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Monday March 30, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM 2015 Summer Library Program Kickoff Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Sogigian   508-357-2121 x 311   sarah@masslibsystem.org
   

Join your colleagues for our Summer Kickoff Unconference- a fun and unconventional learning and sharing event to help you prepare for children's, teen and adult summer library programs!
 
We are thrilled to announce that Jarrett Krosoczka, creator of the artwork for the 2015 early literacy and children's summer programs, will join us for a special keynote address and book signing. A selection of books will be available for sale.

When you register, please add your ideas for topics of discussion. For example: adult programming, public/school collaborations, all age program ideas, etc.

Fore more detailed information on the event please visit our guide http://guides.masslibsystem.org/summerkickoff Also, please share this info with children's, teen and adult services staff who work on Summer library programs!

    Location:
Worcester Public Library
3 Salem Square
Worcester, MA
(508) 799-1655
        There are 17 spaces available.
  Location Map
Tuesday March 31, 2015 Go To Top
elect_laptop.GIF 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Britannica Library [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   (866) 627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Britannica Library (non-school edition):
 
Join us to learn ways to help both children and adults find answers to their questions and get started on projects using Britannica Library.

Bring your questions and our expert Britannica Trainer will be glad to answer them during this live presentation.

Participants will learn about the different levels: Children, Young Adults, and the Reference Center for older students and adults.

You will also learn about Spanish Reference Center, Annals of American History, and World Data Analyst.

This workshop will be led online by Encylopædia Britannica staff.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Wednesday April 1, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Library Legislative Day Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   
Library Legislative Day, sponsored by the Massachusetts Library Association, offers librarians and library advocates the opportunity to attend programs, learn about the needs and services of libraries, and, if they choose to, speak to their elected officials on behalf of the libraries in their communities and across the Commonwealth. 
 
If you've never gone to a Legislative Day before because you were nervous to speak with your elected officials, don't let that stop you. No need to register! 
 
To see a schedule of events, please go to http://www.masslib.org/2015-Library-Legislative-Day
    Location: Massachusetts State House
Thursday April 2, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none The 9th Annual Digital Commonwealth Conference Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

The 9th Annual Digital Commonwealth Conference

Hogan Center at Holy Cross in Worcester

The conference will feature keynote addresses by 

    Clifford Lynch, Director of Coalition for Networked Information 

    Dan Cohen, Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America.

Additional information and registration is available at:

http://digitalcommonwealth.memberlodge.org/2015DCAC

 

    Location: Hogan Center, Holy Cross
1 College St.
Worcester, MA 01610
 
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Facilities Roundtable: Libraries, the ADA and Facility Accessibility [Sharon]-CANCELLED 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.

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Sharon Public library
11 North Main Street
Sharon, MA 02067
    The registration period has ended.
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Friday April 3, 2015 Go To Top
misc_hammer 9:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Leaky Pipes and Broken Windows [Randolph]-CANCELLED 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.

 

Directions    
    Location: Turner Free Library
2 North Main Street
Randolph, MA 02368
    The registration period has ended.
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Monday April 6, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Mediated Interlibrary Loan User Group Meeting [Fitchburg] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sue Kaler   508-357-2121 x 315   sue@masslibsystem.org
   

How is Mediated Interlibrary Loan from the Massachusetts Library System’s Resource Sharing Team working for you and your patrons?  Do you promote the service?  How do you manage requests?  How have you weathered the transition to Clio in the Cloud, version 2?  Do you have suggestions for improvements to the software or the service? Come learn and share with your fellow users of Mediated Interlibrary Loan!

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Fitchburg Public Library
610 Main St
Fitchburg, MA 01420
        There are 19 spaces available.
Tuesday April 7, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Reading a Book in Five Minutes [Lakeville] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

This hands-on workshop will allow library staff to try the speed reading method used by many Readers' Advisory practitioners. Learn how and why this method works — then try it yourself! Participants should bring a book that they would NOT read for pleasure (200-300 pgs) to try out this method. The workshop will end with a discussion on results (and frustrations) with the process. You can't read every book in the library, but by learning this valuable RA skill, you can read a lot more!

Instructed by Leane Ellis, Reference and Readers' Advisory Librarian, Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, Wakefield, MA

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Lakeville Public Library
4 Precinct Street
Lakeville, MA 02347
        There are 11 spaces available.
Wednesday April 8, 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.
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Mediated Interlibrary Loan User Group Meeting [Palmer] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sue Kaler   508-357-2121 x 315   sue@masslibsystem.org
   

How is Mediated Interlibrary Loan from the Massachusetts Library System’s Resource Sharing Team working for you and your patrons?  Do you promote the service?  How do you manage requests?  How have you weathered the transition to Clio in the Cloud, version 2?  Do you have suggestions for improvements to the software or the service? Come learn and share with your fellow users of Mediated Interlibrary Loan!

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Palmer Public Library
1455 North Main Street
Palmer, MA 01069
413-283-3330
        There are 14 spaces available.
Thursday April 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: Historical Fiction with Becky Spratford

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Monday April 13, 2015 Go To Top
elect_laptop.GIF 12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Britannica School [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   (866) 627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Join us to learn new ways to do research projects with students using Britannica School and to get ideas for integrating technology and 21st Century Skills into your classroom! Bring your questions and we will be glad to answer them during this live presentation. Elementary, middle/junior high, and high schools will learn about special features including:

  • The Favorites storage tool for students to collect their own research materials for future use.
  • Classroom curriculum resources for American History, World Studies, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and all levels of Language Arts and Math.
  • Expanded video and media content, including a video download feature.
  • Integration of Common Core and Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks
  • Also learn about Spanish Reference Center, Annals of American History, and World Data Analyst.

This workshop will be led online by Encylopædia Britannica staff.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
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misc_none 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Mediated Interlibrary Loan User Group Meeting [Bellingham] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sue Kaler   508-357-2121 x 315   sue@masslibsystem.org
   

How is Mediated Interlibrary Loan from the Massachusetts Library System’s Resource Sharing Team working for you and your patrons?  Do you promote the service?  How do you manage requests?  How have you weathered the transition to Clio in the Cloud, version 2?  Do you have suggestions for improvements to the software or the service? Come learn and share with your fellow users of Mediated Interlibrary Loan!

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Bellingham Public Library
100 Blackstone St.
Bellingham, MA 02019
        There are 6 spaces available.
Tuesday April 14, 2015 Go To Top
elect_laptop.GIF 10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Britannica Library [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   (866) 627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Britannica Library (non-school edition):
 
Join us to learn ways to help both children and adults find answers to their questions and get started on projects using Britannica Library.

Bring your questions and our expert Britannica Trainer will be glad to answer them during this live presentation.

Participants will learn about the different levels: Children, Young Adults, and the Reference Center for older students and adults.

You will also learn about Spanish Reference Center, Annals of American History, and World Data Analyst.

This workshop will be led online by Encylopædia Britannica staff.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM CREATIVE PROGRAMMING; WMLA SPRING PROGRAM [Lee] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Mary Anne Antonellis   413 259-1213   Library.director@shutesbury.org
   

Through programming we engage our patrons in new and interesting ways, offering information, enjoyment and skills. Three amazing librarians will share their experiences programming in the modern library:  Esmé Green, Director of the Goodnow Library in Sudbury; Clayton Cheever, Assistant Director at the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy; and Bernadette Rivard, Director of the Bellingham Public Library.  These experienced librarians will share their understanding of creating dynamic, innovative programming for engaging patrons.    Learn from them and share your experiences and ideas as well.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Lee Library
100 Main Street
Lee MA
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM South East Youth Services Performers Showcase Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Mary Ellen Siniak     msiniak@seekonkpl.org
   

This Performers' Showcase offers the opportunity to meet and evaluate a variety of children's performers active in the Southeast area of Massachusetts. Sponsored by the Southeast Youth Services (SEYS) Librarians.  Sit back, watch and listen as 18 invited performers will be displaying and exhibiting their talents for your programming needs.

 

    Location:
Lakeville Public Library
4 Precinct St.
Lakeville, MA 02347
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misc_none 12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Assistant Directors Forum [Arlington] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Giselle Stevens   978-465-4428 x224   gstevens@mvlc.org
   

The Assistant Directors Forum meets a few times a year. It's a chance to share issues and ideas with each other! This forum is open to all Assistant Directors!

Please RSVP to Giselle and send her any items for the agenda.
Don't forget to bring your lunch!

 

    Location:
Robbins Library
700 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA 02476
 
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:
Burlington Public Library
22 Sears Street
Burlington, MA 01803
Wednesday April 15, 2015 Go To Top
lib_book_red 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Southeast MA Reader's Advisory Roundtable [Quincy] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laurie Cavanaugh   781-293-2271   lcavanaugh@sailsinc.org
   

Wednesday, April 15, 2014, 10-12, Thomas Crane Public Library, 40 Washington St., Quincy

Mystery Subgenre: Legal Thrillers

Benchmark Title: The Firm by John Grisham

Southeastern Massachusetts has its very own Reader’s Advisory Round Table genre study group!

Meeting every other month, we are studying 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 will be asked to read a benchmark title (all reading the same one) and a second title of their own choosing (within the subgenre Legal Thrillers for the April meeting) to describe to the group. Staff in any Massachusetts library who are interested in reader's advisory may participate in as many or all of the meetings.

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. These are roundtable meetings, not training workshops; everyone is learning together and sharing knowledge!

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 the link below to register!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
Thursday April 16, 2015 Go To Top
elect_computer3 9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Finding Images & Music for marketing, tutorials, and everyday use. [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   508-357-2121   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Finding Images & Music for marketing, tutorials, and everyday use.

All libraries need media to add to their handouts and reports.  The problem is finding good free or inexpensive images or music on the web. The words “free” and “music” are two of the most dangerous search terms used.  Many of the sites found in such searches contain malware that can infect your PC with a Virus or hijack your browser.

In this webinar, we will investigate all the wonderful free / inexpensive resources available on the web for downloading media without violating copyright.  We will explore sites containing images, music, sound effects, and video for use in handouts, slide shows, videos and reports.

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
 
lib_book3 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Western MA Readers Advisory Round Table [Forbes 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: Adventure Fiction

Benchmark: Everyone reads The Templar Legacy by Steven Berry

Our next RART-W genre study is Adventure Fiction. Participants are asked to read The Templar Legacy by Steven Berry, and a second adventure fiction title of your choice, before the meeting. We will explore the appeal of adventure fiction and the appeal factors present in The Templar Legacy. 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: Forbes Library
20 West St
Northampton, MA
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Literary Placemaking and the Gateway Cities [Haverhill] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

This workshop will bring together librarians from the Gateway Cities of Massachusetts to hear about initiatives in “creative placemaking” in those cities and to explore the ways in which librarians can leverage their knowledge and resources to contribute meaningfully to “literary placemaking” as a component of creative community development. The session will open with a presentation by Benjamin Forman, Research Director of Mass Inc, who will detail creative placemaking research and initiatives in the commonwealth.  A working session will follow, led by Sharon Shaloo, Executive Director of Mass Center for the Book, to explore the ways in which literary trails can link Gateway Cities to one another, to surrounding cities and towns, and to related sites throughout Massachusetts.   Literary land-marking, either through Mass Center for the Book or through ALA’s United for Libraries, will be discussed as a community-building tool, as well. We hope this is the first gathering of what might become a Gateway Cities Library Working Group which could meet regularly to develop high-impact strategies for community outreach and development.

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Haverhill Public Library
99 Main Street
Haverhill, MA 01830
        There are 29 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
elect_computer3 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Shopping for Technology: Get the Biggest Bang for your Dollar [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Technology changes so quickly, it is difficult to decide where to spend your technology budget.  In this workshop, we will explore the universe of shopping for technology:  from how to research what to buy, to finding where you can get the biggest bang for your technology buck.  We will discuss the strategies for finding gadget bargains, peruse the best review sites,  where to read up on what’s here to stay or merely a flash in the pan, and also discover resources available to municipal / state/ educational organizations for discounts on equipment and software.

Related to this is the MLS membership in MHEC, more info here: http://www.masslibsystem.org/materials-and-supply-cooperatives/

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 1:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Mediated Interlibrary Loan User Group Meeting [Lexington] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sue Kaler   508-357-2121 x 315   sue@masslibsystem.org
   

How is Mediated Interlibrary Loan from the Massachusetts Library System’s Resource Sharing Team working for you and your patrons?  Do you promote the service?  How do you manage requests?  How have you weathered the transition to Clio in the Cloud, version 2?  Do you have suggestions for improvements to the software or the service? Come learn and share with your fellow users of Mediated Interlibrary Loan!

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Cary Memorial Library
1874 Massachusetts Ave.
Lexington, MA 02420
        There are 12 spaces available.
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misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Teen Services Programming: Opportunities and Outcomes Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

In this follow-up to YALSA’s March webinar on the new teen services programming guidelines, YALSA will discuss how library staff can more clearly define specific outcomes for their individual programs and the tools and strategies they can use to measure those outcomes. This interactive webinar will allow an opportunity for members of the audience to share with one another their own strategies and tools for measuring programming outcomes.

 

    Location: online
    REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Friday April 17, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Writing for the Web [Norwood] 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 Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Morrill Memorial Library
33 Walpole Street
Norwood, MA 02062
        There are 26 spaces available.
  Location Map
Wednesday April 22, 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.
 
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.

 

Additional event dates and times:

May 20, 2015

10 to 11 a.m.

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

June 24, 2015

2 to 3 p.m.

Register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/673570535

 

 

 

 

 

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
Thursday April 23, 2015 Go To Top
elect_computer3 9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Power Searching: Alternative Search Engines, Social Media, and Subject Indices. [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Google, Bing, and Yahoo, are three of the most popular search engines used. Regardless of which one you prefer, chances are there will be information that cannot be found in these traditional sources. 

In this workshop, we will focus on the other search options available to us, such as Subject Directories, Social Media, and Alternate search engines, and how they differ from the popular engines used.  We will discuss the pros and cons of using these alternate resources and when to use them.

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
 
elect_computer3 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Tablets for Library Research [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   
Tablets have become so popular, they have had a huge impact on the U.S. GNP, generating billions of dollars in revenue. They are not just convenient for reading email, surfing the Internet, and downloading eBooks, they are powerful tools for performing research and office tasks as well.

In this webinar, I will demonstrate how tablets can function like a desktop or laptop in the library, from searching publications databases, to creating and editing documents.

Though an iPad will be used for demonstration purposes, the content of the webinar can apply to many Android tablets as well.

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
Friday April 24, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Writing for the Web [Mashpee] 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 Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Mashpee Public Library
64 Steeple ST
Mashpee, MA 02649
(508) 539-1435
        There are 24 spaces available.
  Location Map
Monday April 27, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:30 PM The Intergenerational Library: working with multigenerational staff members Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jennie Wiley   508-428-8141   jwiley@clamsnet.org
   

Free training open to any staff member from a Massachusetts library; lunch is included.  Certificates of attendance provided.

Trainers: Cally Ritter, LICSW and Nancy Wiley, LICSW

When considering workplace diversity, most people think of race, religion and ethnicity. However, today’s workplace is perhaps the most diverse in terms of age. Each generation complains about the others--this is NOT new. What is new is the magnitude of the differences.  Today’s four generations have unique backgrounds and distinctive talents that they bring to the workplace.

This seminar will help employees, supervisors, and directors capitalize on the strengths of varied age groups and merge the generations into an effective work team that better understands themselves and the diverse group within which they work.  This training will include group activities, PowerPoint, and interactive components.

Please contact Jennie Wiley, Director at the Cotuit Library for more information about registration for this event.

  Location Map
 
misc_none 3:30 PM  -  5:30 PM School Library Planning Roundtable [West Yarmouth] 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 one-hour 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 . The second hour will be an open for discussion to allow attendees to share their library’s strategic plans if they have one, as well as questions, concerns, and stories.

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Mattacheese Middle School
400 Higgins Crowell Road
West Yarmouth, MA 02673
        There are 27 spaces available.
  Location Map
Tuesday April 28, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Reading a Book in Five Minutes [MLS Whately] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

This hands-on workshop will allow library staff to try the speed reading method used by many Readers' Advisory practitioners. Learn how and why this method works — then try it yourself! Participants should bring a book that they would NOT read for pleasure (200-300 pgs) to try out this method. The workshop will end with a discussion on results (and frustrations) with the process. You can't read every book in the library, but by learning this valuable RA skill, you can read a lot more!

Instructed by Leane Ellis, Reference and Readers' Advisory Librarian, Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, Wakefield, MA

[Directions - MLS-Whately]
    Location:
MLS - Whately Office
4 Sandy Lane
Whately, MA
(866-627-7228)
        There are 7 spaces available.
 
misc_none 4:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Goal Setting for School Librarians [Kingston] 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).

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Silver Lake Regional High School
260 Pembroke St.
Kingston, MA 02364
        There are 22 spaces available.
  Location Map
Wednesday April 29, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  3:30 PM Basic Library Techniques in Reference Part 1 [MLS Marlborough] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

How do you provide effective reference services for your community? This 2-session basic library techniques (BLT) workshop will offer an overview of reference, including profession standards and ethics. Discussion of the reference collection and interview, readers' advisory, legal and health reference, plus other specific Massachusetts reference resources will be discussed.

Kristi Chadwick, MLS Advisor – Small Libraries, and invited guests will provide the training. Part 1 of the Reference BLT will take place on April 29 and Part 2 on April 30; you need to register separately for each workshop and attend both sessions for BLT credit.

 

Directions    
    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill Street, Suite 229
Marlboro, MA
(866)627-7228
    REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
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misc_none 1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Mediated Interlibrary Loan User Group Meeting [Hamilton- Wenham] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sue Kaler   508-357-2121 x 315   sue@masslibsystem.org
   

How is Mediated Interlibrary Loan from the Massachusetts Library System’s Resource Sharing Team working for you and your patrons?  Do you promote the service?  How do you manage requests?  How have you weathered the transition to Clio in the Cloud, version 2?  Do you have suggestions for improvements to the software or the service? Come learn and share with your fellow users of Mediated Interlibrary Loan!

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
14 Union St.
Hamilton, MA 01982
        There are 13 spaces available.
  Location Map
Thursday April 30, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Literary Placemaking in the Pioneer Valley [South Hadley] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

This workshop will bring together librarians from the Pioneer Valley (Hampshire, Hampden, and Franklin counties) to hear about initiatives in “creative placemaking” and to explore the ways in which librarians can leverage their knowledge and resources to contribute meaningfully to “literary placemaking” as a component of creative community development in the Pioneer Valley. The session will open with a short presentation about the creative placemaking research coming from Mass Inc.  A working session focusing on the three Pioneer Valley counties will follow.  Sharon Shaloo, Executive Director of Mass Center for the Book, will lead the workshop, joined by guest speakers from the “maker,” book studies, literary museum, and bookselling communities in the Valley.  We shall explore the ways in which cross-marketing and collaboration among the broad sector of the “community of the book” in the Valley can realize the community building potential of this cultural tourism initiative and discuss the library as an information center for the initiative.  Literary land-marking, either through Mass Center for the Book or through ALA’s United for Libraries, and literary trail-making will be discussed as well. We hope this is the first gathering of what might become a Pioneer Valley Library Working Group which could meet regularly to develop high-impact strategies for community outreach and development in the region. 

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
South Hadley Public Library
2 Canal Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
        There are 25 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  3:30 PM Basic Library Techniques in Reference Part 2 [MLS Marlborough] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

How do you provide effective reference services for your community? This 2-session basic library techniques (BLT) workshop will offer an overview of reference, including profession standards and ethics. Discussion of the reference collection and interview, readers' advisory, legal and health reference, plus other specific Massachusetts reference resources will be discussed.

Kristi Chadwick, MLS Advisor – Small Libraries, and invited guests will provide the training. Part 1 of the Reference BLT will take place on April 29 and Part 2 on April 30; you need to register separately for each workshop and attend both sessions for BLT credit.

 

Directions    
    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill Street, Suite 229
Marlboro, MA
(866)627-7228
    REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Summer Reader Hands on Training [Mashpee] 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 April 24, 2015.

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Mashpee Public Library
64 Steeple ST
Mashpee, MA 02649
(508) 539-1435
        There are 20 spaces available.
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Mediated Interlibrary Loan User Group Meeting [Pittsfield] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sue Kaler   508-357-2121 x 315   sue@masslibsystem.org
   

How is Mediated Interlibrary Loan from the Massachusetts Library System’s Resource Sharing Team working for you and your patrons?  Do you promote the service?  How do you manage requests?  How have you weathered the transition to Clio in the Cloud, version 2?  Do you have suggestions for improvements to the software or the service? Come learn and share with your fellow users of Mediated Interlibrary Loan!

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Berkshire Athenaeum
1 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA
(413) 499-9480
        There are 16 spaces available.
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 20 spaces available.
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).

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 24 spaces available.
  Location Map
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
    The registration period has not begun.
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 20 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 27 spaces available.
  Location Map
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Tuesday May 19, 2015 Go To Top
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 20 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 24, 2015

2 to 3 p.m.

Register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/673570535

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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
Thursday May 21, 2015 Go To Top
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
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
 
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 20 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).

 

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.    
    Location: Tewksbury Public Library
300 Chandler Street
Tewksbury
(978) 640-4490
Wednesday May 27, 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.
 
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.

 

Directions    
    Location:
Eastham Town Hall
2500 State Highway
Eastham, MA 02642
        There are 24 spaces available.
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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!

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Beaman Memorial Public Library
8 Newton St
West Boylston MA
        There are 18 spaces available.
  Location Map
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.
Click HERE for a GoToWebinar Attendee Guide.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
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.
Click HERE for a GoToWebinar Attendee Guide.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
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.

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Nevins Memorial Library
305 Broadway
Methuen, MA 01844
        There are 24 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
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.

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Chicopee Public Library
449 Front St.,
Chicopee, MA 01013
        There are 14 spaces available.
  Location Map
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

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Boston Public Library, Copley
700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
617-536-5400
        There are 30 spaces available.
  Location Map
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 27 spaces available.
  Location Map
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!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
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
   

Save the Date!

Themes for the day will focus on the librarian, as a person, and their ability to identify opportunities, pursue innovation, be willing to risk failure and have agility in today's ever-changing world. Attendees will gain inspiration balanced with practical applications on how to move ahead even when it seems impossible.

Lunch and parking are free of charge.

Full description and agenda to be announced.

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Devens Common Center
31 Andrews Parkway
Devens, MA 01434
        There are 215 spaces available.
  Location Map
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.

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
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    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
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 TBD

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 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.
 
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
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 40 spaces available.
  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
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
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:

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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.

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Westborough Public Library
55 West Main Street
Westborough, MA
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
 

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