Thursday, November 19, 2009

Director Essentials: An Aid for MA Library Directors

A new resource for Massachusetts library directors in all kinds of libraries is now available on the web: Arranged by topic or type of library, it is an ever evolving collection of tools and lists to help new directors understand their environment and challenges.

Developed by the six Massachusetts Regional Library Systems and funded by an LSTA grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the site is a collaborative effort to acquaint new library directors with a variety of tools and tips to help them acclimate to their position and their new circumstances. There is even a lot of information to interest 'old' directors.

The site was developed with the assistance of an advisory committee. Western MA representatives include: Christine Bergquist (Wilbraham), Tamson Ely (STCC), Alison Ernst (Northfield/Mt. Hermon), Howard Polonsky (Franklin Law Library), and Sharon Sharry (Sunderland and now Greenfield). Jan Resnick (WMRLS) serves on the Director Essentials Grant Committee.

~Jan Resnick, Assistant Regional Administrator, WMRLS

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