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.

Current committee charges and rosters.

Volunteer Form

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

Advisory Committees

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.

Advisory Committee Openings Charge
Academic Library Services 0
  • Advise MLS about services relevant to member academic libraries.
Continuing Education and Advisory Services Several, including at least one school librarian
  • Advise MLS about continuing education topics of interest to member libraries.
  • Investigate and recommend technologies to deliver continuing education.
  • Recommend policy changes to MLS Executive Board.
  • Advise MLS staff on issues related to providing advisory services to member 
Delivery Several
  • Assess delivery workflow as implemented in member libraries
  • Evaluate practices and technologies that lead to improvement
  • Recommend policies for member eligibility for delivery service
  • Make recommendations to the MLS board to realize improvements for adopting libraries
Purchasing Cooperative  0
  • Work with MHEC to expand cooperative purchasing opportunities
  • Provide input to MHEC in reviewing RFP process and responses
Resource Sharing Several
  • Advises MLS on activities and plans related to document delivery, mediated interlibrary loan and online content.
Youth Services Two
  • Assess ongoing needs in the areas of youth services (school and public) and 
young adult services
  • Evaluate and suggest programs and services

Board Committees

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.

Committee Openings Charge
Budget 2
  • Make recommendations on the budget and plan of service.
Bylaws 2
  • Review the Bylaws for the purpose of considering any additional, revisions or amendments, which may be deemed necessary.
Nominating 3
  • Make recommendations to fill vacancies on the Executive Board and to fill officer positions for annual election.
Personnel 2
  • Work with the Executive Director to make recommendations on personnel policies.

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.

Committee Charge
Patron Information Sharing Task Force
  • 6 vacancies

Other Committees

MLS also has two other committees that handle recruitment in separate processes. These committees are open to participants in their respective programs.

Committee Charge
Commonwealth eBook Collections Steering Committee
  • Provide overall governance for the statewide eBook program.
MassCat Advisory Committee
  • Develop and recommend MassCat system policy
  • Provide input on vendor selection
  • Assist in system planning