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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
        There are 3 spaces available.
Tuesday January 6, 2015 Go To Top
elect_computer3 1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Making up for Lost Time: Cools apps & services for streamlining tasks [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

As budgets and staffing shrink, library staff are faced with taking on more responsibility than ever before.  In this webinar we will demonstrate online services and apps to help us shave time off the clock.  Some of the categories covered will be calendars, communications handlers, to-do lists, and multitasking tools.

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
elect_computer3 3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM The Wiki’d Library [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

In the almost 20 years since their first inception, wikis have proven to be an invaluable tool in helping people share and edit information.  Periodically, questions regarding their use in the library pop up in listservs and boards.  In this webinar, we will discuss how they can benefit libraries, exploring some examples.  We will also compare and contrast some of the popular wiki services available.

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 January 7, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Keep Calm & Manage On – A New Year's Refresher [Webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

It’s a new year, with new goals, new challenges, and new resolutions. If you've attended the Keep Calm & Manage On time management workshop, you know that this is the perfect time to review your to-do list and refocus. Join Advisor Anna Popp for a mini-download and a brief review of time auditing – a useful tool for managing your schedule, priorities and tasks.
This session is appropriate only for those who have already attended Keep Calm & Manage On.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Monday January 12, 2015 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Metrowest Reader's Advisory Roundtable [Medway] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Meena Jain     mjain@minlib.net
   

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

Benchmark: Everyone Reads "Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death" by M.C. Beaton (First Agatha Raisin Book)

We decided to stay with the mystery genre for our next 3 meetings. For our January meeting the subgenre is Cozy Mystery. If you can make it, please read "Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death" by M.C. Beaton and another book of this subgenre of your own choosing.In addition to talking about the books themselves, please pay attention to appeal factors such as story, characters,tone, style, and pace.

Spend some time on the blog and introduce yourself!

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

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

Meeting every other month, the MW-RART will read from one genre--and then discuss the appeal of that genre with each other emphasizing the building of a skill set of appeal categories and familiarity of genre particulars. Everyone participating will be able to share analysis of titles and authors in unfamiliar genres that will stretch their capacity as readers' advisors.  The discussion leaders for our meetings will be Meena Jain (mjain@minlib.net), Laura Bernheim (lbernheim@minlib.net), Louise Goldstein (lgoldstein@minlib.net) and Stefanie Aucoin (saucoin@minlib.net). Kristi Chadwick from MLS will also be on hand in January. 

Looking forward to seeing you!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location:
Medway Public Library
26 High St.
Medway, MA
(508-533-3217)
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM NOBS meeting Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

The snow date for this meeting is February 9.

Ashley Waring, from the Reading Public Library, will present on programming and service options for children with autism and theirfamilies.  A discussion will follow her presentation.

 

    Location:
Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
14 Union St.
Hamilton, MA 01982
Tuesday January 13, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:30 PM 2015 Mock Newbery Awards [MLS Whately] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Join us for a Mock Newbery Awards voting party! A shortlist will be provided on December 5. Participants also have the option of joining our Goodreads group to nominate and discuss books online. Check out our Mock Awards guide for more information and to join the group: http://guides.masslibsystem.org/mockbookawards

SNOW DATE JANUARY 15, 2015

[Directions - MLS-Whately]
    Location:
MLS - Whately Office
4 Sandy Lane
Whately, MA
(800) 282-7755
        There are 20 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Member Forum [South Hadley] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

MLS Member Forum

Take part in shaping the future of programs and services from the Massachusetts Library System.  We value your input and strive to be both responsive and proactive.

Focus on: Resource Sharing

In addition to a general update on MLS activities, this forum will focus on MLS’s resource sharing efforts.  MLS plays a role statewide in mediated interlibrary loan, document delivery, statewide databases and eBooks, and cooperative purchasing opportunities.  Let us know how we’re doing and how we can adapt to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Agenda

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

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
South Hadley Public Library
2 Canal Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
        There are 18 spaces available.
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.
Thursday January 15, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Readers' Advisory Fundamentals: Genre Overviews- Science Fiction [Webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

This months topic: Science Fiction with Kristi Chadwick, MLS Advisor

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Wednesday January 21, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Get to Know Axis 360 [Danvers] 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
15 Sylvan St
Danvers, MA
978-774-0554
        There are 49 spaces available.
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misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:30 PM 2015 Mock Newbery Awards [MLS Marlborough] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Join us for a Mock Newbery Awards voting party! A shortlist will be provided on December 5. Participants also have the option of joining our Goodreads group to nominate and discuss books online. Check out our Mock Awards guide for more information and to join the group: http://guides.masslibsystem.org/mockbookawards

SNOW DATE JANUARY 22, 2015

Directions- MLS Marlboro    
    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
        There are 22 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 3:30 PM  -  6:00 PM 2015 Mock Newbery Awards [MLS Marlborough] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Join us for a Mock Newbery Awards voting party! A shortlist will be provided on December 5. Participants also have the option of joining our Goodreads group to nominate and discuss books online. Check out our Mock Awards guide for more information and to join the group: http://guides.masslibsystem.org/mockbookawards

SNOW DATE JANUARY 22, 2015

Directions- MLS Marlboro    
    Location:
MLS-Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill St., Suite 229
Marlborough, MA
(866) 627-7228
        There are 20 spaces available.
  Location Map
Tuesday January 27, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Northeast MA Readers' Advisory Round Table [Wakefield] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Leane M Ellis   781-246-6334   ellis@noblenet.org
   

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

Benchmark: Everyone Reads Nora Roberts' Dark Witch.

The second meeting in our Fantasy arc (three sequential meetings) is on Fantasy Romance and is followed by Fantasy Sagas in March 2015 (Benchmark: George R.R. Martin's The Game of Thrones). We began with Historical Fantasy in November 2014, and notes for this session can be found on our blog. The list of books and the notes on what we learned in our discussions on other genres are also available there.

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

Appeal to be read for January meeting: ***Focus on all the appeal factors, but really think about character and frame elements.

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.    
    Location: Lucius Beebe Memorial Library
345 Main Street,
Wakefield, MA 01880
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.
Thursday January 29, 2015 Go To Top
elect_computer3 9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Navigating Windows 8 [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Change can be difficult.  It is worse when it happens to our computer’s operating system.  Though Windows 8 was introduced to the public 2 years ago and is loaded on all new Windows tablets, many people have yet to make the switch.  In this webinar, we will explore Window 8’s interface, discover where all the important settings are, and gain some familiarity with it before it is replaced by Win 10, which is due out next month. 

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
 
elect_computer3 11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Getting the Gunk out: Keeping your PC up to Speed Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Tuesday February 3, 2015 Go To Top
elect_computer3 9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM ABCs of HTML [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is the coding used to author web pages.  Though the web has evolved over the years, HTML remains the foundation.  Even a minimal familiarity with HTML can help you edit a blog or page faster than using Dreamweaver or other similar software.

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
 
lib_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 are Laurie Cavanaugh, Holmes Public Library (lcavanaugh@sailsinc.org) and Miki Wolfe, Sharon Public Library (mwolfe@ocln.org). For more info or for ideas for your second title, contact Laurie or Miki, and/or visit the SE-RART blog at http://rartsoutheastma.wordpress.comPlease click on the link below to register!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
 
elect_computer3 11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM CSS: Cascading Style Sheets Explained [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Many libraries use websites or blogs to present information to the public. Many of these services have built in editing tools that look very similar to word processing software.  You might use them all the time, yet have little or no knowledge of the HTML or CSS coding that goes on behind the scenes.

In this webinar, I will:

  • Explain what Cascading Styles Sheets are
  • Discuss why they are important.
  • Demonstrate where they are used
  • 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 February 4, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Web Analytics: Measuring your site's success [Webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Ready to take your web analytics skills to the next level? This session describes the process of defining and measuring the success of your website using web analytics.
1. What web analytics can (and can’t) tell you
2. Understanding how your site is being used
3. Defining what success looks like
4. Implementation time
5. Monitoring and benchmarking the data
6. Continuous process of success: Improve and re-measure

Instructed by Tabatha Farney, Director of Web Services and Emerging Technologies Kraemer Family Library University of Colorado Colorado Springs
 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Tuesday February 10, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Assistant Directors Forum [Danvers] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Giselle Stevens   978-465-4428 x224   gstevens@mvlc.org
   

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

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

 

    Location:
Peabody Institute Library
15 Sylvan St
Danvers, MA
978-774-0554
 
elect_computer3 3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Users Advisory: Guiding 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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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.
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Web Analytics: Actionable Web Analytics [Webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Turn your web analytics data into actions by monitoring several useful reports. A Q&A session will follow
1. Reports that require action
2. Open web analytics answer session

Instructed by Tabatha Farney, Director of Web Services and Emerging Technologies Kraemer Family Library University of Colorado Colorado Springs

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Thursday February 12, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Readers' Advisory Fundamentals: Genre Overviews- Fantasy [Webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

This months topic: Fantasy with Mikaela Wolfe

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Wednesday February 18, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Everyone’s a Readers’ Advisor: Training & Merchandising Strategies For Library Staff [Webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

In this program, we'll talk about the skills associated with providing readers' advisory beyond the RA interview, focusing on the importance of good displays and merchandising. We'll use many photos of effective displays, both in the library world and outside of it, to demonstrate why certain simple tricks can both increase your circulation and increase your connections with patrons. And finally, we'll talk about how you can share these new (or refreshed!) skills with everybody in your library in order to catalyze more excitement around your library's readers' advisory services.
Objectives:
After participating in this webinar, you will be able to:
• Identify a few simple tricks that will enhance the effectiveness of any book display
• Implement a set of guidelines that will keep displays and shelves looking approachable and browsable
• Begin training your colleagues or staff on how to use these principles

Instructed by Stephanie Anderson, Head of Reader’s Services for Darien Library

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    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Thursday February 19, 2015 Go To Top
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
 
elect_computer3 11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Troubleshooting Tablets [webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   1-866-627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

Troubleshooting tablets

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Tuesday February 24, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Regional Resource Sharing Symposium: Interstate Opportunities [Beechwood Hotel] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

The Boston Library Consortium and the Massachusetts Library System are pleased to announce the Regional Resource Sharing Symposium: Interstate Opportunities.  Join your colleagues throughout the Northeast to begin a discussion of interstate collaboration on resource sharing and delivery.

Our keynote speaker, Valerie Horton, Minitex Executive Director, comes with rich interstate resource sharing experience.  Valerie was a co-founder of the COKAMO interstate delivery in Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri.  Currently her organization provides and supports resource sharing in four states in the upper Midwest (Minnesota, the Dakotas, and Wisconsin).

For more information about the event or to sign up for news, visit:

http://guides.masslibsystem.org/interstate

Registration information available soon!

About the Boston Library Consortium

The Boston Library Consortium, an association of 17 academic and research libraries located in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire, supports resource sharing and enhancement of services to users through programs in cooperative collecting, access to electronic resources and physical collections, and enhanced interlibrary loan and document delivery. The BLC sustains strategic, cost-effective partnerships to achieve collaboratively what cannot be achieved singularly.

About the Massachusetts Library System

The Massachusetts Library System, a state-supported collaborative, fosters cooperation, communication, innovation, and sharing among member libraries of all types.  The MLS promotes equitable access to excellent library services and resources for all who live, work, or study in Massachusetts.

 

 

    Location:
Beechwood Hotel
363 Plantation St.
Worcester, MA 01605
 
lib_book3 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Western MA Readers Advisory Round Table [Sunderland] 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: Literary Fiction

Benchmark: Everyone reads That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo

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

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

NOTE: SNOW DATE is Thursday, February 26, 2015, 9:45am at Sunderland Public Library.

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    Location: Sunderland Public Library
20 School Street
Sunderland, MA 01375
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.
 
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Unprogramming for Youth [Webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Have you fallen into a rut with your programs for school-age children and teens? Are you looking for ways to be more efficient in your program planning? In this webinar, we’ll start to rethink programming by getting back to the roots of why we offer programs for youth in the first place. After discussing some of the pitfalls that make programming for these ages difficult, we’ll explore unprogramming–a programming style and philosophy that lets you offer engaging, library-connected programs without putting undue stress on you, your budget, or your planning time. Unprogramming is all about high-impact programs with low-stress planning. To make sure you’re fully equipped to start offering unprograms at your library following this webinar, we’ll explore a number of ready-to-modify unprogram ideas and go-to planning resources. We’ll conclude with ideas and strategies to help any staff adapt to this new programming style.

This webinar will be led by Amy Koester, Youth & Family Program Coordinator at Skokie Public Library, and author of the Show Me Librarian blog.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
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.
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Monday March 9, 2015 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Metrowest Reader's Advisory Roundtable [Natick] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Meena Jain     mjain@minlib.net
   

The Metrowest Readers' Advisory Round Table's Genre: Mystery, Suspense/Thriller

Benchmark: Everyone Reads Gillian Flynn's "Dark Places" - Please order your book early as the movie will be coming out in 2015 

We continue our mystery book study with the  subgenre of suspense/thriller for the benchmark. If you can make it, please read "Dark Places" by Gillian Flynn and another book of this subgenre of your own choosing. In addition to talking about the books themselves, please pay attention to appeal factors such as story, characters,tone, style, and pace.

Spend some time on the blog and introduce yourself!

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

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

Meeting every other month, the MW-RART will read from one genre--and then discuss the appeal of that genre with each other emphasizing the building of a skill set of appeal categories and familiarity of genre particulars. Everyone participating will be able to share analysis of titles and authors in unfamiliar genres that will stretch their capacity as readers' advisors.  The discussion leaders for these meetings are Meena Jain (mjain@minlib.net). Laura Bernheim (lbernheim@minlib.net), Louise Goldstein (lgoldstein@minlib.net) and Stefanie Aucoin (saucoin@minlib.net).

Looking forward to seeing you!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location:
Bacon Free Library
58 Eliot St.
Natick, MA
(508-653-6730)
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM NOBS meeting Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kate Carpine     carpine@noblenet.org
   

Managing the Multigenerational Workforce with Cally Ritter from All One Health Resources.

When considering workplace diversity, most people think of race, religion and ethnicity. However, today’s workplace is perhaps most diverse with regards to age. Each generation complains about the other - this is NOT new. What is new is the magnitude of the differences. Today’s four separate generations have unique backgrounds and distinctive talents that they bring to the workplace. This seminar will help capitalize on the strengths of employees of varied ages, and merge the generations into an effective work team.

    Location: J.V. Fletcher Library, Westford, MA
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.
Thursday March 12, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Readers' Advisory Fundamentals: Genre Overviews- Biographies & Memoirs [Webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

This months topic: Bio/Memoir with Erin Shea

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Tuesday March 17, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Making in the Youth Library [Webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

If you’ve heard or read about makerspaces, chances are 3D printers were part of the pitch. But did you know that there are a range of activities and spaces that fall under the “maker” umbrella? At its core, the maker attitude is not about the space or the shiny, specialized equipment; it’s about facilitating open-ended exploration and creation. And when it comes to making in the youth library, providing access to tools and techniques is paramount. In this webinar, we’ll explore the maker spectrum, focusing heavily on low- and medium-tech makerspaces and maker activities. These are maker programs and services for youth that can be implemented in any library, regardless of size or budget. We’ll examine a range of successful maker activities and programs from libraries across the United States, and participants will leave with the knowledge and inspiration to create excellent maker opportunities for their libraries. This webinar will be led! by Amy Koester, Youth & Family Program Coordinator at Skokie Public Library, and author of the Show Me Librarian blog.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Thursday March 19, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Booktalking: Harnessing the Power of Sharing Books with Patrons [Webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Booktalking is at the heart of what we do with patrons each and every day at the public library. Whether we are sharing books informally at the services desk, presenting a prepared list of books, or posting information online, talking about books is something we do each and every day. It is a core service, but it is also hard to teach. Booktalking is more of an art than a skill, but with the right guidance and some practice, it can go a long way toward engaging your patrons and re-energizing your staff. Join experienced Readers’ Advisory Becky Spratford as she demystifies the secrets behind delivering great book talks, giving you tips and tricks you can begin using right away to hone your own skills. Rediscover the power and joy that comes from sharing books with patrons.

Instructed by Becky Spratford

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Friday March 20, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 11:30 AM  -  2:00 PM Urban Library Director Roundtable [Brookline] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Deb Hoadley   866-627-7228 x 309   dhoadley@masslibsystem.org
   

Join colleagues for frank discussions!

Recent topics have included encouraging professional development, working within municipal guidelines, and maintaining an attractive and effective library.

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 dhoadley@masslibsystem.org.

With this meeting, we try a new mid-day start time. Please come prepared to order a takeout lunch or pack one.

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location: Brookline Public Library
361 Washington St
Brookline, MA 02445
        There are 20 spaces available.
  Location Map
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.
Friday March 27, 2015 Go To Top
lib_bookshelf 10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Book Repair [Newburyport] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   (866) 627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Do you want to increase the shelf life of your most popular titles? For any library carrying books, book repair is a fundamental skill for technical services departments. Join us for this hands-on intensive where you will learn these useful practices: tipping in pages, hinge repair, corner strengthening and two techniques of page repair. Attendees are expected to bring damaged books and a selection of basic supplies (a list will be provided to registrants).  Class size is limited, so sign up early. Gregor Trinkaus-Randall of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners will lead this instruction.

Supply List


 

Directions    
    Location:
Newburyport Public Library
94 State Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
        There are 21 spaces available.
  Location Map
Thursday April 2, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none The 9th Annual Digital Commonwealth Conference Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

The 9th Annual Digital Commonwealth Conference

Hogan Center at Holy Cross in Worcester

Keynote address by Clifford Lynch, Coalition for Networked Information

Additional information and a link for registration to be announced.

    Location: Hogan Center, Holy Cross
1 College St.
Worcester, MA 01610
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.
Thursday April 9, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Readers' Advisory Fundamentals: Genre Overviews [Webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

This months topic: Historical Fiction with Becky Spratford

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
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Tuesday April 14, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM South East Youth Services Performers Showcase Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Mary Ellen Siniak     msiniak@seekonkpl.org
   

Details TBD

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

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

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

 

    Location:
Robbins Library
700 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA 02476
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 are Laurie Cavanaugh, Holmes Public Library (lcavanaugh@sailsinc.org) and Miki Wolfe, Sharon Public Library (mwolfe@ocln.org). For more info or for ideas for your second title, contact Laurie or Miki, and/or visit the SE-RART blog at http://rartsoutheastma.wordpress.com. Please click on the link below to register!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
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
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Monday May 11, 2015 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Metrowest Reader's Advisory Roundtable [Natick] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Meena Jain     mjain@minlib.net
   

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

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

We continue our mystery book study with the  subgenre of steampunk for the benchmark. If you can make it, please read "A Study in Silks" by Emma Jane Holloway. By popular demand, our 2nd title will be any mystery subgenre of your choosing. Should make for an interesting conversation! In addition to talking about the books themselves, please pay attention to appeal factors such as story, characters,tone, style, and pace.

Spend some time on the blog and introduce yourself!

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

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

Meeting every other month, the MW-RART will read from one genre--and then discuss the appeal of that genre with each other emphasizing the building of a skill set of appeal categories and familiarity of genre particulars. Everyone participating will be able to share analysis of titles and authors in unfamiliar genres that will stretch their capacity as readers' advisors.  The discussion leaders for these meetings are Meena Jain (mjain@minlib.net). Laura Bernheim (lbernheim@minlib.net), Louise Goldstein (lgoldstein@minlib.net) and Stefanie Aucoin (saucoin@minlib.net).

Looking forward to seeing you!

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    Location:
Waltham Public Library
735 Main St.
Waltham, MA 02451
781-314-3245
Wednesday May 13, 2015 Go To Top
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    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Register below for Lynda.com
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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.


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Thursday May 14, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Readers' Advisory Fundamentals: Genre Overviews [Webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

This months topic: Genre Blends with Megan McArdle

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Thursday May 21, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Recharge Your Book Club [Webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

 

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    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
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
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Important information

  • Registration now opens one week prior to the access start date.
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  • 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.  

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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
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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
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Monday June 8, 2015 Go To Top
lib_book_red 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Southeast MA Reader's Advisory Roundtable [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 are Laurie Cavanaugh, Holmes Public Library (lcavanaugh@sailsinc.org) and Miki Wolfe, Sharon Public Library (mwolfe@ocln.org). For more info or for ideas for your second title, contact Laurie or Miki, and/or visit the SE-RART blog at http://rartsoutheastma.wordpress.com. Please click on Eventkeeper link below to register!

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Wednesday June 10, 2015 Go To Top
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    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

Register below for Lynda.com
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Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
Thursday June 11, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Readers' Advisory Fundamentals: Genre Overviews [Webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

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

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Wednesday June 24, 2015 Go To Top
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    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

Important information

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

 

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


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

More about Lynda.com via the MLS.  

    Location: online
    The registration period has not begun.
Thursday July 9, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Readers' Advisory Fundamentals: Genre Overviews [Webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

This months topic:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
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
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Thursday August 13, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Readers' Advisory Fundamentals: Genre Overviews Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

This months topic:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Thursday September 10, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Readers' Advisory Fundamentals: Genre Overviews Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

This months topic:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Thursday October 8, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Readers' Advisory Fundamentals: Genre Overviews Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsystem.org
   

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

This months topic:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
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