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Tuesday April 25, 2017 Go To Top
nat_poppy 9:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Technical Services Round Table [MLS-Northampton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Eileen Chapman   413-736-4561 x 1113   echapman@cwmars.org
   

Hi Everyone,

Please join us for a Technical Services Roundtable, an opportunity for TS staff from Western, Central and all of Massachusetts to get together to discuss current topics, share workflow issues and common ground!

We have been meeting biannually throughout Western Mass. and always have helpful instruction and lively discussions. This Spring our TSRT will be held at MLS-Northampton.

In addition, we have combined forces with MHEC to organize a Vendor Expo/Open House for that afternoon, featuring Tech. Services specific vendors.  

A lunch sponsored by MHEC will be offered between programs. More details to follow.

Our agenda will include:

  1. Cataloging questions
  2. Evergreen 
  3. Possible book vendors from the MHEC Expo Open House 
  4. Supply swap (you must take back your unclaimed stuff)

If you have other agenda ideas, email Eileen Chapman.  You can review the minutes from our previous meetings at: http://tsroundtable.wordpress.com/

Thanks, and see you soon!

Click HERE to Register    
    Location:
Massachusetts Library System, Northampton
241-243 King St.
Northampton, MA 01060
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  3:30 PM Basic Library Techniques - Administration [Marlborough] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

This two-session workshop is part of the Basic Library Techniques (BLT) track. It will offer an overview of library administrative and management topics to:

  • Understand the role of the director in his/her relationship with trustees, staff, Friends of the Library, town departments, and the community
  • Review the standards set by the MA Board of Library Commissioners to maintain eligibility for state aid grants
  • Discuss staff issues such as hiring, training, and performance evaluation
  • Encourage you in advocacy for your library
  • Help to understand budgeting and policy making
  • Discuss building issues

Speakers will include a mix of MLS and MLBC staff, along with Massachusetts library practitioners.

Part 1 of the Administration BLT will take place on April 25 and Part 2 on April 26; you need to register separately for each workshop and attend both sessions for BLT credit.

    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill Street, Suite 229
Marlboro, MA
(866)627-7228
   
  Location Map
 
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM MLS Listening Tour: Advocacy & Libraries - CANCELLED Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Advocacy and Libraries is our main theme.   This important topic merits our attention.  How can we as a community work toward a positive future?  MLS staff Tressa Santillo and Greg Pronevitz and Executive Board member, Will Adamczyk will facilitate.  We want to listen to you and encourage collaboration and co-creation in the Massachusetts library community so we can set a course forward in our work.

 

    Location:
Milton Public Library
426 Canton Ave.
Milton, MA 02186
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ent_stage1 12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM MHEC Mini Tech. Services Vendor Expo Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Eileen A Chapman   413-977-3237 x 1113   echapman@cwmars.org
   

Join us for an MHEC sponsored mini vendor expo on Tuesday, April 25th at MLS- Northampton, 241-243 King St, Suite 250. Designed with Technical Services in mind, Jackie Cashin of MHEC has brought together vendors especially intended for those attending the morning Roundtable, though all are welcome. Enjoy a series of mini-presentations followed by an opportunity to meet with representatives from these companies individually.

12:00 Baker & Taylor 
12:10 Bibliotheca 
12:20 Blackstone Audio
12:30 Hale
12:40 Ingram
12:50 Midwest Library Service
1:00  Permabound
1:10  Scholastic/Rosen Publishing
1:20  WT Cox
1:30-2:00 Open vendor show

MHEC will also be sponsoring a light lunch for all those attending both the morning Tech. Services Roundtable and the afternoon Mini Vendor Expo. So, remember to register for both!

Click HERE to Register    
    Location: Massachusetts Library System - Northampton
Wednesday April 26, 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
        There are 13 spaces available.
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Inclusive Programming Skillshare [Lee] - CANCELLED Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christi Farrar   508-357-2121 x323   christif@masslibsystem.org
   

Libraries serve people with all types of skill and abilities, and our services should be designed intentionally to allow all our community members to participate. This skillshare session will focus on how to create intentionally inclusive programs that meet the needs of all library patrons, from identifying community need to adapting existing library programs. Participants should bring at least one program idea, article, or example to the session to share with others, either from their own library experience or from their reading on the topic. After an overview presentation on relevant issues and resources, participants will have the opportunity to learn from each other and hear about programs that have been successful in other libraries. Topics and ideas from the skillshares will be collected and saved on a MLS Guide for future reference.

    Location:
Lee Library Association
100 Main Street
Lee, MA 01238
  Location Map
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Increase Your Library's Impact ~ Part 1 [Boston] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kelly Jo Woodside     kelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Part 1 and 2 are designed to work together.  You may come to one or both!

Improve Your Services and Advocate for Your Library

“Assessment” is one of the themes in the new MLS strategic plan. Effective assessment techniques can help you improve your programs, collections, space, and services and become a more informed advocate for your library. After this program, you will be able to:

  • Compare how assessment is applied to key library functions in different settings, including variations in language and motivation.
  • Analyze library programs and services through the lens of assessment so you can address gaps and opportunities; and
  • Identify key trends and select resources to help build the culture of assessment at your library.

You will leave with an action plan that you can customize for your library. All levels of experience are welcome, from those who are brand new to assessment, to the seasoned pros looking to share and hear new ideas.

Presented by Kelly Jo Woodside, MLS Consultant

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

This course will take place in the Orientation Room at Boston Public Library.

    Location:
Boston Public Library, Copley
700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
617-536-5400
        There are 2 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  3:30 PM Basic Library Techniques - Administration [Marlborough] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

This two-session workshop is part of the Basic Library Techniques (BLT) track. It will offer an overview of library administrative and management topics to:

  • Understand the role of the director in his/her relationship with trustees, staff, Friends of the Library, town departments, and the community
  • Review the standards set by the MA Board of Library Commissioners to maintain eligibility for state aid grants
  • Discuss staff issues such as hiring, training, and performance evaluation
  • Encourage you in advocacy for your library
  • Help to understand budgeting and policy making
  • Discuss building issues

Speakers will include a mix of MLS and MLBC staff, along with Massachusetts library practitioners.

Part 1 of the Administration BLT will take place on April 25 and Part 2 on April 26; you need to register separately for each workshop and attend both sessions for BLT credit.

    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill Street, Suite 229
Marlboro, MA
(866)627-7228
   
  Location Map
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Increase Your Library's Impact ~ Part 2 [Boston] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   5083572121   sdonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Part 1 and 2 are designed to work together.  You may come to one or both!

Build Partnerships and Engage Your Community

Come explore creative approaches to build and nurture community partnerships.  We’ll discuss how you can engage your community by developing partnerships with educators, students, older adults, immigrants, artists, hobbyists, other librarians, and more.  Michelle will share examples of successful collaborations that members identified in a statewide survey as their most valuable.  Learn how to innovate your outreach and increase your library’s impact through community engagement.  This workshop is relevant for all types of librarians, as well as for librarians both new and experienced with community engagement.  

Presented by Michelle Eberle, MLS Consultant

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

This course will take place in the Orientation Room at Boston Public Library.

    Location:
Boston Public Library, Copley
700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
617-536-5400
        There are 4 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Universal Design for Libraries [Lee] - CANCELLED Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christi Farrar   508-357-2121 x323   christif@masslibsystem.org
   

The Institute for Human-Centered Design (IHCD) says, "Universal Design is a framework for the design of places, things, information, communication and policy to be usable by the widest range of people operating in the widest range of situations without special or separate design. Most simply, Universal Design is human-centered design of everything with everyone in mind.” Please join us for a workshop from Stacy Hart from the Institute for Human-Centered Design on how Universal Design can be used in libraries to better serve our communities, with a focus on space planning and touching upon ADA compliance. Participants will get an overview of the philosophy, in addition to design considerations specific to library spaces. This workshop is open to library staff of all levels. Stacy Hart is an ADA Trainer, Information and Outreach Specialist for IHCD’s New England ADA Center.  She sees her work at IHCD as a continuation of making our communities more accessible and inclusive of everyone.

 

    Location:
Lee Library Association
100 Main Street
Lee, MA 01238
  Location Map
Thursday April 27, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Dewey Decimal Classification [Hyannis] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

The Dewey Decimal (DDC) system is the most widely used library classification system in the world.  It is used by 95% of the public and school libraries in the U.S.  However, what started as a slim book in 1876, has grown to 4 volumes and can sometimes be confusing to navigate.  Learn more about Melvil Dewey and his revolutionary idea.  We’ll cover the basics, have lots of practice building numbers, and learn where to go for more information. Please bring a recent edition (22nd or 23rd unabridged; 14th or 15th abridged) of DDC and items that need classifying. This 3-hour workshop will be presented by cataloging consultant, Dodie Gaudet.

    Location:
CLAMS
270 Communication Way, Unit 4E
Hyannis, MA 02601
        There are 4 spaces available.
  Location Map
Tuesday May 2, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Inclusive Programming Skillshare [Northampton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christi Farrar   508-357-2121 x323   christif@masslibsystem.org
   

Libraries serve people with all types of skill and abilities, and our services should be designed intentionally to allow all our community members to participate. This skillshare session will focus on how to create intentionally inclusive programs that meet the needs of all library patrons, from identifying community need to adapting existing library programs. Participants should bring at least one program idea, article, or example to the session to share with others, either from their own library experience or from their reading on the topic. After an overview presentation on relevant issues and resources, participants will have the opportunity to learn from each other and hear about programs that have been successful in other libraries. Topics and ideas from the skillshares will be collected and saved on a MLS Guide for future reference.

    Location: MLS Northampton
241-243 King St. Suite 250
Nothampton, MA 01060
        There are 15 spaces available.
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misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Universal Design for Libraries [Northampton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christi Farrar   508-357-2121 x323   christif@masslibsystem.org
   

The Institute for Human-Centered Design (IHCD) says, "Universal Design is a framework for the design of places, things, information, communication and policy to be usable by the widest range of people operating in the widest range of situations without special or separate design. Most simply, Universal Design is human-centered design of everything with everyone in mind.” Please join us for a workshop from Stacy Hart from the Institute for Human-Centered Design on how Universal Design can be used in libraries to better serve our communities, with a focus on space planning and touching upon ADA compliance. Participants will get an overview of the philosophy, in addition to design considerations specific to library spaces. This workshop is open to library staff of all levels. Stacy Hart is an ADA Trainer, Information and Outreach Specialist for IHCD’s New England ADA Center.  She sees her work at IHCD as a continuation of making our communities more accessible and inclusive of everyone.

 

    Location: MLS Northampton
241-243 King St. Suite 250
Nothampton, MA 01060
        There are 10 spaces available.
  Location Map
Wednesday May 3, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none Library Service Model: Unshelved Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Please join us on May 3rd from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM as we welcome Gene Ambaum of Unshelved for a day of laughing and learning. Gene will deliver two renowned keynote addresses at the Albert Sherman Center Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. He will also have a book sale/signing during breaks.

11:00 AM - Surviving the Public: Customer Service the Unshelved Way

Tough customers got you down? Let Gene teach you how to stop worrying and learn to enjoy difficult people! The program will focus on the Unshelved approach to customer service: the customer is seldom right. Most customer service interactions can be enjoyable if you have the right frame of mind. Or, failing that, at least you can have the last laugh.

12:00 Noon - Join colleagues in the Sherman Center Cafeteria for lunch; bring your own brown bag or purchase your meal in the cafeteria.

1:00 PM - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Library: an Unshelved Tour of a Suspiciously Familiar Workplace

If you work in libraries you know that sometimes you have to laugh or else you'll cry. In this keynote we deliver the laughs as we take you on a tour of the Mallville  Public Library. The staff and patrons are instantly recognizable, and give you a unique opportunity to gently laugh at yourselves and the people you work with on both sides of the desk. Gene will deconstruct some of Unshelved’s greatest hits, and tell some of the true-life stories that inspired them as well as a few he had to leave out.

 

    Location:
Albert Sherman Center
UMass Medical Center
368 Plantation St.
Worcester, MA 01605
        There are 8 spaces available.
  Location Map
Thursday May 4, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 3:00 PM  -  4:00 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!

Friday May 5, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Good Comics for Kids [Marlborough] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christi Farrar   5083572121   christif@masslibsystem.org
   

The world of comics and graphic novels for kids has grown in recent years, to the benefit of readers and libraries alike. Join us for a workshop with acclaimed SLJ reviewer and journalist, Brigid Alverson, to discuss what's new in comics for kids. From a definition of what makes a "good" comic/graphic novel, to considerations for collection development, to new creators to watch, you'll walk away with a big list of books to add to your collection and to your "must read" list. This workshop will be recorded.

    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
        There are 8 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Library Directors' Forum [Newton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

This Directors' Forum is scheduled at the Newton Public Library to cover the topics of RFID and Automated Materials Handling Systems.  Please join your colleagues for a lively discussion.  Phil McNulty, Library Director, will lead a tour at 12:30.  Bring a brown bag lunch.

If you would like to share your story of implementing RFID and/or AMHS, please contact greg@masslibsystem.org.   Your colleagues want to hear it all—the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Topic:  RFID Implementations and Automated Materials Handling Systems

 

    Location:
Newton Free Library
330 Homer Street
Newton, MA 02459
        There are 7 spaces available.
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
Tuesday May 9, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Inclusive Programming Skillshare [Mashpee] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christi Farrar   508-357-2121 x323   christif@masslibsystem.org
   

Libraries serve people with all types of skill and abilities, and our services should be designed intentionally to allow all our community members to participate. This skillshare session will focus on how to create intentionally inclusive programs that meet the needs of all library patrons, from identifying community need to adapting existing library programs. Participants should bring at least one program idea, article, or example to the session to share with others, either from their own library experience or from their reading on the topic. After an overview presentation on relevant issues and resources, participants will have the opportunity to learn from each other and hear about programs that have been successful in other libraries. Topics and ideas from the skillshares will be collected and saved on a MLS Guide for future reference.

    Location:
Mashpee Public Library
64 Steeple ST
Mashpee, MA 02649
(508) 539-1435
        There are 25 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Western Region Program Planners [East Longmeadow] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lyndsay Johnson   413-525-5400 x1508   lyjohnson@cwmars.org
   

Welcome to the Western Region Program Planners group.

We meet quarterly throughout the year to discuss and share information about programming for libraries in the western region. The first 90 minutes are spent discussing programs, with the last 30 minutes focused on a topic related to programming. This group is primarily for sharing adult programming ideas, but membership is open to all interested. 

The goal of this group is to discuss and present information about program ideas, content, presenters, and costs. The group aims to be a sounding board and information finding tool for library programmers. Please bring 2 - 3 "examples" of successful programs that you’ve held in the previous 3 months at your library. An evaluation form, to be completed for each program, will be sent out a week before the meeting. 

If you like access to our private blog or have any questions, please reach out to Lyndsay Johnson - lyjohnson@cwmars.org or Wendy McAnanama - mcananama@agawamlibrary.org

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location:
East Longmeadow Public Library
60 Center Square
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Wednesday May 10, 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
    Registration will begin on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 4:00 PM     
Thursday May 11, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  10:45 AM Addressing Climate Change: Harnessing the Power of Your Statewide Gale Resources [Online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Climate change is a hot button issue for many and your statewide resources from Gale can help provide reliable, authoritative information your users can count on. In this session, we'll provide best practices for getting to the information people need on climate change while keeping up to date on the debate.

 
lib_bookshelf 10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Basic Book Repair: Getting it Right [Milton] 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:
Milton Public Library
426 Canton Ave.
Milton, MA 02186
        There are 7 spaces available.
  Location Map
Friday May 12, 2017 Go To Top
lib_bookshelf 10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Basic Book Repair: Getting it Right [Northampton] 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:
MLS Northampton
241-243 King Street, Suite 250
Northampton, MA 01060
        There are 8 spaces available.
  Location Map
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Monday May 15, 2017 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 3:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Creative and Enticing Booktalks and Displays for Youth [Dorchester] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza   508-357-2121   april@masslibsystem.org
   

Looking to spice up your booktalks and displays? What are your colleagues doing? Where can you find the best ideas? Join us for an afternoon of networking and exchanging ideas for creative and enticing booktalks and displays! Bring a recent favorite book to share with the group. Come with display ideas to share or better yet send photos to April Mazza (april@masslibsystem.org), MLS Consultant, ahead of time to add to the presentation. Refreshments and networking from 3:30-4PM. Co-sponsored with MSLA. Presented by MLS Consultants, April Mazza and Christi Farrar. Open to school and public librarians. Eligible attendees will have the opportunity to earn 2 PDPs.

Location:

William Monroe Trotter Innovation School
135 Humboldt Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02121

Parking available on-street and in small lots attached to the school in front of building on Humboldt and one lot with entry from Harrishof St.

        There are 35 spaces available.
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Tuesday May 16, 2017 Go To Top
lib_book3 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Western MA Readers Advisory Round Table [Hatfield Public Library] 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: Alternate History

BenchmarkHis Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik

Our next RART-W genre study is Historical Fiction. 

Please read a 2nd title in the Alternate History 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: Hatfield Public Library 39 Main St, Hatfield, MA 01038
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Increase Your Library's Impact ~ Part 1 [Pittsfield] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kelly Jo Woodside     kelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Part 1 and 2 are designed to work together.  You may come to one or both!

Improve Your Services and Advocate for Your Library

“Assessment” is one of the themes in the new MLS strategic plan. Effective assessment techniques can help you improve your programs, collections, space, and services and become a more informed advocate for your library. After this program, you will be able to:

  • Compare how assessment is applied to key library functions in different settings, including variations in language and motivation.
  • Analyze library programs and services through the lens of assessment so you can address gaps and opportunities; and
  • Identify key trends and select resources to help build the culture of assessment at your library.

You will leave with an action plan that you can customize for your library. All levels of experience are welcome, from those who are brand new to assessment, to the seasoned pros looking to share and hear new ideas.

Presented by Kelly Jo Woodside, MLS Consultant

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. [Thank you, Friends!]

This course will take place in the Athenaeum Room at the Berkshire Athenaeum.

    Location:
Berkshire Athenaeum
1 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA
(413) 499-9480
        There are 16 spaces available.
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misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Increase Your Library's Impact ~ Part 2 [Pittsfield] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Michelle Eberle     michelle@masslibsystem.org
   

Part 1 and 2 are designed to work together.  You may come to one or both!

Build Partnerships and Engage Your Community

Come explore creative approaches to build and nurture community partnerships.  We’ll discuss how you can engage your community by developing partnerships with educators, students, older adults, immigrants, artists, hobbyists, other librarians, and more.  Michelle will share examples of successful collaborations that members identified in a statewide survey as their most valuable.  Learn how to innovate your outreach and increase your library’s impact through community engagement.  This workshop is relevant for all types of librarians, as well as for librarians both new and experienced with community engagement.  

Presented by Michelle Eberle, MLS Consultant

If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. [Thank you, Friends!]

This course will take place in the Athenaeum Room at the Berkshire Athenaeum.

    Location:
Berkshire Athenaeum
1 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA
(413) 499-9480
        There are 16 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  3:30 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.)

 

Click to register    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
misc_none 4:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Commonwealth eBook Collections Q & A [online] 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
Tuesday May 23, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Northeast MA Readers' Advisory Round Table [Tewksbury] 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's Nonfiction History Arc: Specific Settings

Benchmark: Everyone Reads Thomas Cahill's How the Irish Saved Civilzation

This is the third of a three-meeting arc covering Historical Nonfiction. In January 2017 we talked about Defining Times, and in March 2017 Microhistories. The list of books and the notes on what we learned in our discussions can be found on our blog.

Please read a 2nd title in the Nonfiction History Arc: Specific Settings--look on the RA RT blog: for a list of suggested titles and some supporting materials.

Appeal to be read for May meeting: Focus on all the appeal factors, but really think about setting, pace, 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: Tewksbury Public Library
300 Chandler Street
Tewksbury
(978) 640-4490
Wednesday May 24, 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
    Registration will begin on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 4:00 PM     
Thursday May 25, 2017 Go To Top
lib_bookshelf 10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Basic Book Repair: Getting it Right [Vineyard Haven] 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:
Vineyard Haven Public Library
200 Main St.
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
        There are 13 spaces available.
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Tuesday May 30, 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. 

REGISTER HERE    
    Location:
Medfield Public Library
468 Main St
Medfield, MA
(508) 359-4544
Thursday June 1, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 3:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Creative and Enticing Booktalks and Displays for Youth [Gloucester] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza   508-357-2121   april@masslibsystem.org
   

Looking to spice up your booktalks and displays? What are your colleagues doing? Where can you find the best ideas? Join us for an afternoon of networking and exchanging ideas for creative and enticing booktalks and displays! Bring a recent favorite book to share with the group. Come with display ideas to share or better yet send photos to April Mazza (april@masslibsystem.org), MLS Consultant, ahead of time to add to the presentation. Refreshments and networking from 3:30-4PM. Co-sponsored with MSLA. Presented by MLS Consultants, April Mazza and Christi Farrar. Open to school and public librarians. Eligible attendees will have the opportunity to earn 2 PDPs.

Location:

Gloucester High School
Elliot T. Parker Library Learning Commons
32 Leslie O. Johnson Road
Gloucester, MA 01930-2500

        There are 33 spaces available.
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Tuesday June 6, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Libraries and Compassion Fatigue [Online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christi Farrar   5083572121   christif@masslibsystem.org
   

"You work in a library? That must be so peaceful!" If you've had this response when telling someone where you work, and haven't known exactly how to respond because, well let's face it, working in a library isn't always peaceful, then this webinar is for you. We'll discuss the effects our work has on us, and what to do about it. Elissa Hardy, the Community Resource Specialist at Denver Public Library, is one of only a handful of on-site library social workers. She is an expert on the effects of trauma and stress on individuals, and has trained librarians around the country to help them better support their communities and themselves. This webinar will be recorded.

Register

Wednesday June 7, 2017 Go To Top
lib_bookshelf 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Southeast MA Reader's Advisory Roundtable [SAILS] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laurie Cavanaugh   781-848-0405, x4430   lcavanaugh@ocln.org
   

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 10am-12pm, SAILS Meeting Room, 10 Riverside Dr., Ste 102, Lakeville 

Diversity in Fantasy

Benchmark Title: The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

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

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    
    Location: SAILS Meeting Room, 10 Riverside Dr., Suite 102, Lakeville
Thursday June 8, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Treasures in the Attic: The Care and Feeding of Local History Collections [Northampton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Most libraries have some materials that they consider "special" for whatever reason -- a unique copy of a volume, photographs, broadsides, or a specific local history collection.  These collections need to be addressed in a particular manner because of this designation.  What are the proper methods for organizing, storing, handling, and preserving them?  How can we provide access to their information in a secure manner?  Is the care and custody of these materials covered in the institution's mission statement and long-range plan?  Is there a specific mission statement and collection development policy for these materials?  Are there specific policies and procedures that deal with this collection?  This workshop will address a variety of policies, procedures, and issues that must be considered when dealing with a "special" or local history collection.

Gregor Trinkaus-Randall, MBLC Preservation Specialist, will be the instructor for this class.

    Location:
Forbes Library
20 West Street
Northampton, MA 01060
        There are 22 spaces available.
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Friday June 9, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM MAHSLIN MHEC Cooperative Purchasing Forum [Marlborough] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   5083572121   sdonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

The Massachusetts Library System invites MAHSLIN members to attend a forum to share your thoughts with the Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium (MHEC) about what products and services you would be interested to purchase through the MHEC Library Cooperative Purchasing Program.  This program results in combined membership cost savings for the procurement of library materials, services, and supplied through the advantage of cooperative buying power pricing.  This service is available for all MLS members.  MLS membership is free and most MAHSLIN members are already MLS members.  

This is a valuable opportunity to create cost-savings for Massachusetts health sciences libraries.  We hope you can attend.

Please contact Jackie Cashin at jcashin@mhec.net for more information.

    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill Street, Suite 229
Marlboro, MA
(866)627-7228
        There are 20 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Urban Library Directors' Forum [Brockton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

This Directors' Forum is scheduled in a nicely renovated library.  Please join your colleagues from 10-12 for a lively discussion.  Paul Engle, Library Director, will lead a tour at 12.  The topics are up to you.  If you have a suggestion, please describe it in the “comment” area when you register.

The library is about a half mile walk from the commuter rail station.  If you would like to use this option, we will do our best to arrange a car pool from the station.  Please indicate in a note when you register, if you would like to participate in car pooling.

Directions

    Location: Brockton Public Library
304 Main Street
Brockton, MA 02301
        There are 46 spaces available.
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Tuesday June 13, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 9:30 AM  -  3:30 PM Talking Social Justice in Massachusetts Libraries: Diversity to Equity [Devens] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Each spring, MLS offers a day-long program to give our members an opportunity to explore a topic in depth along with their peers. This year, we will focus on social justice, which is one of the themes in the 2017-2019 MLS strategic plan. Join us in June to:

  • Hear a keynote address from April Hathcock, whose writings and presentations on diversity and inclusion in librarianship have garnered national attention;
  • Discover what your colleagues in Massachusetts are doing to promote social justice at their libraries and in their communities at the spring program Idea Fair;
  • Learn about how the Committee on the Promotion of Diversity & Inclusion at MIT Libraries has increased awareness among library staff and helped embed diversity and inclusion into library policies, practices, and events;
  • Identify actions you can take to promote social justice at your own libraries, and work with other attendees to plan how we can continue the discussion at the statewide level.
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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
    Registration will begin on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 4:00 PM     
Thursday June 15, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Treasures in the Attic: The Care and Feeding of Local History Collections [Arlington] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Most libraries have some materials that they consider "special" for whatever reason -- a unique copy of a volume, photographs, broadsides, or a specific local history collection.  These collections need to be addressed in a particular manner because of this designation.  What are the proper methods for organizing, storing, handling, and preserving them?  How can we provide access to their information in a secure manner?  Is the care and custody of these materials covered in the institution's mission statement and long-range plan?  Is there a specific mission statement and collection development policy for these materials?  Are there specific policies and procedures that deal with this collection?  This workshop will address a variety of policies, procedures, and issues that must be considered when dealing with a "special" or local history collection.

Gregor Trinkaus-Randall, MBLC Preservation Specialist, will be the instructor for this class.

    Location:
Robbins Library
700 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476
        There are 22 spaces available.
  Location Map
Monday June 19, 2017 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
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
    Registration will begin on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 4:00 PM     
Tuesday July 11, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Northeast Library Program Planners [Wilmington] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Robert Hayes     rhayes@tewksburypl.org
   

The Library Program Planners Group meets quarterly to share programming ideas for adults.  At each meeting, after introductions, we simply go around the room and discuss two successful programs  recently held at our libraries.  Within a week of the meeting, we  email details of all the programs we've held in the past three months to the group's secretary, who distributes the list to the group.   

While the group consists mainly of librarians from MVLC, NOBLE and southern New Hampshire, membership is open to all.  Even if you can't attend the meetings, you can still contribute to and benefit from the group's list-serv and blog, both very helpful resources when program planning.  The blog, for example, has more than 1,000 reviews, fee information and contact information for authors, speakers and performers.

No registration is required to attend the meetings, but you must be a member of the group.  Contact group facilitator Robert Hayes (rhayes@tewksburypl.org) to join the group.

    Location:
Wilmington Memorial Library
175 Middlesex Ave.
Wilmington, MA 01887
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Monday July 17, 2017 Go To Top
office_meeting1 1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Executive Board Meeting [MLS Northampton] 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 Northampton
241-243 King Street, Suite 250
Northampton, MA 01060
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Tuesday July 25, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Librarians' Critical Role Serving Immigrant Communities [Online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Michelle Eberle   508-357-2121 x305   michelle@masslibsystem.org
   

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the US Government branch of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for providing immigration services and benefits such as DACA, employment authorization, lawful permanent residency and U.S. citizenship. A USCIS community relations officer will offer suggestions about how to refer library patrons who may need immigration information or services to qualified immigration service providers. For a preview see: https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/organizations/libraries. Libraries and other service providers are welcome to order a free USCIS Civics and Citizenship Toolkit if they think it is relevant at https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/organizations/civics-and-citizenship-toolkit.

Presenter: Ted Albers, USCIS Northeast Regional Community Relations Officer

Register

 

Monday August 21, 2017 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
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Tuesday September 12, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Western Region Program Planners [South Hadley] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lyndsay Johnson   413-525-5400 x1508   lyjohnson@cwmars.org
   

Welcome to the Western Region Program Planners group.

We meet quarterly throughout the year to discuss and share information about programming for libraries in the western region. The first 90 minutes are spent discussing programs, with the last 30 minutes focused on a topic related to programming. This group is primarily for sharing adult programming ideas, but membership is open to all interested. 

The goal of this group is to discuss and present information about program ideas, content, presenters, and costs. The group aims to be a sounding board and information finding tool for library programmers. Please bring 2 - 3 "examples" of successful programs that you’ve held in the previous 3 months at your library. An evaluation form, to be completed for each program, will be sent out a week before the meeting. 

If you like access to our private blog or have any questions, please reach out to Lyndsay Johnson - lyjohnson@cwmars.org or Wendy McAnanama - mcananama@agawamlibrary.org

Registration will be available in July 2017.

    Location:
South Hadley Public Library
2 Canal Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
Monday September 18, 2017 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
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Tuesday October 10, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Northeast Library Program Planners [Danvers] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Robert Hayes     rhayes@tewksburypl.org
   

The Library Program Planners Group meets quarterly to share programming ideas for adults.  At each meeting, after introductions, we simply go around the room and discuss two successful programs  recently held at our libraries.  Within a week of the meeting, we  email details of all the programs we've held in the past three months to the group's secretary, who distributes the list to the group.   

While the group consists mainly of librarians from MVLC, NOBLE and southern New Hampshire, membership is open to all.  Even if you can't attend the meetings, you can still contribute to and benefit from the group's list-serv and blog, both very helpful resources when program planning.  The blog, for example, has more than 1,000 reviews, fee information and contact information for authors, speakers and performers.

No registration is required to attend the meetings, but you must be a member of the group.  Contact group facilitator Robert Hayes (rhayes@tewksburypl.org) to join the group.

    Location:
Peabody Institute Library
15 Sylvan St
Danvers, MA
978-774-0554
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Monday October 16, 2017 Go To Top
office_meeting1 1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Executive Board Meeting [MLS Northampton] 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 Northampton
241-243 King Street, Suite 250
Northampton, MA 01060
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Monday December 11, 2017 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
Tuesday December 12, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Western Region Program Planners [Whately] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lyndsay Johnson   413-525-5400 x1508   lyjohnson@cwmars.org
   

Welcome to the Western Region Program Planners group.

We meet quarterly throughout the year to discuss and share information about programming for libraries in the western region. The first 90 minutes are spent discussing programs, with the last 30 minutes focused on a topic related to programming. This group is primarily for sharing adult programming ideas, but membership is open to all interested. 

The goal of this group is to discuss and present information about program ideas, content, presenters, and costs. The group aims to be a sounding board and information finding tool for library programmers. Please bring 2 - 3 "examples" of successful programs that you’ve held in the previous 3 months at your library. An evaluation form, to be completed for each program, will be sent out a week before the meeting. 

If you like access to our private blog or have any questions, please reach out to Lyndsay Johnson - lyjohnson@cwmars.org or Wendy McAnanama - mcananama@agawamlibrary.org.

Registration will be available in September 2017.

    Location:
S. White Dickinson Memorial Library
202 Chestnut Plain Road
Whately, MA 01093
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