In this month’s news and updates:

Library and Fundraising Conference Discounts with MLS, MLA, and EveryLibrary

The Massachusetts Library System (MLS) is pleased to join with the Massachusetts Library Association (MLA) and EveryLibrary to offer discounts on registration to the upcoming Library and Fundraising Conference (LAFCON), hosted by EveryLibrary online from July 24-26, 2024.

The discounts are available to staff working in MLS member libraries and individual members of MLA. More information, including sample conference topics, can be found on our resource guide.

The discount attendance amount will be based on how many folks fill in our interest form.

Please note: This is NOT a registration form, nor are you required to attend if you add your name. Please complete this form by April 5, 2024.

Pathways to Inclusion: Strategies for Diverse Library Workforce Development

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MLS is proud to announce a new research initiative aimed at fostering diversity and inclusion within the field of librarianship. Titled “Pathways to Inclusion: Strategies for Diverse Library Workforce Development,” this project aligns with MLS’s current strategic plan and commitment to promoting equitable access to library services and resources for all who live, work, or study in Massachusetts. MLS is now seeking proposals from an experienced individual or team to lead this research project.

Project Overview:

“Pathways to Inclusion” seeks to identify ways to increase the appeal and accessibility of a career in libraries to individuals from underrepresented groups, as noted in our FY24 Action Plan S.I. 2, G. 1.

The project will be led by MLS Executive Director Sarah Sogigian and BiblioTemps® and Membership Manager Amanda Fauver.

Key Objectives:

  • Identify and define underrepresented groups in the library field.
  • Investigate existing barriers and challenges faced by individuals from underrepresented communities when considering a career in librarianship.
  • Research and compile best practices for promoting diversity and inclusion in libraries.
  • Develop strategies for engaging underrepresented communities and encouraging diverse individuals to pursue careers in librarianship.
  • Establish collaborative partnerships with community organizations and educational institutions to amplify outreach efforts.

Contact Information:

For additional information or questions, please contact Amanda Fauver at or 508-357-2121 ext. 309.

The full Request for Proposals (RFP) is available on the MLS website.

Blue Marble Librarians Idea Shares and Earth Day Programming Blog Post

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Share your sustainability and climate preparedness activities with Massachusetts libraries! Join the Blue Marble Librarians for three virtual meetings this year to share your ideas, discover innovative environmental practices, and learn about a grant opportunity.

These virtual gatherings will include a brief presentation featuring an innovative environmental or climate preparedness library program, resource, community partner, or service. At the meetings, you will have the opportunity to share how your library is supporting sustainability and climate preparedness and hear about activities at libraries in Massachusetts. A grant opportunity will also be highlighted.

Save the dates for upcoming Blue Marble Library Idea Shares:

  • May 1 from 3 – 4 p.m.
  • August 7 from 3 – 4 p.m.
  • November 6 from 3 – 4 p.m.

Register for any session on LibCal.

In exciting news, ALA recently updated the Core Values of Librarianship and sustainability is one of the core five values. Join to discover creative ways to bring sustainability to your library.

Earth Day Programming at Massachusetts Libraries

As we prepare for Earth Day in April, check out the Blue Marble Librarians’ blog post highlighting the innovative programs and initiatives hosted by Massachusetts libraries.

Massachusetts School Library Association Conference Reflection

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Membership and BiblioTemps® Manager Amanda Fauver, Communications Manager Jack Martin, and Electronic Resources Manager Tressa Santillo managed the MLS booth at the 2024 MSLA Conference.

Our team attended the Massachusetts School Library Association (MSLA) Conference on March 17 and 18. It was a terrific opportunity to meet the school librarians who make lasting impacts in their schools every day.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth to ask questions, say hello, or chat about the Shared Sora Collection! Congratulations to our giveaway winners, who went home with a bundle of children’s books for their collections.