We are asking librarians and staff from member libraries to provide input to align MLS services and activities with member needs. We need your support and active participation to strengthen our Massachusetts library community. Participation is a great way to network with colleagues at other libraries and to prepare for leadership roles on our board and committees. We have one new task force this year: Patron Information Sharing.
Nominations are due April 22. Please consider nominating yourself for a Committee today. We have several openings. We occasionally have vacancies mid year due to job changes, etc. We review the volunteer lists to select replacements.
Contact us if you have any questions about the important work of these committees. We look forward to working with you!
Greg Pronevitz, Executive Director
Our advisory committees provide an open communications channel between members, staff, and the Executive Board. MLS aims for diversity in library geography, type, and size. Advisory committees normally meet quarterly. Members are appointed for two-year terms. While the best communications is face to face, we recognize that it is not always possible, and we are usually able to provide a mechanism for virtual participation.
|Academic Library Services||0||
|Continuing Education and Advisory Services||Several, including at least one school librarian||
Our board committees meet as needed. Members are appointed for 2-year terms. While the best communications is face to face, we recognize that it is not always possible, and we are usually able to provide a mechanism for virtual participation.
New Six-Month Task Force
We are forming a special task force to investigate mechanisms to assist libraries in sharing information about patrons. This group will meet for six months to examine the legal, ethical, and technology issues around developing a system to assist libraries in sharing information about patrons.
- Identify library needs and desired outcomes for shared information about specific types of patrons, including banned or potentially dangerous patrons.
- Research and compile data on similar activities in libraries and library consortia in other states.
- Discuss desired outcomes with representatives from appropriate communities, i.e., law enforcement, legal, and town and state government.
- Recommend appropriate action to resolve this issue.
|Patron Information Sharing Task Force
MLS also has two other committees that handle recruitment in separate processes. These committees are open to participants in their respective programs.
|Commonwealth eBook Collections Steering Committee||
|MassCat Advisory Committee||