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Tuesday September 2, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Small Library Roundtable: Looking Ahead [Great Barrington] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kristi Chadwick   508-357-2121 x 117   kristi@masslibsystem.org
   

With changes in technology access and resource sharing in Massachusetts, small libraries may have questions on if it affects them, how it affects them, and what they can do with it. This will also be an opportunity to meet Kristi Chadwick, the new MLS liaison to Small Libraries, and let her know what topics and interests you are looking for to best support your library’s future. Please join Kristi and Diana Davis, MLS Technology Advisor, and other small library staffs in this discussion.

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Mason Library
231 Main St.
Great Barrington, MA 01230
        There are 11 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Commonwealth eBook Collections - Overview and Q&A [Webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Spohn    508-357-2121 x 312   steve@masslibsystem.org
   

Join us for an overview and lively discussion about the next phase of the eBook project in Massachusetts.  The program is expanding and now open to all libraries in the Commonwealth.  Stephen Spohn from MLS will give an overview presentation about the program features, history and plans.  He’ll then address questions from the audience.  MLS is delighted to be a part of this program along with our partners at MBLC and with strong support from our colleagues throughout Massachusetts.  We hope to see you there.

Note:  This is not the first or last opportunity to learn more.  If you are unable to make it, fear not - more webinars will be scheduled.  MLS is also actively working on communications with the automated resource sharing networks and other library consortia as well as the Massachusetts School Library Association.  We’ll find you!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Wednesday September 3, 2014 Go To Top
office_meeting1 1:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Reference Roundtable [Andover] 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:
Memorial Hall Library
2 North Main Street
Andover MA 01810
        There are 12 spaces available.
  Location Map
Thursday September 4, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Commonwealth eBook Collections - Overview and Q&A [Webinar] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Spohn    508-357-2121 x 312   steve@masslibsystem.org
   

Join us for an overview and lively discussion about the next phase of the eBook project in Massachusetts.  The program is expanding and now open to all libraries in the Commonwealth.  Stephen Spohn from MLS will give an overview presentation about the program features, history and plans.  He’ll then address questions from the audience.  MLS is delighted to be a part of this program along with our partners at MBLC and with strong support from our colleagues throughout Massachusetts.  We hope to see you there.

Note:  This is not the first or last opportunity to learn more.  If you are unable to make it, fear not - more webinars will be scheduled.  MLS is also actively working on communications with the automated resource sharing networks and other library consortia as well as the Massachusetts School Library Association.  We’ll find you!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: Online-GoToWebinar
Wednesday September 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.
 
misc_handshake 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Genre Overview: Christian Fiction [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 Christine Sharbrough

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 September 11, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Small Library Roundtable: Looking Ahead [Woods Hole] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kristi Chadwick   508-357-2121 x 117   kristi@masslibsystem.org
   

With changes in technology access and resource sharing in Massachusetts, small libraries may have questions on if it affects them, how it affects them, and what they can do with it. This will also be an opportunity to meet Kristi Chadwick, the new MLS liaison to Small Libraries, and let her know what topics and interests you are looking for to best support your library’s future. Please join Kristi and Diana Davis, MLS Technology Advisor, and other small library staffs in this discussion.

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Woods Hole Public Library
581 Woods Hole Road
Woods Hole, MA 02543
        There are 16 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
office_meeting1 1:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Reference Roundtable [Weston] 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:
Weston Public Library
87 School Street
Weston, MA 02493
        There are 16 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
office_notepad 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Trustee Orientation [Newbury] 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:
Newbury Town Library
0 Lunt Street
Byfield, MA 01922
        There are many spaces available.
  Location Map
Friday September 12, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Directors Roundtable [Newton] 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:
Newton Free Library
330 Homer Street
Newton, MA 02459
        There are 10 spaces available.
  Location Map
Monday September 15, 2014 Go To Top
office_meeting1 1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Executive Board Meeting [MLS Whately] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: 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 - Whately Office
4 Sandy Lane
Whately, MA
(800) 282-7755
  Location Map
Tuesday September 16, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Your Collection Life Cycle [Peabody] 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:
Peabody Institute Library
82 Main St.
Peabody, MA 01960
        There is 1 space available.
  Location Map
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Thursday September 18, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Your Collection Life Cycle [MLS Whately] 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 - MLS-Whately]
    Location:
MLS - Whately Office
4 Sandy Lane
Whately, MA
(866-627-7228)
        There are 6 spaces available.
  Location Map
Friday September 19, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM SEFLIN User Experience: Seeing Your Library Through the Users Eyes Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amanda Fauver   1-866-627-7228   amanda@masslibsys.org
   

The Mass. Library System has purchased three site licences for this program. Those interested in watching this virtual conference may do so at MLS- Marlborough. MLS- Whately, or the Falmouth Public Library. When you register please indicate on the form which location you will attend.

Conference sessions and presenters include:

  • The Future of UX in Libraries: Learning Everywhere
    Michael Stephens  (Assistant Professor, San Jose State University)
  • Improving Your Library with User Experience Design
    Aaron Schmidt  (Principle at Influx Library User Experience Consulting)
  • Practical UX Research Tips for Librarians 
    Kathryn Whitenton  (User Experience Specialist at The Nielsen Norman Group)
  • Designing Your Spaces, Services, and Organization Around Your Users
    Elliot Felix  (Founder and Director of BrightSpot Strategy)
  • Make Your Website UX Rock
    David Lee King  (Digital Services Director, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library)

Produced by:

Southeast Florida Library Information Network

Available at three locations!

  • MLS Marlboro, 225 Cedar Hill Street Suite 229, Marlborough, MA 01752
  • MLS Whately,  4 Sandy Lane, Whately, MA 01093

  • Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street, Falmouth, MA 02540

Directions to Falmouth Public Library

Directions- MLS Marlboro     [Directions - MLS-Whately]
    Location: Multiple Locations
        There are 7 spaces available.
 
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Storytime 2.0 [Northfield] 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:
Dickinson Memorial Library
115 Main Street
Northfield, MA 01360
        There are 18 spaces available.
  Location Map
Monday September 22, 2014 Go To Top
office_notepad 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Trustee Orientation [Foxborough] 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 whose contact information is above.

Location:
Boyden Library
10 Bird Street
Foxborough, MA 02035
        There are many spaces available.
  Location Map
Tuesday September 23, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Northeast MA Readers' Advisory Round Table [Methuen] 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: Graphic Novels II

Benchmark: Everyone read each of these three titles for our meeting:

Contemporary: Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half 

Superhero: Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye, Vol 1: My Life as a Weapon       

Manga: Rumiko Takahashi’s Ranma ½ , Vol. 1.

Please read one more title in the Graphic Novel genre—your choice. See our blog for some suggestions and to see what we have already read and discussed in April 2012.  Also see the September 2014 entry for a list of resources.

Appeal to be read for September meeting: Focus on all the appeal factors, but really think about visual appeal and the marriage of text and art.

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.    
    Location: Nevins Memorial Library (305 Broadway. Methuen; Telephone: (978) 686-4080)
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Your Collection Life Cycle [North Adams] 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:
North Adams Public Library
74 Church Street
North Adams, MA 01247
        There are 18 spaces available.
  Location Map
Wednesday September 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.
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Your Collection Life Cycle [Winchester] 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:
Winchester Public Library
80 Washington Street
Winchester, MA 01890
        There are 16 spaces available.
  Location Map
Friday September 26, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Directors Roundtable [Taunton] 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:
Taunton Public Library
12 Pleasant Street
Taunton, MA 02780
        There are 19 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Only Write It Once: Using Social Media to Simplify Marketing [Wareham] 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.

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Wareham Free Library
59 Marion Road
Wareham, MA
(508) 295-2343
        There are 15 spaces available.
  Location Map
Monday September 29, 2014 Go To Top
holiday_pumpkin 10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Boo! Halloween Inspirations from your Gale Resources Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Scott Kehoe   (866) 627-7228   scott@masslibsystem.org
   

This one 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 students.

Session led by Gale Cengage trainer, Stacey Knibloe.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    
    Location: online
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Small Library Roundtable: Looking Ahead [Merrimac] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kristi Chadwick   508-357-2121 x 117   kristi@masslibsystem.org
   

With changes in technology access and resource sharing in Massachusetts, small libraries may have questions on if it affects them, how it affects them, and what they can do with it. This will also be an opportunity to meet Kristi Chadwick, the new MLS liaison to Small Libraries, and let her know what topics and interests you are looking for to best support your library’s future. Please join Kristi and Diana Davis, MLS Technology Advisor, and other small library staffs in this discussion.

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Merrimac Public Library
86 West main Street
Merrimac, MA 01860
        There are 14 spaces available.
  Location Map
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office_meeting1 1:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Reference Roundtable [Norton] 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:
Norton Public Library
68 E. Main St.
Norton, MA 02766
        There are 13 spaces available.
  Location Map
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
   
  Location Map
Thursday October 2, 2014 Go To Top
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 5 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
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
  Location Map
Friday October 3, 2014 Go To Top
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.

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Goodnow Public Library
21 Concord Road
Sudbury, MA 01776
        There are 10 spaces available.
  Location Map
Monday October 6, 2014 Go To Top
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 7 spaces available.
  Location Map
Wednesday October 8, 2014 Go To Top
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
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@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:
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 15 spaces available.
  Location Map
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
        There are 4 spaces available.
  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
        There are 4 spaces available.
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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@masslibsys.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.

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 20 spaces available.
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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 4 spaces available.
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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
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Wednesday October 22, 2014 Go To Top
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
Thursday October 23, 2014 Go To Top
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 15 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 15 spaces available.
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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
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 18 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 42 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
office_meeting1 1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Executive Board Meeting / Annual Meeting[TBD] 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.

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 23 spaces available.
  Location Map
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 17 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 13 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
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 16 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 15 spaces available.
  Location Map
Wednesday November 12, 2014 Go To Top
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 17 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
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 13 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 13 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
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.

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Newburyport Public Library
94 State Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
        There are 10 spaces available.
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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 29 spaces available.
  Location Map
Monday November 17, 2014 Go To Top
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 17 spaces available.
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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 17 spaces available.
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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 19 spaces available.
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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.
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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.
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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 24 spaces available.
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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 24 spaces available.
  Location Map
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 19 spaces available.
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Wednesday December 3, 2014 Go To Top
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
   

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    
Wednesday December 10, 2014 Go To Top
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 17 spaces available.
  Location Map
 
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
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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
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Thursday December 18, 2014 Go To Top
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.

 

Directions Via Google Maps    
    Location:
Lenox Library Association
18 Main Street
Lenox, MA 01240
        There are 20 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.

 

[Directions - MLS-Whately]
    Location:
MLS - Whately Office
4 Sandy Lane
Whately, MA
(800) 282-7755
        There are 20 spaces available.
  Location Map
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