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Wednesday October 1, 2014 Go To Top
office_notepad 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Trustee Orientation [Bolton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Deb Hoadley   866-627-7228, X309   dhoadley@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Location:
Bolton Public Library
738 Main Street
Bolton, MA 01740
        There are 3 spaces available.
  Location Map
Thursday October 2, 2014 Go To Top
elect_computer3 9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Sharing with Social Media: Tumblr [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Tumblr is a microblogging platform and social network founded in 2007.  It allows you to share anything from text, quotes, links, music, and videos from your computer, phone, or email.  In this workshop, we will explore the features of Tumblr.  We will also discuss it’s differences from other similar social media sites and how Tumblr can be used to promote your library’s services.

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Storytime 2.0 [Hamilton-Wenham] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

Join children's librarian Clara Hendricks from the Wellesley Free Library as she demonstrates Storytime 2.0: a mix of traditional storytime with ebooks and apps projected on the big screen. After the demo Clara will discuss the details of this innovative program along with tips on starting your own digital storytime. There will also be time for sharing your own ideas as well as Q&A.

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
14 Union St.
Hamilton, MA 01982
        There are 8 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
elect_computer3 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Sharing with Social Media: Pinterest [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard, allowing you to quickly organize and share all the things that interest you on the web, from planning events to organizing articles on interesting topics.  You can share with friends, or even browse pinboards created by others.  In this workshop, we will explore the various Pinterest features, as well as discuss how you can use it to promote your library.

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

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

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
trans_van 1:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Bus Trip to the Carle Museum's Educator's Night-CANCELED Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Sogigian   508-357-2121   sarah@masslibsystem.org
   

Join MLS for a Bus Trip to the Eric Carle Museum for Educator's Night!

The Carle is pleased to announce its Annual Educators' Night on October 2, 2014 featuring a presentation and book signing with award-winning author Lois Lowry, as well as PechaKucha presentations from educators about integrating the arts into the classroom. The event begins at 3:30 pm and is free and open to all educators and librarians as space permits. Free materials for classrooms will be available and light refreshments will be served.

MLS is providing a bus to and from the event. The bus will stop first at the Riverside Parking Lot in Auburndale, MA. it will leave Auburndale at 1PM and make another stop at the Millbury, MA Park and Ride Lot (the bus will arrive around 1:45).  Then, it's on to the Carle! The bus will leave the Carle around 7:15 to make the return stops.  Light refreshements will be served at the museum, but you may want to pack a bagged dinner.

For more information about the night, click here.

We have 29 spaces reserved and must fill at least 15 for the bus trip to happen.  Bus registration will close on August 22, 2014, so  sign up ASAP! Please register below for your bus seat AND event registration. If you would prefer to find your own way to the musuem, please call (413) 658-1126 to register for the event only.

    Location: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA
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Friday October 3, 2014 Go To Top
elect_laptop.GIF 10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Gale Databases - What's New with Gale Resources [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Have you noticed some changes in your Gale resources?
Always responsive to user suggestions, learn about the latest tools and enhancements to engage your users and provide a more interactive experience for research.

Join us for this 1-hour webinar where we'll cover all the updates and get your feedback!

This webinar will be led by: Stacey Knibloe, Gale Senior Customer Education Specialist.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-WebEx
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Only Write It Once: Using Social Media to Simplify Marketing [Sudbury] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsys.org
   

You have a website, a blog, an email newsletter, a Facebook page and a Twitter stream but your head spins when you think about what kind of content should go on each outlet. This workshop will teach you that instead of social media being “one more thing to keep up with” you can actually use it to simplify your communications strategy. With a simplified model of how your communication channels should work together, you will come away with an understanding of how to effectively reach — and build — your audience. Participants will work together to brainstorm regular content features for their websites and craft appropriate messages for each communication channel.

This workshop is presented by Brandy King of Knowledge Linking.

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Goodnow Public Library
21 Concord Road
Sudbury, MA 01776
        There are 3 spaces available.
  Location Map
Monday October 6, 2014 Go To Top
elect_laptop.GIF 1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Gale Databases - Let’s Get Down to Business with Gale Resources [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Business reference questions can be daunting! Gale's Business Insights: Essentials (BI:E) and Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) can help!  

BI:E offers a wide range of business research sources: information on companies, industries, market share, investment reports, & there’s even a business glossary built into the database.  We’ll also take a look at updates that came directly from user suggestions.  

Your statewide GVRL collection also has some great business titles – an excellent first stop for business research!

Tune into this 1 hour webinar where we’ll use real world examples to gain some added swagger when answering business reference questions! 

This webinar will be led by: Stacey Knibloe, Gale Senior Customer Education Specialist.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-WebEx
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Your Collection Life Cycle [Lakeville] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   866-627-7228 x 301   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Library collections are one of the most demanding and time-consuming aspects of library staffs’ work. In this workshop, we will discuss the complete life cycle of library materials: what do you buy, how, and when? Should you outsource? How do you make it relevant to your patrons? When should you get rid of materials? What if someone tells you to keep it? Learn about resources and tools to help keep up with all of the latest titles coming out, and the ways to decide what needs to be weeded. All of this and more will be up for discussion.

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Lakeville Public Library
4 Precinct Street
Lakeville, MA 02347
        There are 8 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
elect_computer3 3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Must Have Apps for Mobile Devices: Educational Software [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

The days of “Bigger is better” are over.  Now the power and functionality of a desktop computer are in tiny devices such as tablets, music players, and cell phones.  In this workshop, we will view some of the popular educational applications for students, teachers, and educators.

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Wednesday October 8, 2014 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Annual Meeting - WMLA [Granby] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Judy Clini   413.789.1550 x8855   jclini@agawamlibrary.org
   

The Annual Meeting of the Western Massachusetts Library Advocates will be held at the beautiful new Granby Free Public Library, at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, October 8.  Please join us for a presentation on Marketing Skills for Libraries.  The program will feature Celeste Bruno, Communications Specialist from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and Tracy Hightower with the Valley Gives Program hosted by the Community Foundation of Western Mass.  

Celeste will give tips on how to get your library into the spotlight.  She will start with a look at the basics of running a promotional campaign; then focus in on some specific strategies and practical tips to help your library connect to new audiences and help long-time patrons see the library in a new light.  Tracy’s presentation will highlight the importance of using Facebook, Twitter and blogging to communicate with our 'technology fixated' young people.

Whether you’re trying to promote children’s story hour or other library programming, considering a campaign for a new library, or working with officials to increase library funding, this program is for you.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location:
Granby Public Library
297 E State St
Granby MA
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holiday_ghost 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Genre Overview: Horror [Webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Instructed by Laurie Cavanaugh

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Thursday October 9, 2014 Go To Top
elect_computer3 9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Must Have Apps: Social Software [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Facilities Roundtable: Libraries, the ADA and Facility Accessibility [Haverhill] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Haverhill Public Library
99 Main Street
Haverhill, MA 01830
        There are 17 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
office_meeting1 10:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Reference Roundtable [Pittsfield] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Do you work a reference desk in a public, school, academic or special library? Join us for a fall round of Reference Roundtables where reference providers from around the Commonwealth discuss trends, issues, successes and failures. All relevant topics are open for discussion: how to record or quantify the services provided, the future of the desk, outreach, promoting services, reader’s advisory, new opportunities and trends. Or add your own questions or issues to discuss with colleagues. This discussion will be moderated by Anna Popp (anna@masslibsystem.org). You are invited to contact Anna in advance to review potential discussion topics.

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Berkshire Athenaeum
1 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA
(413) 499-9480
        There are 12 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
elect_computer3 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Finding Images & Music for marketing, tutorials, and everyday use. [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

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

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Tuesday October 14, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  3:30 PM Basic Library Techniques: Administration Part 1 [Granby] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kristi Chadwick   866-627-7228 x 117   kristi@masslibsystem.org
   

As a library director, how do you handle the public, the staff, the vendors, the budget? This 2-session basic library techniques (BLT) workshop, developed for library directors of libraries in municipalities under 10,000 who do not have an MLIS, will offer an overview of library administration, including working with trustees, staff, and Friends groups; current trends, reporting and statistics, how to develop and deal with budgets and policies, and where to go for assistance.

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Granby Free Public Library
1 Library Lane
Granby, MA 01033
   
  Location Map
 
office_notepad 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Trustee Orientation [Pittsfield] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Deb Hoadley   866-627-7228, X309   dhoadley@masslibsystem.org
   

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

    Location:
Berkshire Athenaeum
1 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA
(413) 499-9480
        There are many spaces available.
Wednesday October 15, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  3:30 PM Basic Library Techniques: Administration Part 2 [Granby] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kristi Chadwick   866-627-7228 x 117   kristi@masslibsystem.org
   

As a library director, how do you handle the public, the staff, the vendors, the budget? This 2-session basic library techniques (BLT) workshop, developed for library directors of libraries in municipalities under 10,000 who do not have an MLIS, will offer an overview of library administration, including working with trustees, staff, and Friends groups; current trends, reporting and statistics, how to develop and deal with budgets and policies, and where to go for assistance.

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Granby Free Public Library
1 Library Lane
Granby, MA 01033
   
  Location Map
 
misc_vote.gif 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM ProQuest Boston Globe - Help patrons get up to speed for the upcoming November elections [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Are your students/patrons getting the most out of the statewide access to the Full-text of the Boston Globe dating back to 1980?

With the Massachusetts gubernatorial and senate elections only about 6 weeks away, the Globe is a great source of information about all of the candidates and their views. 

Sign up and participate in a webinar designed and led by ProQuest’s seasoned and savvy Deborah Bergeron to learn how to dig into the Globe as we get ready to mark those ballots!
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This workshop will be offered two dates and times:  
Wednesday, Oct.15 - 2:00-3:00PM  /  Wednesday, Oct.22 - 2:30-3:30PM
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CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-WebEx
Thursday October 16, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 9:30 AM  -  4:00 PM Sixth Annual Teen Summit: The New Basics [Worcester] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Sixth Annual Teen Summit: The NEW Basics
Beechwood Hotel, Worcester, MA
Co Sponsored by the Massachusetts Library System and the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services

Much has changed since our first Teen Summit back in 2009; the iPad was a rumor, Minecraft was just breaking ground and we were still holding onto our game controllers while dancing-XBOX’s Kinnect was still a year away. According to the Young Adult Library Services Association’s  "Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action" 2014 report, there is a paradigm shift in services for teens. As one report participant said, “Libraries used to be grocery stores. Now we need to be kitchens.” Instead of just consuming what the library has to offer users are looking to create and innovate. For teens, libraries are a place for engagement and directed learning and our librarians need to be ready to answer the call to action. Join the Massachusetts Library System and the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services as we take a look at the new basics for teens. The daylong event will start with a keynote from Maureen Hartman, Youth Services Coordinator at the Hennepin County Library System (MN) and an author of the YALSA 2014 report. We’ll have breakout sessions led by peer leaders in the field and a closing panel discussion of the whole library approach to teen services. There will also be plenty of networking opportunities and as always, a lot of fun! You are encouraged to invite a colleague or other stakeholder from your community to attend with you.

View the resource guide, with complete session descirptions, here.

To register please fill out this form (click here for pdf) and mail it with the $35.00 registration fee before October 1st, 2014 to

MLS Teen Summit Registration
Attn. Amanda Fauver
Massachusetts Library System
225 Cedar Hill Street, Suite 229
Marlborough, MA 01752

Directions    
    Location:
Beechwood Hotel
363 Plantation St.
Worcester, MA 01605
  Location Map
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM What's in Your Databases? [Bourne] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

Your patrons have 24/7 access to a wealth of information in the Gale, Encyclopaedia Britannica and Boston Globe databases provided by MBLC and MLS. In this guided tour you’ll learn what sort of content you can expect to find and explore real-world situations where these resources come in handy. Bring your own laptop or device if you’d like to play along.

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Bourne Public Library
19 Sandwich Rd
Bourne, MA
(508) 759-0644
        There are 17 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
holiday_pumpkin 3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Gale Databases - Boo! Halloween Inspirations from your Gale Resources [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

This 1 hour webinar will cover all things Halloween!

You'll find costume inspirations, party ideas, spooky book suggestions, and even ghost stories!
We'll also learn how to share these with your patrons and your friends.

This webinar will be led by: Stacey Knibloe, Gale Senior Customer Education Specialist.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: online
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Friday October 17, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Your Collection Life Cycle [Vineyard Haven] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   866-627-7228 x 301   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Library collections are one of the most demanding and time-consuming aspects of library staffs’ work. In this workshop, we will discuss the complete life cycle of library materials: what do you buy, how, and when? Should you outsource? How do you make it relevant to your patrons? When should you get rid of materials? What if someone tells you to keep it? Learn about resources and tools to help keep up with all of the latest titles coming out, and the ways to decide what needs to be weeded. All of this and more will be up for discussion.

 

    Location:
Vineyard Haven Public Library
200 Main Street
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
        There are 5 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
elect_computer3 9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Beyond PowerPoint: Prezi [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsys.org
   

Prezi is a virtual whiteboard that transforms presentation from monologues into conversations.  It transports you beyond the slide show and allows you to create a dynamic presentation that moves you from one idea to the next through animated transitions.  It is a great tool for keeping your thoughts organized and the audience captivated.

In this 1 hour webinar, we will demonstrate the different features of Prezi, from the Desktop app, to the web-based service.

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
office_meeting1 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Technical Services Round Table [Pittsfield] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Carolyn Platt   413-259-3214   plattc@joneslibrary.org
   

Hi Everyone,

It’s time for our fall Technical Services Roundtable meeting!  It will happen on Friday, October 17th, 10:00 – noon, at the Berkshire Athenaeum.  This will be an ideal time for some leaf-peeping, on your way to Pittsfield.

Please note: although our agenda features Janet Schrader, our Roundtable is different from the workshops Janet presents through C/W MARS.

Our agenda will include:

  1. MHEC: how do you like “our” bid list?  What products do you want to add?  What else can be improved?
  2. Making connections beyond Western Massachusetts (Alex Reczkowski)
  3. Cataloging questions (Janet Schrader)
  4. Evergreen Release 2.6 preview (Janet and/or Jim)
  5. Supply swap (you must take back your unclaimed stuff)

 

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

Please note that Jim Keenan will lead an Evergreen UXG (“User Experience Group”) discussion at the Athenaeum that same afternoon, 2:00 – 4:00.  It will be open to all, not just technical services.  What about our OPAC really needs fixing?  To register for Jim’s discussion, email Joan Pyfrom

Of course you may register for either or both sessions that day, and it’s fine to bring your lunch if you wish.

Thanks, and see you soon! 

Click HERE to Register    
    Location: Berkshire Athenaeum
Pittsfield's Public Library
1 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA 01201
 
elect_computer3 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Troubleshooting Tablets [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Troubleshooting tablets

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Monday October 20, 2014 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: Catherine Utt   866-627-7228   Catherine@masslibsystem.org
   

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

    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
  Location Map
 
elect_computer3 3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Troubleshooting Tablets [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Troubleshooting tablets

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Wednesday October 22, 2014 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Get to Know Axis 360 Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nora Blake   508-357-2121 x123   nblake@masslibsystem.org
   

Curious about the Commonwealth eBook Collection?  Join us for a guided introduction to the Axis 360 digital media library and Baker & Taylor's digital services for Public, School and Academic libraries.  During this demonstration we will review the digital content circulation experience from a user's point of view and introduce the various administrative tools and support resources that are available to libraries using Axis 360.

[Directions - Lakeville Public Library]
    Location:
Lakeville Public Library
4 Precinct St.
Lakeville, MA 02347
        There are 44 spaces available.
 
lib_book_red 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Southeast MA Reader's Advisory Roundtable [Halifax] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laurie Cavanaugh   781-293-2271   lcavanaugh@sailsinc.org
   

October 22, 2014, 10-12, Holmes Public Library, Halifax

Mystery Subgenre: Private Investigators

Benchmark Title: The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker

Southeastern Massachusetts is starting up its very own Reader’s Advisory Round Table genre study group!

Meeting every other month, we will tackle the mystery genre for the first year and discuss the appeal of various mystery subgenres with each other — emphasizing appeal factors and whole collection reader’s advisory. Participants will be asked to read a benchmark title (all reading the same one) and a second title in the genre of their own choosing to describe to the group.

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.

The discussion leaders to start off will be Laurie Cavanaugh, Holmes Public Library (lcavanaugh@sailsinc.org) and Kristi Chadwick of the Massachusetts Library System (kristi@masslibsystem.org). For more info, contact Laurie and/or visit the SE-RART blog at http://rartsoutheastma.wordpress.com. Click on Eventkeeper link below to register!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location:
Holmes Public Library
470 Plymouth St.
Halifax, MA 02338
 
misc_vote.gif 2:30 PM  -  3:30 PM ProQuest Boston Globe - Help patrons get up to speed for the upcoming November elections [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Are your students/patrons getting the most out of the statewide access to the Full-text of the Boston Globe dating back to 1980?

With the Massachusetts gubernatorial and senate elections only about 6 weeks away, the Globe is a great source of information about all of the candidates and their views. 

Sign up and participate in a webinar designed and led by ProQuest’s seasoned and savvy Deborah Bergeron to learn how to dig into the Globe as we get ready to mark those ballots!
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This workshop will be offered two dates and times:  
Wednesday, Oct.15 - 2:00-3:00PM  /  Wednesday, Oct.22 - 2:30-3:30PM
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CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-WebEx
Thursday October 23, 2014 Go To Top
elect_computer3 9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Must Have Apps for Mobile Devices: Library Software [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

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

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
elect_computer3 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Beyond PowerPoint: Haiku Deck [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsys.org
   

If you are sick of presenting bland PowerPoint slide shows, jam packed with bullet points and mind numbing statistics, Haiku Deck is for you.  It is a fantastic, easy to use tool for creating beautiful slides.  You can access via the web or download the iPad app all for free.  Their philosophy is to create simple slides with compelling, high-impact images to get your message across.

In this 1 hour webinar, we will explore Haiku Deck's features and create a slide show on-the-fly.

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
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lib_sherlock_holmes.GIF 1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Gale Databases - Whodunit? Supporting Mystery Book Clubs with Gale Resources [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Take the mystery out of finding new and authors books to read in your Mystery book club!
Books & Authors and your other Gale resources can help jump-start your book club discussions.

In this 1-hour webinar we’ll explore how to find exciting new mystery titles, author bios & interviews, book reviews, literary criticism, and how to share it all with your book club members. 

This webinar will be led by: Stacey Knibloe, Gale Senior Customer Education Specialist.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-WebEx
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Build Your Grantwriting Skills [Boxborough] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsys.org
   

Lucy Loomis will lead a 2+ hour workshop on preparing for, researching, writing, and administering grants. Participants should come prepared to discuss one or more projects that they’d like fund with grant monies. This will be an interactive grant discussion, with lots of participation and several group exercises.
The session will cover:

  • Questions to ask (and know the answers to) before you start
  • Getting Started
  • Diving In
  • Afterwards

Lucy Loomis is Director, Sturgis Library & Grant Writer/Consultant at grantsfornonprofits.blogspot.com.

Additional sessions are planned for spring 2015.

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Sargent Memorial Library
427 Massachusetts Ave.
Boxborough, MA 01719
        There are 12 spaces available.
  Location Map
Friday October 24, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Directors Roundtable [Charlton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Carolyn Noah   508-357-2121 x 304   carolyn@masslibsystem.org
   

Library Directors are invited to an open director’s roundtable. What’s on your mind? Are there issues you’d like to bring to your colleagues for discussion? The agenda is yours. If you have topics you’d like to introduce, please send them in advance to Carolyn@masslibsystem.org.

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Charlton Public Library
40 Main St.
Charlton, MA 01507
        There are 7 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Only Write It Once: Using Social Media to Simplify Marketing [Cambridge] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsys.org
   

You have a website, a blog, an email newsletter, a Facebook page and a Twitter stream but your head spins when you think about what kind of content should go on each outlet. This workshop will teach you that instead of social media being “one more thing to keep up with” you can actually use it to simplify your communications strategy. With a simplified model of how your communication channels should work together, you will come away with an understanding of how to effectively reach — and build — your audience. Participants will work together to brainstorm regular content features for their websites and craft appropriate messages for each communication channel.

This workshop is presented by Brandy King of Knowledge Linking.

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Cambridge Public Library - Main Branch
449 Broadway
Cambridge, MA
(617) 349-4040
        There are 9 spaces available.
  Location Map
Monday October 27, 2014 Go To Top
elect_computer3 3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Technology Users Advisory: guiding your patrons through the digital marketplace [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

It is difficult enough to assess your library’s technology needs and choose which gadget to buy, but how do you help patrons with their purchasing questions? 

In this webinar we will discuss:

  • The tools available for keeping up to date on the latest products on the market
  • How to read a “spec sheet”
  • Asking the right questions to best ascertain the patron’s needs
  • Matching patron need with gadget features

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
Tuesday October 28, 2014 Go To Top
lib_book_bunch1 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Western MA Readers Advisory Round Table [Whately] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Molly Moss   413-587-1012   mmoss@forbeslibrary.org
   

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

Genre: Historical Fiction

Benchmark: Everyone reads The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

Our fourth RART-W genre study is Historical Fiction. Participants are asked to read The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, and a second historical fiction title of your choice, before the meeting. We will explore the appeal of historical fiction and the appeal factors present in The Killer Angels. This is a great time to join the RA Round Table - West to strengthen your knowledge of reading genres, build and improve your readers advisory skills, and to help us set the direction for the round table.

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

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location:
Massachusetts Library System, Whately
4 Sandy Lane
Whately, MA 01093
Wednesday October 29, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  3:30 PM Small Libraries Forum: Spark, Sustain, Share, Inspire [Sturbridge] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cindy Roach   617-725-1869 x 237   cindy.roach@state.ma.us
   

Join us for an entire day dedicated to addressing the needs of small libraries

Jessamyn West, the forum’s Keynote Speaker and author of Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide, will offer inspiration and encouragement for libraries struggling with small budgets and isolation. She will discuss how small libraries can collaborate to deliver efficient and effective 21st century library and information services. 
During the conference you’ll also:
Hear a panel discussion centered on forging partnerships and collaboration to enhance resources and services.
Discover what is possible with recently improved connectivity through the state’s broadband initiative.
Celebrate what your colleagues are already doing and what can be done.

You’ll come away with information about best practices and with inspiration for forward thinking.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Sturbridge Host Hotel
366 Main St.
Sturbridge, MA 01566
 
elect_computer3 9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Power Searching: Databases and the Hidden Web [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsys.org
   

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
elect_computer3 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Power Searching: Advanced search operators [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsys.org
   

We all have used search engines to find information. The most important part of any search is choosing the correct terms for the query.  If you use words that are too common, your results will be vague, retrieving millions of hits.  If the keywords are too specific, the search results will often be too narrow resulting in too few.

In this workshop, we will explore the common features built into search engines that will assist us in retrieving accurate results.  We’ll also look at how to use advanced tricks such as exact phrases, relational terms, wildcards, limiters, and format searches.

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Thursday October 30, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Build Your Grantwriting Skills [Lee] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsys.org
   

Lucy Loomis will lead a 2+ hour workshop on preparing for, researching, writing, and administering grants. Participants should come prepared to discuss one or more projects that they’d like fund with grant monies. This will be an interactive grant discussion, with lots of participation and several group exercises.
The session will cover:

  • Questions to ask (and know the answers to) before you start
  • Getting Started
  • Diving In
  • Afterwards

Lucy Loomis is Director, Sturgis Library & Grant Writer/Consultant at grantsfornonprofits.blogspot.com.

Additional sessions are planned for spring 2015.

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Lee Library Association
100 Main Street
Lee, MA 01238
        There are 15 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Fall Fling: Fresh new titles and a posy of social media [Westford] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza   866-627-7228 x 307   april@masslibsystem.org
   

Join April Mazza and Sarah Sogigian, Massachusetts Library System Advisors, for a lively discussion of new K-12 titles to round out your book ordering. We'll close the afternoon with a brief overview of using social media in your library program. Co-hosted with MSLA. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn 2 PDP credits.

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Blanchard Middle School
14 West St.
Westford, MA 01886
        There are 37 spaces available.
  Location Map
Friday October 31, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Urban Library Director Roundtable [Lowell] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Carolyn Noah   508-357-2121 x 304   carolyn@masslibsystem.org
   

Join colleagues for frank discussions!

Recent topics have been serving transgender people, staff trainings/staff days, employee performance reviews and volunteer recognition.

You're invited to bring your library's hot topics. We always find we have many issues in common.

This is an open discussion and you determine the agenda. Participants come from any library that considers itself to have urban issues. If you would like to contribute agenda items in advance, send them to carolyn@masslibsystem.org.

Greg Pronevitz and Carolyn Noah of MLS will facilitate the discussion.
 

    Location:
Pollard Memorial Library
401 Merrimack st.
Lowell, MA 01852
        There are 16 spaces available.
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Monday November 3, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  1:30 PM MLS Annual Meeting - Storybox: Building your Library's Culture [Holy Cross, Worcester] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Agenda:
9:00 Registration
9:30 Business Meeting
10:15 Break
10:30  Keynote (see description below)
11:45  Table discussion:  Your Library’s Successful Stories
12:30     Lunch
Adjourn

Re-imagining How We Tell The Story: Why the Library Matters More Than Ever

The world is changing, and with it, the role of libraries is changing. Not everyone knows everything we have to offer, and some even question our continued relevance into the future. In this keynote, you’ll learn inspiring storytelling strategies to create emotional resonance and deeper engagement with key stakeholders. Since 2012, Michael Margolis, CEO of Get Storied, has collaborated closely with state library systems of CA, PA, and NJ to build capacity for a new kind of strategic storytelling. In 2013, Michael delivered a provocative keynote at ALA conference. Recently, Michael published a strategic storytelling toolkit for public libraries that is now available under creative commons. Come learn how to find new ways of telling the story -- that build on our strengths and passions as storytellers and stewards for our local communities.  



Bio

Michael Margolis is the CEO and founder of Get Storied, a learning company devoted to transformational storytelling. For the last 12 years, Michael has pioneered the field of organizational storytelling, working as a story architect for clients including Audubon, Bloomberg, Greenpeace, NASA, and Zappos. An anthropologist by training, Michael has taught tens of thousands how to tell a bigger story through his global learning community, StoryU, and at venues such as SXSW, TEDx, and the UN Foundation. Michael recently published, The Library Story: a Strategic Storytelling Toolkit for Public Libraries, which is available as a free download under Creative Commons. He is also the author of Believe Me: a Storytelling Manifesto for Change-Makers and Innovators. Michael is left-handed, color-blind and eats more chocolate than the average human. You can learn more by visiting www.getstoried.com or follow his frequent musings on twitter, @getstoried.

There is no fee to attend but advance registration is required.

Campus Map    
    Location: Hogan Center, Holy Cross
1 College St.
Worcester, MA 01610
        There are 116 spaces available.
  Location Map
Wednesday November 5, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Storytime Recharged [Lenox] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsys.org
   

Are you in a storytime rut? Are you bored with doing the same songs and stories? Or maybe you’re just starting out and looking for some tried and true techniques? Join us for a program guaranteed to give your storytime programs new life! April Mazza, Advisor for Youth & School Library Services, will kick off the program with an inspiring selection of books, music and resources. Sharon Hawkes of the Lenox Library will get us moving with techniques that incorporate movement into storytelling (so be sure to wear comfy clothes). And finally we’ll wrap it up with  Guerrilla Storytime where you- the audience-share your best tips and tricks for successful storytimes!

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Lenox Library Association
18 Main Street
Lenox, MA 01240
        There are 21 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
elect_laptop.GIF 1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Internet Etiquette: the Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Social media has become a valuable tool for libraries to market their services and reach out to the community.  As such, it is important that your library create a professional Internet presence.   In this webinar, we will discuss tips and tricks for making positive virtual impressions and avoiding common Internet faux pas.

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Thursday November 6, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Facilities Roundtable: Libraries, the ADA and Facility Accessibility [Lunenburg] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsys.org
   

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

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Lunenburg Public Library
1023 Massachusetts Ave
Lunenburg, MA 01462
        There are 9 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
office_meeting1 10:30 AM  -  1:00 PM Reference Roundtable [Chicopee] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Do you work a reference desk in a public, school, academic or special library? Join us for a fall round of Reference Roundtables where reference providers from around the Commonwealth discuss trends, issues, successes and failures. All relevant topics are open for discussion: how to record or quantify the services provided, the future of the desk, outreach, promoting services, reader’s advisory, new opportunities and trends. Or add your own questions or issues to discuss with colleagues. This discussion will be moderated by Anna Popp (anna@masslibsystem.org). You are invited to contact Anna in advance to review potential discussion topics.

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Chicopee Public Library
449 Front St.,
Chicopee, MA 01013
        There are 10 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
elect_computer3 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Microsoft Office 2013 Overview [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

If you are using and older version of Office and wish to upgrade, Microsoft has recently introduced Office 2013 for PCs ( a Mac version in to be introduced in the coming year).

It is has a very different look and feel from the older editions.  Before you order the software, you may want to check out this virtual test drive.

In this webinar, we will take a peek at Office 2013 and discuss the pros and cons of the new interface.   This demonstration will help you decide if you wish to make the switch.  

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
misc_none 4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Fall Fling: Fresh new titles and a posy of social media [Dartmouth] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza   866-627-7228 x 307   april@masslibsystem.org
   

Join April Mazza and Sarah Sogigian, Massachusetts Library System Advisors, for a lively discussion of new K-12 titles to round out your book ordering. We'll close the afternoon with a brief overview of using social media in your library program. Co-hosted with MSLA. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn 2 PDP credits.

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Dartmouth Middle School
366 Slocum Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747
        There are 15 spaces available.
  Location Map
Friday November 7, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  1:00 PM Procurement: Chapter 30B and MHEC [Mashpee] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsys.org
   

Do you have questions about procurement requirements?  How MHEC relates to those requirements? How can I use MHEC contracts effectively?  This program brings you information to answer those questions.
Here’s what you can expect:

  • Natasha Bizanos, Senior Counsel/30B Coordinator, office of the Massachusetts Inspector General, will present a 30B overview and answer your questions about procurement law. 
  • An overview of MHEC/MLS contracts and an introduction to related resources from the MHEC MLS Guide
  • MHEC Website training presented by Joan Miller, Sr. Contract Manager, and Jennifer LaPointe, Outreach and Marketing Coordinator, MHEC.

This program is designed for library staff who are required to follow municipal and state regulations for procurement.

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Mashpee Public Library
64 Steeple ST
Mashpee, MA 02649
(508) 539-1435
        There are 9 spaces available.
  Location Map
Tuesday November 11, 2014 Go To Top
misc_usflag Veteran's Day Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact:    866-627-7228   
   

MLS Offices will be open for the Holiday.

Wednesday November 12, 2014 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
 
med_bag2 10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Gale Health Resources - Getting Ready for the Holidays & Your New Year’s Resolutions [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Getting in shapefor the new year and not overeating during the holidays go hand in hand.
Gale’s Health & Wellness Resource Center's great reference, magazine & video content can help you with that!
Find resources that provide tools for healthy living - recipes, exercise tips, and more!

This webinar will be led by: Stacey Knibloe, Gale Senior Customer Education Specialist.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-WebEx
 
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Professional Promotions [Middleton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   866-627-7228 x 301   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Hiring a performer? Want to harness the power of social media to promote your library? How about writing traditional press release? Nowadays, choosing one way to promote your offerings isn’t an option; libraries are expected to embrace traditional and cutting edge means of promotion.
Join Sarah Sogigian as she presents some helpful tips, examples, and resources that will help you promote your library’s awesome offerings!
Be sure to bring your tips and suggestions to share!

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Flint Public Library
1 South Main Street
Middleton
978-774-8132
        There are 16 spaces available.
  Location Map
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elect_computer3 12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Finding Images & Music for marketing, tutorials, and everyday use. [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

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

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Storytime Recharged [Dartmouth] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsys.org
   

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

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Dartmouth Public Library
732 Dartmouth St.
Dartmouth, MA 02748
        There are 6 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Genre Overview: Dystopian [Webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Instructed by Brandy Danner

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Thursday November 13, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Directors Roundtable [Greenfield] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Carolyn Noah   508-357-2121 x 304   carolyn@masslibsystem.org
   

Library Directors are invited to an open director’s roundtable. What’s on your mind? Are there issues you’d like to bring to your colleagues for discussion? The agenda is yours. If you have topics you’d like to introduce, please send them in advance to Carolyn@masslibsystem.org.

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Greenfield Public Library
402 Main Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
        There are 8 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Accidental Supervisor [Dracut] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Have you recently been hired or promoted or need a refresher in supervisory skills?  Would you like tools to help manage your staff and projects?  Do you need some stress management techniques to help you manage your day-to-day responsibilities?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, this workshop is a must!  There will be a mix of information and tools shared, along with hands-on exercises and activities. This workshop is a great way for supervisors to build a support network.

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
MG Parker Memorial Library
28 Arlington St.
Dracut, MA 01826
        There are many spaces available.
  Location Map
 
elect_computer3 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Troubleshooting Tablets [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Troubleshooting tablets

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
office_notepad 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Trustee Orientation [Brookline] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Deb Hoadley   866-627-7228, X309   dhoadley@masslibsystem.org
   

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

    Location: Brookline Public Library
361 Washington St
Brookline, MA 02445
        There are many spaces available.
Friday November 14, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Only Write It Once: Using Social Media to Simplify Marketing [Newburyport] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsys.org
   

You have a website, a blog, an email newsletter, a Facebook page and a Twitter stream but your head spins when you think about what kind of content should go on each outlet. This workshop will teach you that instead of social media being “one more thing to keep up with” you can actually use it to simplify your communications strategy. With a simplified model of how your communication channels should work together, you will come away with an understanding of how to effectively reach — and build — your audience. Participants will work together to brainstorm regular content features for their websites and craft appropriate messages for each communication channel.

This workshop is presented by Brandy King of Knowledge Linking.

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Newburyport Public Library
94 State Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
        There are 4 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  1:00 PM Procurement: Chapter 30B and MHEC [MLS Whately] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsys.org
   

Do you have questions about procurement requirements?  How MHEC relates to those requirements? How can I use MHEC contracts effectively?  This program brings you information to answer those questions.
Here’s what you can expect:

  • Natasha Bizanos, Senior Counsel/30B Coordinator, office of the Massachusetts Inspector General, will present a 30B overview and answer your questions about procurement law. 
  • An overview of MHEC/MLS contracts and an introduction to related resources from the MHEC MLS Guide
  • MHEC Website training presented by Joan Miller, Sr. Contract Manager, and Jennifer LaPointe, Outreach and Marketing Coordinator, MHEC.

This program is designed for library staff who are required to follow municipal and state regulations for procurement.

[Directions - MLS-Whately]
    Location:
MLS - Whately Office
4 Sandy Lane
Whately, MA
(866-627-7228)
        There are 22 spaces available.
  Location Map
Monday November 17, 2014 Go To Top
elect_laptop.GIF 2:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Gale Databases - STEAM and Gale Resources [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Did you know you have a wealth of information in your Gale resources that can help with STEAM classroom work?

In this 1 hour webinar we’ll explore several ways the Gale resources can be integrated into the classroom to support STEAM eduation (STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math).

This webinar will be led by: Stacey Knibloe, Gale Senior Customer Education Specialist.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-WebEx
 
misc_none 4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Fall Fling: Fresh new titles and a posy of social media [Pittsfield] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Mazza   866-627-7228 x 307   april@masslibsystem.org
   

Join April Mazza and Sarah Sogigian, Massachusetts Library System Advisors, for a lively discussion of new K-12 titles to round out your book ordering. We'll close the afternoon with a brief overview of using social media in your library program. Co-hosted with MSLA. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn 2 PDP credits.

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Miss Hall's School
492 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201
        There are 13 spaces available.
  Location Map
Tuesday November 18, 2014 Go To Top
elect_computer3 1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Technology Users Advisory: guiding your patrons through the digital marketplace [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

It is difficult enough to assess your library’s technology needs and choose which gadget to buy, but how do you help patrons with their purchasing questions? 

In this webinar we will discuss:

  • The tools available for keeping up to date on the latest products on the market
  • How to read a “spec sheet”
  • Asking the right questions to best ascertain the patron’s needs
  • Matching patron need with gadget features

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
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elect_computer3 3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Must Have Apps for Mobile Devices: Educational Software [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

The days of “Bigger is better” are over.  Now the power and functionality of a desktop computer are in tiny devices such as tablets, music players, and cell phones.  In this workshop, we will view some of the popular educational applications for students, teachers, and educators.

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Wednesday November 19, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Your Collection Life Cycle [Osterville] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   866-627-7228 x 301   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Library collections are one of the most demanding and time-consuming aspects of library staffs’ work. In this workshop, we will discuss the complete life cycle of library materials: what do you buy, how, and when? Should you outsource? How do you make it relevant to your patrons? When should you get rid of materials? What if someone tells you to keep it? Learn about resources and tools to help keep up with all of the latest titles coming out, and the ways to decide what needs to be weeded. All of this and more will be up for discussion.

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Osterville Free Library
43 Wianno Avenue
Osterville, MA 02655
        There are 12 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Can't Miss Books with Pat Keogh [MLS Marlboro] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsys.org
   

Pat Keogh presents children’s books too good to miss! Join us for new suggestions for your collections, and to see the books prior to ordering. Please bring a favorite recommendation of your own. Pat Keogh is a retired Weston elementary school librarian. She teaches children’s literature at area colleges and speaks on the subject to parents and educators.

You can attend in person at our office or online!
Click Here for Virtual Registration

Directions    
    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
        There are 15 spaces available.
  Location Map
Thursday November 20, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Build Your Grantwriting Skills [Falmouth] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsys.org
   

Lucy Loomis will lead a 2+ hour workshop on preparing for, researching, writing, and administering grants. Participants should come prepared to discuss one or more projects that they’d like fund with grant monies. This will be an interactive grant discussion, with lots of participation and several group exercises.
The session will cover:

  • Questions to ask (and know the answers to) before you start
  • Getting Started
  • Diving In
  • Afterwards

Lucy Loomis is Director, Sturgis Library & Grant Writer/Consultant at grantsfornonprofits.blogspot.com.

Additional sessions are planned for spring 2015.

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Falmouth Public Library
300 Main Street
Falmouth, MA 02540
        There are 15 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Accidental Supervisor [Northampton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsys.org
   

Have you recently been hired or promoted or need a refresher in supervisory skills?  Would you like tools to help manage your staff and projects?  Do you need some stress management techniques to help you manage your day-to-day responsibilities?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, this workshop is a must!  There will be a mix of information and tools shared, along with hands-on exercises and activities. This workshop is a great way for supervisors to build a support network.

 
Location:
Forbes Library
20 West Street
Northampton, MA  01060
Directions Via Google Maps    
        There are many spaces available.
  Location Map
 
elect_computer3 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Must Have Apps for Mobile Devices: Library Software [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

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

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
misc_new_red 3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Trustee Orientation [Athol] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Deb Hoadley   866-627-7228, X309   dhoadley@masslibsystem.org
   

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


If you have specific questions you wish addressed, please send them to Deb Hoadley whose contact information is above.

Location:
Athol Public Library
568 Main St.
Athol, MA  01331
        There are many spaces available.
  Location Map
Friday November 21, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Library Programming and the Developing Brain: The School Age Child [Kingston] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsys.org
   

School aged children are hard at work interacting with the world. How can the library support that development as they reason, communicate and play? In this workshop we'll discuss the continuing development of children as they conquer cognitive, social and emotional hurdles in school and beyond. We'll talk about improving, expanding and re-branding existing programs and together we'll come up with shiny new ideas.
Sharon Colvin has a Master's in Mind Brain and Education from Harvard University as well as a MLS. She has been working with children her entire life and has been a Youth Services Librarian for 8 years. Child Development, YA literature and sparkles are some of her many passions.

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Kingston Public Library
6 Green St.
Kingston, MA 02364
        There are 15 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Library Programming and the Developing Brain: The Early Years [Kingston] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsys.org
   

Young children are hard at work learning about the world. How can the library support that development as they babble, toddle and play? In this workshop we'll discuss the social, emotional and cognitive development of young children and how it can be applied to library programming. We'll talk about improving, expanding and re-branding existing programs and together we'll come up with shiny new ideas.
Sharon Colvin has a Master's in Mind Brain and Education from Harvard University as well as a MLS. She has been working with children her entire life and has been a Youth Services Librarian for 8 years. Child Development, YA literature and sparkles are some of her many passions.

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Kingston Public Library
6 Green St.
Kingston, MA 02364
        There are 14 spaces available.
  Location Map
Tuesday November 25, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Northeast MA Readers' Advisory Round Table [Billerica] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Leane M Ellis   781-246-6334   ellis@noblenet.org
   

The Northeastern Readers' Advisory Round Table's Genre: Historical Fantasy

Benchmark: Everyone Reads Naomi Novik's His Majesty's Dragon.

We begin our Fantasy arc (three sequential meetings)  with Historical Fantasy, to be followed by Fantasy Romance in January 2015 and Fatansy Sagas in March 2015. In some ways this can be considered the fifth session on Historical Fiction; although we now change our primary focus to Fantasy and will be discussing the use of Historical elements in a Fantasy title. Notes on our Historical arc from September 2013 (Literary Historicals), November 2013 (Historical Sagas), January 2014 (Christian/Inspirational Historicals), and March 2013 (Historical Biography) can be found on our blog. The list of books and the notes on what we learned in our discussions on other genres are also available there.

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

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.    
    Location: Billerica Public Library; 15 Concord Rd, Billerica, MA 01821
Wednesday November 26, 2014 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
Tuesday December 2, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Professional Promotions [MLS Marlboro] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   866-627-7228 x 301   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Hiring a performer? Want to harness the power of social media to promote your library? How about writing traditional press release? Nowadays, choosing one way to promote your offerings isn’t an option; libraries are expected to embrace traditional and cutting edge means of promotion.
Join Sarah Sogigian as she presents some helpful tips, examples, and resources that will help you promote your library’s awesome offerings!
Be sure to bring your tips and suggestions to share!

Directions    
    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
        There are 18 spaces available.
  Location Map
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misc_questionmark_blue 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Creating Effective Surveys: Pt. 1 of 4 - Survey Planning Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-886-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Creating Effective Surveys - A Four-Part Webinar Series

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

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

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

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

12/2, 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM   - Part 1 - Survey Planning
12/9,  11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM  - Part 2 - Crafting Questions 
12/16, 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM - Part 3 - Survey Design
12/23, 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM - Part 4 - Improving Response Rates

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Wednesday December 3, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BiblioBoard Demonstration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nora Blake   1-866-627-7228   nblake@masslibsystem.org
   

Curious about the resources available from the Commonwealth eBook Collections?  Join us for an in-depth look at the resources available from BiblioBoard, one of the vendors available through the Commonwealth eBook Collections.  You'll see how easy it is to navigate through BiblioBoard's interface and to download resources for use.  Bring your own device so you can try it on the spot!  You can bring laptops, tablets or any and all mobile devices, including Kindle paperwhites!

    Location:
MLS - Whately Office
4 Sandy Lane
Whately, MA
(866-627-7228)
        There are 25 spaces available.
 
lib_book_red 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Southeast MA Reader's Advisory Roundtable [To Be Decided] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laurie Cavanaugh   781-293-2271   lcavanaugh@sailsinc.org
   

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 10-12, Location to be decided

Snow Date: December 10

Mystery Subgenre: Suspense

Benchmark Title: See Jane Run by Joy Fielding

Southeastern Massachusetts is starting up its very own Reader’s Advisory Round Table genre study group!

Meeting every other month, we will tackle the mystery genre for the first year and discuss the appeal of various mystery subgenres with each other — emphasizing appeal factors and whole collection reader’s advisory. Participants will be asked to read a benchmark title (all reading the same one) and a second title of their own choosing in the subgenre to describe to the group.

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.

The discussion leaders to start the group off will be Laurie Cavanaugh, Holmes Public Library (lcavanaugh@sailsinc.org) and Kristi Chadwick of the Massachusetts Library System (kristi@masslibsystem.org). For more info or for ideas for your second title, contact Laurie and/or visit the SE-RART blog at http://rartsoutheastma.wordpress.com. Click on Eventkeeper link below to register!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM BiblioBoard Creator Demonstration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nora Blake   866-627-7228   nblake@masslibsystem.org
   

Curious about the resources available from the Commonwealth eBook Collections?  Join us for an introduction on using BiblioBoard Creator from BiblioBoard, one of the vendors available through the Commonwealth eBook Collections.  BiblioBoard Creator is a publishing tool that makes it easy for anyone with subject expertise to create visually stunning multimedia exhibits for the web and native tablet apps. Participants may bring material with them that they would like to work on during the session.

    Location:
MLS - Whately Office
4 Sandy Lane
Whately, MA
(866-627-7228)
        There are many spaces available.
Thursday December 4, 2014 Go To Top
elect_computer3 9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Power Searching: Alternative Search Engines, Social Media, and Subject Indices. [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  1:30 PM The ADA and Good Customer Service: What’s beyond facility accessibility? [Mashpee] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   866-627-7228 x 301   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Do you know: Who is a “person with a disability” under the ADA and what your obligations are? Whether you’re required to permit a miniature horse accompanying a person with a disability into your library? What are auxiliary aids and services, when they need to be provided and what is an “undue burden”? Whether a monkey can be a service animal? What to do if you get a request for a scent-free room from a person with multiple chemical sensitivity? Using real scenarios we’ll clarify what are ADA obligations and what is customer service. We’ll review how much accessibility is required in older building. We’ll discuss disability-related language and etiquette issues. There will be plenty of time for your questions.

Agenda
1. Brief overview of ADA
2. ADA definition of disability
3. General non-discrimination requirements
4. Preferred language
5. Reasonable modifications of policies, practices and procedures
6. Service animals
7. Ensuring effective communication
8. Disability etiquette
9. Facility accessibility
10. Resources
 

Directions    
    Location:
Mashpee Public Library
64 Steeple ST
Mashpee, MA 02649
(508) 539-1435
        There are 28 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
elect_computer3 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Power Searching: Advanced search operators [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsys.org
   

We all have used search engines to find information. The most important part of any search is choosing the correct terms for the query.  If you use words that are too common, your results will be vague, retrieving millions of hits.  If the keywords are too specific, the search results will often be too narrow resulting in too few.

In this workshop, we will explore the common features built into search engines that will assist us in retrieving accurate results.  We’ll also look at how to use advanced tricks such as exact phrases, relational terms, wildcards, limiters, and format searches.

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Tuesday December 9, 2014 Go To Top
misc_questionmark_blue 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Creating Effective Surveys: Pt. 2 of 4 - Crafting Questions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Creating Effective Surveys - A Four-Part Webinar Series

Pt.2:   Crafting Questions

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

We will cover:

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

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

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

12/2, 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM   - Part 1 - Survey Planning
12/9,  11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM  - Part 2 - Crafting Questions 
12/16, 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM - Part 3 - Survey Design
12/23, 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM - Part 4 - Improving Response Rates

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Wednesday December 10, 2014 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
 
elect_computer3 9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Microsoft Office 2013 Overview [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

If you are using and older version of Office and wish to upgrade, Microsoft has recently introduced Office 2013 for PCs ( a Mac version in to be introduced in the coming year).

It is has a very different look and feel from the older editions.  Before you order the software, you may want to check out this virtual test drive.

In this webinar, we will take a peek at Office 2013 and discuss the pros and cons of the new interface.   This demonstration will help you decide if you wish to make the switch.  

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Professional Promotions [Mashpee] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   866-627-7228 x 301   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Hiring a performer? Want to harness the power of social media to promote your library? How about writing traditional press release? Nowadays, choosing one way to promote your offerings isn’t an option; libraries are expected to embrace traditional and cutting edge means of promotion.
Join Sarah Sogigian as she presents some helpful tips, examples, and resources that will help you promote your library’s awesome offerings!
Be sure to bring your tips and suggestions to share!

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Mashpee Public Library
64 Steeple ST
Mashpee, MA 02649
(508) 539-1435
        There are 16 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
elect_computer3 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Technology Users Advisory: guiding your patrons through the digital marketplace [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

It is difficult enough to assess your library’s technology needs and choose which gadget to buy, but how do you help patrons with their purchasing questions? 

In this webinar we will discuss:

  • The tools available for keeping up to date on the latest products on the market
  • How to read a “spec sheet”
  • Asking the right questions to best ascertain the patron’s needs
  • Matching patron need with gadget features

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
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rec_hotairballoon 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Genre Overview: Steampunk [Webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Instructed by Brandy Danner

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Monday December 15, 2014 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: Catherine Utt   866-627-7228   Catherine@masslibsystem.org
   

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

    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
  Location Map
Tuesday December 16, 2014 Go To Top
misc_questionmark_blue 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Creating Effective Surveys: Pt. 3 of 4 - Survey Design Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Creating Effective Surveys - A Four-Part Webinar Series

Pt.3:   Survey Design

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

We will cover:

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

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

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

12/2, 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM   - Part 1 - Survey Planning
12/9,  11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM  - Part 2 - Crafting Questions 
12/16, 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM - Part 3 - Survey Design
12/23, 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM - Part 4 - Improving Response Rates

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Thursday December 18, 2014 Go To Top
elect_computer3 9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Must Have Apps: Social Software [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   (866) 627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
elect_laptop.GIF 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Internet Etiquette: the Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Social media has become a valuable tool for libraries to market their services and reach out to the community.  As such, it is important that your library create a professional Internet presence.   In this webinar, we will discuss tips and tricks for making positive virtual impressions and avoiding common Internet faux pas.

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Only Write It Once: Using Social Media to Simplify Marketing [Lenox] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsys.org
   

You have a website, a blog, an email newsletter, a Facebook page and a Twitter stream but your head spins when you think about what kind of content should go on each outlet. This workshop will teach you that instead of social media being “one more thing to keep up with” you can actually use it to simplify your communications strategy. With a simplified model of how your communication channels should work together, you will come away with an understanding of how to effectively reach — and build — your audience. Participants will work together to brainstorm regular content features for their websites and craft appropriate messages for each communication channel.

This workshop is presented by Brandy King of Knowledge Linking.

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Lenox Library Association
18 Main Street
Lenox, MA 01240
        There are 16 spaces available.
  Location Map
Friday December 19, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Only Write It Once: Using Social Media to Simplify Marketing [MLS Whately] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsys.org
   

You have a website, a blog, an email newsletter, a Facebook page and a Twitter stream but your head spins when you think about what kind of content should go on each outlet. This workshop will teach you that instead of social media being “one more thing to keep up with” you can actually use it to simplify your communications strategy. With a simplified model of how your communication channels should work together, you will come away with an understanding of how to effectively reach — and build — your audience. Participants will work together to brainstorm regular content features for their websites and craft appropriate messages for each communication channel.

This workshop is presented by Brandy King of Knowledge Linking.

[Directions - MLS-Whately]
    Location:
MLS - Whately Office
4 Sandy Lane
Whately, MA
(800) 282-7755
        There are 8 spaces available.
  Location Map
Tuesday December 23, 2014 Go To Top
misc_questionmark_blue 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Creating Effective Surveys: Pt. 4 of 4 - Improving Response Rates Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Creating Effective Surveys - A Four-Part Webinar Series

Pt.4:   Improving Response Rates

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

We will cover:

  • cover letters
  • incentives
  • reminders
  • marketing

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

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

12/2, 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM   - Part 1 - Survey Planning
12/9,  11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM  - Part 2 - Crafting Questions 
12/16, 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM - Part 3 - Survey Design
12/23, 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM - Part 4 - Improving Response Rates

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Wednesday December 24, 2014 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
Wednesday January 14, 2015 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
Wednesday January 21, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Get to Know Axis 360 Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nora Blake   508-357-2121 x123   nblake@masslibsystem.org
   

Curious about the Commonwealth eBook Collection?  Join us for a guided introduction to the Axis 360 digital media library and Baker & Taylor's digital services for Public, School and Academic libraries.  During this demonstration we will review the digital content circulation experience from a user's point of view and introduce the various administrative tools and support resources that are available to libraries using Axis 360.

    Location:
Peabody Institute Library
82 Main St.
Peabody, MA 01960
        There are 50 spaces available.
Wednesday January 28, 2015 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
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Tuesday February 3, 2015 Go To Top
lib_book_red 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Southeast MA Reader's Advisory Roundtable [To Be Decided] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laurie Cavanaugh   781-293-2271   lcavanaugh@sailsinc.org
   

Tuesday, February 3, 2014, 10-12, Location to be decided

Snow Date: February 10

Mystery Subgenre: Historical Mysteries

Benchmark Title: A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters

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

Meeting every other month, we will tackle the mystery genre for the first year and discuss the appeal of various mystery subgenres with each other — emphasizing appeal factors and whole collection reader’s advisory. For February's meeting, participants will be asked to read a benchmark title (all reading the same one) and a second title of their own choosing (within the subgenre Historical Mysteries) to describe to the group.

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.

The discussion leaders to start the group off will be Laurie Cavanaugh, Holmes Public Library (lcavanaugh@sailsinc.org) and Kristi Chadwick of the Massachusetts Library System (kristi@masslibsystem.org). For more info, or for ideas for your second title, contact Laurie and/or visit the SE-RART blog at http://rartsoutheastma.wordpress.comPlease click on Eventkeeper link below to register!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location:
Holmes Public Library
470 Plymouth St.
Halifax, MA 02338
Wednesday February 11, 2015 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
Wednesday February 25, 2015 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
Wednesday March 4, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BiblioBoard Demonstration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nora Blake   1-866-627-7228   nblake@masslibsystem.org
   

Curious about the resources available from the Commonwealth eBook Collections?  Join us for an in-depth look at the resources available from BiblioBoard, one of the vendors available through the Commonwealth eBook Collections.  You'll see how easy it is to navigate through BiblioBoard's interface and to download resources for use.  Bring your own device so you can try it on the spot!  You can bring laptops, tablets or any and all mobile devices, including Kindle paperwhites!

    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
    The registration period has not begun.
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM BiblioBoard Creator Demonstration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nora Blake   866-627-7228   nblake@masslibsystem.org
   

Curious about the resources available from the Commonwealth eBook Collections?  Join us for an introduction on using BiblioBoard Creator from BiblioBoard, one of the vendors available through the Commonwealth eBook Collections.  BiblioBoard Creator is a publishing tool that makes it easy for anyone with subject expertise to create visually stunning multimedia exhibits for the web and native tablet apps. Participants may bring material with them that they would like to work on during the session.

    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
    The registration period has not begun.
Wednesday March 11, 2015 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
Wednesday March 25, 2015 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
Wednesday April 8, 2015 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
Wednesday April 15, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Get to Know Axis 360 Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nora Blake   508-357-2121 x123   nblake@masslibsystem.org
   

Curious about the Commonwealth eBook Collection?  Join us for a guided introduction to the Axis 360 digital media library and Baker & Taylor's digital services for Public, School and Academic libraries.  During this demonstration we will review the digital content circulation experience from a user's point of view and introduce the various administrative tools and support resources that are available to libraries using Axis 360.

[Directions - MLS-Whately]
    Location:
MLS - Whately Office
4 Sandy Lane
Whately, MA
(866-627-7228)
    The registration period has not begun.
 
lib_book_red 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Southeast MA Reader's Advisory Roundtable [To Be Decided] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laurie Cavanaugh   781-293-2271   lcavanaugh@sailsinc.org
   

Wednesday, April 15, 2014, 10-12, Location to be decided

Mystery Subgenre: Legal Thrillers

Benchmark Title: The Firm by John Grisham

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

Meeting every other month, we will tackle the mystery genre for the first year and discuss the appeal of various mystery subgenres with each other — emphasizing appeal factors and whole collection reader’s advisory. For each meeting, participants will be asked to read a benchmark title (all reading the same one) and a second title of their own choosing (within the subgenre Legal Thrillers for the April meeting) to describe to the group.

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.

The discussion leaders to start the group off will be Laurie Cavanaugh, Holmes Public Library (lcavanaugh@sailsinc.org) and Kristi Chadwick of the Massachusetts Library System (kristi@masslibsystem.org). For more info, or for ideas for your second title, contact Laurie and/or visit the SE-RART blog at http://rartsoutheastma.wordpress.comPlease click on Eventkeeper link below to register!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
Wednesday April 22, 2015 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
Wednesday May 13, 2015 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
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Wednesday May 27, 2015 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
Wednesday June 3, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BiblioBoard Demonstration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nora Blake   1-866-627-7228   nblake@masslibsystem.org
   

Curious about the resources available from the Commonwealth eBook Collections?  Join us for an in-depth look at the resources available from BiblioBoard, one of the vendors available through the Commonwealth eBook Collections.  You'll see how easy it is to navigate through BiblioBoard's interface and to download resources for use.  Bring your own device so you can try it on the spot!  You can bring laptops, tablets or any and all mobile devices, including Kindle paperwhites!

[Directions - Lakeville Public Library]
    Location:
Lakeville Public Library
4 Precinct Street
Lakeville, MA 02347
    The registration period has not begun.
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM BiblioBoard Creator Demonstration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nora Blake   866-627-7228   nblake@masslibsystem.org
   

Curious about the resources available from the Commonwealth eBook Collections?  Join us for an introduction on using BiblioBoard Creator from BiblioBoard, one of the vendors available through the Commonwealth eBook Collections.  BiblioBoard Creator is a publishing tool that makes it easy for anyone with subject expertise to create visually stunning multimedia exhibits for the web and native tablet apps. Participants may bring material with them that they would like to work on during the session.

[Directions - Lakeville Public Library]
    Location:
Lakeville Public Library
4 Precinct St.
Lakeville, MA 02347
    The registration period has not begun.
Monday June 8, 2015 Go To Top
lib_book_red 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Southeast MA Reader's Advisory Roundtable [To Be Decided] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laurie Cavanaugh   781-293-2271   lcavanaugh@sailsinc.org
   

Monday, June 8, 2014, 10-12, Location to be decided

Mystery Subgenre: Cozy Mysteries

Benchmark Title: Real Murders by Charlaine Harris

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

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

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.

The discussion leaders to start the group off will be Laurie Cavanaugh, Holmes Public Library (lcavanaugh@sailsinc.org) and Kristi Chadwick of the Massachusetts Library System (kristi@masslibsystem.org). For more info, or for ideas for your second title, contact Laurie and/or visit the SE-RART blog at http://rartsoutheastma.wordpress.comPlease click on Eventkeeper link below to register!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
Wednesday June 10, 2015 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
Wednesday June 24, 2015 Go To Top
elect_computer3 Lynda.com Registration Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
Wednesday July 22, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Get to Know Axis 360 Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nora Blake   508-357-2121 x123   nblake@masslibsystem.org
   

Curious about the Commonwealth eBook Collection?  Join us for a guided introduction to the Axis 360 digital media library and Baker & Taylor's digital services for Public, School and Academic libraries.  During this demonstration we will review the digital content circulation experience from a user's point of view and introduce the various administrative tools and support resources that are available to libraries using Axis 360.

    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill Street, Suite 229
Marlboro, MA
(866)627-7228
    The registration period has not begun.
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