In this months News and Updates:

Action Plan

Our FY23 Action Plan is now available online. Our annual action plan has allowed MLS to focus our work, while providing room to adapt to the current fiscal and social world.  While not every action from FY22 was executed exactly as written, we are proud of the work our team has done on these topics in response to member needs and service use.

To learn more about our work, please read our Monthly Updates, view our MLS Live recording, and review our FY21 Annual Report.

We look forward to further opportunities to collaborate, visit, and engage as we continue our work together.


Consulting Team

I wanted to let you know about an improvement we have made to facilitate communication between member libraries and MLS.

Each MLS consultant now serves as a “liaison” to a group of libraries across Massachusetts.  Your library liaison is your personal connection to MLS.  As your library liaison, an MLS consultant can:

  • Provide you and your staff with an overview of MLS programs and services.
  • Visit your library to learn about your library’s goals, needs, challenges, and successes.
  • Provide you with consulting services or refer you to another MLS consultant.
  • Connect you to other organizations or member libraries.
  • Connect you to other MLS staff members (if you already know who to contact at MLS, you are welcome to contact that person directly).

We have created a resource guide to help you find your library liaison.

Your library liaison will reach out from time to time with MLS news and information.

Please contact Terry McQuown, Consulting & Training Services Director with any questions at or 508-357-2121 x 302.


New Statewide Databases Contract Began July 1

The statewide online resources available through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and the Massachusetts Library System have transitioned into the new contract period, that began on July 1, 2022. Offerings include resources from continuing providers Gale, Encyclopedia Britannica, ProQuest along with resources from new vendors, Capstone and Transparent Language. Learn more here.