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Learn about a series of four library/social services partnership forums held throughout Massachusetts to explore social work partnerships and other social services collaborations.

Social Services Forums

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What's next?


MLS Social Services Forum Details

Background:  In September 2017, MLS conducted a survey of the interest of Massachusetts library directors to partner with MLS to facilitate public library/social work partnerships.  Over 50 library directors responded to the survey, and over half of the respondents expressed interest to collaborate with us.  As a result of the survey, we decided to broaden the scope of this project from social work to social service partnerships.

The agenda of the forum:

  • Learn about the results of the survey and upcoming MLS programs.
  • Share a brief update about issues facing your library's community and what your library's experiences
  • Participate in an innovation/ideation activity to identify future directions

What is MLS already coordinating?

Future directions:

MLS is working in collaboration with MBLC to identify future directions following the forums.  MLS will continue to engage members in co-creating solutions and partnerships.

Please reach out to Michelle Eberle at for more information.

The Massachusetts Library System held Social Service Forums at the following locations:

  • MLS Marlborough Office: October 19, 2017
  • Mashpee Public Library:  October 27, 2017
  • MLS Northampton Office: October 31, 2017
  • Malden Public Library:  November 14, 2017