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Thursday May 7, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Summer Reader Hands on Training [Middleton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Sogigian     sarah@masslibsystem.org
   

This program will provide a hands-on overview of Evanced Summer Reader program, for librarians needing assistance setting up their Summer Reading Program. Topics covered will include basic setup and features such as reviews, prize management, email settings, templates, and reports. 
 
Please bring a laptop and accessories to the class; a limited number of laptops will be available onsite. Please mark on your registration form if you will need to use one of our laptops. 
 
Attendees MUST also bring their Summer Reader program  links and passwords to the class. The trainer will NOT be able to retrieve this information on the day of the class. If you do not remember your links and passwords, please contact Evanced Support  (support@evancedsolutions.com) NO LATER than May 1, 2015.

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Flint Public Library
1 South Main Street
Middleton
978-774-8132
        There are 14 spaces available.
Friday May 8, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Chats of Western MA meeting Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kim Perez   413-587-1500   
   

It's been a long, cold, snowy, winter but Spring has sprung which means it's time for our first ChATS meeting of the year! Mark your calendar now for Friday, May 8, 10:00 a.m., Lilly Library, 19 Meadow Street in Florence. Membership fee of $25 per library will be due any time between now and Friday, May 29. Please make checks payable to either Kim Perez or Theo Hull. Your membership dollars will go towards future speaker fees, luncheons, and maybe even field trips!

Also on the agenda will be a review of last autumns performers showcase, planning for this autumns showcase and spring/summer idea sharing.

 Please RSVP by Thursday, May 7 to Kim Perez,  Children's Librarian, Lilly Library 413-587-1500 ext. 4552.

    Location: Lilly Library
19 Meadow st.
Florence, MA 01062
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Monday May 11, 2015 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Metrowest Reader's Advisory Roundtable [Waltham] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Meena Jain     mjain@minlib.net
   

The Metrowest Readers' Advisory Round Table's Genre: Mystery, Steampunk Mystery

Benchmark: Everyone Reads Emma Jane Holloway's "A Study in Silks" 

We continue our mystery book study with the  subgenre of steampunk for the benchmark. If you can make it, please read "A Study in Silks" by Emma Jane Holloway. By popular demand, our 2nd title will be any mystery subgenre of your choosing. Should make for an interesting conversation! 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 Mystery genre, any subgenre (it's a Mystery potpourri!) --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.

Appeal to be read for May meeting: ***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 these meetings are Meena Jain (mjain@minlib.net). Laura Bernheim (lbernheim@minlib.net), Louise Goldstein (lgoldstein@minlib.net) and Stefanie Aucoin (saucoin@minlib.net).

Looking forward to seeing you!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location:
Waltham Public Library
735 Main St.
Waltham, MA 02451
781-314-3245
 
misc_none 4:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Goal Setting for School Librarians [Southborough] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

School librarians are busier than ever and goal setting has evolved as yet another skill to master. This workshop is designed to turn what can seem like a cumbersome burden into an invaluable tool. Goal setting can give your efforts focus and purpose, saving you time. This goal-setting workshop will provide you the knowledge and tools to:

1.     Recognize the benefits of setting goals

2.     Create clear and attainable goals using the SMART approach

3.     Determine how to measure and assess the goals you’ve created

4.     Apply the goal setting process to DDMs and long range/strategic plans

Please bring a goal related project to work on (i.e. DDM, SMART goal, long range plan goal).

This program is co-sponsored by MSLA and eligible members may receive 3 PDPs for the session.

The Library is on the lower level of the Root Building (#12 on the map). There is parking available in P1, P2, and P3. Attendees should put "48 Main St, Southborough, MA" into their GPS. That will bring them to the small parking lot on Main St (Rte 30). The Root Building is straight down the hill from there.

Campus Map    
    Location:
Fay School
48 Main St.
Southborough, MA 01772
        There are 16 spaces available.
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Wednesday May 13, 2015 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@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  -  1:00 PM MassCat User Group Meeting [Framingham] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nora Blake   508-357-2121 x123   nblake@masslibsystem.org
   

Please join us for a meeting of MassCat members.  For the first 90 minutes, we will discuss the MassCat system -- any upcoming changes, problems people are having and tips for making working in the system easier.  For the second half of the meeting we will have training on use of the Commonwealth eBook Collections for those MassCat members who are participating in the program.

Please bring a device such as a tablet, smartphone so you can try out the resources during the Commonwealth eBook Collections training!

Nora Blake, MassCat Manager, will lead the session.

PLEASE NOTE:  This meeting will actually take place in a meeting room in Framingham Town Hall.  We will assemble in the lobby of the Framingham Public Library and a staff member will walk us over to the Town Hall meeting room.

    Location: Framingham Town Hall
        There are 10 spaces available.
 
office_notepad 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Trustee Orientation [Burlington] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kristi Chadwick   866-627-7228, X117   kristi@masslibsystem.org
   

As a trustee, you have taken on two big jobs! The first is to serve as a tireless advocate for your library, working to help it become "bigger and better". The second job is to learn about your library, about your community and its needs, about the laws and state programs affecting your library, and about the issues facing libraries today.  Cindy Roach and Erin Williams Hart from MBLC, and Kristi Chadwick, Advisor at MLS, will introduce you to the roles of trustees, library directors and friends, and will describe the resources available to help you in your role as library trustee.  Library Directors and future trustees are welcome to join us.
 
If you have specific questions you wish addressed, please send them to Erin Williams Hart.

Future dates for Trustee Orientations:

  • Wed. May 20 from 6:30-8:30pm at Rutland Free Public Library
  • Mon. June 1 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Somerset Public Library
  • Wed. June 10 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Wilbraham Public Library
    Location:
Burlington Public Library
22 Sears Street
Burlington, MA 01803
        There are many spaces available.
  Location Map
Thursday May 14, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Summer Reader Hands on Training [Charlton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Sogigian     sarah@masslibsystem.org
   

This program will provide a hands-on overview of Evanced Summer Reader program, for librarians needing assistance setting up their Summer Reading Program. Topics covered will include basic setup and features such as reviews, prize management, email settings, templates, and reports. 
 
Please bring a laptop and accessories to the class; a limited number of laptops will be available onsite. Please mark on your registration form if you will need to use one of our laptops. 
 
Attendees MUST also bring their Summer Reader program  links and passwords to the class. The trainer will NOT be able to retrieve this information on the day of the class. If you do not remember your links and passwords, please contact Evanced Support  (support@evancedsolutions.com) NO LATER than May 1, 2015.

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Charlton Public Library
40 Main St.
Charlton, MA 01507
        There are 17 spaces available.
 
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Readers' Advisory Fundamentals: Genre Overviews [Webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Helping our patrons satisfy their reading appetites is one of the most valuable services we offer our communities, not to mention a personally rewarding experience for library staff. We’ll never be able to read every book, or explore the depths of every genre. This series of Genre Overviews will explore the fundamental aspects of select genres, covering characteristics, sub-genres, appeal factors and seminal authors or titles. Learn more about what makes your patrons love specific genres and get the tools to be a cherished Readers Advisor.

This months topic: Genre Blends with Megan McArdle

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Friday May 15, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Writing for the Web [MLS Marlborough] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

You have a website, a blog, an email newsletter, a Facebook page and a Twitter stream but your head spins when you think about coming up with content for them all. This interactive workshop will teach you how to streamline your marketing and write effectively for each communication outlet. Participants will brainstorm and compose 1-2 blog posts during this workshop, find images to enhance their text and learn how to effectively distribute these blog posts through their social media channels. Participants’ libraries/organizations must have a blog or be planning to launch one. Bringing your own laptop, tablet or other device is strongly recommended.

 

Directions    
    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
        There are 23 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  1:30 PM MassCat User Group Meeting [Hamilton-Wenham] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nora Blake   508-357-2121 x123   nblake@masslibsystem.org
   

Please join us for a meeting of MassCat members.  For the first 90 minutes, we will discuss the MassCat system -- any upcoming changes, problems people are having and tips for making working in the system easier.  For the second half of the meeting we will have training on use of the Commonwealth eBook Collections for those MassCat members who are participating in the program.

Please bring a device such as a tablet, smartphone so you can try out the resources during the Commonwealth eBook Collections training!

Nora Blake, MassCat Manager, will lead the session.

    Location:
Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
14 Union St.
Hamilton, MA 01982
        There are 16 spaces available.
Monday May 18, 2015 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: Amanda Fauver   866-627-7228   Amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
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Tuesday May 19, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Commonwealth eBook Collections User Group Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Spohn    508-357-2121 ext 312   steve@masslibsystem.org
   

Join us for the first user group meeting of the Commonwealth eBook Collections.  Meet with your colleagues, share ideas and learn what’s on the horizon for the program.

Agenda:

10:00 - Welcome and introductions

10:10 - General overview

10:45 - Lightning presentations from the front lines

11:15 - Program updates/Q&A

11:30 - Input/feedback session

12:00 - Adjourn

 

Note: This is the first of what we hope to be many user groups that are regularly occurring throughout Massachusetts.  After this first session, we’ll adjust the “recipe” for the user group meeting and reach out to potential hosts for additional meetings.

 

    Location:
Mashpee Public Library
64 Steeple ST
Mashpee, MA 02649
(508) 539-1435
        There are many spaces available.
 
elect_computer3 1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Troubleshooting Tablets [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Troubleshooting tablets

Technology has evolved faster than the average person can keep up with it.  Every day, it seems, there is another device or gadget on the market.  With each new device comes the challenge of figuring out how it works and troubleshooting problems when it doesn’t.

In this webinar, we will explore sites for learning about the various tablets and discover tips for finding answers and fixes for our tablets when they cease to function properly.

This workshop will be led by Rita Gavelis, LibAssist - http://www.libassist.com/.

Participants will receive GoToWebinar information in advance of the session.
Click HERE for a GoToWebinar Attendee Guide.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Summer Reader Hands on Training [MLS Marlborough] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Sogigian     sarah@masslibsystem.org
   

This program will provide a hands-on overview of Evanced Summer Reader program, for librarians needing assistance setting up their Summer Reading Program. Topics covered will include basic setup and features such as reviews, prize management, email settings, templates, and reports. 
 
Please bring a laptop and accessories to the class; a limited number of laptops will be available onsite. Please mark on your registration form if you will need to use one of our laptops. 
 
Attendees MUST also bring their Summer Reader program  links and passwords to the class. The trainer will NOT be able to retrieve this information on the day of the class. If you do not remember your links and passwords, please contact Evanced Support  (support@evancedsolutions.com) NO LATER than May 1, 2015.

 

Directions    
    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
        There are 9 spaces available.
 
elect_computer3 3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Must Have Apps for Mobile Devices: Library Software [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

The days of “Bigger is better” are over.  Now the power and functionality of a desktop computer are in tiny devices such as tablets, music players, and cell phones.  In this workshop, we will view some of the popular applications useful for reference, reading, and working in a library on a hand-held device.

This workshop will be led by Rita Gavelis, LibAssist - http://www.libassist.com/, rita@libassist.com.

Participants will receive GoToWebinar information in advance of the session.
Click HERE for a GoToWebinar Attendee Guide.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Wednesday May 20, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Commonwealth eBook Collections - Overview and Q&A [Webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Spohn    508-357-2121 x 312   steve@masslibsystem.org
   

Join us for a lively discussion about the Commonwealth eBook Collections program.  Stephen Spohn from MLS will give a brief update on the program and address questions from the audience.  MLS is delighted to be a part of this program along with our partners at MBLC and with strong support from our colleagues throughout Massachusetts.

 

Event dates and times:

January 28, 2015

10 to 11 a.m.

Register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/606936439

February 25, 2015

2 to 3 p.m.

Register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/637206887

March 25, 2015

10 to 11 a.m.

Register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/649248583

April 22, 2015

2 to 3 p.m.

Register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/659736071

May 20, 2015

10 to 11 a.m.

Register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/669135271

June 17, 2015

2 to 3 p.m.

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/4691194269090187009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commonwealth eBook Collections (beta) is the next chapter in building a statewide eBook collection.  Following the successful pilot MA eBook Project, the Commonwealth eBook Collections program will expand participation to libraries throughout Massachusetts and continue efforts to expand access to affordable eContent and to strive for seamless, easy user experiences.

 

MLS is only able to accept a handful of additional FY 2015 program participants until January 31.  At that time, we will shift gears to recruitment for FY 2016.

 

For more information, see our MLSguide:  http://guides.masslibsystem.org/ebooks

Click Here to Register    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM MassCat User Group Meeting [MLS Marlborough] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nora Blake   508-357-2121 x123   nblake@masslibsystem.org
   

Please join us for a meeting of MassCat members.  For the first 90 minutes, we will discuss the MassCat system -- any upcoming changes, problems people are having and tips for making working in the system easier.  For the second half of the meeting we will have training on use of the Commonwealth eBook Collections for those MassCat members who are participating in the program.

Please bring a device such as a tablet, smartphone so you can try out the resources during the Commonwealth eBook Collections training!

Nora Blake, MassCat Manager, will lead the session.

    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
        There are 10 spaces available.
 
office_notepad 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Trustee Orientation [Rutland] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kristi Chadwick   866-627-7228, X117   kristi@masslibsystem.org
   

As a trustee, you have taken on two big jobs! The first is to serve as a tireless advocate for your library, working to help it become "bigger and better". The second job is to learn about your library, about your community and its needs, about the laws and state programs affecting your library, and about the issues facing libraries today.  Cindy Roach and Erin Williams Hart from MBLC, and Kristi Chadwick, Advisor at MLS, will introduce you to the roles of trustees, library directors and friends, and will describe the resources available to help you in your role as library trustee.  Library Directors and future trustees are welcome to join us.
 
If you have specific questions you wish addressed, please send them to Erin Williams Hart.

Other dates for Trustee Orientations:

  • Wed. May 13 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Burlington Public Library
  • Mon. June 1 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Somerset Public Library
  • Wed. June 10 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Wilbraham Public Library

Rutland Free Public Library
280 Main St.
Rutland, MA  01543-1300

        There are many spaces available.
  Location Map
Thursday May 21, 2015 Go To Top
lib_book_bunch1 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM WMLA Conversation with: Roland Merullo Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: N, Janeen Resnick   413 531-9346   njrezz@comcast.net
   

Roland Merullo, author of Vatican Waltz, The Talk-Funny Girl, Revere Beach Boulevard & many others, is a multiple Massachusetts Book Award recipient for fiction and nonfiction.  The Western Massachusetts Library Advocates 4th Author Program is an opportunity for a conversation with Mr. Merullo about his many books, his spiritual journeys and his humor.  Mr. Merullo will answer questions, and discuss his work with us.  Join us for an informal opportunity to talk about Massachusetts books and writing, and the ins and outs of creating such diverse titles.  There will be door prizes, refreshments, and signing opportunities.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location:
Massachusetts Library System, Whately
4 Sandy Lane
Whately, MA 01093
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Member Forum [Easton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

MLS Member Forum

Take part in shaping the future of programs and services from the Massachusetts Library System.  Let us know how we’re doing and how we can adapt to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.We value your input and strive to be both responsive and proactive.

Focus on: TBD (Each forum will have a specific topic for discussion, as well as an opportunity to discuss topics of interest to you.)

Agenda

10:00-10:20 Coffee and registration
10:20-10:30 Welcome: Library Director
10:30-11:00 MLS updates
11:00-12:00 Breakout discussions
12:00-12:30 Library tour

Queset House in on the right side of the library driveway.
 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Ames Free Library
Queset House
53 Main Street
North Easton, MA 02356
        There are 30 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Recharge Your Book Club [Webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Reader’s advisor Becky Spratford has been leading book clubs for 14 years and has seen it all. In this webcast she will share her tips and tricks for success. All book groups go through their ups and downs, but re-energizing your group is not as hard as it may seem. Becky will walk you through how to confidently identify and utilize the best resources for leading a book discussion, pick books that will engender the best conversations, lead a more interactive discussion even with the most jaded of groups. She will also share her experience creating and leading specialized and nontraditional book groups. Becky will equip you with the tools you need to reboot your book discussions.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
misc_none 3:30 PM  -  5:30 PM School Library Strategic Planning Roundtable [Newburyport High School] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza     april@masslibsystem.org
   

The School Library Strategic Planning Roundtable is an opportunity for school librarians to come together and learn how important planning is for library growth and development. The agenda will include a discussion of Strategic Planning specifically for school libraries, including the Massachusetts School Library Media Center Long-Range Planning Guide, and a discussion of what should be included in a plan to make it successful and acceptable to the MBLC. To conclude, there will be time for discussion to allow attendees to share their library’s strategic plans if they have one, as well as questions, concerns, and stories.

 

This program is co-sponsored by MSLA and eligible members may receive 2 PDPs for the session.

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Newburyport High School
IFS Library Media Center
241 High Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
        There are 21 spaces available.
Friday May 22, 2015 Go To Top
elect_computer3 9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Getting the Gunk out: Keeping your PC up to Speed Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Have you ever wondered why your brand new computer is running so slow?  Blame it on the gunk-ware.  In this webinar, we will discuss how to identify software that is useful, unnecessary, or even problematic and the proper methods for removing it safely from your computer. Some of the tools we will cover are:  Built-in PC System tools, Free software for monitoring your system, and useful recovery tools.

This workshop will be led by Rita Gavelis, LibAssist - http://www.libassist.com/.

Participants will receive GoToWebinar information in advance of the session.
Click HERE for a GoToWebinar Attendee Guide.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
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misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Summer Reader Hands on Training [MLS Whately] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Sogigian     sarah@masslibsystem.org
   

This program will provide a hands-on overview of Evanced Summer Reader program, for librarians needing assistance setting up their Summer Reading Program. Topics covered will include basic setup and features such as reviews, prize management, email settings, templates, and reports. 
 
Please bring a laptop and accessories to the class; a limited number of laptops will be available onsite. Please mark on your registration form if you will need to use one of our laptops. 
 
Attendees MUST also bring their Summer Reader program  links and passwords to the class. The trainer will NOT be able to retrieve this information on the day of the class. If you do not remember your links and passwords, please contact Evanced Support  (support@evancedsolutions.com) NO LATER than May 1, 2015.

 

[Directions - MLS-Whately]
    Location:
MLS - Whately Office
4 Sandy Lane
Whately, MA
(866-627-7228)
        There are 14 spaces available.
 
elect_computer3 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Learning Online [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

The world is in constant change and libraries are no different. It is difficult for staff to keep up with all the changes, from the type of software used in the library, to the new services offered to the public. Not everything we need to know are taught in a classroom. If it is, it might be out of reach due to location or finances. Luckily, a great deal of what we need to learn can be found online.

In this webinar, we will explore the numerous free online courses available, as well as sites for tips and tutorials for the tasks we “inherited”.

This workshop will be led by Rita Gavelis, LibAssist - http://www.libassist.com/.

Participants will receive GoToWebinar information in advance of the session.
Click HERE for a GoToWebinar Attendee Guide.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Tuesday May 26, 2015 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 Genre: Fantasy Saga

Benchmark: Everyone Reads George R.R. Martin's The Game of Thrones.

We end our Fantasy arc (three sequential meetings) with Fantasy Sagas. We began this arc in November 2014 with Historical Fantasy, followed by Fantasy Romance in March 2015.  Notes on our Fantasy choices can be found on our blog. The list of books and the notes on what we learned in our discussions on other genres are also available there.

Please read a 2nd title in the Fantasy Saga--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 character and frame elements.

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 capacity as readers' advisors.  The discussion leaders are Leane Ellis (ellis@noblenet.org) and Nanci Milone Hill (nhill@mvlc.org).

 

 

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    Location: Tewksbury Public Library
300 Chandler Street
Tewksbury
(978) 640-4490
Wednesday May 27, 2015 Go To Top
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    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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misc_hammer 9:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Leaky Pipes and Broken Windows [Eastham Town Hall] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Librarians and archivists entrusted with the care of books, personal papers, and public records should be prepared to minimize damage to these materials from an emergency or disaster.  By preparing a disaster plan staffs can reduce the possibility that a disaster might occur and can minimize the damage to materials from fires, floods, leaky pipes, leaky roofs, fire hoses, etc.  Most water-damaged materials can be salvaged if you know WHAT to do and WHEN to do it.  Come and learn about the initial steps of disaster preparedness and recovery and how you can begin to protect your collections.

Instructed by Gregor Trinkaus- Randall, Preservation Specialist at the MBLC.

**Please note this is an all day workshop if attending you should bring a bagged lunch that does not require refrigeration or reheating. Also wear comfortable clothing that you don't mind getting a little dirty.

 

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    Location:
Eastham Town Hall
2500 State Highway
Eastham, MA 02642
        There are 11 spaces available.
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rec_puzzle_piece 12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Creating Effective Surveys: Pt. 1 of 4 - Survey Planning Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-886-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Creating Effective Surveys - A Four-Part Webinar Series

Pt.1:   Survey Planning 
Creating a survey is one of the most difficult tasks librarians face.  It is a long, drawn-out process, which if not done correctly, could waste valuable time and money.  In this webinar, we will discuss the first factor in creating an effective survey: Planning.

We will cover:
•    establishing goals
•    creating timelines
•    selecting the target audience
•    building teams
•    delivery methods

This workshop will be led by Rita Gavelis, LibAssist - http://www.libassist.com/.

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We recommend attending all four webinars to build on what is learned in each session.
Four Consecutive Weeks in May & June!

5/27, 12:00 - 1:00 PM  - Part 1 - Survey Planning
6/03, 12:00 - 1:00 PM  - Part 2 - Crafting Questions 
6/10, 12:00 - 1:00 PM  - Part 3 - Survey Design
6/17, 12:00 - 1:00 PM  - Part 4 - Improving Response Rates

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Participants will receive GoToWebinar information in advance of the session.
Click HERE for a GoToWebinar Attendee Guide.

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misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Storytime Recharged [West Boylston] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsys.org
   

Are you in a storytime rut? Are you bored with doing the same songs and stories? Or maybe you’re just starting out and looking for some tried and true techniques? Join us for a program guaranteed to give your storytime programs new life! April Mazza, Advisor for Youth & School Library Services, will start off the program with an inspiring selection of books, music ideas and resources. We’ll wrap it up with Guerrilla Storytime where you- the audience-share your best tips and tricks for successful storytimes!

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    Location:
Beaman Memorial Public Library
8 Newton St
West Boylston MA
        There are 9 spaces available.
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Thursday May 28, 2015 Go To Top
elect_computer3 9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Power Searching: Databases and the Hidden Web [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsys.org
   

The Hidden Web, also commonly known as the invisible or deep web, are pages that have not been indexed by search engines.  They might be websites that have requested not to be indexed or databases that are difficult for search engines to crawl.  It is estimated that the content in the deep web is over 500 times greater than what is visible to conventional search engines.

In this workshop, we will explore the depths of the Internet, discussing how to search the Hidden Web and databases, as well as when to choose one over the other.

This workshop will be led by Rita Gavelis, LibAssist - http://www.libassist.com/, rita@libassist.com.

Participants will receive GoToWebinar information in advance of the session.
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elect_computer3 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Must Have Apps: Social Software [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

The days of “Bigger is better” are over.  Now the power and functionality of a desktop computer are in tiny devices such as tablets, music players, and cell phones.  

According to EMARKETER.COM, in 2013, 1 in 4 people worldwide used social networks.  That is approximately 1.73 billion people.  In this webinar, we will view some of the popular applications to help manage your social networks and stay connected to others

This workshop will be led by Rita Gavelis, LibAssist - http://www.libassist.com/, rita@libassist.com.

Participants will receive webinar information in advance of the session.
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Friday May 29, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Writing for the Web [Methuen] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

You have a website, a blog, an email newsletter, a Facebook page and a Twitter stream but your head spins when you think about coming up with content for them all. This interactive workshop will teach you how to streamline your marketing and write effectively for each communication outlet. Participants will brainstorm and compose 1-2 blog posts during this workshop, find images to enhance their text and learn how to effectively distribute these blog posts through their social media channels. Participants’ libraries/organizations must have a blog or be planning to launch one. Bringing your own laptop, tablet or other device is strongly recommended.

 

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    Location:
Nevins Memorial Library
305 Broadway
Methuen, MA 01844
        There are 15 spaces available.
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misc_none 11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Facilities Roundtable: Libraries, the ADA and Facility Accessibility [Chicopee] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Still confused about your library and accessibility? You are not alone. We will address obligations for pre-ADA buildings, the relationship between the ADA and historical preservation; how to determine “undue burden,” when an elevator is required. You will see examples of good and not so good design including alterations of historic properties. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions.

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    Location:
Chicopee Public Library
449 Front St.,
Chicopee, MA 01013
        There are 12 spaces available.
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Monday June 1, 2015 Go To Top
office_notepad 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Trustee Orientation [Somerset] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Deb Hoadley   866-627-7228, X309   dhoadley@masslibsystem.org
   

As a trustee, you have taken on two big jobs! The first is to serve as a tireless advocate for your library, working to help it become "bigger and better". The second job is to learn about your library, about your community and its needs, about the laws and state programs affecting your library, and about the issues facing libraries today.  Cindy Roach and Erin Williams Hart from MBLC, and Deb Hoadley, will introduce you to the roles of trustees, library directors and friends, and will describe the resources available to help you in your role as library trustee.  Library Directors and future trustees are welcome to join us.
 
If you have specific questions you wish addressed, please send them to Erin Williams Hart.

Other dates for Trustee Orientations:

  • Wed. May 13 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Burlington Public Library
  • Wed. May 20 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Rutland Free Public Library
  • Wed. June 10 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Wilbraham Public Library

Somerset Public Library
1464 County St.
Somerset, MA  02726-5234

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Tuesday June 2, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Storytime Recharged [Boston] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza     april@masslibsystem.org
   

Are you in a storytime rut? Are you bored with doing the same songs and stories? Or maybe you’re just starting out and looking for some tried and true techniques? Join us for a program guaranteed to give your storytime programs new life! April Mazza, Advisor for Youth & School Library Services, will start off the program with an inspiring selection of books, music ideas and resources. We’ll wrap it up with Guerrilla Storytime where you- the audience-share your best tips and tricks for successful storytimes!

The program will be followed by an optional tour of the newly renovated children’s and teen services areas.
 

Learn more about Guerrilla Storytime- https://storytimeunderground.wordpress.com/guerrilla-storytime/

We will be meeting in the Commonwealth Salon Room

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    Location:
Boston Public Library, Copley
700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
617-536-5400
        There are 5 spaces available.
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Wednesday June 3, 2015 Go To Top
rec_puzzle_piece 12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Creating Effective Surveys: Pt. 2 of 4 - Crafting Questions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Creating Effective Surveys - A Four-Part Webinar Series

Pt.2:   Crafting Questions

Creating a survey is one of the most difficult tasks librarians face.  It is a long, drawn-out process, which if not done correctly, could waste valuable time and money.  In this webinar, we will discuss the second factor of creating an effective survey:  Crafting Questions.

We will cover:

  • question order
  • wording
  • psychology of  survey respondents
  • common mistakes and assumptions

This workshop will be led by Rita Gavelis, LibAssist - http://www.libassist.com/.

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We recommend attending all four webinars to build on what is learned in each session.

Four Consecutive Weeks in May & June!

5/27, 12:00 - 1:00 PM  - Part 1 - Survey Planning
6/03, 12:00 - 1:00 PM  - Part 2 - Crafting Questions 
6/10, 12:00 - 1:00 PM  - Part 3 - Survey Design
6/17, 12:00 - 1:00 PM  - Part 4 - Improving Response Rates

 

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Participants will receive GoToWebinar information in advance of the session.
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Thursday June 4, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 3:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Teen Titles: Middle & High School Readers’ Advisory [Concord Carlisle High School] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza     april@masslibsystem.org
   

Resources and title recommendations for those who work with middle & high schoolers and for school librarians who just love YA/Teen literature! Following a brief overview of readers’ advisory for teens the presenters, April Mazza and Sarah Sogigian, will discuss new titles along with how to find materials that will satisfy the needs of their readers.

Though the content is mainly geared towards teen literature some of the resources may apply to readers of all ages. Time will also be spent sharing among attendees of their favorite recent reads. The location is also a new school, which may appeal to those outside the MS/HS realm. So we encourage elementary school librarians to join us as well!

This program is co-sponsored by MSLA and eligible members may receive 2 PDPs for the session.

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    Location:
Concord Carlisle High School
500 Walden St.
Concord, MA 01742
        There are 6 spaces available.
Friday June 5, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Writing for the Web [MLS Whately] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

You have a website, a blog, an email newsletter, a Facebook page and a Twitter stream but your head spins when you think about coming up with content for them all. This interactive workshop will teach you how to streamline your marketing and write effectively for each communication outlet. Participants will brainstorm and compose 1-2 blog posts during this workshop, find images to enhance their text and learn how to effectively distribute these blog posts through their social media channels. Participants’ libraries/organizations must have a blog or be planning to launch one. Bringing your own laptop, tablet or other device is strongly recommended.

 

[Directions - MLS-Whately]
    Location:
MLS - Whately Office
4 Sandy Lane
Whately, MA
(800) 282-7755
        There are 24 spaces available.
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Monday June 8, 2015 Go To Top
lib_book_red 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Southeast MA Reader's Advisory Roundtable [Norwood] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laurie Cavanaugh   781-293-2271   lcavanaugh@sailsinc.org
   

Monday, June 8, 2014, 10-12, Morrill Memorial Library, 33 Walpole St., Norwood

Mystery Subgenre: Cozy Mysteries

Benchmark Title: Real Murders by Charlaine Harris

Southeastern Massachusetts is coming to the end of its first year with its very own Reader’s Advisory Round Table genre study group!

Meeting every other month, we have been tackling the mystery genre for the first year and discussing the appeal of various mystery subgenres with each other — emphasizing appeal factors and whole collection reader’s advisory. For each meeting, participants are asked to read a benchmark title (all reading the same one) and a second title of their own choosing -- in the subgenre of Cozy Mystery for the June meeting -- to describe to the group, focusing less on plot summary and more on appeal factors and matching a book to its reader. This is the last meeting of the group until October, but new members are welcome anytime!

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 Mass. library staff interested in reader's advisory, whether it is a direct part of their current positions or not.

The discussion leaders are Laurie Cavanaugh, Holmes Public Library (lcavanaugh@sailsinc.org) and Miki Wolfe, Sharon Public Library (mwolfe@ocln.org). For more info or for ideas for your second title, contact Laurie or Miki, and/or visit the SE-RART blog at http://rartsoutheastma.wordpress.com. Please click on Eventkeeper link below to register!

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Tuesday June 9, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 9:30 AM  -  3:30 PM Librarians: Fail Fast and Prosper [Devens Common Center] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

This day will focus on YOU, the librarian, as a person, and your ability to identify opportunities, pursue innovation, be willing to risk failure and having agility in today's ever-changing world. We hope you’ll find the day inspiring, as we balance talks by noted professionals with practical applications on how to move ahead, even when it seems impossible.

Agenda
9:00 AM               Registration and breakfast
9:30 AM               Welcome from the Executive Director and keynote introduction
10:00 AM             Keynote Speaker, Dr. Valerie Young "Finding the Innovation within Yourself"
11:00 AM             Ignite Session- “Failing with Style”
12:00 PM             Break
12:15 PM             Breakout Sessions

  1. Workshop, Imposter? Or alter ego?
  2. Panel, Responding to Crisis with Innovation

1:00 PM                Lunch
2:00 PM                Keynote Speaker, Cliff Landis
3:00 PM                Wrap-up/ Goodbye

Lunch and parking are free of charge.

Find additional information on our LibGuide

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    Location:
Devens Common Center
31 Andrews Parkway
Devens, MA 01434
        There are 200 spaces available.
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Wednesday June 10, 2015 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@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.

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rec_puzzle_piece 12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Creating Effective Surveys: Pt. 3 of 4 - Survey Design Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Creating Effective Surveys - A Four-Part Webinar Series

Pt.3:   Survey Design

Creating a survey is one of the most difficult tasks librarians face.  It is a long, drawn-out process, which if not done correctly, could waste valuable time and money.  In this webinar, we will discuss the third factor in creating an effective survey:  Design. 

We will cover:

  • question formats
  • navigation and structure
  • print layout
  • online layout
  • web survey hosts

This workshop will be led by Rita Gavelis, LibAssist - http://www.libassist.com/.

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We recommend attending all four webinars to build on what is learned in each session.

Four Consecutive Weeks in May & June!

5/27, 12:00 - 1:00 PM  - Part 1 - Survey Planning
6/03, 12:00 - 1:00 PM  - Part 2 - Crafting Questions 
6/10, 12:00 - 1:00 PM  - Part 3 - Survey Design
6/17, 12:00 - 1:00 PM  - Part 4 - Improving Response Rates

 

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Participants will receive GoToWebinar information in advance of the session.
Click HERE for a GoToWebinar Attendee Guide.

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office_notepad 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Trustee Orientation [Wilbraham] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kristi Chadwick   866-627-7228, X117   kristi@masslibsystem.org
   

As a trustee, you have taken on two big jobs! The first is to serve as a tireless advocate for your library, working to help it become "bigger and better". The second job is to learn about your library, about your community and its needs, about the laws and state programs affecting your library, and about the issues facing libraries today.  Cindy Roach and Erin Williams Hart from MBLC, and Kristi Chadwick, Advisor at MLS, will introduce you to the roles of trustees, library directors and friends, and will describe the resources available to help you in your role as library trustee.  Library Directors and future trustees are welcome to join us.
 
If you have specific questions you wish addressed, please send them to Erin Williams Hart.

Other dates for Trustee Orientations:

  • Wed. May 13 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Burlington Public Library
  • Wed. May 20 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Rutland Free Public Library
  • Mon. June 1 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Somerset Public Library

Wilbraham Public Library
25 Crane Park Drive
Wilbraham, MA  01095

        There are many spaces available.
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Thursday June 11, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Readers' Advisory Fundamentals: Genre Overviews [Webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Helping our patrons satisfy their reading appetites is one of the most valuable services we offer our communities, not to mention a personally rewarding experience for library staff. We’ll never be able to read every book, or explore the depths of every genre. This series of Genre Overviews will explore the fundamental aspects of select genres, covering characteristics, sub-genres, appeal factors and seminal authors or titles. Learn more about what makes your patrons love specific genres and get the tools to be a cherished Readers Advisor.

This months topic: New Adult with Sophie Brookover, Elizabeth Burns, and Kelly Jensen

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
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Monday June 15, 2015 Go To Top
office_meeting1 1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Executive Board Meeting [MLS Whately] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   866-627-7228   Amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

    Location:
MLS - Whately Office
4 Sandy Lane
Whately, MA
(866-627-7228)
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Tuesday June 16, 2015 Go To Top
lib_book3 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Western MA Readers Advisory Round Table [Pelham 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. A new roundtable has formed to explore reading genres, their appeal for readers, and to expand our knowledge and awareness of authors and titles in the genres. 

Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Benchmark: Everyone reads MortGuards! Guards!, or Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

Our next RART-W genre study is Fantasy Fiction. Participants are asked to read the benchmark title, and a second fantasy fiction title of your choice, before the meeting. We will explore the appeal of fantasy fiction and the appeal factors present in the benchmark title. This is a great time to join the RA Round Table - West to strengthen your knowledge of reading genres, build and improve your readers advisory skills, and network with other librarians who value readers advisory.

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location:
Pelham Library
2 South Valley Road
Pelham, MA 01002
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Wednesday June 17, 2015 Go To Top
rec_puzzle_piece 12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Creating Effective Surveys: Pt. 4 of 4 - Improving Response Rates Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Creating Effective Surveys - A Four-Part Webinar Series

Pt.4:   Improving Response Rates

Creating a survey is one of the most difficult tasks librarians face.  It is a long, drawn-out process, which if not done correctly, could waste valuable time and money.  In this webinar, we will discuss the fourth factor in creating an effective survey:  Improving Response Rates. 

We will cover:

  • cover letters
  • incentives
  • reminders
  • marketing

This workshop will be led by Rita Gavelis, LibAssist - http://www.libassist.com/.

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We recommend attending all four webinars to build on what is learned in each session.

Four Consecutive Weeks in May & June!

5/27, 12:00 - 1:00 PM  - Part 1 - Survey Planning
6/03, 12:00 - 1:00 PM  - Part 2 - Crafting Questions 
6/10, 12:00 - 1:00 PM  - Part 3 - Survey Design
6/17, 12:00 - 1:00 PM  - Part 4 - Improving Response Rates

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Participants will receive GoToWebinar information in advance of the session.
Click HERE for a GoToWebinar Attendee Guide.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Commonwealth eBook Collections - Overview and Q&A [Webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Spohn    508-357-2121 x 312   steve@masslibsystem.org
   

Join us for a lively discussion about the Commonwealth eBook Collections program.  Stephen Spohn from MLS will give a brief update on the program and address questions from the audience.  MLS is delighted to be a part of this program along with our partners at MBLC and with strong support from our colleagues throughout Massachusetts.

Commonwealth eBook Collections (beta) is the next chapter in building a statewide eBook collection.  Following the successful pilot MA eBook Project, the Commonwealth eBook Collections program will expand participation to libraries throughout Massachusetts and continue efforts to expand access to affordable eContent and to strive for seamless, easy user experiences.

 

MLS is only able to accept a handful of additional FY 2015 program participants until January 31.  At that time, we will shift gears to recruitment for FY 2016.

 

For more information, see our MLSguide:  http://guides.masslibsystem.org/ebooks

Click Here to Register    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Wednesday June 24, 2015 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@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 July 9, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Readers' Advisory Fundamentals: Genre Overviews [Webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Helping our patrons satisfy their reading appetites is one of the most valuable services we offer our communities, not to mention a personally rewarding experience for library staff. We’ll never be able to read every book, or explore the depths of every genre. This series of Genre Overviews will explore the fundamental aspects of select genres, covering characteristics, sub-genres, appeal factors and seminal authors or titles. Learn more about what makes your patrons love specific genres and get the tools to be a cherished Readers Advisor.

This months topic:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Tuesday July 14, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Library Program Planners Roundtable Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Robert Hayes     rhayes@mvlc.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.

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Wilmington Memorial Library
175 Middlesex Ave.
Wilmington, MA 01887
Thursday July 16, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Member Forum [Worcester Art Museum] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

MLS Member Forum

Take part in shaping the future of programs and services from the Massachusetts Library System.  Let us know how we’re doing and how we can adapt to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.We value your input and strive to be both responsive and proactive.

Focus on: TBD (Each forum will have a specific topic for discussion, as well as an opportunity to discuss topics of interest to you.)

Agenda

10:00-10:20 Coffee and registration
10:20-10:30 Welcome: Library Director
10:30-11:00 MLS updates
11:00-12:00 Breakout discussions
12:00-12:30 Library tour
 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury St.
Worcester, MA 01609
        There are 38 spaces available.
  Location Map
Monday July 20, 2015 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: Amanda Fauver   866-627-7228   Amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
  Location Map
Thursday August 13, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Readers' Advisory Fundamentals: Genre Overviews Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Helping our patrons satisfy their reading appetites is one of the most valuable services we offer our communities, not to mention a personally rewarding experience for library staff. We’ll never be able to read every book, or explore the depths of every genre. This series of Genre Overviews will explore the fundamental aspects of select genres, covering characteristics, sub-genres, appeal factors and seminal authors or titles. Learn more about what makes your patrons love specific genres and get the tools to be a cherished Readers Advisor.

This months topic:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Monday August 17, 2015 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: Amanda Fauver   866-627-7228   Amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
  Location Map
Thursday September 10, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Readers' Advisory Fundamentals: Genre Overviews Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Helping our patrons satisfy their reading appetites is one of the most valuable services we offer our communities, not to mention a personally rewarding experience for library staff. We’ll never be able to read every book, or explore the depths of every genre. This series of Genre Overviews will explore the fundamental aspects of select genres, covering characteristics, sub-genres, appeal factors and seminal authors or titles. Learn more about what makes your patrons love specific genres and get the tools to be a cherished Readers Advisor.

This months topic:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Thursday September 17, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Member Forum [Essex Agricultural & Technical High School] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

MLS Member Forum

Take part in shaping the future of programs and services from the Massachusetts Library System.  Let us know how we’re doing and how we can adapt to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.We value your input and strive to be both responsive and proactive.

Focus on: TBD (Each forum will have a specific topic for discussion, as well as an opportunity to discuss topics of interest to you.)

Agenda

10:00-10:20 Coffee and registration
10:20-10:30 Welcome: Library Director
10:30-11:00 MLS updates
11:00-12:00 Breakout discussions
12:00-12:30 Library tour
 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Essex Agricultural and Technical High School
562 Maple St.
Danvers, MA 01923
  Location Map
Monday September 21, 2015 Go To Top
office_meeting1 1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Executive Board Meeting [MLS Whately] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   866-627-7228   Amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

    Location:
MLS - Whately Office
4 Sandy Lane
Whately, MA
(866-627-7228)
  Location Map
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Tuesday September 22, 2015 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's Genre: Nonfiction War: Memoirs & Jounalism

Benchmark: Everyone Reads David Finkel's The Good Soldiers.

After a three-meeting arc studying Fantasy Fiction, we are switching gears to some realistic nonfiction: War: Memoirs & Journalism. 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 War: Memoirs & Journalism genre--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 detail, pacing, 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 capacity 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
Thursday October 8, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Readers' Advisory Fundamentals: Genre Overviews Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Helping our patrons satisfy their reading appetites is one of the most valuable services we offer our communities, not to mention a personally rewarding experience for library staff. We’ll never be able to read every book, or explore the depths of every genre. This series of Genre Overviews will explore the fundamental aspects of select genres, covering characteristics, sub-genres, appeal factors and seminal authors or titles. Learn more about what makes your patrons love specific genres and get the tools to be a cherished Readers Advisor.

This months topic:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Tuesday October 13, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Library Program Planners Roundtable Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Robert Hayes     rhayes@mvlc.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.

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Westborough Public Library
55 West Main Street
Westborough, MA
Monday October 19, 2015 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: Amanda Fauver   866-627-7228   Amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
  Location Map
Thursday November 19, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Member Forum [TBA] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

MLS Member Forum

Take part in shaping the future of programs and services from the Massachusetts Library System.  Let us know how we’re doing and how we can adapt to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.We value your input and strive to be both responsive and proactive.

Focus on: TBD (Each forum will have a specific topic for discussion, as well as an opportunity to discuss topics of interest to you.)

Agenda

10:00-10:20 Coffee and registration
10:20-10:30 Welcome: Library Director
10:30-11:00 MLS updates
11:00-12:00 Breakout discussions
12:00-12:30 Library tour
 

Monday December 14, 2015 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: Amanda Fauver   866-627-7228   Amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
  Location Map
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