MSLA Annual Report 2016-2017

published by Anita Cellucci

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Annual Report 2016-2017
Massachusetts School Library Association
978-582-6967 P.O. BOX 658 Lunenburg MA 01462
Professional Learning
This past year we collaborated with WGBH to present our first in a series of webinars for educators in Massachusetts and the country.
The 2017 conference, Beyond the Binding, offered many different (and new) formats to its schedule such as Ignite Talks, roundtables, 2 hour workshops, IdeaLabs, a tech playground, and author panels as well as the traditional 55 minute session. According to the survey the majority of attendees enjoyed these formats and appreciated the options.

Article solicitation for fall issue was sufficient. We reached out to members and board members for articles. Publication went as scheduled; we slightly modified our marketing plan to highlight two articles every week post-publication using listserv and social media. Members have reacted very positively to this new promotion strategy. We thought we would be able to assess Forum statistics at the end of the year. Unfortunately, Weebly only keeps statistics for the prior 30 days. Next year we will endeavor to check Forum stats monthly to identify trends. We had an adequate number of articles for each issue. We even had a few articles penned by non-members. Columns have become very popular and we recruited a library teacher to write an elementary column. Also, allowed award winners to choose which issue to write for which will spread the articles over the entire year rather than crowding them into one issue.
From Our Areas: Boston/Central/Southeast/Northeast/Western/MetroWest
The following programs were held:
**Meet & Greet at Bookstores **Jump into January ** MLS: eBooks **Social media workshop **MakerSpace field trips **Book Club Social Gatherings **Workshop: Redesigning Libraries **MLS: Book Talks and Book Displays **Tour: Copley Library **Workshop: Fiction genrefication **Open Discussions on library topics **Social gatherings at member libraries
Thank you to our 2017 Judges: Peter Reynolds, Beth Fuller, David Biedrzycki, Ralph Masiello, Jeff Kinney
ONLINE VOTING in the preliminary round, for the first time in 2017!
Total of 4176 votes from 187 towns. Almost 43% from Elementary Schools 30% from Middle Schools 26% from High Schools Retired MSLA members accounted from the remaining 1%
MSLA Executive Board member: Ariel Dagan, TriCount RTHS
Respectfully submitted, Anita Cellucci, MSLA President July, 2017
Statement of Financials;