Budget News
The FY20 State Budget was announced on August 2, and we are incredibly pleased and grateful to see that State Aid to Regional Libraries (7000-9401-the budget line that MLS shares with Libraries for the Commonwealth) received a $1,233,860 increase. We’ll be using this increase mainly to stabilize the statewide delivery service and program support for our members. Sincere thanks to all of you who have advocated on MLS’ behalf, and to the organizations who have supported the legislative agenda through Legislative Breakfasts, Meet and Greets with local legislators, and legislative contacts.

New Marlborough Office
We’re almost there! Our move from our current location to our new one will take place the week of September 16. Our new location features a slightly smaller space, but a bigger training room, with free parking, cafe, and even easier access to major routes. Our new address will be:

Massachusetts Library System
33 Boston Post Rd., Suite 400
Marlborough, MA 01752

Email, delivery routing, and phone contacts will remain the same. We look forward to inviting you to visit once our move is complete.

New website
Our new website launched this month. Thank you to all for your patience as we migrated to our new site. Thanks also for sharing your ideas and suggestions with us. We’ll continue to update and incorporate ideas in the coming months.

MLS Service News
Gale Pages
As you may have seen, Gale introduced a new look and feel as well as some additional features to their products. While these changes impact nearly all of the Gale resources included in the statewide databases, please note that there are no changes to the content of the databases, nor are we losing any resources. All links will also remain the same. For more information, please see our databases libguide: http://guides.masslibsystem.org/databases.

Fall CE and Special Events
Our Fall season of continuing education workshops and events has been announced. Topics include leading effective meetings, grant writing, collection maintenance, media mentorship, career action plans, and more. Special event topics include Copyright First Responders, Communities in Crisis: Libraries Respond to the Opioid Epidemic, and Building Your Leadership Toolbox.

Our Annual Meeting will be at the College of the Holy Cross on November 4. Details are forthcoming; all members are invited to attend!

For registration and further info on all of our events, please visit our Event Calendar:

Welcoming Library Kits
We are excited to unveil a new project facilitated by the “I’m Your Neighbor” organization. The Welcoming Library kit is a ready-to-use display of children’s books that highlight the lives of immigrants and refugees. The collection — with its pop-up display unit and resources for how to use the kit — packs into 2 bright red delivery bins and travels between MLS member libraries, building an environment of welcoming and belonging. Through the sharing of children’s literature readers of all ages and backgrounds can experience immigration, resilient resettlement and adjustment, and cultural celebration.

Starting in Spring 2020, kits can be requested via our professional collection and sent through delivery. Contact April Mazza, MLS Consultant at april@masslibsystem.org for more information.

Manton Foundation Grant
MLS was recently awarded a grant for $12,700. from The Manton Foundation to fund educational opportunities specifically designed for our small library members (but available to all members). More details will be forthcoming, but we are especially excited, as this grant will help us plan and fund our next Small Libraries Forum, which we co-host with MBLC. This one day event is dedicated to bringing together small library directors and staff for speakers and presentations, along with the opportunity to network with their colleagues.

A Note of Sympathy
MLS was saddened to learn that our friend and frequent collaborator, Gregor Trinkaus-Randall, passed away on August 16. Gregor was a valued member of the MBLC team, working there for over 30 years. You may remember Gregor from his hands on book repair workshops and his “better than the forecasters” weather updates. Gregor was internationally known for his work on preservation and disaster preparedness. Generations of users will benefit from his dedication to libraries and cultural institutions. We send our thoughts and condolences to Gregor’s family, friends, and colleagues.