Join us for MLS’ 6th Annual Meeting on November 7 at the College of the Holy Cross!  (Registration is now closed.)

At the business meeting, we will discuss our budget outlook for FY 2018 which includes cuts to statewide databases, delivery, training & professional development and consulting due to rising costs and level funding.  Download the meeting packet or view the new 2017-2019 Strategic Plan to learn more.

A Letter from the MLS Executive Director…

Dear Mass. Library System Members,

The agenda and packet for our Annual Meeting is here (updated 10/26) – CLICK to download the Packet.

The Strategic Plan is here- CLICK to view the Plan.

Please join us on November 7 at the College of the Holy Cross for our Annual Meeting- (Registration is now closed.)

At our update and business meeting, we will present for your approval the Plan of Service and Budget for fy2018, the Strategic Plan: 2017-2019, and the Slate of Candidates for Executive Board Members and Officers. In fy2018 we will not be able to provide level services with level funding. The level-funded budget presented includes curtailment in the following services: statewide databases, delivery, training & professional development, and consulting; see details in the Packet (Plan of Service)

Our keynote speaker is John Palfrey, Head of School at Phillips Academy. We’ll have copies of his book, BiblioTech: Why libraries matter more than ever in the age of Google, for sale and signing after lunch. (Check or credit card only please). I agree with Wendy’s review on Goodreads, “This is an important book. John Palfrey has been part of several important information initiatives (the Digital Public Library of America, the Berkman Centre, and the library at Harvard Law), and he brings all of this experience to bear in his analysis of the challenges and opportunities facing libraries.”

Betty Johnson, MLS President and Henry Tormoreno, Vice President will present the Stronger Together Award to two outstanding librarians, Jackie Rafferty (Paul Pratt Memorial Library) and Dave Slater (Old Colony Library Network) for their substantial contributions to strengthening the Massachusetts library community.

We are proud to host Ignite Session presentations crafted by our 2016 Project SET participants.  During our second session of Project SET we took a deep look at current trends in libraries, inspired by the American Library Association’s Library of the Future. Come discover the inspirational results of this six-month project, designed to cultivate presentation and leadership skills among your Massachusetts library colleagues.

A presentation on our new Strategic Plan: 2017-2019 will be the after lunch topic.  Our plan includes three goals:  Develop and facilitate co-creator culture in the Mass Library Community; Build Capacity for Marketing & Communications; and Position the library community for future readiness.  Abby Straus, our strategic planning consultant, will lead members in a participatory exercise in co-creator culture.

I hope to see you there!

Greg Pronevitz

Executive Director