Meet your colleagues for a relaxed afternoon of birding at the Mass Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary.

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SPEAKER: Joanne Lamothe, President, Massachusetts Library Association

‘Yes, that happened:’ Experiences of Low-Morale in Public Libraries

Public libraries are overwhelmingly perceived as places of refuge and comfort for people who use them – but are they for those who work within? Kendrick’s interactive session will share the foundations, results of, and outcomes of her work centering public library employees’ experiences of low morale. She will also moderate questions about the data and associated recommendations.

SPEAKER: Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, Researcher/Facilitator, Renewals


Join us for the ribbon-cutting ceremony as we open the exhbit hall. Interact and build relationships with our vendor colleagues and conference supporters. And while you’re at it, visit the incredible basket raffle on display.


Collection Audits on a Budget | Centerville
Are you interested in collection audits but don’t want to rely on a high-priced, external vendor to provide the means of analysis? We have been working on ways to improve a network or individual library’s ability to measure the inclusivity of their adult collections using freely available tools. Our primary focus has been the creation of an independently curated database of diverse titles and tools to compare that data to the holdings in your library. Learn about our progress and learn how to try out these tools. We will also discuss different audit approaches as well as purchasing and weeding as a part of the collection management whole.

SPEAKERSJeremy Goldstein, Data Curation Librarian, Minuteman Library Network; Anna Mickelsen, Reference Librarian, Springfield City Library

Googling the Alphabet for Research Ideas That Will Make a Difference | Osterville A
Are you and your patrons looking for research ideas that will make an impact? Learn how to use the “Google the Alphabet” technique and the power of Google search to narrow down research topics. These strategies will help researchers identify unique long-tail research ideas and can also help libraries expand outreach and marketing efforts. Use Google the Alphabet to position you and your patrons for success!

SPEAKERS: Michele Chapin, Assistant Library Director at Dean College Library; Stan Skrabut, Ed.D., Director of Instructional Technology and Design

TikTok and Libraries: Let’s Tok About It | Osterville B
TikTok is a popular short-form, video-focused social media platform with 1 billion users worldwide. But TikTok is more than just pranks and dances, the platform has been an avenue for users to showcase their culture, special interests, small businesses, and more. With TikTok, libraries can showcase their collections, services, staff, and recommendations to reach a wider audience. In this session, we will uncover the algorithm behind TikTok, look at creative uses in libraries, ask how your library is using it, and watch puppy clips! We will also learn from LibraryTok expert Rachael Hobson, who runs the account for Wellesley Free Library.

SPEAKERS: Annette Marie Diola, Information Services Librarian, Wellesley Free Library; Rachael Hobson, Circulation Assistant, Wellesley Free Library

Managing Building Projects at Any Scale | Hyannisport
Whether due to maintenance issues, sustainability, or operational upgrades, most library directors and staff will have to plan and manage a project related to their facility at some point in their careers. Learn from an expert Owner’s Project Manager (OPM) and library directors who have undertaken projects at varying scales to learn the essentials of project management and the tips, tricks, and tools to maintain your own and your staff’s well-being while maintaining your building.

MODERATOR: Andrea Bono-Bunker, Library Building Specialist, MBLC

SPEAKERS: Nora Blake, Director of Library Services, Ipswich Public Library; Tricia Perry, Library Director, Bancroft Memorial Library, Hopedale; Kelly Collins, Director, Bolton Public Library; Thomas Gatzunis, Section Manager, CHA Companies

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The Renewal Colloquium | Orleans
This keynote follow-up session invites confirmed attendees to:
– delve deeper into frameworks and systems that enable low-morale experiences
– identify and consider countermeasures against low-morale experiences
– create or continue and strengthen communities of practice for best practices against low morale

SPEAKER: Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, Researcher/Facilitator, Renewals

Please note: Pre-work is requested for Renewal Colloquium session participants and will only be available to download until May 20th.

Pronouns: A Guide for Library Staff | Orleans
This presentation provides an introductory look at gender and gender identity, with an emphasis on translating knowledge and awareness into actionable best practices in a library setting. Attendees can expect to come away with a better grasp of basic concepts around gender, gender identity, and pronouns, as well as why it is a vital topic in our society today. Tips for best practices are intended to give attendees concrete actions they can implement in order to better serve patrons and colleagues across the spectrum of gender identities.

SPEAKER: Heath Umbreit, Adult Services Librarian, Morrill Memorial Library, Norwood

Increasing Diversity and Access through Makerspace Literacy and Education | Hyannisport
Historically, shop, lab, and fabrication spaces have been centers of exclusivity, catering often to the stereotypical white, cisgender, male “maker.” When not intentionally designed to be accessible, shops and library makerspaces can present barriers to access for students with a variety of gender identities. The Shop and the Library at Olin College strive to ensure that students, faculty, and staff are part of a compelling, educational, and inclusive learning environment. This includes all Olin community members who want access to and training on an assortment of tools in our machine shop and other hands-on learning environments, including the library where there are sewing machines, vinyl cutters, hand tools, and an array of arts and crafts equipment. We want to share our experiences in scaffolding a more inclusive and diverse making environment in both of our spaces, creating space for autonomy, innovation, and togetherness for all of our community members.

SPEAKERS: Callan Bignoli, Library Director, Olin College of Engineering; Daniela Faas, Director of Fabrication and Laboratory Operations, Olin College of Engineering

DIY Green Products | Centerville
We often talk about green products, but do we know how to make them and, more importantly, can we teach our community members how to use simple ingredients to make their own? In this session, we’ll talk about why this topic is so important, how to start a green products program, useful and reliable resources, the costs, and the benefits. We’ll also have a hands on aspect in which each attendee will leave with their own green product – maybe something to pamper yourself, maybe something to wash your dishes with!

SPEAKERS: Meena Jain, Director, Ashland Public Library; Lisa Uglialoro, Human Resources Director, Town of Ashland

“I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying”: Infusing Resilience and Trauma-Informed Services into Public Libraries | Osterville B
Years into a global pandemic, we are all carrying trauma like so many invisible suitcases – and so are our communities, and the folks who walk into our libraries each day. How do we navigate library services within a society still reeling and suffering? How do we support each other to continue to serve our communities in a healthy, positive way? The tools we need may be found in a trauma-informed approach to library services. A trauma-informed framework helps us build and sustain empathy for those we serve and each other. It can also help infuse our organizational cultures with resilience and long lasting positive outcomes. Let’s talk honestly about primary and secondary trauma and how it can affect library workers. Together, let’s explore practicable, empathetic solutions.

SPEAKER: Jenkins Lumpkin, Branch Manager, Forest Park and East Forest Park Libraries, Springfield City Library

The Human Library | Hyannisport
The Human Library is an event where real people are on loan to readers for a personal conversation. Learn from two librarians who successfully held Human Library programs at their libraries.

SPEAKERS: Heather Diaz, Information Services Librarian, Forbes Library, Northampton; Robert Hayes, Community Outreach Librarian and Head of Technical Services, Tewksbury Public Library

Blue Marble Librarians: Be the Change You Wish to See in the World! | Osterville A
The climate is changing and it’s time to prepare! In 2018, a group of Blue Marble Librarians teamed up to partner with Communities Responding to Extreme Weather to get librarians in the Commonwealth charged up to host programs for Climate Prep Week. Learn from Blue Marble Librarians about recent activities at their libraries, what motivates them to be activists for climate preparedness, and how you can get involved. Join in and be the change you wish to see in the world! To learn more about this program, visit Blue Marble Librarians.

MODERATOR: Michelle Eberle, Consultant, Massachusetts Library System

SPEAKERS: Reni Cunningham, Reference Librarian, Concord Free Public Library; Corey Farrenkopf, Writer, Technology and Adult Services Librarian, Eastham Public Library; Gabrielle Griffis, Assistant Youth Services Librarian, Brewster Ladies’ Library

Low-Stress E-content Strategies for Busy Librarians | Osterville B
Over the last few years, the Waltham Public Library has seen a large increase in electronic collection usage. They have developed strategies to keep up with the demands and needs of patrons. In this program, learn how two department heads have permanently changed how they handled electronic collection development, including budgeting, promotion, and collaboration among departments.

SPEAKERS: Laura Bernheim, Deputy Library Director, Cary Memorial Library, Lexington; Kate Spalding, Technical Services Department Head, Waltham Public Library

Self Care and Holistic Wellness: Programs and Collections in Libraries | Orleans
Holistic Wellness is a form of health that considers the whole person – body, mind, and spirit – in a quest for optimal health. These types of programs and collections have seen explosive growth in libraries in recent years. During the pandemic, our libraries introduced opportunities for education and practice of holistic wellness and self-care by way of programs, collections, and kits. In 2020, Beverly received an LSTA Health & Wellness grant directed toward holistic living. At the Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester, local health practitioners shared their knowledge with easy ways to take care during and post-pandemic. With grant funds, Beverly Library was also able to develop a unique Wellness Collection of music, videos, magazines, and books with the intention to disseminate relevant, credible health information on integrated practice, self-care, and holistic health.

SPEAKERS: Lisa Ryan, Head of Reference, Beverly Public Library; Mari Martin, Library Assistant, Sawyer Free Library

Book Groups are a Readocracy | Osterville B
Long a staple of library programming, book groups are serving a larger purpose in your community. In this session we’ll talk about the greater reasons why book groups are essential elements of library programming. Walk away with several great titles for future discussions, ideas to enliven existing book groups, resources for finding books, and tips on handling specific book group challenges.

SPEAKER: Kaite Stover, Director of Readers’ Services, Kansas City Public Library


Disasterology: Dispatches from The Frontlines of The Climate Crisis | Hyannisport
Join author and disaster researcher Samantha Montano on an eye-opening journey through some of our worst disasters, making sense of what really happened from an emergency management perspective. She explains why we aren’t doing enough to prevent or prepare for disasters, the critical role of media, and how our approach to recovery was not designed to serve marginalized communities. Now that climate change is contributing to the disruption of ecosystems and worsening disasters, Dr. Montano offers a preview of what will happen to our communities if we don’t take aggressive, immediate action. She also highlights the COVID-19 pandemic, thus far our generation’s most deadly disaster, casting light on the many decisions made behind closed doors that failed to protect the public.

MODERATOR: Andrea Fiorillo, Co Chair MLA IFSRC, Reading Public Library

SPEAKER: Dr. Samantha Montano, Assistant Professor Emergency Management Department Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Your Town 101 | Centerville
OWelcoming new residents to your town/city to the library is important to build that bond and introduce them to your services as well as local organizations and town officials . One stop shopping! Learn how Norwood had had success introducing new residents to their library and town!

SPEAKER: Patty Bailey, MLA Paralibrarian Section Awards Chair, Technical Services Assistant/Book Group Leader at Morrill Memorial Library, Norwood

Focusing Energy on Efficiency | Osterville A
Our built environment is the second largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and, if we are going to reach our goal of zero carbon emissions by 2050, we need to change the way we construct and maintain our libraries. Learn from a panel of experts on sustainability and construction and discover how to mitigate your carbon impact through incremental upgrades to your facility, or through a deep energy retrofit.

MODERATOR: Andrea Bono-Bunker, Library Building Specialist, MBLC

SPEAKERS: Tamar Warburg, AIA, LEED A.P., Director of Sustainability, Sasaki; Joanne Bissetta, Director, Green Communities Division, MA Department of Energy Resources; Craig Thomas, Assistant Director, Office of Sustainability, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Accidental Human Resources Manager | Orleans
Libraries often don’t have a dedicated human resources professional. Librarians and library managers are left to interview staff and produce questions while trying to understand the legal parameters around what kinds of questions could/could not be asked and why. Where should they turn? Learn from a human resources professional about how working with municipal HR will improve the results of the hiring process and interview.

SPEAKERS: Vanessa D. Hale, Assistant Town Administrator, Southborough; Ryan Donovan, Library Director, Southborough Public Library

RA on the Fly | Osterville B
When someone asks you for “something good to read,” do you freeze up and forget every book you’ve ever known? Brush up your in-person RA skills and play “stump the panelist” at this fun, interactive session!

SPEAKERS: Anna Mickelsen, Reference Librarian, Springfield City Library; Alene Moroni, Head of Reference, Forbes Library, Northampton; Kaite Stover, Director of Readers’ Services, Kansas City Public Library


Sex is a Funny Word: Handling Local Challenges to Materials and Programs | Orleans
Organized challenges to materials and programs are ramping up across the nation. It’s time to prepare! Learn from people who have been there, and find out about best practices and support systems. Attendees are invited to come with examples of challenges bungled or aced.

MODERATOR: Andrea Fiorillo, Co-Chair, MLA Intellectual Freedom/Social Responsibility Committee and Head of Research and Reader Services, Reading Public Library

SPEAKERS: Clayton Cheever, Director, Morrill Memorial Library, Norwood; Matt Amory, Librarian for Information and Technology, Canton Public Library and IF/SRC Committee Member; Maura Deedy, Library Advisory Specialist, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners; Susan Caulfield, Reference Librarian, Newton Free Library and IF/SRC Committee Member

How to Win Friends and Influence People (Really!) or How Committee Membership can Elevate, Enhance, and Energize your Library Career | Hyannisport
The importance of and numerous opportunities for joining and leading committees is yet another topic that most librarians did not learn in library school. In the small pond that is the Massachusetts library ecosystem, professionals who serve on committees often find they have an easier time getting hired, find more emotional support within the profession, have easier access to influential people, and feel they are able to “give back” to a profession they love. Sounds good, huh? This session will present an overview of committee membership and highlight opportunities to join committees in Massachusetts. We will detail the benefits of membership at different career stages as well as the potential obstacles to participation and ways to overcome them.

SPEAKER: Jennifer Woodward, Assistant Director, Falmouth Public Library

BiblioTemps Presents: Empathy Driven HR | Osterville A
For most library managers, Human Resources is a topic that they have had to learn on the job. As the pandemic continues, they face new challenges. According to a survey from the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM), two in five US workers are actively looking for a new job. Library workers are reevaluating their career paths and needs. Managers will need to proactively adjust and make changes to keep and attract staff. Taking an empathy driven approach to HR can create an improved experience for both workers and managers. Panelists for this session will discuss hiring practices, succession planning, communication, and employee evaluation. Discussion will focus on how to use empathy to create a better experience for everyone at the library.

SPEAKERS: Amanda Fauver, Membership and BiblioTemps Manager, Massachusetts Library System; Miki Wolfe, Library Director, Morse Institute Library, Natick

How to Host a Library Internship: Sharing Experiences from the Boston Public Library | Centerville
Discover how the Boston Public Library’s Teen Central established a vibrant internship program in partnership with Simmons University. Learn from a Simmons professor about the importance of field experience to LIS students and how libraries can offer internships through SLIS’ advanced field experience course. Discover how the Teen Central internship program was established, designed, and promoted to students. Finally, learn directly from past student intern about what her experience was like and how she, and the library where she were placed, benefited from the internship.

MODERATORKerri MacLaury, Technology and Library Consultant, Rural Techies

SPEAKERS: Sarah Pratt Martin, Assistant Professor of Practice and Manager of Curricular Field Experiences, Simmons University School of Library and Information Science; Jess Snow, Assistant Manager of Youth Services, Boston Public Library

All attendees and exhibitors are welcome to join us for a lively complimentary cocktail reception.



Join us for dinner and help us celebrate our Hall of Fame award winners.


After dinner, join us for a fun evening featuring your musical stylings. Yes, karaoke is back, baby! All are welcome to participate.



MLA Business Breakfast
Join us for the annual business meeting featuring special guest Patricia “Patty” Wong, President of the American Library Association, with additional remarks by MLA President Joanne Lamothe and incoming MLA President Kim Hewitt. The annual budget and Hall of Fame winners will also be announced at the session.

SPEAKER: Patricia ‘Patty’ Wong, President, American Library Association

The Advocate’s Playbook
Advocacy and activism are interrelated but are not the same. In order to succeed in either an advocacy effort or an activism campaign, it is critically important for library leaders to understand the differences in the techniques you should use and the messages you should share. Join EveryLibrary executive director John Chrastka for a discussion and sharing of a more relevant theory for both advocacy and activism rooted in EveryLibrary’s political action for libraries. From building coalitions to activating activists, attendees will come away with practical and actionable insights to help in either type of effort.

SPEAKERS: John ChrastkaExecutive Director, EveryLibrary

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Ask the Comics Librarians! | Osterville B
Bring your comics questions! Reviewers, editors, and dedicated feature writers for the graphic novel review website No Flying No Tights are here to answer questions about collecting, cataloging, promoting, and maintaining comics collections in libraries. Our panelists have experience building collections for kids, teens, and adults. This panel will start with frequently asked questions and focus on answering audience questions.

MODERATOR: Robin Brenner, Teen Librarian, Public Library of Brookline; Editor-in-Chief No Flying No Tights

SPEAKERS: Renata Sancken, Teen/Reference Librarian, Memorial Hall Library; Martha Boksenbaum, Youth Services Librarian, Cranston Public Library; Maddi Ranieri, Youth Services Librarian, Charlotte & William Bloomberg Medford Public Library

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You Belong Here: Why Being Inclusive is So Divisive | Orleans
In June 2020, the Joshua Hyde Public Library displayed a Pride flag and a BLM sign. After calls and comments in opposition to the displays began coming to library staff, the library decided to mount a campaign called You Belong Here in May 2021. This program will lay out details of the campaign, including consideration of town demographics, setup, staff participation, funding, programming and collection development, and impact. The panel will feature discussion between two members of the YBH committee, a library trustee, and a children’s librarian, moderated by the library director.

MODERATOR: Becky Plimpton, Director, Joshua Hyde Public Library, Sturbridge

SPEAKERS: Melissa Earls, Trustee, Joshua Hyde Public Library Sturbridge; Alice Shin-Yi Kao, YBH Committee Member, Joshua Hyde Public Library. Sturbridge; Jenn Reed, YBH Committee Member, Joshua Hyde Public Library. Sturbridge; Patricia Lalli, Children’s Librarian, Joshua Hyde Public Library, Sturbridge

Paraganza! | Centerville
Join the Paralibrarian Section in honoring the recipients of the Outstanding Library Support Staff and Outstanding Advocate of the Year awards, the Paralibrarian Recognition of Achievement, and the Book Cart Drill Team Awards, as well as participating in the Paralibrarian Annual Meeting.

MODERATOR: Gerry Deyermond, Assistant Head of Circulation, Memorial Hall Library, Andover

SPEAKERS: Anna McGrath, Chair, Paralibrarian Section; Career Development Committee Member; Patty Bailey, Awards, Paralibrarian Section Committee Member

Compassion in Action: Decreasing Access Barriers for Domestic Violence Survivors | Osterville A
Shannon Bowman-Sarkisian developed and implemented the Creating Access for Violence Survivors (CAVS) program for Monroe County Public Library in 2019. This session uses CAVS as a case study of how libraries can successfully create programs that support domestic violence survivors in their community. Participants will learn how to identify and decrease the barriers to library access survivors face, how to form community partnerships with domestic violence crisis centers, and how to train library staff to recognize signs of domestic violence and trauma and understand how to interact with patrons who are survivors of violence.

SPEAKER: Shannon Bowman-Sarkisian, Outreach Librarian, Turner Free Library, Randolph

Building an Inclusive Collection: Best Practices for Conducting Diversity Audits and Selecting for Equity | Hyannisport
If you have been thinking about conducting a diversity and equity audit of your library’s collection, this is the session for you. Christi Showman Farrar, a Consultant at the MA Library System, has spent the last few years assisting libraries in their quest to diversify their holdings. In that time she has gathered many tips and best practices for approaching these large collection management projects, and she will be sharing those with you in this session. You will walk away with a step-by-step approach to conducting an audit, plus resources that will help you justify and advocate for the work.

SPEAKER: Christi Showman Farrar, Consultant, Massachusetts Library System

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Author Session: A Girl Like Me, Nandini Bajpai | Bass River
Author Nandini Bajpai began writing novels for young adults because she wanted to create the kind of books she wished to see on library shelves while growing up in New Delhi, India—diverse books that showed Indian children with experiences and problems that reflected her own. Nandini talks about her inspirations (including Bollywood) that helped mold her writing career including her latest book, Sister of the Bollywood Bride.

SPEAKER: Nandini Bajpai, Author


Annual Meeting for the Youth Services Section of MLA. Membership will be voting for the new slate of officers.

SPEAKER: Felicia O’Keefe, Chair, MLA Youth Services Section

Is it Censorship or is it Collection Development? | Orleans
Children’s Librarians from different parts of Massachusetts will come together to discuss the fine line between curating a collection for children and censoring books from their collection. Each panelist will discuss their library’s collection development policy, their budget, and the history of their library’s children’s collection. The panel will then discuss specific scenarios about how to handle the fine line between curation and censorship. The panel will have the opportunity for audience commentary and questions.

MODERATOR: Lisa Racine, Children’s Librarian, Reading Public Library

SPEAKERS: Olivia McElwain, Children’s Librarian, Reading Public Library; Kazia Berkley-Cramer, Children’s Librarian, Watertown Free Public Library; Philecia Harris, Manager of Branch Services, Cambridge Public Library; Megan Statza, Aurora Hills Branch Manager, Arlington Public Library, Arlington VA

Trauma-Informed Practices for Library Services | Centerville
This program will discuss trauma-informed practices (TIP) as they relate to the library field. Discussions will include basic principles of TIP, and ways they can be implemented in how we interact with patrons, staff, and community members; how we communicate about programs, services, and policies; and how we develop library policies with trauma-informed practices in mind. The goal of this program is to give an introduction to these principles and how they can be applied within a library, by library workers. Especially in the context of the ongoing pandemic, many people are becoming more aware of the prevalence of trauma. This program will focus on helping participants develop a toolbox of principles to apply in different contexts to resist the re-traumatization of patrons and staff.

SPEAKERS: Olivia Sederlund, Head of Technical Services, Goodnow Library, Sudbury; Kisha Tracy, Associate Professor of English Studies, Fitchburg State University; Kai Fay, Digitization Preparation Assistant, Harvard University

Yes, and…: Applying Yes Mentality to Tween Programming | Hyannisport
This program explores the application of yes mentality to tween programming as a way to encourage participation, engage with young patrons, and empower kids to shape the programming that they attend. The goal of this mindset when planning programming is to listen to tweens in a more holistic and lower pressure way than in traditional advisory groups, which often have spotty attendance.

: Carlina Arsenault, Children’s Assistant, Northborough Free Library

Municipal Boot Camp: Town of Marblehead | Osterville A
This panel of town administrators and department heads will introduce the concept of Municipal Boot Camp, a seven-week educational opportunity for local residents to explore the inner workings of municipal government. The program’s intent is to create an environment for information sharing between town officials and residents to allow for a greater understanding of government operations with the goal of establishing stronger relationships between town officials and the public at-large. Members of the panel will share examples of presentations from some of the departments including information on budget details, staffing, mission statements, goals, and ongoing program offerings. They will discuss how the sessions impact the system of committees and volunteer service within town government and how the general awareness creates an open dialogue between departments and residents.

SPEAKERS: Kimberly Grad, Director, Abbot Public Library, Marblehead; Dennis King, Police Chief, Marblehead; Lisa Hooper, Director, Council on Aging, Marblehead

Author Session: Ann Hood, Fly Girl | Osterville B
Ann Hood is the author of the best-selling novels The Book That Matters Most, The Obituary Writer, and The Knitting Circle, and the memoir Comfort: A Journey Through Grief. Her most recent books are the memoirs Fly Girl: A Memoir and Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and New York City.

SPEAKER: Ann Hood, Author

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StoryWalk This Way: Installing and Maintaining a Permanent Storywalk | Osterville A
Panelists from libraries of different sizes will discuss their StoryWalk experiences including success stories as well as trials and tribulations. We will walk through the process, the choices we made, and what we learned along the way. The panel will be helpful to anyone considering a permanent installation as well as temporary storywalks.

SPEAKERSMarissa Antosh, Youth Services Department Head, Falmouth Public Library; Meghan Yost, Young Adult Librarian, Duxbury Free Library; Nicole Davieau, Director, Porter Memorial Library, Blandford; Ryan Donovan, Director, Southborough Public Library; Kim Ivers, Assistant Director, Southborough Public Library

#LibraryLawn: Building Community on Waltham’s Front Lawn | Orleans
America’s public libraries are community hubs; one of the last remaining spaces where families and community members can meet, learn, and play in a free public space. What happens when congregating inside of the library becomes unsafe? Public libraries reacted and adapted swiftly to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In the summer of 2021, Waltham’s #LibraryLawn transformed from a quiet field of grass into an accessible, safe community space for socializing with friends. In this presentation, learn from Children’s Librarians from the Waltham Public Library as they share the challenges and triumphs of moving one local library’s programming and play out to the front lawn.

SPEAKERS: Emily Westa, Children’s Librarian, Waltham Public Library; Seana Rabbito, Children’s Department Head, Waltham Public Library

YSS Presents: Catch the Programming Wave! | Osterville B
Five youth services librarians present a variety of successful events. Get your creative programming juices flowing while learning about: tips for running cooking classes for kids and teens, from microwave mug meals to complicated desserts; horror all year! The 4th annual Summer Scares program for multiple age groups; growing a garden anywhere, even if you don’t have a green thumb; and creating your own Murder Mystery nights for teens.

SPEAKERS: Lily Nicolazzo, Teen Librarian, Goodnow Library, Sudbury; Katrina Ireland-Bilodeau, Children’s Librarian, Northborough Free Library;Lisa Racine, Children’s Librarian, Reading Public Library; Felicia O’Keefe, Teen Services Librarian, Westwood Public Library; Audrey Snowden, Children’s/YA Librarian, Medway Public Library

The Work of Leaders and Managers: Differences, Similarities, and Alignment | Hyannisport
Participants in this program will learn about the key work activities of leaders and managers and explore how the two roles can be effectively integrated in practice. The emphasis will be on understanding the important work of leaders based on the premise that everyone has the capacity and opportunity to be a leader in today’s library organization.

SPEAKERS: Sarah Sullivan, Head of Reader Services, Nevins Memorial Library, Methuen
Maureen Sullivan
, Consultant and NELLS Facilitator; Deb Hoadley, Library Director, Moultonborough Public Library, NH

Vendor Collection Development Failure and Recovery: A Conversation with Midwest Tape | Centerville
Professional curation; accuracy; merits of a work in relation to the interests and demands of the public; qualifications of the author, creator, or publisher; these are all basic standards of library collection development. What happens when a vendor misses the mark? Are there ways to protect ourselves and others from making these mistakes? In early March, Worcester Public Library delivered a 60-day termination letter to Midwest Tape (MWT), incensed by health misinformation, fascist propaganda, and anti-LGBTQIA+ materials found on their hoopla platform. Midwest Tape has since removed the offending content and publicly apologized. Subsequently, a group of Massachusetts librarians met with Ann Ford, MWT’s Director of Sales and Customer Support, at the Public Library Association conference in Portland, Oregon. At that time, Ford shared her and the company’s remorse and indicated that MWT is working on changes to avoid similar missteps in the future. Please join us as we continue this conversation to learn what steps they have taken, what still needs to be done, and how we can begin to set standards for responsible collection development policies and practices that can be a model for vendors and the libraries that use them.

SPEAKERS: Ann Ford, Director of Sales & Customer Support, Midwest Tape; Kelly Hancock, Senior Marketing Manager, Midwest Tape; Jason Homer, Executive Director, Worcester Public Library; and Andrea Fiorillo, Head of Research and Readers Services, Reading Public Library and MLA Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibilities (IF/SRC) Co-Chair.

Protecting Digital Privacy for Your Library and Community | Osterville B
Privacy is a core value of librarianship. As technology and digital information systems continue to grow, libraries must adapt and create new tools, ideas, and frameworks in order to provide anonymous library services in the surveillance age. This past year, Massachusetts Library System, Massachusetts Library Association, and Library Freedom Project partnered to create a statewide resource to provide direction to libraries of all types on how to confront these issues in libraries and their communities. Join our Q&A panel discussion to learn about digital privacy and the tools that you can adopt in order to better protect your organization and community.

MODERATORCallan Bignoli, Library Director, Olin College of Engineering

SPEAKERSAndrea Puglisi, Privacy Advocate, Library Freedom Project; Systems and eResources librarian, Middlesex Community College
Jeremy Goldstein
, Data Curation Librarian, Minuteman Library Network; Michelle Spinney, Member Services Manager, CLAMS Library Network; Jenn Bruneau, Library Director, Northborough Public Library; Renee Pawlowski, MLIS student, San Jose State University

Windows, Mirrors, and Screens: Virtually Connecting with Patrons on Social Justice Issues | Osterville A
Inspired by the community conversations and initiatives hosted by Showing Up for Racial Justice, we–as white settler librarians–wanted to create a virtual space for the Chelmsford community to come together and talk about social justice issues. We also wanted to prioritize creating actionable pathways for community members to move from reading and thinking about certain issues to directly addressing them in our community. We wanted to encourage a shift from guilt, complacency, and/or overwhelm to that of transformative empowerment. The result was the development of Chelmsford Public Library’s social justice book group and its tandem speaker series that features local non-profits, advocates, and activists. This presentation will cover the planning process, approach to title selection, marketing and outreach strategy, and successes and challenges to maintain resiliency and stamina.

SPEAKERS: Laura Judge, Adult Services Specialist, Chelmsford Public Library; Lisa Francine, Adult Services Librarian, Chelmsford Public Library

Be The Bridge Youth: Leading the Charge for Racial Reconciliation | Centerville
In the fall of 2020, we challenged high school students in Quincy to think about how they view racial reconciliation. With the help of six local teen facilitators we launched Be The Bridge Youth, a 6-week racial reconciliation workshop to teach teens how to engage in social justice work. The goal: to empower this generation to be the change they want to see and learn how to navigate reconciliation in a way that creates lasting healing and transformative change. This advocacy toolkit taught them how to engage each other on the issue of race, how to advocate for change in their schools and communities, and how to care for themselves and each other while doing the work.

SPEAKERS: Kerri Darcy, Adult Programmer and Outreach Specialist, Thomas Crane Public Library, Quincy; Sophie Nerine, Co-Lead Peer Facilitator; Leslie Kahugu, Co-Lead Peer Facilitator

Welcome to Deadfield: How to Get Teens to Turn Your Library into a Haunted House Attraction! | Hyannisport
The lower level of the Medfield Public Library has transformed into a Haunted House with the help of the Teen Advisory Board every spooky season for the past nine years. This has consistently been our most successful program with both teens and the community. It has also brought in various local partnerships and donations to our Friends group. In 2020, due to COVID, we did a “Haunted Drive-Thru” at Medfield State Hospital in partnership with Medfield TV which proved to be even more successful than we could handle! We’ll talk about how to start your own Haunted Library, developing a basic timeline, connecting with other community organizations, general tips and tricks, and some do’s and don’ts.

SPEAKERS: Erica Cote, Teen and Reference Librarian, Medfield Public Library; Middi Norberg, Circulation, Medfield Public Library

Marketing is Not an Afterthought – The Importance of Marketing, Advertising and the Use of Social Media Platforms in Today’s Library | Orleans
It is vital for libraries to engage their patrons in order to promote programs, encourage discussion, share content, and actively participate as a part of the community. The panel will discuss: the importance of creating a marketing plan, setting tangible goals, using a variety of resources; getting the most from a website and e- newsletters; how to plan and publish content to various social media platforms; scheduling tools; why it’s important to monitor online posts; when to respond to comments; understanding analytics; and the importance of print media. Additionally, the panel will talk about budgets and staff time, to make the ideas presented scalable to libraries of all sizes.

: Sarah Cunningham, Marketing and Social Media Coordinator, Westborough Public Library; Linnea Sheldon, Community Relations & Communications Manager, Worcester Public Library; Anna Popp, Consultant, Mass Library System; Maureen Amyot, Director, Westborough Public Library; Lynne Soukup, Assistant Director, Westborough Public Library