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MLS Executive Board: Information for Prospective Board Members

Welcome to the MLS Executive Board's Resource Guide. You'll find board and officer contacts, meeting minutes, links to important documents, and information on our upcoming meetings.

MLS Misson

The Massachusetts Library System (MLS), a state-supported collaborative, fosters cooperation, communication, innovation, and sharing among member libraries of all types. MLS promotes equitable access to excellent library services and resources for all who live, work, or study in Massachusetts.

MLS provides services to about 1,600 libraries of all types and sizes throughout the Commonwealth. It was established in July 2010.

The MLS Team is committed to providing services that benefit and contribute to the library profession’s core values: diversity, inclusion, equity, access to information, free expression, privacy, and social justice.

Welcome

Are you interested in supporting and strengthening our statewide library community?

The Massachusetts Library System (MLS) is seeking volunteers from the MLS member libraries to serve on our 15-member Executive Board.

To effectively represent our membership, our Board needs to be as diverse as our libraries. We seek and welcome application for membership from varied backgrounds, with a wide range of experiences, working in all sizes and types of libraries (academic, special, school, and public), from all geographic regions of the Commonwealth, and performing all kinds of library work.

We currently have two open positions on the Board, starting a 3-year term in January 2023. We also hope to build a roster of interested individuals that we can draw upon should a position become open during the year and we welcome past applicants to apply again.

Executive Board member responsibilities include attending monthly Board meetings, closely reviewing budgets, policies, and planning documents, representing MLS at local and regional meetings, promoting MLS services, and advocating for MLS funding. We are currently meeting both in person (Northampton and Marlborough) and via zoom.

Ideal candidates will be familiar with MLS services  and our current strategic and action plans, interested in learning and engaging with the Board’s work, committed to developing a thorough understanding of the needs of all types of libraries, and willing to contribute their perspective, their energy, and their skills to the continued success of the MLS team and Massachusetts libraries generally. We traditionally invite incoming members to an orientation meeting in December for an overview of MLS and the board.

If you’re interested in joining us, please submit a Statement of Interest by the end of the day on Friday, July 8, 2022. The MLS Nominating Committee will review all submissions and recommend a slate of candidates to the Board. Nominees will be contacted in September after the Board approves the roster and new Board members are then elected by our membership at our annual meeting in November.

Sincerely,

The MLS Nominating Committee 

Stephanie Friree Ford McLean Hospital(chair)

Anna Bognolo             Eaglebrook School, Deerfield

Dr. Kim Cochrane        Fitchburg High School

Emily Levine                Brockton Public Library

Patrick Marshall          Wareham Public Library

Eric Poulin                   Simmons University

Joe Rodio                    South Hadley Public Library

Betsy Meaden             Massachusetts Library System

Sarah Sogigian            Massachusetts Library System

 

The MLS Team is committed to providing services that benefit and contribute to the library profession’s core values: diversity, inclusion, equity, access to information, free expression, privacy, and social justice.


If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Friree Ford (Nominating Committee Chair) at SFRIREEFORD@PARTNERS.ORG

Related Documents

MLS Board and Standing Committees

View our current Board roster and meeting calendar, our recent meeting minutes, and our standing committee rosters and charges:

Statement of Interest