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Massachusetts Library System

Strategic Planning Committee 2016

The Executive Board of the Massachusetts Library System has called a new Strategic Planning Committee, charged with developing a new three-year plan for MLS.  The evolution of library services is an ongoing phenomenon and MLS must shift with our members.  This, MLS’ second, strategic plan will guide the way for 2017-2020 with a strategic plan that addresses focused services, staff success, and strengthens the Massachusetts Library Community.


Ellen Dolan (Shrewsbury Public Library, Director)

Debbie Froggatt (Boston Public Schools Library Services, Director)

Deb Kern (Northfield Public Library, Director)

Leslie Lomasson (Amherst Regional High School, Librarian)

Jean Maguire (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Library Director)

Kathy Mahoney (Mashpee Public Library, Director)

Daniel Ortiz (University of Massachusetts Boston, Dean of University Libraries)

Bert Saul (Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, Regional Librarian)

Michael Somers (Bridgewater State University, Clement c. Maxwell Library, Director)

MLS Executive Board Representatives

Will Adamczyk, Committee Chair (Milton Public Library, Director)

Dianne Carty, (Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, Director)

Betty Johnson, (MLS President, Ex Officio)

David Leonard (Boston Public Library, President)

Jackie Rafferty (Paul Pratt Library, Cohasset, Director)

MLS Staff Representatives

Betsy Meaden (Business & Human Resources Director)

Anna Popp (Advisor)

Greg Pronevitz (Executive Director)

The Draft MLS Strategic Plan: 2017-2019

The Massachusetts Library System is undertaking our second strategic planning process for the period 2017-2019.  Our goal is to create a way forward that serves our staff well, helps us provide excellent services, builds community among our members, and distinguishes MLS as an active participant in creating a vibrant future for libraries of all kinds.

We need your participation!

Join the Conversation!

Thanks for attending one of our Town Hall Meetings.  Many members joined us to discuss the draft plan and contributed to revisions that led to the final version.


Community Planning Workshop Notes

We are posting the notes from our Community Planning Workshops here.  We welcome your comments.  Please feel free to contact if you have any questions or suggestions.

A dialog with members and stakeholders is critical to our success.  As part of the planning activity, we held a series of five community-planning workshops around the state to engage our members and stakeholders who have an interest in libraries.  Over 150 members and stakeholders joined us to share their insight, perspective, and priorities.

Thanks to all who attended!

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