Happy August, MLS Members!  Fall is almost upon us, and we are pleased to share our August update with you.

MLS Fall CE Season Announced
MLS is pleased to present our Fall 2018 Training Calendar! Classes are already filling up. Below are the workshop titles our MLS Staff is offering this season.

Interactive Web Content on a Shoestring with Kelly Jo Woodside
Getting Started with Canva with April Mazza
“How Can I Help You?” Customer Service Basics and Beyond with Kristi Chadwick
Librarians Foster Civic Engagement with Michelle Eberle and Librarians’ Critical Role Serving Immigrant Communities with John McCarthy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Connecting the Dots: use the resources you have to help students and parents meet their information needs with Christi Farrar and Tressa Santillo
Accidental Reference Librarian with Anna Popp

In addition to the above, we’ll have several unique opportunities to engage with experts and colleagues at signature and partner events:

• 9/21 – MHEC Expo – Register now
• 10/4 – Teen X: 10th Anniversary of Teen Summit – Register Now
• 10/19- Procurement: Chapter 30B and MHEC – Register Now
• 11/5 – MLS Annual Meeting – Save the Date
• Financial Literacy Training for Libraries – Register Now

Registration and further information can be found on our calendar: calendar.masslibsystem.org

A special note of thanks to the libraries who are hosting our classes. Your hospitality is most appreciated!

Lynda.com News
MLS has been informed that we are no longer eligible for Lynda.com.  Our subscription ended on August 25, and unfortunately, we will be unable to continue to offer Lynda.com to our member library staff.  While we are certainly very disappointed by this news, Lynda.com (now part of LinkedIn) continues to offer their product to individual institutions.  You can learn more here: https://learning.linkedin.com/#

Affiliates Calendar
If you coordinate a discussion group or roundtable and would like to list your meetings on our affiliate calendar, please contact Sarah Donnelly, Event Coordinator, for access info (sdonnelly@masslibsystem.org). We are pleased to provide this service to support the good work you do for our profession!

MLS partner Democratic Knowledge Project receives Funding
We are pleased to announce that MLS is partnering with the Democratic Knowledge Project at Harvard University to expand a program called “10 Questions for Young Changemakers.” The partnership will pilot a professional development initiative focused on civics education for youth-serving librarians (in school, public, and academic library settings), and was recently awarded a Laura Bush 21st Century Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS.) A cohort of 8-10 librarians and school library media specialists from across Massachusetts will develop a series of professional development resources and learning modules to expand young people’s capacity for civic action and media-making in the digital age. You can learn more about the 10 Questions Young Changemakers, and the Youth Participatory Politics Research Network, here: https://yppactionframe.fas.harvard.edu/home . Keep an eye on our website and email lists for more information and for the librarian application process.

This partnership supports the MLS Strategic Plan goals of investing in the Co-Creator Process and preparing our member libraries to be Future Ready.