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Business meeting materials and remarks, program content from keynote speaker Michael Margolis of Get Storied! and related materials.

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Big Hairy Audacious Goal presentation by Jamie LaRue

The Emerging Story of California's Public Libraries

Telling our Story, a toolkit from the American Library Association

Telling the Library Story, a presentation by Jamie LaRue for Web Junction

How to Advocate for Your Library Through Storytelling, part of TechSoup's Storytellers Campaign

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Here are all the materials you need to prepare for the MLS 2014 business meeting and the accompanying program. More material will be added as it's available.

Stronger Together Award

Stronger Together Award

Since 2010, the Massachusetts Library System has endeavored to support a state-wide library community through our continuing education, advisory and resource sharing efforts. We believe that each of our members benefit from sharing knowledge, skills and resources, and that doing so benefits those who live, work, and play in Massachusetts. This year we begin a tradition of recognizing within the Massachusetts library community those celebrated qualities that do, truly, make us Stronger Together.

Program: Story Box: Building Your Library's Culture

Re-imagining How We Tell The Story: Why the Library Matters More Than Ever
The world is changing, and with it, the role of libraries is changing. Not everyone knows everything we have to offer, and some even question our continued relevance into the future. In this keynote, you’ll learn inspiring storytelling strategies to create emotional resonance and deeper engagement with key stakeholders. Since 2012, Michael Margolis, CEO of Get Storied, has collaborated closely with state library systems of CA, PA, and NJ to build capacity for a new kind of strategic storytelling. In 2013, Michael delivered a provocative keynote at ALA conference. Recently, Michael published a strategic storytelling toolkit for public libraries that is now available under creative commons. Come learn how to find new ways of telling the story -- that build on our strengths and passions as storytellers and stewards for our local communities.  

About our keynote speaker,  Michael Margolis 

Michael Margolis is the CEO and founder of Get Storied, a learning company devoted to transformational storytelling. For the last 12 years, Michael has pioneered the field of organizational storytelling, working as a story architect for clients including Audubon, Bloomberg, Greenpeace, NASA, and Zappos. An anthropologist by training, Michael has taught tens of thousands how to tell a bigger story through his global learning community, StoryU, and at venues such as SXSW, TEDx, and the UN Foundation. Michael recently published, The Library Story: a Strategic Storytelling Toolkit for Public Libraries, which is available as a free download under Creative Commons. He is also the author of Believe Me: a Storytelling Manifesto for Change-Makers and Innovators. Michael is left-handed, color-blind and eats more chocolate than the average human. You can learn more by visiting or follow his frequent musings on twitter, @getstoried.

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