Wednesday, April 4, 2012

WMLA Semi-Annual Meeting - BPL Comes to Stockbridge

The Western Massachusetts Library Advocates (WMLA) Semi-Annual Meeting will be held Thursday, April 12, 10 a.m. at the Stockbridge Library ( Our speaker is Michael Colford, Director of Library Services at the Boston Public Library (BPL). Michael will review services and resources available to residents and Commonwealth libraries from the BPL.

Library for the Commonwealth:

A New Model for Serving the Commonwealth

The Boston Public Library has recently revamped its statewide program, turning the outmoded, hard-to-understand, Library of Last Recourse program into a more forward-thinking Library for the Commonwealth program. This program builds on the leadership strengths of the BPL in digitization and collaboration and extends services out to any resident of the Commonwealth. Michael Colford, Director of Library Services, will outline the programs and services offered through the Library for the Commonwealth program. explain how they can be relevant to the large constituencies you work with every day, and explain how libraries across the state can take advantage of them as a supplement to all the great work you are already providing. He will also give you examples of how libraries statewide have taken advantage of the many resources made available by the BPL.

Executive Director Greg Pronevitz will update us on activities of the Massachusetts Library System following Michael's presentation. The spring membership meeting will occur in the second half of the morning.

We look forward to seeing you in Stockbridge!

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