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A Quick MLS Update by Susan Babb This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it Susan Babb

School Recertification:

The MLS Executive Board established a policy and process for the verification of MLS member eligibility. Membership and directory information will be verified on a rolling basis beginning in January 2012 with school library members. During the process, members will be contacted using the information provided in the MBLC’s library directory and updates will be invited. Staff will be asked to provide information showing that their institutions are eligible for membership. If they do not respond, another contact will be made. After a second unsuccessful attempt, libraries will be notified that their memberships are in jeopardy and invited to appear before the MLS Executive Board at a specific date, time and place to MLSdiscuss remedies. If no remedy is at hand, the MLS board will vote to remove the library from membership. If a library is removed from membership, the library is welcome to apply for membership at any time that the library meets MLS membership requirements.

The MLS school library membership removal policy is available at:

Upcoming CE
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MSLA/MLS Making the Connection series: Any MSLA member can attend the Making the Connection series, sponsored by MSLA and MLS.  To attend other workshops, you do need to be a member of MLS. MLS is a PDP provider.

Long Range Planning – a Sound Strategy

Wednesday February 1, 2012 – Dedham Middle School 12:30 PM-2:30 PM 
Thursday February 16, 2012 – Murdock Middle High School, Winchendon 3:00 PM-5:00 PM

The who, what, why, and when of long range planning! Long range planning is a sound strategy for school librarians, especially now with all of the emerging 2.0 tools. Planning charts your services and programs for the future and pulls in your stakeholders in the process. Plans are a wonderful tool for communication with faculty and administrators. If a Massachusetts Library System member, having a plan in place with the MBLC (Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners) makes you eligible for LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grants. Learn what's involved in planning and get a head start.

School Librarians Roundtable

Monday March 26, 2012 – St. Joseph Central High School, Pittsfield 3:00 PM-5:00 PM

School Librarians are invited to share their best practices on:
Programming – orientation, books, more
Student learning - expectations and evaluation
Collection development – what does the future hold?

First Fridays: Books that Massachusetts Readers Will Want to Know About (Webinars)

Friday Jan  6, 2012  10:00 AM-10:30 AM
Friday Feb  3, 2012  10:00 AM-10:30 AM    
Friday Mar  2, 2012  10:00 AM-10:30 AM     
Friday Apr 13, 2012  10:00 AM-10:30 AM   
Friday May  4, 2012  10:00 AM-10:30 AM

Join the conversation about what’s new and next in reading! Grab your coffee and spend ½ hour in an online discussion with the Massachusetts Book Awards Committee about the big Massachusetts books your readers will be asking for in your libraries.  Each session will include a presentation about new books, those discovered in-house as well as those highlighted at ALA Midwinter or Annual, at MLA and MSLA, and at Book Expo America.  It will also include an update on the reports emerging from the judging panels of the Massachusetts Book Awards. Register individually for each session.

Serious Gaming for Libraries
[Pembroke] Friday January 13, 2012  10:30 AM-1:00 PM   

Yes, You Can Program Poetry in Your Library
[Lakeville] Tuesday January 17, 2012 10:30 AM-1:30 PM   

Gale Literature Resources: Going Beyond Lit Crit

[Webinar] Thursday January 19, 2012 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

From Readers’ Advisory to Awards Reading: Fiction/Nonfiction
[Reading] Tuesday January 31, 2012  10:00 AM-1:00 PM
[Sturbridge] Wednesday February 8, 2012  10:00 AM-1:00 PM

From Readers’ Advisory to Awards Reading: Children's/Young Adult Literature
[Dedham] Tuesday February 7, 2012  2:00 PM-5:00 PM

Serving Teens Roundtable
[Cambridge]Thursday March 1, 2012 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
[Springfield] Thursday April 26, 2012  10:30 AM-12:30 PM    

Advisors for Youth Services:
Susan Babb: This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it
Sarah Sogigian This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it
Last Updated ( Friday, 06 January 2012 )

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