Beyond Surveys


Moving beyond surveys and planning purposefully will help you create library programs and services that really meet the needs of your community. But how do we know what they really need and where do we start?
In part one participants will:
• Be introduced to user experience research and human-centered design theory and, in a hands-on environment, will learn some simple strategies for gathering information about their customers;
• Learn techniques that can be implemented with small teams and in short periods of time, as well as ways to evaluate space and services.

Please bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone with web access for this workshop. Those with all levels of library experience are welcome to join us.

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

Directions    
    Location:
Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
14 Union St.
Hamilton, MA 01982
        There are 19 spaces available.
 
lib_bookshelf 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Southeast MA Reader's Advisory Roundtable [Location to be determined] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 10am-12pm, Location to be decided
Snow Date: Friday, December 9, 10am-12pm

Diversity in Science FIction

Benchmark Title: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Join the Southeastern Massachusetts Reader’s Advisory Round Table (SE-RART) genre study group anytime throughout the 2016-17 year!

The SE-RART is doing a genre study with a twist this year. For 2016-17, we are going to discuss a different genre each meeting with a focus on books by authors whose race/ethnicity, gender/sexual orientation, or range of experience are underrepresented in mainstream reader’s advisory and frequently in library collections, as well. As usual, we will be discussing the appeal of these genres and subgenres with each other, emphasizing appeal factors as laid out by Joyce Saricks, but with a focus on diversity.

For each meeting, participants are asked to read a benchmark title (all reading the same one) and a second title of their own choosing (from the same subgenre) to describe to the group, focusing on appeal factors and matching a book to its reader, and less on plot summaries. The plan is for each of us to be introduced to the discipline of reading for appeal, and to practice it. Everyone participating will be able to share analysis of titles and authors in unfamiliar genres that will stretch their capacity as reader’s advisors. This is a targeted troundtable discussion, rather than a training workshop. Any or all meetings are open to any in the Mass. library community interested in reader's advisory, whether it is a direct part of their current positions or not.

The discussion leaders are Laurie Cavanaugh, Thayer Public Library, Braintree (lcavanaugh@ocln.org) and Maggie Holmes, Richards Memorial Library, North Attleborough (mholmes@sailsinc.org). For more info or for ideas for your second title, contact Laurie or Maggie, and/or visit the SE-RART blog at http://rartsoutheastma.wordpress.com.

Please click on link below to register:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Beyond Surveys and Purposeful Planning Part 2 [Hamilton Wenham] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza     april@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both! 

Part 2: Purposeful Planning

Moving beyond surveys and planning purposefully will help you create library programs and services that really meet the needs of your community. But how do we know what they really need and where do we start?

In part two participants will:
• Learn how to identify community needs;
• Learn methodologies for brainstorming ways the library can meet those needs;
• Discover tools to help figure out a path to reinvigorate space, technology, and/or services.

Please bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone with web access for this workshop. Those with all levels of library experience are welcome to join us.

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

Instructed by April Mazza, MLS Consultant.
 

Directions via Google Maps    
    Location:
Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
14 Union St.
Hamilton, MA 01982
        There are 19 spaces available.
Thursday December 8, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 9:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Learning in the Library Part 1 [South Hadley] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kelly Jo Woodside     kelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both!

Part 1: Teach People, Not Content: A Patron-Centered Approach to Library Training

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to use your patrons’ needs as a guide for developing, delivering, and evaluating training programs and materials at your library. Come with an idea for a new class at your library, or use this opportunity to revise an existing training program! We will walk through a step-by-step process of instructional design and discuss how to incorporate principles of adult learning throughout. We will also review key strategies for managing group dynamics during your training sessions.

 

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

Facilitator: Kelly Jo Woodside, Consultant, Massachusetts Library System

Directions via Google Maps    
    Location:
South Hadley Public Library
2 Canal Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
        There are 13 spaces available.
 
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Learning in the Library Part 2 [South Hadley] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kelly Jo Woodside     kelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Part one and part two are designed to work together. You may come to one or both!

Part 2: Computer Training for the Commonwealth: Ideas and Resources from the Boston Public Library

Looking for ideas to jumpstart or expand computer and technology-based classes in your library? Need ideas on how to get your colleagues on board to teach? As the Library for the Commonwealth, the Boston Public Library has you covered! Jessica Elias, Curriculum Development Coordinator at BPL, will share her experiences creating fun, creative teaching tools and workshops for adult learners as well as examples of curriculum that is publicly accessible for instructors. This workshop will also go over some of the BPL's Research Guides that are perfect for utilizing in the classroom. At the end of her session, participants are welcome to share their challenges and successes of providing computer instruction in their branches. 

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

Directions via Google Maps    
    Location:
South Hadley Public Library
2 Canal Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
        There are 14 spaces available.
Monday December 12, 2016 Go To Top
office_meeting1 1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Executive Board Meeting [MLS Marlborough] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Betsy Meaden   866-627-7228   betsy@masslibsystem.org
   

Meeting of the MLS Executive Board. Members are welcome. If you plan to attend, please contact Betsy Meaden.

    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
  Location Map
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Commonwealth eBook Collections - BiblioBoard Creator Open Training [online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Emily Gooding     goodinge@bibliolabs.com
   

Meet BiblioBoard Creator, the award-winning app and web ecosystem that connects library patrons with digital archives from all over the world. This one-hour session demonstrates how libraries are using BiblioBoard Creator to create unique digital exhibits.

Watch a short video on how libraries in Massachusetts are using Creator.

Emily Gooding from BiblioLabs will lead the training. 

Register to sign up    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Tuesday December 13, 2016 Go To Top
elect_computer2 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Getting to Know Your Gale Pages [Online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Gale and MLS/MBLC have worked together to create a customized template for accessing your  resources via Gale Pages Join us for this webinar to learn more about how your page works and what you can do with it!

Register online

Wednesday December 14, 2016 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   sdonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Register below for Lynda.com
If you can connect to the Internet, you can learn anywhere, anytime!

Important information

  • Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
  • Lynda.com access begins on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
  • A registered user has access to all the training resources available on Lynda.com during a two-week access period.
  • Please limit yourself to one two-week session every three months.
  • You will receive an email with login instructions on the 1st day of your access period.
  • If you do not receive your login instructions by 4:00 PM of the 1st access day please contact the MLS office;  866-627-7228 or info@masslibsystem.org
  • You must have the latest version of QuickTime  or Windows Media Player installed on your computer.
  • System Requirements can be found online here
  • To use the MLS account, free-of-charge, you must be a current staff member at a MLS member library.

 

NOTE: Lynda.com is very popular with you & your colleagues! Please be prudent about the 2-week time-period you sign up for.  Be sure you can use Lynda.com during that time-period.  If you've already registered for a time-period when you will be unable to use Lynda.com, please let MLS know to give others an opportunity to register.


Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
Session registrations appear on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month.

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
Thursday December 15, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Commonwealth eBook Collections Training [online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Spohn     steve@masslibsystem.org
   

Are you currently participating in Commonwealth eBook Collections or are you interested in participating in the Commonwealth eBook Collections program? Would you like some training on Axis360, BiblioBoard, and EBL?

This is an opening training on the Commonwealth eBooks Collections. All library staff members are welcome to attend. The training will include an overview of the program and targeted instruction on all three eBook platforms. (Note: this session does not include training on BiblioBoard Creator.)

Click to register    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
misc_none 11:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Commonwealth eBook Collections Q & A [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Spohn     steve@masslibsystem.org
   

Do you have a question about the Commonwealth eBook Collections but you haven’t had the time to ask? This webinar is an open Q & A session about the Commonwealth eBooks Collections. All library staff members are welcome to attend. Please bring your questions and/or join the webinar to hear what other questions are asked.   

Click to register    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Wednesday December 28, 2016 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   sdonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Register below for Lynda.com
If you can connect to the Internet, you can learn anywhere, anytime!

Important information

  • Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
  • Lynda.com access begins on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
  • A registered user has access to all the training resources available on Lynda.com during a two-week access period.
  • Please limit yourself to one two-week session every three months.
  • You will receive an email with login instructions on the 1st day of your access period.
  • If you do not receive your login instructions by 4:00 PM of the 1st access day please contact the MLS office;  866-627-7228 or info@masslibsystem.org
  • You must have the latest version of QuickTime  or Windows Media Player installed on your computer.
  • System Requirements can be found online here
  • To use the MLS account, free-of-charge, you must be a current staff member at a MLS member library.

 

NOTE: Lynda.com is very popular with you & your colleagues! Please be prudent about the 2-week time-period you sign up for.  Be sure you can use Lynda.com during that time-period.  If you've already registered for a time-period when you will be unable to use Lynda.com, please let MLS know to give others an opportunity to register.


Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
Session registrations appear on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month.

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
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Tuesday January 3, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Commonwealth eBook Collections Training [NAUSET] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Spohn     steve@masslibsystem.org
   

Are you currently participating in Commonwealth eBook Collections or are you interested in participating in the Commonwealth eBook Collections program? Would you like some training on Axis360, BiblioBoard, and EBL?

This is an opening training on the Commonwealth eBooks Collections. All library staff members are welcome to attend. The training will include an overview of the program and targeted instruction on all three eBook platforms. (Note: this session does not include training on BiblioBoard Creator.)

Before you come, take some time to review the information available on the CEC site - http://cec.masslibsystem.org/cec/home - especially the material on the training tab.

        There are many spaces available.
Monday January 9, 2017 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Metrowest Reader's Advisory Roundtable [Medway] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Pam Aghababian     paghababian@minlib.net
   

The Metrowest Readers' Advisory Round Table's Genre: Science Fiction: Fantasy

Benchmark: Everyone Reads Naomi Novik's "Uprooted"

It's our 3rd year of Readers Advisory and our genre is Science Fiction (by popular demand!). Our third subgenre is Fantasy Science Fiction for the benchmark. If you can make it, please read "Uprooted" by Naomi Novik and another book of this subgenre of your own choosing. In addition to talking about the books themselves, please pay attention to appeal factors such as story, characters,tone, style, and pace.

Spend some time on the blog and introduce yourself!

Please read a 2nd title in the Science Fiction genre, Fantasy subgenre--look on the MW-RART blog: for a list of links to suggested titles. Also, make sure to add your second title to the blog posts.

***Focus on all the appeal factors, but really think about setting and tone.

Meeting every other month, the MW-RART will read from one genre--and then discuss the appeal of that genre with each other emphasizing the building of a skill set of appeal categories and familiarity of genre particulars. Everyone participating will be able to share analysis of titles and authors in unfamiliar genres that will stretch their capacity as readers' advisors.  The discussion leaders for MW RART are Pam Aghababian and Liz Reed.

Looking forward to seeing you!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location:
Medway Public Library
26 High St.
Medway, MA
(508-533-3217)
Wednesday January 11, 2017 Go To Top
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  • Please limit yourself to one two-week session every three months.
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  • If you do not receive your login instructions by 4:00 PM of the 1st access day please contact the MLS office;  866-627-7228 or info@masslibsystem.org
  • You must have the latest version of QuickTime  or Windows Media Player installed on your computer.
  • System Requirements can be found online here
  • To use the MLS account, free-of-charge, you must be a current staff member at a MLS member library.

 

NOTE: Lynda.com is very popular with you & your colleagues! Please be prudent about the 2-week time-period you sign up for.  Be sure you can use Lynda.com during that time-period.  If you've already registered for a time-period when you will be unable to use Lynda.com, please let MLS know to give others an opportunity to register.


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misc_none 10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM MLS Mock Newbery Voting [MLS Marlboro] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christi Showman Farrar     christif@masslibsystem.org
   

Join us for discussion and voting of the MLS 2017 Mock Newbery Award! We will learn a little more about the award, hear from a special guest that has been on a Youth Media Award committee and discuss the shortlist titles. No need to be a member of the Goodreads group to join the meeting but it may help. You should read the shortlist titles to make the most of your participation and for voting purposes. The shortlist will be announced in December 2016. To join the Goodreads group, view the shortlist and for more information about the Mock Awards go to http://guides.masslibsystem.org/mockbookawards

 

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    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill Street, Suite 229
Marlboro, MA
(866)627-7228
        There are 20 spaces available.
Thursday January 19, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Commonwealth eBook Collections Training [online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Spohn     steve@masslibsystem.org
   

Are you currently participating in Commonwealth eBook Collections or are you interested in participating in the Commonwealth eBook Collections program? Would you like some training on Axis360, BiblioBoard, and EBL?

This is an opening training on the Commonwealth eBooks Collections. All library staff members are welcome to attend. The training will include an overview of the program and targeted instruction on all three eBook platforms. (Note: this session does not include training on BiblioBoard Creator.)

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    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
misc_none 3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Commonwealth eBook Collections Q & A [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Spohn     steve@masslibsystem.org
   

Do you have a question about the Commonwealth eBook Collections but you haven’t had the time to ask? This webinar is an open Q & A session about the Commonwealth eBooks Collections. All library staff members are welcome to attend. Please bring your questions and/or join the webinar to hear what other questions are asked.   

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Wednesday January 25, 2017 Go To Top
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  • Please limit yourself to one two-week session every three months.
  • You will receive an email with login instructions on the 1st day of your access period.
  • If you do not receive your login instructions by 4:00 PM of the 1st access day please contact the MLS office;  866-627-7228 or info@masslibsystem.org
  • You must have the latest version of QuickTime  or Windows Media Player installed on your computer.
  • System Requirements can be found online here
  • To use the MLS account, free-of-charge, you must be a current staff member at a MLS member library.

 

NOTE: Lynda.com is very popular with you & your colleagues! Please be prudent about the 2-week time-period you sign up for.  Be sure you can use Lynda.com during that time-period.  If you've already registered for a time-period when you will be unable to use Lynda.com, please let MLS know to give others an opportunity to register.


Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
Session registrations appear on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month.

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Tuesday January 31, 2017 Go To Top
food_coffee 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Metrowest Program Planners [Newton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Meena Jain     mjain@minlib.net
   

The Metrowest Program Planners Meeting

We're a group of library professionals that shares information about programming for adults! We come together to share 2 successful programs we've had at our library with all the details, including price of performer, attendance to the event, quality of the performer, etc. 

We then add all of this information to a BLOG which you can use as a resource. In addition, we send out minutes to all members of the group so you have a handy guide for programming! Contact Liz Reed, lreed@minlib.net, to be added to the blog and our email list.  Gina Wise, gwise@minlib.net, is our contact for submitting your 2 successful programs so she can add them to the minutes. 

We usually meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10am-12pm every two months from Sept - June. 

REGISTER HERE    
    Location:
Newton Free Library
330 Homer St
Newton, MA
617) 796-1360
Tuesday February 7, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM NE Assistant Directors' Forum Meeting Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Giselle Stevens   978-465-4428 x224   
   

The NE Assistant Directors Forum meets five times a year on Tuesdays from noon to 2pm to share ideas and discuss issues. Feel free to bring your lunch. Please RSVP to Giselle at gstevens@newburyportpl.org 

    Location:
Parker Memorial Library
28 Arlington St, Dracut, MA 01826
Wednesday February 8, 2017 Go To Top
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  • If you do not receive your login instructions by 4:00 PM of the 1st access day please contact the MLS office;  866-627-7228 or info@masslibsystem.org
  • You must have the latest version of QuickTime  or Windows Media Player installed on your computer.
  • System Requirements can be found online here
  • To use the MLS account, free-of-charge, you must be a current staff member at a MLS member library.

 

NOTE: Lynda.com is very popular with you & your colleagues! Please be prudent about the 2-week time-period you sign up for.  Be sure you can use Lynda.com during that time-period.  If you've already registered for a time-period when you will be unable to use Lynda.com, please let MLS know to give others an opportunity to register.


Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
Session registrations appear on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month.

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

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Monday February 13, 2017 Go To Top
lib_bookshelf 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Southeast MA Reader's Advisory Roundtable [Location to be determined] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

AFTERNOON MEETING! Monday, February 13, 2017, 1pm-3pm, Location to be determined
Snow Date: Thursday, February 16, 10am-12pm (MORNING)

Diversity in Romance

Benchmark Title: To be determined

Join the Southeastern Massachusetts Reader’s Advisory Round Table (SE-RART) genre study group anytime throughout the 2016-17 year!

The SE-RART is doing a genre study with a twist this year. For 2016-17, we are going to discuss a different genre each meeting with a focus on books by authors whose race/ethnicity, gender/sexual orientation, or range of experience are underrepresented in mainstream reader’s advisory and frequently in library collections, as well. As usual, we will be discussing the appeal of these genres and subgenres with each other, emphasizing appeal factors as laid out by Joyce Saricks, but with a focus on diversity.

For each meeting, participants are asked to read a benchmark title (all reading the same one) and a second title of their own choosing (from the same subgenre) to describe to the group, focusing on appeal factors and matching a book to its reader, and less on plot summaries. The plan is for each of us to be introduced to the discipline of reading for appeal, and to practice it. Everyone participating will be able to share analysis of titles and authors in unfamiliar genres that will stretch their capacity as reader’s advisors. This is a targeted troundtable discussion, rather than a training workshop. Any or all meetings are open to any in the Mass. library community interested in reader's advisory, whether it is a direct part of their current positions or not.

The discussion leaders are Laurie Cavanaugh, Thayer Public Library, Braintree (lcavanaugh@ocln.org) and Maggie Holmes, Richards Memorial Library, North Attleborough (mholmes@sailsinc.org). For more info or for ideas for your second title, contact Laurie or Maggie, and/or visit the SE-RART blog at http://rartsoutheastma.wordpress.com.

Please click on Eventkeeper link below to register:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

SE-RART Blog    
Wednesday February 22, 2017 Go To Top
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Important information

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  • Lynda.com access begins on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
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  • Please limit yourself to one two-week session every three months.
  • You will receive an email with login instructions on the 1st day of your access period.
  • If you do not receive your login instructions by 4:00 PM of the 1st access day please contact the MLS office;  866-627-7228 or info@masslibsystem.org
  • You must have the latest version of QuickTime  or Windows Media Player installed on your computer.
  • System Requirements can be found online here
  • To use the MLS account, free-of-charge, you must be a current staff member at a MLS member library.

 

NOTE: Lynda.com is very popular with you & your colleagues! Please be prudent about the 2-week time-period you sign up for.  Be sure you can use Lynda.com during that time-period.  If you've already registered for a time-period when you will be unable to use Lynda.com, please let MLS know to give others an opportunity to register.


Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
Session registrations appear on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month.

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

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Wednesday March 8, 2017 Go To Top
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Important information

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  • Lynda.com access begins on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
  • A registered user has access to all the training resources available on Lynda.com during a two-week access period.
  • Please limit yourself to one two-week session every three months.
  • You will receive an email with login instructions on the 1st day of your access period.
  • If you do not receive your login instructions by 4:00 PM of the 1st access day please contact the MLS office;  866-627-7228 or info@masslibsystem.org
  • You must have the latest version of QuickTime  or Windows Media Player installed on your computer.
  • System Requirements can be found online here
  • To use the MLS account, free-of-charge, you must be a current staff member at a MLS member library.

 

NOTE: Lynda.com is very popular with you & your colleagues! Please be prudent about the 2-week time-period you sign up for.  Be sure you can use Lynda.com during that time-period.  If you've already registered for a time-period when you will be unable to use Lynda.com, please let MLS know to give others an opportunity to register.


Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
Session registrations appear on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month.

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
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Monday March 13, 2017 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Metrowest Reader's Advisory Roundtable [Bedford] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Pam Aghababian     paghababian@minlib.net
   

The Metrowest Readers' Advisory Round Table's Genre: Science Fiction: Futuristic

Benchmark: Everyone Reads Philip K. Dick's "Do androids dream of electric sheep?"

It's our 3rd year of Readers Advisory and our genre is Science Fiction (by popular demand!). Our fourth subgenre is Futuristic Science Fiction for the benchmark. If you can make it, please read "Do androids dream of electric sheep?" by Philip K. Dick and another book of this subgenre of your own choosing. In addition to talking about the books themselves, please pay attention to appeal factors such as story, characters,tone, style, and pace.

Spend some time on the blog and introduce yourself!

Please read a 2nd title in the Science Fiction genre, Futuristic subgenre--look on the MW-RART blog: for a list of links to suggested titles. Also, make sure to add your second title to the blog posts.

***Focus on all the appeal factors, but really think about setting and tone.

Meeting every other month, the MW-RART will read from one genre--and then discuss the appeal of that genre with each other emphasizing the building of a skill set of appeal categories and familiarity of genre particulars. Everyone participating will be able to share analysis of titles and authors in unfamiliar genres that will stretch their capacity as readers' advisors.  The discussion leaders for MW RART are Pam Aghababian and Liz Reed.

Looking forward to seeing you!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location:
Bedford Free Public Library
7 Mudge Way
Bedford, MA
(781-275-9440)
Tuesday March 21, 2017 Go To Top
food_coffee 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Metrowest Program Planners [Norwood] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Meena Jain     mjain@minlib.net
   

The Metrowest Program Planners Meeting

We're a group of library professionals that shares information about programming for adults! We come together to share 2 successful programs we've had at our library with all the details, including price of performer, attendance to the event, quality of the performer, etc. 

We then add all of this information to a BLOG which you can use as a resource. In addition, we send out minutes to all members of the group so you have a handy guide for programming! Contact Liz Reed, lreed@minlib.net, to be added to the blog and our email list.  Gina Wise, gwise@minlib.net, is our contact for submitting your 2 successful programs so she can add them to the minutes. 

We usually meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10am-12pm every two months from Sept - June. 

REGISTER HERE    
    Location:
Morrill Memorial Library
33 Walpole St
Norwood, MA
(781) 769-0200
Wednesday March 22, 2017 Go To Top
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  • Please limit yourself to one two-week session every three months.
  • You will receive an email with login instructions on the 1st day of your access period.
  • If you do not receive your login instructions by 4:00 PM of the 1st access day please contact the MLS office;  866-627-7228 or info@masslibsystem.org
  • You must have the latest version of QuickTime  or Windows Media Player installed on your computer.
  • System Requirements can be found online here
  • To use the MLS account, free-of-charge, you must be a current staff member at a MLS member library.

 

NOTE: Lynda.com is very popular with you & your colleagues! Please be prudent about the 2-week time-period you sign up for.  Be sure you can use Lynda.com during that time-period.  If you've already registered for a time-period when you will be unable to use Lynda.com, please let MLS know to give others an opportunity to register.


Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
Session registrations appear on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month.

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
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Tuesday April 4, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM NE Assistant Directors' Forum Meeting Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Giselle Stevens   978-465-4428 x224   
   

The NE Assistant Directors Forum meets five times a year on Tuesdays from noon to 2pm to share ideas and discuss issues. Feel free to bring your lunch. Please RSVP to Giselle at gstevens@newburyportpl.org 

    Location:
Robbins Library
700 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476
Wednesday April 5, 2017 Go To Top
lib_bookshelf 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Southeast MA Reader's Advisory Roundtable [Location to be determined] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 10am-12pm, Location to be determined

Diversity in Mystery

Benchmark Title: To be determined

Join the Southeastern Massachusetts Reader’s Advisory Round Table (SE-RART) genre study group anytime throughout the 2016-17 year!

The SE-RART is doing a genre study with a twist this year. For 2016-17, we are going to discuss a different genre each meeting with a focus on books by authors whose race/ethnicity, gender/sexual orientation, or range of experience are underrepresented in mainstream reader’s advisory and frequently in library collections, as well. As usual, we will be discussing the appeal of these genres and subgenres with each other, emphasizing appeal factors as laid out by Joyce Saricks, but with a focus on diversity.

For each meeting, participants are asked to read a benchmark title (all reading the same one) and a second title of their own choosing (from the same subgenre) to describe to the group, focusing on appeal factors and matching a book to its reader, and less on plot summaries. The plan is for each of us to be introduced to the discipline of reading for appeal, and to practice it. Everyone participating will be able to share analysis of titles and authors in unfamiliar genres that will stretch their capacity as reader’s advisors. This is a targeted troundtable discussion, rather than a training workshop. Any or all meetings are open to any in the Mass. library community interested in reader's advisory, whether it is a direct part of their current positions or not.

The discussion leaders are Laurie Cavanaugh, Thayer Public Library, Braintree (lcavanaugh@ocln.org) and Maggie Holmes, Richards Memorial Library, North Attleborough (mholmes@sailsinc.org). For more info or for ideas for your second title, contact Laurie or Maggie, and/or visit the SE-RART blog at http://rartsoutheastma.wordpress.com.

Please click on link below to register:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

SE-RART Blog    
Wednesday April 12, 2017 Go To Top
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Important information

  • Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
  • Lynda.com access begins on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
  • A registered user has access to all the training resources available on Lynda.com during a two-week access period.
  • Please limit yourself to one two-week session every three months.
  • You will receive an email with login instructions on the 1st day of your access period.
  • If you do not receive your login instructions by 4:00 PM of the 1st access day please contact the MLS office;  866-627-7228 or info@masslibsystem.org
  • You must have the latest version of QuickTime  or Windows Media Player installed on your computer.
  • System Requirements can be found online here
  • To use the MLS account, free-of-charge, you must be a current staff member at a MLS member library.

 

NOTE: Lynda.com is very popular with you & your colleagues! Please be prudent about the 2-week time-period you sign up for.  Be sure you can use Lynda.com during that time-period.  If you've already registered for a time-period when you will be unable to use Lynda.com, please let MLS know to give others an opportunity to register.


Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
Session registrations appear on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month.

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Wednesday April 26, 2017 Go To Top
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Important information

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  • Lynda.com access begins on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
  • A registered user has access to all the training resources available on Lynda.com during a two-week access period.
  • Please limit yourself to one two-week session every three months.
  • You will receive an email with login instructions on the 1st day of your access period.
  • If you do not receive your login instructions by 4:00 PM of the 1st access day please contact the MLS office;  866-627-7228 or info@masslibsystem.org
  • You must have the latest version of QuickTime  or Windows Media Player installed on your computer.
  • System Requirements can be found online here
  • To use the MLS account, free-of-charge, you must be a current staff member at a MLS member library.

 

NOTE: Lynda.com is very popular with you & your colleagues! Please be prudent about the 2-week time-period you sign up for.  Be sure you can use Lynda.com during that time-period.  If you've already registered for a time-period when you will be unable to use Lynda.com, please let MLS know to give others an opportunity to register.


Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
Session registrations appear on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month.

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
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Monday May 8, 2017 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Metrowest Reader's Advisory Roundtable [Natick] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Pam Aghababian     paghababian@minlib.net
   

The Metrowest Readers' Advisory Round Table's Genre: Science Fiction: Romance

Benchmark: Everyone Reads J.D Robb's "Naked in Death"

It's our 3rd year of Readers Advisory and our genre is Science Fiction (by popular demand!). Our final subgenre is Romance Science Fiction for the benchmark. If you can make it, please read "Naked in Death" by J.D. Robb. In keeping with this, our final meeting of the year, your second book can be of any Science Fiction subgenre of your choosing! In addition to talking about the books themselves, please pay attention to appeal factors such as story, characters,tone, style, and pace.

Spend some time on the blog and introduce yourself!

Please read a 2nd title in the Science Fiction genre, Romance subgenre--look on the MW-RART blog: for a list of links to suggested titles. Also, make sure to add your second title to the blog posts.

***Focus on all the appeal factors, but really think about setting and tone.

Meeting every other month, the MW-RART will read from one genre--and then discuss the appeal of that genre with each other emphasizing the building of a skill set of appeal categories and familiarity of genre particulars. Everyone participating will be able to share analysis of titles and authors in unfamiliar genres that will stretch their capacity as readers' advisors.  The discussion leaders for MW RART are Pam Aghababian and Liz Reed.

Looking forward to seeing you!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Morse Institute Library
14 E. Central St
Natick, MA
(508) 647-6520
Wednesday May 10, 2017 Go To Top
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Important information

  • Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
  • Lynda.com access begins on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
  • A registered user has access to all the training resources available on Lynda.com during a two-week access period.
  • Please limit yourself to one two-week session every three months.
  • You will receive an email with login instructions on the 1st day of your access period.
  • If you do not receive your login instructions by 4:00 PM of the 1st access day please contact the MLS office;  866-627-7228 or info@masslibsystem.org
  • You must have the latest version of QuickTime  or Windows Media Player installed on your computer.
  • System Requirements can be found online here
  • To use the MLS account, free-of-charge, you must be a current staff member at a MLS member library.

 

NOTE: Lynda.com is very popular with you & your colleagues! Please be prudent about the 2-week time-period you sign up for.  Be sure you can use Lynda.com during that time-period.  If you've already registered for a time-period when you will be unable to use Lynda.com, please let MLS know to give others an opportunity to register.


Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
Session registrations appear on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month.

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
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Tuesday May 16, 2017 Go To Top
food_coffee 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Metrowest Program Planners [Medfield] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Meena Jain     mjain@minlib.net
   

The Metrowest Program Planners Meeting

We're a group of library professionals that shares information about programming for adults! We come together to share 2 successful programs we've had at our library with all the details, including price of performer, attendance to the event, quality of the performer, etc. 

We then add all of this information to a BLOG which you can use as a resource. In addition, we send out minutes to all members of the group so you have a handy guide for programming! Contact Liz Reed, lreed@minlib.net, to be added to the blog and our email list.  Gina Wise, gwise@minlib.net, is our contact for submitting your 2 successful programs so she can add them to the minutes. 

We usually meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10am-12pm every two months from Sept - June. 

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    Location:
Medfield Public Library
468 Main St
Medfield, MA
(508) 359-4544
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    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   sdonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

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Important information

  • Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
  • Lynda.com access begins on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
  • A registered user has access to all the training resources available on Lynda.com during a two-week access period.
  • Please limit yourself to one two-week session every three months.
  • You will receive an email with login instructions on the 1st day of your access period.
  • If you do not receive your login instructions by 4:00 PM of the 1st access day please contact the MLS office;  866-627-7228 or info@masslibsystem.org
  • You must have the latest version of QuickTime  or Windows Media Player installed on your computer.
  • System Requirements can be found online here
  • To use the MLS account, free-of-charge, you must be a current staff member at a MLS member library.

 

NOTE: Lynda.com is very popular with you & your colleagues! Please be prudent about the 2-week time-period you sign up for.  Be sure you can use Lynda.com during that time-period.  If you've already registered for a time-period when you will be unable to use Lynda.com, please let MLS know to give others an opportunity to register.


Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
Session registrations appear on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month.

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

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Wednesday June 7, 2017 Go To Top
lib_bookshelf 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Southeast MA Reader's Advisory Roundtable [Location to be determined] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 10am-12pm, Location to be determined

Diversity in Fantasy

Benchmark Title: To be determined

Join the Southeastern Massachusetts Reader’s Advisory Round Table (SE-RART) genre study group anytime throughout the 2016-17 year!

The SE-RART is doing a genre study with a twist this year. For 2016-17, we are going to discuss a different genre each meeting with a focus on books by authors whose race/ethnicity, gender/sexual orientation, or range of experience are underrepresented in mainstream reader’s advisory and frequently in library collections, as well. As usual, we will be discussing the appeal of these genres and subgenres with each other, emphasizing appeal factors as laid out by Joyce Saricks, but with a focus on diversity.

For each meeting, participants are asked to read a benchmark title (all reading the same one) and a second title of their own choosing (from the same subgenre) to describe to the group, focusing on appeal factors and matching a book to its reader, and less on plot summaries. The plan is for each of us to be introduced to the discipline of reading for appeal, and to practice it. Everyone participating will be able to share analysis of titles and authors in unfamiliar genres that will stretch their capacity as reader’s advisors. This is a targeted troundtable discussion, rather than a training workshop. Any or all meetings are open to any in the Mass. library community interested in reader's advisory, whether it is a direct part of their current positions or not.

The discussion leaders are Laurie Cavanaugh, Thayer Public Library, Braintree (lcavanaugh@ocln.org) and Maggie Holmes, Richards Memorial Library, North Attleborough (mholmes@sailsinc.org). For more info or for ideas for your second title, contact Laurie or Maggie, and/or visit the SE-RART blog at http://rartsoutheastma.wordpress.com.

Please click on Eventkeeper link below to register:

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SE-RART Blog    
Tuesday June 13, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM NE Assistant Directors' Forum Meeting Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Giselle Stevens   978-465-4428 x224   
   

The NE Assistant Directors Forum meets five times a year on Tuesdays from noon to 2pm to share ideas and discuss issues. Feel free to bring your lunch. Please RSVP to Giselle at gstevens@newburyportpl.org 

    Location:
Peabody Institute Library
15 Sylvan St
Danvers, MA
978-774-0554
Wednesday June 14, 2017 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   sdonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Register below for Lynda.com
If you can connect to the Internet, you can learn anywhere, anytime!

Important information

  • Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
  • Lynda.com access begins on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
  • A registered user has access to all the training resources available on Lynda.com during a two-week access period.
  • Please limit yourself to one two-week session every three months.
  • You will receive an email with login instructions on the 1st day of your access period.
  • If you do not receive your login instructions by 4:00 PM of the 1st access day please contact the MLS office;  866-627-7228 or info@masslibsystem.org
  • You must have the latest version of QuickTime  or Windows Media Player installed on your computer.
  • System Requirements can be found online here
  • To use the MLS account, free-of-charge, you must be a current staff member at a MLS member library.

 

NOTE: Lynda.com is very popular with you & your colleagues! Please be prudent about the 2-week time-period you sign up for.  Be sure you can use Lynda.com during that time-period.  If you've already registered for a time-period when you will be unable to use Lynda.com, please let MLS know to give others an opportunity to register.


Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
Session registrations appear on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month.

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
Wednesday June 28, 2017 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   sdonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Register below for Lynda.com
If you can connect to the Internet, you can learn anywhere, anytime!

Important information

  • Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
  • Lynda.com access begins on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
  • A registered user has access to all the training resources available on Lynda.com during a two-week access period.
  • Please limit yourself to one two-week session every three months.
  • You will receive an email with login instructions on the 1st day of your access period.
  • If you do not receive your login instructions by 4:00 PM of the 1st access day please contact the MLS office;  866-627-7228 or info@masslibsystem.org
  • You must have the latest version of QuickTime  or Windows Media Player installed on your computer.
  • System Requirements can be found online here
  • To use the MLS account, free-of-charge, you must be a current staff member at a MLS member library.

 

NOTE: Lynda.com is very popular with you & your colleagues! Please be prudent about the 2-week time-period you sign up for.  Be sure you can use Lynda.com during that time-period.  If you've already registered for a time-period when you will be unable to use Lynda.com, please let MLS know to give others an opportunity to register.


Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
Session registrations appear on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month.

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
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