Monday, November 10, 2008

Novermber 13 is WMRLS Annual Meeting at AIER

Dear Western Massachusetts Libraries:

This is a reminder that all of you are encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting of the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System (WMRLS) Council of Members from 10:00 till about 12:30 on Thursday, November 13, 2008. The location will be the unique American Institute for Economic Research in the scenic hills of Great Barrington. A couple of us visited AIER yesterday, and we guarantee you will enjoy visiting this site and learning about this intriguing member of our Region and the work they do, especially in the context of these challenging economic times. There is no need to RSVP; just show up, one and all.

Please consider trying to ride share with others in your area - it'll save gasoline and add to your enjoyment of the day.

Directions to AIER, 250 Division Street, Great Barrington, can be found at . Just select where you'll be coming from and the driving directions will appear. Basically, it's about 7.5 miles south and west of the Red Lion Inn at the center of Stockbridge. At 250 Division St., you'll see a stone entrance on the right with "AIER" on it. Turn into the driveway and keep straight for almost a mile, following signs for Library Office. There's plenty of parking just over the crest of the hill.

We need a quorum of our member libraries in order to act on several business issues, so we hope you will try to attend. The agenda, FY2010 budget and plan of service and other documents are on our website at . Please print out relevant documents and bring them with you to help us reduce Regional printing costs. A nominating slate is being finalized and will be posted on the site later; copies of that slate will be available at the meeting.

In addition to our regular business meeting, we will:

  • Hear from the MA Board of Library Commissioners about the latest statewide library developments.
  • Learn perspectives on today's libraries and library education from Terry Plum, Assistant Dean of the Simmons College GSLIS program at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley.
  • Get an update from the Friends of WMRLS about their many fundraising and advocacy activities over the past year and being planned for upcoming months.
  • Enjoy the report of Becky Marconi, Project Coordinator for the LSTA "Together We Thrive" grant. This exciting effort has been benefiting many small public libraries. This project is just starting its second year.

We think you'll find the WMRLS Annual Meeting an especially interesting opportunity for the entire Western Massachusetts library community to come together, interact, learn, and demonstrate your support for your WMRLS. We hope to see you all at AIER on November 13 !!!

John Ramsay, Regional Administrator
Western Massachusetts Regional Library System

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