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Tuesday January 24, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Northeast MA Readers' Advisory Round Table [Wakefield] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Leane M Ellis   781-246-6334   ellis@noblenet.org
   

The Northeastern Readers' Advisory Round Table's Nonfiction History Arc: Defining Times

Benchmark: Everyone Reads Steven Johnson's The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Deadliest Epidemic--and How It Changed the Way We Think About Disease, Cities, Science, and the Modern World.

This is the first of a three-meeting arc covering Historical Nonfiction. In March 2017 we will discuss Microhistories, and in May 2017, Specific Settings. The list of books and the notes on what we learned in our discussions can be found on our blog.

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

Appeal to be read for January meeting: Focus on all the appeal factors, but really think about frame, place, time, and tone.

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

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    Location: Lucius Beebe Memorial Library
345 Main Street,
Wakefield, MA 01880
Wednesday January 25, 2017 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   sdonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
        There are 13 spaces available.
Thursday January 26, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Commonwealth eBook Collections Training [online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Spohn     steve@masslibsystem.org
   

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

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

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

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

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    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Tuesday January 31, 2017 Go To Top
lib_book3 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Western MA Readers Advisory Round Table [Jones Library - Amherst] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Molly Moss   413-587-1012   mmoss@forbeslibrary.org
   

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

Genre: Historical Fiction - Tudor to World War II

BenchmarkWolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Fill out and bring your Reader Profile -- great practice to put your reading preferences into words.

Our current RART-W genre study is Historical Fiction. 

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

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

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

 

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    Location: Jones Library
43 Amity St
Amherst, MA 01002
 
food_coffee 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Metrowest Program Planners [Newton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Meena Jain     mjain@minlib.net
   

The Metrowest Program Planners Meeting

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

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

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

REGISTER HERE    
    Location:
Newton Free Library
330 Homer St
Newton, MA
617) 796-1360
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Evidence for Indies: Exploring the Library Journal Self-Published Book Survey Report [Online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Spohn     steve@masslibsystem.org
   

“Evidence for Indies” will dive into Library Journal’s groundbreaking Self-Published Book Survey Report, a first-of-its-kind study that examines the relationship between public libraries and self-published books. Librarians and authors who participated in the inaugural Indie Author Day will come together to discuss the report’s implications on matters ranging from self-published book acquisition to programming for local writers. Chockablock with insightful information, this webinar will appeal to librarians, as well as indie and self-published authors.

Register now

This webinar is part of Indie Author Day.  Learn more!

 
misc_none 3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Post-Election, Post-Truth: Beyond 'Fake News' to Media Literacy [Online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kelly Jo Woodside     kelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Post-Election, Post-Truth: Using Comprehensive Media Literacy to Assess and Evaluate News and Current Events

How do we go beyond identifying “fake news” to help our communities make sense of the current news and information environment? Utilizing media literacy concepts to promote understanding, Allison Butler, steering committee member of Mass Media Literacy and director of the Media Literacy Certificate Program at UMass Amherst, will lead participants through exercises that can be used with students and community members. The webinar will include a resource guide for use with both colleagues and patrons. 

Register

Wednesday February 1, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Detangling Dyslexia: What it is, and what we can do to help [Online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza   508-357-2121 x307   april@masslibsystem.org
   

What is dyslexia? Why is it suddenly a hot topic? Nationally, dyslexia is getting new attention, both in schools and in legislatures. What does this mean for libraries? How can we best serve dyslexic readers and their families? This session will define dyslexia, share the latest developments in brain science, and provide referral resources and best practices for accommodations and collection development. This webinar will be recorded.

Register here.

 

Thursday February 2, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Commonwealth eBook Collections Training - Bourne Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Spohn   508-357-2121 ext312   steve@masslibsystem.org
   

Join your colleagues to learn the ins and outs of Commonwealth eBook Collections. Stephen Spohn from MLS will give an overview of the program, demo Axis 360 and Biblioboard and go over important administrative functions. 

Host: Melinda Adams madams@uppercapetech.org

 

    Location: Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School
        There are many spaces available.
  Location Map
Monday February 6, 2017 Go To Top
misc_kidsreading 9:30 AM  -  3:00 PM Play: Putting Together the Pieces with Betsy Diamant-Cohen [Shrewsbury] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza     april@masslibsystem.org
   

Play: Putting Together the Pieces looks seriously at play by reintroducing participants to the concept of play; increasing the understanding of play in the context of the second edition of Every Child Ready to Read® and the seven essential life skills every child needs from Mind in the Making; highlighting the important role played by parents, caregivers and librarians; and offering developmental tips to share with parents and caregivers.

Participants will examine toys and technology, learn new ways to showcase library programs, and how to create early literacy spaces that foster positive play between parents and children. Hands-on activities will be combined with video clips to give participants a playful, meaningful day with practical tips that can be put immediately into action.

Youth Services librarians, especially those with a significant responsibility for very young children are encouraged to attend. They will learn about the importance of play as proven by scientific studies, and how library programs and early literacy spaces can be better used to foster positive play between parents and children.

Snow date: Wednesday Feb. 8th at the MLS Marlboro office.

Co-sponsored by MBLC & MLS. Coffee will be served, please bring a bag lunch.

    Location:
Shrewsbury Public Library
609 Main Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
   
  Location Map
Tuesday February 7, 2017 Go To Top
misc_kidsreading 9:30 AM  -  3:00 PM Play: Putting Together the Pieces with Betsy Diamant-Cohen [Westwood] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza     april@masslibsystem.org
   

Play: Putting Together the Pieces workshop looks seriously at play by reintroducing participants to the concept of play; increasing the understanding of play in the context of the second edition of Every Child Ready to Read® and the seven essential life skills every child needs from Mind in the Making; highlighting the important role played by parents, caregivers and librarians; and offering developmental tips to share with parents and caregivers.

Participants will examine toys and technology, learn new ways to showcase library programs, and how to create early literacy spaces that foster positive play between parents and children. Hands-on activities will be combined with video clips to give participants a playful, meaningful day with practical tips that can be put immediately into action.

Youth Services librarians, especially those with a significant responsibility for very young children are encouraged to attend. They will learn about the importance of play as proven by scientific studies, and how library programs and early literacy spaces can be better used to foster positive play between parents and children.

Snow date: Wednesday Feb. 8th at the MLS Marlboro office.

Co-sponsored by MBLC & MLS. Coffee will be served, please bring a bag lunch.

    Location:
Westwood Public Library
660 High Street
Westwood, MA 02090
        There are 2 spaces available.
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misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Western Region Program Planners [Pelham] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lyndsay Johnson   413-525-5400 x1508   lyjohnson@cwmars.org
   

Welcome to the Western Region Program Planners group.

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

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location:
Pelham Library
2 South Valley Road
Pelham, MA 01002
 
misc_none 12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM NE Assistant Directors' Forum Meeting Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Giselle Stevens   978-465-4428 x224   
   

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

    Location:
Parker Memorial Library
28 Arlington St, Dracut, MA 01826
Wednesday February 8, 2017 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   sdonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
Thursday February 9, 2017 Go To Top
misc_kidsreading 9:30 AM  -  3:00 PM Play: Putting Together the Pieces with Betsy Diamant-Cohen [Northampton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza     april@masslibsystem.org
   

Play: Putting Together the Pieces workshop looks seriously at play by reintroducing participants to the concept of play; increasing the understanding of play in the context of the second edition of Every Child Ready to Read® and the seven essential life skills every child needs from Mind in the Making; highlighting the important role played by parents, caregivers and librarians; and offering developmental tips to share with parents and caregivers.

Participants will examine toys and technology, learn new ways to showcase library programs, and how to create early literacy spaces that foster positive play between parents and children. Hands-on activities will be combined with video clips to give participants a playful, meaningful day with practical tips that can be put immediately into action.

Youth Services librarians, especially those with a significant responsibility for very young children are encouraged to attend. They will learn about the importance of play as proven by scientific studies, and how library programs and early literacy spaces can be better used to foster positive play between parents and children.

Co-sponsored by MBLC & MLS. Coffee will be served, please bring a bag lunch.

    Location:
MLS Northampton
241-243 King Street, Suite 250
Northampton, MA 01060
        There are 16 spaces available.
  Location Map
Friday February 10, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Building Project Roundtable [West Springfield] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Anna Popp     anna@masslibsystem.org
   

If you are involved in a library building project, or intend to start one, you will face challenges, questions, opportunities, and discoveries. This is the place to build a support network, ask questions, share what you know, and learn from the experience of your colleagues. Topics of conversation will be determined by attendees.

    Location:
West Springfield Public Library
200 Park St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
        There are 24 spaces available.
Monday February 13, 2017 Go To Top
lib_bookshelf 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Southeast MA Reader's Advisory Roundtable [Brockton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laurie Cavanaugh   781-848-0405, x4430   lcavanaugh@braintreema.gov
   

AFTERNOON MEETING! Monday, February 13, 2017, 1pm-3pm, Brockton Public Library, 304 Main Street, Brockton
Snow Date:
Thursday, February 16, 10am-12pm (MORNING)

Diversity in Romance

Benchmark Title: The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

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

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

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

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

Please click on the link below to register:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

SE-RART Blog    
    Location: Brockton Public Library, 304 Main St., Brockton, MA 02301
 
office_meeting1 1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Executive Board Meeting [MLS Marlborough] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Betsy Meaden   866-627-7228   betsy@masslibsystem.org
   

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

    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
  Location Map
Tuesday February 14, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Facing the Future: Strategic Planning in Libraries [Northampton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228 x301   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Strategic Plans are an important tool for libraries of any type to serve as a living blueprint for future services, to create directives and goals for your institution, and to create buy-in from the community. This workshop and discussion provides opportunities for directors and administration, staff, and trustees to come together and learn how important planning is for library growth and development.  Also included is a discussion of the Strategic Planning Model that MLS is currently using, including the streamlined three-meeting structure, and a discussion of what should be included in a plan to make it successful and acceptable to the MBLC. There will be an open time for conversation to allow attendees to share their library’s strategic plans if they have one, as well as questions, concerns, and stories.

    Location: MLS Northampton
241-243 King St. Suite 250
Nothampton, MA 01060
        There are 13 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 12:30 PM  -  1:00 PM Black, White, and Read: Picture Books Galore [Online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christi Farrar   508-357-2121 x323   christif@masslibsystem.org
   

Pandas and penguins and picture books, oh my! Join Consultant Christi Farrar for a lunch-time booktalk of black, white and "read" picture books to enhance your collection or story time. We’ll focus not only on new titles, but also on a few activities and resources that can supplement highlighted books. This webinar will be recorded.

Register

 
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Keep Calm and Manage On: a Time Management Workshop [Northampton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

Do you lose track of to-do items? Do you struggle to keep your projects moving forward? Do you feel overwhelmed by large projects? There’s a better way. Do yourself a favor and add one more thing to your to-do list: sign up for this class.  This workshop will give you the tools to realistically assess your workload, parse it out in a meaningful and sensible way, and move forward managing your responsibilities with calm confidence. You will begin to build a personalized approach for keeping track of tasks, managing projects and remembering commitments.

    Location: MLS Northampton
241-243 King St. Suite 250
Nothampton, MA 01060
        There are 17 spaces available.
  Location Map
Thursday February 16, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Facing the Future: Strategic Planning in Libraries [Athol] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228 x301   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Strategic Plans are an important tool for libraries of any type to serve as a living blueprint for future services, to create directives and goals for your institution, and to create buy-in from the community. This workshop and discussion provides opportunities for directors and administration, staff, and trustees to come together and learn how important planning is for library growth and development.  Also included is a discussion of the Strategic Planning Model that MLS is currently using, including the streamlined three-meeting structure, and a discussion of what should be included in a plan to make it successful and acceptable to the MBLC. There will be an open time for conversation to allow attendees to share their library’s strategic plans if they have one, as well as questions, concerns, and stories.

    Location:
Athol Public Library
568 Main St.
Athol, MA 01331
        There are 16 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Keep Calm and Manage On: a Time Management Workshop [Athol] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

Do you lose track of to-do items? Do you struggle to keep your projects moving forward? Do you feel overwhelmed by large projects? There’s a better way. Do yourself a favor and add one more thing to your to-do list: sign up for this class.  This workshop will give you the tools to realistically assess your workload, parse it out in a meaningful and sensible way, and move forward managing your responsibilities with calm confidence. You will begin to build a personalized approach for keeping track of tasks, managing projects and remembering commitments.

    Location:
Athol Public Library
568 Main St.
Athol, MA 01331
        There are 18 spaces available.
  Location Map
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Wednesday February 22, 2017 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   sdonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

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

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

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

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

 

    Location: MLS Northampton
241-243 King St. Suite 250
Nothampton, MA 01060
        There are 22 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM MLS Listening Tour: Fake News, Libraries, and More [Marlborough] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   508-357-2121 x301   sdonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Fake News and Libraries is our main theme.   This is a trending topic and libraries can play a role in combatting its pitfalls through information literacy, education, providing resources to library uses, and setting an example by providing vetted and trusted information resources.  How can we as a community work toward a positive future?  MLS staff and Executive Board members want to listen to you and encourage collaboration and co-creation in the Massachusetts library community so we can set a course forward in our work that touches upon this phenomenon.

    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill Street, Suite 229
Marlboro, MA
(866)627-7228
        There are 29 spaces available.
  Location Map
Thursday February 23, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 9:30 AM  -  3:00 PM Academic ePublishing Symposium [Worcester] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Join your library colleagues throughout the Northeast for this lively panel presentation and discussion on eBook and eJournal publishing. Panelists from MIT, Springer-Nature and Taylor & Francis along with our moderator from BiblioLabs will discuss the current state of ePublishing and potential futures. We hope you will join us!

Sponsors: BiblioLabs, Springer-Nature and Taylor & Francis

Registration

    Location:
Hogan Center, Holy Cross
1 College St.
Worcester, MA 01610
  Location Map
Tuesday February 28, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Commonwealth eBook Collections Training [online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Spohn     steve@masslibsystem.org
   

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

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

 

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

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

Click to register    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Thursday March 2, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Facing the Future: Strategic Planning in Libraries [Hamilton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228 x301   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Strategic Plans are an important tool for libraries of any type to serve as a living blueprint for future services, to create directives and goals for your institution, and to create buy-in from the community. This workshop and discussion provides opportunities for directors and administration, staff, and trustees to come together and learn how important planning is for library growth and development.  Also included is a discussion of the Strategic Planning Model that MLS is currently using, including the streamlined three-meeting structure, and a discussion of what should be included in a plan to make it successful and acceptable to the MBLC. There will be an open time for conversation to allow attendees to share their library’s strategic plans if they have one, as well as questions, concerns, and stories.

    Location:
Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
14 Union St.
Hamilton, MA 01982
        There are 18 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Keep Calm and Manage On: a Time Management Workshop [Hamilton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

Do you lose track of to-do items? Do you struggle to keep your projects moving forward? Do you feel overwhelmed by large projects? There’s a better way. Do yourself a favor and add one more thing to your to-do list: sign up for this class.  This workshop will give you the tools to realistically assess your workload, parse it out in a meaningful and sensible way, and move forward managing your responsibilities with calm confidence. You will begin to build a personalized approach for keeping track of tasks, managing projects and remembering commitments.

    Location:
Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
14 Union St.
Hamilton, MA 01982
        There are 17 spaces available.
  Location Map
Friday March 3, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Build a Better Summer Library Program [Athol] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza   508-357-2121   april@masslibsystem.org
   

Each year brings new challenges and opportunities to your summer library program-come join your colleagues to learn about what’s in store for 2017 and beyond. We’ll cover goalsetting, outcomes measurements, highlights from the CSLP manual and conclude with time for discussion of challenges and idea sharing. This program is for any age summer library program (children, teen and/or adult) and for staff at all levels-whether you’ve been through one or 100 summer library programs!

If you use Wandoo Reader, consider staying for the afternoon training session. If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

    Location:
Athol Public Library
568 Main St.
Athol, MA 01331
        There are 21 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Library Directors' Forum [Fitchburg] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

This Directors' Forum is scheduled the same day as a Legislative Breakfast. Why not attend the breakfast at 8 and join your colleagues from 10-12 for a lively discussion? The topics are up to you. If you have a suggestion, please describe it in the “comment” area when you register.

    Location:
Fitchburg Public Library
610 Main Street
Fitchburg MA 01420
        There are 12 spaces available.
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Wandoo Reader Training [Athol] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza   508-357-2121   april@masslibsystem.org
   

This is a hands-on training for Wandoo Reader users that will cover the basics of setting up an online reading tracking program. We will also explore updates to the program, how to run reports and share ideas for successful program components. The workshop will also include ample time to build a program on the spot with assistance from the trainer and other participants.

Attendees must have a site license to participate. If you do not have a license and you would like more information, please contact April Mazza. Attendees must bring a laptop and their login information to the workshop.

If you run a Summer Library Program, consider attending the morning session. If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

 

    Location:
Athol Public Library
568 Main St.
Athol, MA 01331
        There are 26 spaces available.
  Location Map
Wednesday March 8, 2017 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   sdonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
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misc_none 4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM MLS Listening Tour: Fake News, Libraries, and More [Northampton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Fake News and Libraries is our main theme.   This is a trending topic and libraries can play a role in combatting its pitfalls through information literacy, education, providing resources to library uses, and setting an example by providing vetted and trusted information resources.  How can we as a community work toward a positive future?  MLS staff and Executive Board members want to listen to you and encourage collaboration and co-creation in the Massachusetts library community so we can set a course forward in our work that touches upon this phenomenon.

    Location: MLS Northampton
241-243 King St. Suite 250
Nothampton, MA 01060
        There are 30 spaces available.
  Location Map
Thursday March 9, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Build a Better Summer Library Program [Shrewsbury] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza   508-357-2121   april@masslibsystem.org
   

Each year brings new challenges and opportunities to your summer library program-come join your colleagues to learn about what’s in store for 2017 and beyond. We’ll cover goalsetting, outcomes measurements, highlights from the CSLP manual and conclude with time for discussion of challenges and idea sharing. This program is for any age summer library program (children, teen and/or adult) and for staff at all levels-whether you’ve been through one or 100 summer library programs!

If you use Wandoo Reader, consider staying for the afternoon training session. If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

    Location:
Shrewsbury Public Library
609 Main Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
        There are 25 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Facing the Future: Strategic Planning in Libraries [Stockbridge] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228 x301   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Strategic Plans are an important tool for libraries of any type to serve as a living blueprint for future services, to create directives and goals for your institution, and to create buy-in from the community. This workshop and discussion provides opportunities for directors and administration, staff, and trustees to come together and learn how important planning is for library growth and development.  Also included is a discussion of the Strategic Planning Model that MLS is currently using, including the streamlined three-meeting structure, and a discussion of what should be included in a plan to make it successful and acceptable to the MBLC. There will be an open time for conversation to allow attendees to share their library’s strategic plans if they have one, as well as questions, concerns, and stories.

    Location:
Stockbridge Library Association
46 Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262
        There are 20 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none Inclusive Programming Skillshare [Milton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christi Farrar   508-357-2121 x323   christif@masslibsystem.org
   

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

    Location:
Milton Public Library
426 Canton Ave.
Milton, MA 02186
        There are 25 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Universal Design for Libraries [Milton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christi Farrar   508-357-2121 x323   christif@masslibsystem.org
   

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

 

    Location:
Milton Public Library
426 Canton Ave.
Milton, MA 02186
        There are 24 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Wandoo Reader Training [Shrewsbury] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

This is a hands-on training for Wandoo Reader users that will cover the basics of setting up an online reading tracking program. We will also explore updates to the program, how to run reports and share ideas for successful program components. The workshop will also include ample time to build a program on the spot with assistance from the trainer and other participants.

Attendees must have a site license to participate. If you do not have a license and you would like more information, please contact April Mazza. Attendees must bring a laptop and their login information to the workshop.

If you run a Summer Library Program, consider attending the morning session. If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

 

    Location:
Shrewsbury Public Library
609 Main Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
        There are 28 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Keep Calm and Manage On: a Time Management Workshop [Stockbridge] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

Do you lose track of to-do items? Do you struggle to keep your projects moving forward? Do you feel overwhelmed by large projects? There’s a better way. Do yourself a favor and add one more thing to your to-do list: sign up for this class.  This workshop will give you the tools to realistically assess your workload, parse it out in a meaningful and sensible way, and move forward managing your responsibilities with calm confidence. You will begin to build a personalized approach for keeping track of tasks, managing projects and remembering commitments.

    Location:
Stockbridge Library Association
46 Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262
        There are 19 spaces available.
  Location Map
Friday March 10, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Small Library Directors' Pot Luck [Northampton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Join us for an informal visit and lunch at our new office in Northampton! We’d love to show you around and introduce you to our staff. You’ll also have the opportunity to talk about what’s going on in your library and learn from other librarians working in small libraries. You’re invited to bring a dish to share; MLS will provide snacks and beverages.

Please note: Our new office is equipped with a microwave and refrigerator; there is no oven.

    Location: MLS Northampton
241-243 King St. Suite 250
Nothampton, MA 01060
        There are 12 spaces available.
Monday March 13, 2017 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Metrowest Reader's Advisory Roundtable [Bedford] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Pam Aghababian     paghababian@minlib.net
   

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

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

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

Spend some time on the blog and introduce yourself!

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

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

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

Looking forward to seeing you!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location:
Bedford Free Public Library
7 Mudge Way
Bedford, MA
(781-275-9440)
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Inclusive Programming Skillshare [Shrewsbury] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christi Farrar   508-357-2121 x323   christif@masslibsystem.org
   

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

    Location:
Shrewsbury Public Library
609 Main Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
        There are 24 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Universal Design for Libraries [Shrewsbury] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christi Farrar   508-357-2121 x323   christif@masslibsystem.org
   

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

 

    Location:
Shrewsbury Public Library
609 Main Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
        There are 24 spaces available.
  Location Map
Friday March 17, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Build a Better Summer Library Program [Northampton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza   508-357-2121   april@masslibsystem.org
   

Each year brings new challenges and opportunities to your summer library program-come join your colleagues to learn about what’s in store for 2017 and beyond. We’ll cover goalsetting, outcomes measurements, highlights from the CSLP manual and conclude with time for discussion of challenges and idea sharing. This program is for any age summer library program (children, teen and/or adult) and for staff at all levels-whether you’ve been through one or 100 summer library programs!

If you use Wandoo Reader, consider staying for the afternoon training session. If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

    Location: MLS Northampton
241-243 King St. Suite 250
Nothampton, MA 01060
        There are 26 spaces available.
  Location Map
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misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Wandoo Reader Training [Northampton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza   508-357-2121   april@masslibsystem.org
   

This is a hands-on training for Wandoo Reader users that will cover the basics of setting up an online reading tracking program. We will also explore updates to the program, how to run reports and share ideas for successful program components. The workshop will also include ample time to build a program on the spot with assistance from the trainer and other participants.

Attendees must have a site license to participate. If you do not have a license and you would like more information, please contact April Mazza. Attendees must bring a laptop and their login information to the workshop.

If you run a Summer Library Program, consider attending the morning session. If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

 

    Location: MLS Northampton
241-243 King St. Suite 250
Nothampton, MA 01060
        There are 29 spaces available.
  Location Map
Monday March 20, 2017 Go To Top
office_meeting1 1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Executive Board Meeting [MLS Northampton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Betsy Meaden   866-627-7228   betsy@masslibsystem.org
   

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

    Location:
MLS Northampton
241-243 King Street, Suite 250
Northampton, MA 01060
  Location Map
Tuesday March 21, 2017 Go To Top
lib_book3 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Western MA Readers Advisory Round Table [South Hadley Public Library] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Molly Moss   413-587-1012   mmoss@forbeslibrary.org
   

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

Genre: Historical Biofiction vs. Biography

Benchmark: Each member will choose to books written about the same person, one historical biofiction and one biography. For example, Cleopatra: a life by Stacy Schiff and Antony and Cleopatra: a novel by Colleen McCullough.

Our next RART-W genre study is Historical Fiction. 

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

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

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

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location:
South Hadley Public Library
2 Canal Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
 
food_coffee 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Metrowest Program Planners [Norwood] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Meena Jain     mjain@minlib.net
   

The Metrowest Program Planners Meeting

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

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

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

REGISTER HERE    
    Location:
Morrill Memorial Library
33 Walpole St
Norwood, MA
(781) 769-0200
Wednesday March 22, 2017 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   sdonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
Thursday March 23, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Build a Better Summer Library Program [Cambridge] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza   508-357-2121   april@masslibsystem.org
   

Each year brings new challenges and opportunities to your summer library program-come join your colleagues to learn about what’s in store for 2017 and beyond. We’ll cover goalsetting, outcomes measurements, highlights from the CSLP manual and conclude with time for discussion of challenges and idea sharing. This program is for any age summer library program (children, teen and/or adult) and for staff at all levels-whether you’ve been through one or 100 summer library programs!

If you use Wandoo Reader, consider staying for the afternoon training session. If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

    Location:
Cambridge Public Library - Main Branch
449 Broadway
Cambridge, MA
(617) 349-4040
        There are 30 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Facing the Future: Strategic Planning in Libraries [Mashpee] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228 x301   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Strategic Plans are an important tool for libraries of any type to serve as a living blueprint for future services, to create directives and goals for your institution, and to create buy-in from the community. This workshop and discussion provides opportunities for directors and administration, staff, and trustees to come together and learn how important planning is for library growth and development.  Also included is a discussion of the Strategic Planning Model that MLS is currently using, including the streamlined three-meeting structure, and a discussion of what should be included in a plan to make it successful and acceptable to the MBLC. There will be an open time for conversation to allow attendees to share their library’s strategic plans if they have one, as well as questions, concerns, and stories.

    Location:
Mashpee Public Library
64 Steeple ST
Mashpee, MA 02649
(508) 539-1435
        There are 17 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Wandoo Reader Training [Cambridge] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza   508-357-2121   april@masslibsystem.org
   

This is a hands-on training for Wandoo Reader users that will cover the basics of setting up an online reading tracking program. We will also explore updates to the program, how to run reports and share ideas for successful program components. The workshop will also include ample time to build a program on the spot with assistance from the trainer and other participants.

Attendees must have a site license to participate. If you do not have a license and you would like more information, please contact April Mazza. Attendees must bring a laptop and their login information to the workshop.

If you run a Summer Library Program, consider attending the morning session. If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

 

    Location:
Cambridge Public Library - Main Branch
449 Broadway
Cambridge, MA
(617) 349-4040
        There are 30 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Keep Calm and Manage On: a Time Management Workshop [Mashpee] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

Do you lose track of to-do items? Do you struggle to keep your projects moving forward? Do you feel overwhelmed by large projects? There’s a better way. Do yourself a favor and add one more thing to your to-do list: sign up for this class.  This workshop will give you the tools to realistically assess your workload, parse it out in a meaningful and sensible way, and move forward managing your responsibilities with calm confidence. You will begin to build a personalized approach for keeping track of tasks, managing projects and remembering commitments.

    Location:
Mashpee Public Library
64 Steeple ST
Mashpee, MA 02649
(508) 539-1435
        There are 16 spaces available.
  Location Map
Friday March 24, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Urban Library Directors' Forum [Malden] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

This Directors' Forum is scheduled in a very interesting library that also has a beautiful art gallery.  Please join your colleagues from 10:30-12:30 for a lively discussion.  Dora St. Martin, Library Director, will lead a tour at 12:30.  Bring a brown bag lunch.  The topics are up to you.  If you have a suggestion, please describe it in the “comment” area when you register.

Accessible by the Orange Line.

Directions: http://maldenpubliclibrary.org/about/location-hours/

    Location:
Malden Public Library
36 Salem St
Malden, MA 02148
        There are 21 spaces available.
Tuesday March 28, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Northeast MA Readers' Advisory Round Table [Danvers] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Leane M Ellis   781-246-6334   ellis@noblenet.org
   

The Northeastern Readers' Advisory Round Table's Nonfiction History Arc: Microhistories

Benchmark: Everyone Reads Mark Kurlansky's Salt: A World History.

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

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

Appeal to be read for March meeting: Focus on all the appeal factors, but really think about setting, pace, and tone.

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.    
    Location: Peabody Institute Library
15 Sylvan Street
Danvers
(978) 774-0554
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Build a Better Summer Library Program [Reading] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza   508-357-2121   april@masslibsystem.org
   

Each year brings new challenges and opportunities to your summer library program-come join your colleagues to learn about what’s in store for 2017 and beyond. We’ll cover goalsetting, outcomes measurements, highlights from the CSLP manual and conclude with time for discussion of challenges and idea sharing. This program is for any age summer library program (children, teen and/or adult) and for staff at all levels-whether you’ve been through one or 100 summer library programs!

If you use Wandoo Reader, consider staying for the afternoon training session. If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

    Location:
Reading Public Library
64 Middlesex Ave.
Reading, MA 01867
        There are 28 spaces available.
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misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Facing the Future: Strategic Planning in Libraries [Brookline] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228 x301   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Strategic Plans are an important tool for libraries of any type to serve as a living blueprint for future services, to create directives and goals for your institution, and to create buy-in from the community. This workshop and discussion provides opportunities for directors and administration, staff, and trustees to come together and learn how important planning is for library growth and development.  Also included is a discussion of the Strategic Planning Model that MLS is currently using, including the streamlined three-meeting structure, and a discussion of what should be included in a plan to make it successful and acceptable to the MBLC. There will be an open time for conversation to allow attendees to share their library’s strategic plans if they have one, as well as questions, concerns, and stories.

    Location:
Brookline Public Library
361 Washington St.
Brookline, MA 02445
        There are 13 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Wandoo Reader Training [Reading] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza   508-357-2121   april@masslibsystem.org
   

This is a hands-on training for Wandoo Reader users that will cover the basics of setting up an online reading tracking program. We will also explore updates to the program, how to run reports and share ideas for successful program components. The workshop will also include ample time to build a program on the spot with assistance from the trainer and other participants.

Attendees must have a site license to participate. If you do not have a license and you would like more information, please contact April Mazza. Attendees must bring a laptop and their login information to the workshop.

If you run a Summer Library Program, consider attending the morning session. If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

 

    Location:
Reading Public Library
64 Middlesex Ave, Reading, MA 01867
        There are 29 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Keep Calm and Manage On: a Time Management Workshop [Brookline] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

Do you lose track of to-do items? Do you struggle to keep your projects moving forward? Do you feel overwhelmed by large projects? There’s a better way. Do yourself a favor and add one more thing to your to-do list: sign up for this class.  This workshop will give you the tools to realistically assess your workload, parse it out in a meaningful and sensible way, and move forward managing your responsibilities with calm confidence. You will begin to build a personalized approach for keeping track of tasks, managing projects and remembering commitments.

    Location:
Brookline Public Library
361 Washington St.
Brookline, MA 02445
        There are 14 spaces available.
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Wednesday March 29, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Commonwealth eBook Collections Training [online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Spohn     steve@masslibsystem.org
   

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

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

 

Click to register    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Branch Managers' Forum [Plymouth] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jennifer Jones     jenniferj@ocln.org
   

Topic: What They Don't Teach You in Library School.

Join us for an open discussion and to connect with other Library Branch Managers. Bring your questions and learn from your colleagues. 

 

    Location:
Manomet Branch Library
12 Strand Avenue
Manomet, MA 02345
        There are 24 spaces available.
 
misc_none 4:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Commonwealth eBook Collections Q & A [online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Spohn     steve@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Click to register    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Thursday March 30, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Build a Better Summer Library Program [Lakeville] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza   508-357-2121   april@masslibsystem.org
   

Each year brings new challenges and opportunities to your summer library program-come join your colleagues to learn about what’s in store for 2017 and beyond. We’ll cover goalsetting, outcomes measurements, highlights from the CSLP manual and conclude with time for discussion of challenges and idea sharing. This program is for any age summer library program (children, teen and/or adult) and for staff at all levels-whether you’ve been through one or 100 summer library programs!

If you use Wandoo Reader, consider staying for the afternoon training session. If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

    Location:
Lakeville Public Library
4 Precinct St.
Lakeville, MA 02347
        There are 23 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Wandoo Reader Training [Lakeville] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza   508-357-2121   april@masslibsystem.org
   

This is a hands-on training for Wandoo Reader users that will cover the basics of setting up an online reading tracking program. We will also explore updates to the program, how to run reports and share ideas for successful program components. The workshop will also include ample time to build a program on the spot with assistance from the trainer and other participants.

Attendees must have a site license to participate. If you do not have a license and you would like more information, please contact April Mazza. Attendees must bring a laptop and their login information to the workshop.

If you run a Summer Library Program, consider attending the morning session. If attending both sessions, you must register for each separately and please bring a brown bag lunch.

 

    Location:
Lakeville Public Library
4 Precinct St.
Lakeville, MA 02347
        There are 24 spaces available.
  Location Map
Tuesday April 4, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Dewey Decimal Classification [Northampton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

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

    Location: MLS Northampton
241-243 King St. Suite 250
Nothampton, MA 01060
        There are 29 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM NE Assistant Directors' Forum Meeting Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Giselle Stevens   978-465-4428 x224   
   

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

    Location:
Robbins Library
700 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476
Wednesday April 5, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Inclusive Programming Skillshare [Reading] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christi Farrar   508-357-2121 x323   christif@masslibsystem.org
   

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

    Location:
Reading Public Library
64 Middlesex Ave, Reading, MA 01867
        There are 25 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
lib_bookshelf 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Southeast MA Reader's Advisory Roundtable [Location to be determined] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

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

Diversity in Mystery

Benchmark Title: To be determined

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

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

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

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

Please click on link below to register:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

SE-RART Blog    
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misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Universal Design for Libraries [Reading] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christi Farrar   508-357-2121 x323   christif@masslibsystem.org
   

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

 

    Location:
Reading Public Library
64 Middlesex Ave, Reading, MA 01867
        There are 23 spaces available.
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Monday April 10, 2017 Go To Top
office_meeting1 1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Executive Board Meeting [MLS Marlborough] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Betsy Meaden   866-627-7228   betsy@masslibsystem.org
   

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

    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
  Location Map
Wednesday April 12, 2017 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   sdonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
Friday April 14, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Library Directors' Forum [Barnstable Village] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

Please join your colleagues for a lively discussion and bring a brown bag lunch. The topics are up to you. If you have a suggestion, please describe it in the “comment” area when you register.

    Location:
Sturgis Library
3090 Main St
Barnstable, MA 02630
        There are 16 spaces available.
Wednesday April 26, 2017 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   sdonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Inclusive Programming Skillshare [Lee] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christi Farrar   508-357-2121 x323   christif@masslibsystem.org
   

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

    Location:
Lee Library Association
100 Main Street
Lee, MA 01238
        There are 25 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Universal Design for Libraries [Lee] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christi Farrar   508-357-2121 x323   christif@masslibsystem.org
   

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

 

    Location:
Lee Library Association
100 Main Street
Lee, MA 01238
        There are 25 spaces available.
  Location Map
Thursday April 27, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Dewey Decimal Classification [Hyannis] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

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

    Location:
CLAMS
270 Communication Way, Unit 4E
Hyannis, MA 02601
        There are 17 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Commonwealth eBook Collections Training [online] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Spohn     steve@masslibsystem.org
   

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

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

 

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

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

Click to register    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Tuesday May 2, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Inclusive Programming Skillshare [Northampton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christi Farrar   508-357-2121 x323   christif@masslibsystem.org
   

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

    Location: MLS Northampton
241-243 King St. Suite 250
Nothampton, MA 01060
        There are 25 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Western Region Program Planners [Southampton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lyndsay Johnson   413-525-5400 x1508   lyjohnson@cwmars.org
   

Welcome to the Western Region Program Planners group.

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

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location:
Southampton Public Library
30 East Stree
Southampton, MA 01073
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misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Universal Design for Libraries [Northampton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christi Farrar   508-357-2121 x323   christif@masslibsystem.org
   

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

 

    Location: MLS Northampton
241-243 King St. Suite 250
Nothampton, MA 01060
        There are 24 spaces available.
  Location Map
Friday May 5, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Library Directors' Forum [Newton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   1-866-627-7228   SDonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

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

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

Topic:  RFID Implementations and Automated Materials Handling Systems

 

    Location:
Newton Free Library
330 Homer Street
Newton, MA 02459
        There are 21 spaces available.
Monday May 8, 2017 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Metrowest Reader's Advisory Roundtable [Natick] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Pam Aghababian     paghababian@minlib.net
   

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

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

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

Spend some time on the blog and introduce yourself!

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

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

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

Looking forward to seeing you!

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

    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
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    Contact: Meena Jain     mjain@minlib.net
   

The Metrowest Program Planners Meeting

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

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

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

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    Location:
Medfield Public Library
468 Main St
Medfield, MA
(508) 359-4544
 
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    Contact: Steve Spohn     steve@masslibsystem.org
   

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

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

 

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

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

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

Diversity in Fantasy

Benchmark Title: To be determined

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

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

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

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

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

    Location:
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Danvers, MA
978-774-0554
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Meeting of the MLS Executive Board. Members are welcome. If you plan to attend, please contact Betsy Meaden.

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Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

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    Contact: Steve Spohn     steve@masslibsystem.org
   

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

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

 

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

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

    Location:
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241-243 King Street, Suite 250
Northampton, MA 01060
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Meeting of the MLS Executive Board. Members are welcome. If you plan to attend, please contact Betsy Meaden.

    Location:
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Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
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misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Western Region Program Planners [South Hadley] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lyndsay Johnson   413-525-5400 x1508   lyjohnson@cwmars.org
   

Welcome to the Western Region Program Planners group.

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

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

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

    Location:
South Hadley Public Library
2 Canal Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
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    Contact: Betsy Meaden   866-627-7228   betsy@masslibsystem.org
   

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

    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
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    Contact: Betsy Meaden   866-627-7228   betsy@masslibsystem.org
   

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

    Location:
MLS Northampton
241-243 King Street, Suite 250
Northampton, MA 01060
  Location Map
Monday December 11, 2017 Go To Top
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    Contact: Betsy Meaden   866-627-7228   betsy@masslibsystem.org
   

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

    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
  Location Map
Tuesday December 12, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Western Region Program Planners [TBD] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lyndsay Johnson   413-525-5400 x1508   lyjohnson@cwmars.org
   

Welcome to the Western Region Program Planners group.

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

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
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