MBLC Service Update
June 3, 2020
As we work together to get through the current reality, the MBLC will provide regular updates on MBLC services and other statewide issues. Please let us know if there’s info you’d like us to cover—we’ll include it if we are able. Stay well.
State Reopening Advisory Board
Contact: Maura Deedy, Rob Favini (MBLC)
Sarah Sogigian, Terry McQuown (MLS)
The MBLC and MLS worked together to develop guidance to assist libraries as they begin the process of re-opening. The guidance was based on listening sessions that were held in coordination with the nine automated library networks.
Library-specific Re-opening guidance and tools
Baker-Polito Administration’s Reopening Massachusetts Report
State Aid- Reopening survey
Contact: Liz Babbitt
In light of the Governor’s phased re-opening plan, please update the COVID19 reopening survey via the new LibWizard form This will be shared with the library community in a Google spreadsheet titled “COVID19: Re-opening Public Libraries Survey”.
We understand that COVID19 will continue to be a serious threat to public health and that your plans may change as the situation evolves so we will NOT be creating a version of this survey for the public UNTIL libraries have started opening.
You can still update the original COVID19 Closure form via this LibWizard link: https://mblc.libwizard.com/f/covid-19 . I’ll continue to update that Google sheet for the next few weeks.
CARES ACT Grants
Contact: Lyndsay Forbes
The application for Virtual Programming for Distance Learning is now open!
This grant opportunity is one way the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is using CARES Act funding. Libraries may use Virtual Programming for Distance Learning grants to support increased public access to library virtual programs. Programming for all ages should be considered. Libraries are strongly encouraged to work with local museums and local cultural institutions to enhance virtual programming.
Any library that is a member of MLS can apply. Public libraries must be certified in state aid. These are the only eligibility requirements for this grant. Libraries may apply for funding between $1000-$3500. Applications are due June 19, 2020. We anticipate notifying libraries of their award status in early July. Funds must be spent by September 30, 2021. Grant funds can only pay for costs incurred after a signed contract. We cannot reimburse for earlier expenses.
Contact Lyndsay with any questions.
Construction-The Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP)
Contact: Lauren Stara
Monthly Reporting: on Monday, March 16, the MBLC suspended the requirement for monthly reports to be submitted for construction projects. As the Commonwealth reopens and construction restarts, we will resume the monthly reporting requirement with the May report, which is due on June 30. At that time, we would like you to submit the February, March and April reports as well.
If you have been submitting monthly reports as usual, thank you! If not, please work with your OPMs to resume this effort. As always, contact Lauren or Andrea with any questions, concerns, or for assistance.
New Episodes of the Construction Podcast are coming soon!
Sustainability and Building Performance: An Interview with Building Evolution Corporation
Designing for Sustainability: An Interview with Finegold Alexander Architects
Performers Directory Enhanced to Simplify Finding Virtual Programs
Contact: Paul Kissman
MBLC has just added a new feature to the Performers Directory (https://mblc.state.ma.us/directories/performers). You can now limit search results to programs that can be delivered virtually. 270 online program opportunities have been added or updated by the performers since we reached out to them last week encouraging them to update their offerings
Save the Date for two exciting virtual events for Massachusetts Libraries and Library Workers:
National Weather Service speaker on Hurricane Preparedness, June 16, 10:30aMBLC and COSTEP MA partners are hosting a speaker from the National Weather Service’s Boston area office to speak on hurricane preparedness on Tuesday, June 16th at 10.30am. The session covers the hazards posed by tropical storms and hurricanes in southern New England, and should enable attendees from the library, archive, and museum communities to evaluate the threats to their individual facilities, and begin the process of constructing a mitigation plan. Registration information coming soon.
Special collections symposium for smaller libraries, July 23, 9a-12p
Local public memory collections provide important, unique, and sustainable opportunities to interpret a community’s contemporary experiences as they change over time. Yet there are many challenges in building, preserving, and sharing these collections, especially among smaller libraries. Renowned experts in the book trade, academic libraries, and library special collections will convene for a morning symposium of sharing and dialogue about these topics, tailored specifically for library workers, librarians, archivists, and collections volunteers with various levels of experience. Registration information and additional symposium information coming soon.
Video Library (for kids and teens)
First Lady of the Commonwealth Lauren Baker has posted s fun story-time video on the site.
Updates have been made to the video library. Users can now sort by library as well as topic of interest
Upload your video directly or email it to Celeste
Ads promoting digital resources through mass.gov/libraries will continue to run through June.
CSLP posters are at the printers and should be to your library in the next week
Materials for the First Lady of the Commonwealth and Blades Reading Challenge will be sent to the printer this week; libraries should have them by mid-June.
It’s not too late to Register and order materials for the summer challenge
We are excited to announce that orders for Boston Bruins materials for the summer are now open! The NHL has announced that hockey will be returning and games will be played over the summer, so for the first time, summer reading will take place during the hockey season, and the Bruins are currently in first place.
In addition, this year’s player is Weymouth native Charlie Coyle. We are so excited to have a player who grew up in Massachusetts on the posters this year!
You can see the Bruins materials here: https://awarehouse.mblc.state.ma.us/collateral/programs/summer-reading/
You can order the materials here: https://mblc.libwizard.com/id/9a9d1a8d8450c8d79c5e1c9cef0e9bb9
We received over 50 applications for visits from Bruins Mascots Blades. While visits will not happen this summer, new Bruins prizes will be awarded as part of the First Lady of the Commonwealth and Blades Reading Challenge. Winners of the first round of prizes have already been drawn. We draw these prizes at the beginning of the summer and notify the winners so that libraries can use the prize as part of their promotion for summer reading. Full list of prize winners.
State Aid To Public Libraries
Contact: Liz. Babbit
Mary Rose Quinn
State Aid will be hosting eight ARIS (Annual Report Information Survey) workshops online in June via Zoom. All sessions will take place from 10:00 am -12:30 pm. We’ve added half an hour to each session to allow for additional questions you may have. Registration will be through the MBLC Calendar
The dates are:
Reporting Deadlines for FY2021:
ARIS will open as usual on July 1st but the deadline will be extended until October 2nd to allow libraries and networks more time to gather statistics. The Financial Report and State Aid Compliance Application will open August 7th as scheduled and also close on October 2nd. Municipalities applying for a waiver of the FY2021 MAR will have until November 6th to complete additional paperwork.
PLEASE NOTE: All dates are based on current information we have about COVID19 and the Governor’s State of Emergency. We will reassess deadlines if necessary but they will not be earlier than stated above.