How to Sign Up & Training
Statewide and licensed electronic resources are available to all residents of Massachusetts and all libraries that are members of one of the Massachusetts Library System (MLS). To gain access and be permitted to post links to these valuable resources for your library and receive important usage data for your patrons, please consider joining the Massachusetts Library System.Membership forms for eligible libraries can be found on the MLS website.
Training & Support
In-person and distance training provided by the Board and through MLS is held on occasion throughout the state and via webinars. Stay up-to-date on these valuable resources by setting up an RSS feed to MBLC's Statewide Electronic Resources Blog. You can also subscribe to the MLS Announcements List or the allregions mailing list for training announcements and check MBLC and MLS continuing education listings for more information.
The 3 statewide vendors, Cengage (formerly Gale Cengage), Encyclopædia Britannica and ProQuest also have scheduled webinars for their customers nationwide. A number of these webinars are archives, for viewing at the convenience of you and your staff. See the following links for vendor scheduled webinars:
Short on-demand training videos 1 to 6 minute streaming videos for staff or patrons
Gale Support Main Page product/technical/training information, system status, usage statistics & more
Public Library/Kids Edition includes webinars and guided tours
Britannica Schools covers all levels of school products and Pre-K to grade 2 Learning Zone; links to webinars, up-to 5-minute training videos,and printable training materials (including curriculum standards)