The Massachusetts Library System is seeking proposals from qualified presenters for a series of webinars that will be held between January 31, 2021 and September 1, 2021.

As a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic we are seeing an essential need for individuals within the library community to build skills related to job searching, interviewing, and other aspects of career development.

Our BiblioTemps® service will be hosting these webinars for free to all participants.

This series of webinars has been made possible through CARES Act funding to the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

All presenters will be compensated based on the standard MLS presenter rate of $250 per webinar. This rate is negotiable based on a variety of factors, such as experience, education, etc.

Please read this Request for Proposals thoroughly as it provides important information and instructions for your webinar proposal.

Statement of work

BiblioTemps® is seeking proposals for approximately 6-10 virtual programs. We are looking for presentations that provide relevant, actionable information that Library Job seekers can incorporate in their career development. Some examples of topics include-

  1. Resume writing
  2. Interview techniques
  3. Salary negotiation
  4. Methods/Strategies for growing your work experience
  5. Evaluating potential new positions/employers
  6. Career transitions between library types
  7. Networking for introverts
  8. Workplace culture – Understanding the dynamics of interpersonal relationships
  9. Writing goals and evaluating success

Presenters should be able to demonstrate a substantial knowledge and understanding of Libraries and Library Jobs. Take note of these suggested elements as you plan your virtual program proposal; we will consider these as we make our final selections:

  1. Goals of the webinar: Identify goals for participants who attend your program
  2. Practical Tools: Attendees will be looking for practical tools that they can use in the future
  3. Best Practices/Relevant Research: Identify best practices and/or research
  4. Q&A: Allow time for questions and answers from participants


  • Topic can be covered in 60-75-minute window
  • Introduce innovative concepts or new information
  • Provide practical, ready-to-use takeaways
  • Clear and compelling titles and descriptions
  • Applied understanding and experience in the Library Field


  • Speakers will provide a photo (to be requested after proposal is accepted), topic summary, top three takeaways and biography for marketing purposes
  • Speakers will be asked to attend a preliminary rehearsal session in order to test equipment and make sure the presenter is familiar and comfortable with how the platform works.
  • Speakers will be asked to grant permission for recording and online distribution of webinar.


Proposals must be submitted online. To help you prepare, all the information requested in the proposal is listed below. To submit more than one virtual program proposal, please complete a separate form for each workshop.


  1. Webinar title
  2. Webinar description (300-word limit)
  3. Proposed format – single speaker, panel discussion, or other?
  4. What is the goal of this webinar? How will attendees be able to apply what they learn from your session directly to their career development or job search? (300-word limit)
  5. Who is the ideal audience for this workshop? Please address experience level and library type (75-word limit)
  6. Have you presented or facilitated on this topic in the past? If so, please list when/where and provide a link to any sample content.
  7. Experience presenting a webinar or other web-based training?
  8. Estimated length of virtual program?


  1. Contact information – Present, phone, email
  2. Organization or affiliation
  3. Bio – 100 words limit, use third person
  4. Links to previous presentations/or samples of past work


Please contact Amanda Fauver at amanda@masslibsystem.org or 508-357-2121 ext. 309 with any questions.

All proposals must be submitted by January 31, 2021.