In this months News and Updates:


Community Chat: Teaching in Libraries

For more information about the Teaching in Libraries Chat

Calling all library workers who teach in libraries! This community chat is for library workers from all library types to connect, share, and learn from one another in an informal setting devoted to all thing’s library instruction. On the second Tuesday of each month, from 3 – 4 pm on Zoom, we’ll explore and discuss an instruction topic together:

  • August 8: Generative Artificial Intelligence and library instruction
  • September 12: Backwards Design and planning for instruction.
  • October 10: Active learning idea share.
  • November 14: Assessing library instruction.
  • December 12: Reporting out: Techniques for telling your library instruction story.

Registration is not required, though folks can register if they want to get the automatic reminder.


Dipping a Toe into Sociocracy: An Invitation to Share Power

Time is a precious, shared commodity. Meetings are a space in which this can feel most evident.

Are you tired of meetings that go overtime and end with frustration, lacking resolution or a clear path forward? Do you witness (or participate in) talking over colleagues or shrinking from participation?

Madeleine will cover some basic practices of this form of self-governance for small groups and organizations, including speaking in rounds, consent decision making and co-creation of proposals. Dividing them up into breakout rooms, you will get to test out some of these approaches to sharing power while enhancing clarity and goodwill in meetings.

To register for Dipping a Toe into Sociocracy


Who to ask: ILL or Delivery?

Do you ever get an interlibrary loan that shows up with a Delivery slip addressed to you, but it isn’t your request? How about an ILL being returned to a lender in MA, but you don’t know where to get their routing slip? For these and other mysteries of whether something is a Delivery question or an ILL question, join us on September 12 at 1pm!

To register for Who to ask


Research Institute for Public Libraries (In Person Event)

Application deadline extended are due Friday, August 11, 2023!

To apply for RIPL.

This is a two-part workshop takes place in-person over two days: September 18-19 from 8 AM – 5 PM each day. When you apply, you are committing to attend both days.

The Massachusetts Library System is thrilled to be collaborating with the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) to host a *free* 2-day “RIPL Regional” event on Monday and Tuesday, September 18 and 19, 2023 (8 am – 5 pm each day) at Devens Common Center.

The RIPL Regional event is for Massachusetts library staff who are interested in public library data and evaluation.  In this immersive, bootcamp style-event, you will learn practical, strategic methods of gathering, analyzing, and using data for planning, managing, and communicating impact.  Participants will walk away from the RIPL Regional event with tools for evaluation, confidence in building research into their activities, and a network of colleagues for future learning and success.

Learn more about our RIPL Event