Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Being part of NMRLS

In Massachusetts, if a school library has a Department of Ed certified librarian or has a librarian who has an MLS, that library can participate in one of the regional library systems. We are part of the Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System which has libraries that are public, academic, special, and school. As part of this system, we get access to databases the region purchases, to Inter-library Loan, to supplementary reference, to consulting services, and to Continuing Education workshops. We also get more than just a list of services – we get access to librarians who support us as we grow in librarianship. Last year when we were stumped by a wiki format, Susan Babb came to our library and helped us move forward. As we embarked on our library planning, Susan and Mary Behrle came and participated in the beginning stages. Scott Kehoe has answered questions that arise with our participation in MassCAT.

But, in addition to receiving, we are also participating. I have been on the Continuing Ed Committee for several years. We survey members, look at needs, and try to create workshops that meet at times amenable to members working very different kinds of schedules. We also try to anticipate the training needs to respond to Library 2.0.

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