Massachusetts Library System Update

michelleeberle_mls-3-300x300Submitted by:  Michelle Eberle, MLS Consultant

Greetings, MAHSLIN!  I’m enjoying my new position as a Consultant with the Massachusetts Library System (MLS).  MLS serves all types of libraries and most of you are already members.  I will be reaching out to non MLS-member health sciences libraries and inviting them to join MLS.  There are a lot of benefits to MLS membership including free continuing education workshops, access to statewide databases with custom links for your website, and a materials and supply cooperative to save your library money on books, audiovisuals, and needed administrative and technical supplies.

We are thrilled to announce that we have a hospital librarian serving on our Executive Board.  Stephanie Friree Ford, Reference Librarian at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Howe Library was recently elected to the MLS Executive Board.  Thank you, Stephanie!

If you are looking for useful, local, and free professional development workshops, MLS is offering over 36 workshops this spring in all regions of the Commonwealth.  You can register for our upcoming spring professional development workshops on our event calendar.

Upcoming workshops relevant for health sciences librarians include:

  • Facing the Future:  Strategic Planning in Libraries, Presenter: Kristi Chadwick
  • Howdy Partner:  Let’s Get Creative with Community Engagement, Presenter:  Michelle Eberle
  • Inclusive Programming Skillshare, Presenter: Kristi Farrar
  • Keep Calm and Manage On:  A Time Management Workshop, Presenter:  Anna Popp
  • Library Round-Up! Using Assessment to Improve Your Programs and Services, Presenter:  Kelly Jo Woodside
  • Universal Design for Libraries, Presenter:  Kristi Farrar

Our strategic plan identified social justice as a primary concern for our membership.  In response, our spring meeting on June 13th at Devens will focus on social justice.  Also, we are hosting a Massachusetts Libraries’ Declaration of Inclusion Planning Session on March 2nd at our Marlborough office in collaboration with the Massachusetts Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom/Social Responsibility Committee.

If you like the Unshelved Comic, you will definitely want to join us on May 3rd at UMassMed School for two presentation on customer service by Gene Ambaum.  Please save the date.  The event will be added soon to our workshop calendar.

We are also conducting a listening tour throughout the Commonwealth.   MLS wants to hear from you how we can better serve you and how we can continue to encourage a co-creator culture and make libraries future ready. Some dates are already posted in our calendar, which will focus on discussions about fake news. We hope you can join us for one of our listening tour events.

I’m hoping to strengthen the relationship between MAHSLIN and the Massachusetts Library System.  If you have any questions about MLS, please reach out to me at



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