Welcome to MLA’s Paralibrarian Section!
"One of the STRONGEST PARALIBRARIAN SECTIONS in the country."
John Ison, Director of Library Relations
DEMCO (Sponsor of the Book Cart Drill Team)
Paralibrarian means talent, experience and dedication to a library career
Please scroll through our web page for information on:
~ Paralibrarian of the Year Awards ~ Book Cart Drill Team Competition ~ PARA Certification ~
~ 5 Good Reasons to Join ~ Section Officers ~
Through support and increased awareness of paralibrarians, the Section advocates for recognition and participation in the library community. The Section promotes and provides a forum for networking and career development opportunities.
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*** 2013-2014 Paralibrarian Meeting Schedule ***
The Paralibrarian Section meets on Thursday from 10 am to noon, both on site and "virtually". MLA members are welcome to attend to learn about the business of the Section. The Section holds an annual meeting and election of officers at the MLA conference; sponsors a range of conference programs and awards; and presents an annual report to MLA. The Section Chair acts as liaison to MLA and attends the MLA Executive Board meetings. Locations and dates of meetings can be found on the MLA Calendar of Events.
9/12 Sturgis Public Library, Barnstable
Agenda: PARA plans, Conference planning
10/25 NHLA Conference PARA program
11/7 Virtual Meeting – Skype*
Agenda: Publicity, Conference planning
1/9 Middleboro Library
Agenda: Awards, BCDT
(snow date 1/16)
3/14 Deadline to submit Award nominations
3/27 Newton Free Public Library
Agenda: Awards Voting (10:30am Executive Session)
4/24 Memorial Hall Library, Andover
5/6-7-8 MLA Annual Conference
Paralibrarian Section Annual Meeting
6/5 Virtual Meeting – Skype*
Agenda: Wrap-up and Board transition
* to log on & join a virtual meeting, contact Gerry Deyermond for invitation
See EventKeeper Calendar for more detail and directions to meeting locations
Paralibrarian of The Year Awards
Massachusetts State BOOK CART DRILL TEAM COMPETITION (BCDT)
The youtube videos of the Book Cart Drill Team are here. Two parts:
Ladies & Gentlemen!!!!! The BCDT Competition takes place at the MLA Annual Conference!!! Book Cart Drill Teams are great marketing, team building, promotion and branding tools...and a lot of fun!
Find out more about how to start a BCDT at your library. Register your team to compete at the next MLA Annual Conference. You can read the full rules of the BCDT here.
Sponsored by DEMCO with Gift Certificate Prizes up to $500, Trophies and Awards!!!
Past Performances: the Andover Cartwheelers; Methuen Des Cartes Coquettes; the Plymouth Rockettes; the Arlington Rockin' Robbins; the Reading Rollers and a joint team from "Arlmont" (Belmont & Arlington), plus the MLA Paralibrarian Section Book Cart Drill Team ... for Dummies!!!!
**THANK YOU DEMCO for your generous donations to sponsor the BCDT Competition**
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Join in the discussion: the Paralibrarian Blog!
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PARA - PAralibrarian Recognition of Achievement
Massachusetts State Certification
PARA: PAralibrarian Recognition of Achievement
Contact and mail application to:
c/o Karen Horn
3090 Main Street
Barnstable, MA 02630
Please come to one of our Roundtable workshops to get answers to all of your questions about
the PAralibrarian Recognition of Achievement
(right click to open link)(updated 10/2013)
P A R A Recipients Levels I; II; III; IV*
Developed and implemented by the MLA Paralibrarian Section*
NOTE: The PARA Review Board will meet to review applications and materials for the PARA on the following dates:Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - Application submission deadline
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - PARA Review Board Meeting
Friday, March 28, 2014 - Application submission deadline:
Friday, April 4, 2014 - PARA Review Board Meeting
March 28, 2014 is the cut off date for applications and materials to be reviewed for PARA presentations at 2014 MLA Annual Conference.The deadline to submit an application for consideration is 7 days prior to the scheduled Review Board meeting. Applications submitted within 7 days of the meeting date will be held for consideration at the next scheduled meeting. Applicants may email the Review Board to verify timely receipt and review of their application. The Review Board will contact the applicant by email within 30 days of the meeting with a preliminary decision.
P A R A RECIPIENTS 2006 - 2013
2013 Level I
Kellie Porter - Woods Hole Public Library
Level II Karen Horn- Sturgis Library, Barnstable
Level I Judith Fallon- Gordon Library- WPI, Worcester
Kevin MacKenzie-Shea Library,
American International College/Springfield
Cindy Filipe- Reuben Hoar Library, Littleton
Lori Salotto - Middleborough Public Library, Middleborough
Meredith Toumayan - Langley Adams Library, Groveland
Gina Wells - Mowhawk Trail Regional School District
||Virginia Julian - Gordon Library/WPI, Worcester
Sandy Leifeld - Newton Free Library, Newton
||Karen Horn- Sturgis Library, Barnstable
Toni Wilcox- Mohawk Trail Regional School District
||Gerry Deyermond- Memorial Hall Library, Andover
Kathy Coughlin- Reuben Hoar Library, Littleton
||Genie Shearer- Mohawk Trail Regional School District Virginia Julian- Gordon Library/WPI, Worcester
||Linda Dodge- Gleason Public Library, Carlisle
||Wanda Musacchio- Mohawk Trail Regional School Dist
||Allison Sloan – Reading Public Library, Reading
Carol Geary, Sutton Free Public Library, Sutton
Mary Boehmer, Hawlmont School Library, Charlemont
Betty Smith, Reuben Hoar Library, Littleton Faith Hoffman
Kathy Coughlin, Reuben Hoar Library, Littleton
Gerry Deyermond, Memorial Hall Library, Andover
Janice Lazarus, Reuben Hoar Library, Littleton Doreen Morse, Reuben Hoar Library, Littleton Jeanne Sill, Reuben Hoar Library, Littleton Donna White, Reuben Hoar library, Littleton
Andrea Curran, Reuben Hoar Library, Littleton
Helen Graham, Reuben Hoar Library, Littleton Debbie Pennino- Northeastern University Libraries, Boston
||Elizabeth Goodrich, Gordon Library/WPI, Worcester
Elenore McGourty, Gordon Library/WPI, Worcester
||Allison Sloan, Reading Public library, Reading
*Level IV added at the Section Annual Meeting April, 2010
**With special thanks to Debbie Bockus and Debbie Pennino for their commitment and promotion of this program to recognize the achievements of Massachusetts Paralibrarians
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OTHER INTERESTING STUFF FYI:
- go to this site for ALA Online Learning digital supplement: http://ala-publishing.informz.net/ala-publishing/archives/archive_2175090.html
5 GOOD REASONS TO JOIN THE MLA PARALIBRARIAN SECTION
Special ALA/MLA joint membership deal!!
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU? GOOD QUESTION. AND HERE ARE SOME GOOD ANSWERS:
Paralibrarians hear us ROAR!!! We bring a lot of energy to the MLA Conference.
- ADVOCACY – Network with a group of non-MLS degreed library staffers who are dedicated to libraries, excited about career opportunities and working together with other paralibrarians and librarians to promote library services and library careers.
Buzz. Buzz. Buzz. Paralibrarians make quite an impression. You can be a part of it.
- RECOGNITION – Two awards are presented at the MLA Conference for Outstanding Paralibrarian of the Year and Paralibrarian Advocate of the Year. Nominations come from you!
- IDENTITY – Wonder where you fit in to the big picture of library services in Massachusetts? Wonder who to share ideas with or where to go for information? The Paralibrarian Section meets regularly (see calendar of Board meetings) and you are invited to attend the meetings or participate in a Roundtable (see calendar of regional roundtables) to brainstorm issues of particular interest to library support staff.
The Pilot year was a Great Success!! We're starting out local and thinking globally!!! The
- EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES – The Career Development Committee of Paralibrarian Section developed the PAralibrarian Recognition of Achievement program – known as the PARA.
PARA offers paralibrarians an MLA "Notice of Achievement" to recognize and standardize
library experience and skills, and to expand career and financial opportunities.
Join MLA, fill out the application and follow the instructions. Don’t forget to check the box: Paralibrarian Section. No additional fee to join the Paralibrarian Section. That’s one way the Paralibrarian Section is leading the group, changing the scenery of libraries and advocating for it’s members. Here are some benefits of MLA/Paralibrarian Section membership:
- Discounts for the MLA Conference and all the benefits of MLA membership (see MLA home page)
- Receive emails with advance notification on topics of interest, such as the conference and roundtables
- Set the agenda for the MLA Conference with other committee members
- Work with the Career Development Committee to develop paralibrarian standards in Massachusetts
- Nominate award recipients for Outstanding Paralibrarian of the Year and Paralibrarian Advocate of the Year
- Enjoy meeting fellow paralibrarians at the MLA Conference and Section Annual Meeting
- Network with members and staff from libraries around the state
- Visit the Paralibrarian Section blog: http://mlaparalibrarian.wordpress.com/
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Paralibrarian Section Mission and Goals
MISSION STATEMENT:Through support and increased awareness of paralibrarians, the Section advocates for recognition and participation in the library community. The Section promotes and provides a forum for networking and career development opportunities. GOALS:
- To provide every non-MLS library staff member who works in any type of library across Massachusetts with continuing education and networking opportunities.
- To encourage paralibrarians to join MLA, thereby boosting membership and clout in the Association.
- To develop and expand the PAralibrarian Recognition of Achievement (PARA) as a tool for career recognition and development.
- To create avenues of recognition for all the good work that paralibrarians do.
- To form a community that encourages respect and admiration for those staff members who want to build their careers but might never choose to pursue an MLS degree.
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- To educate library directors and management of the need to allow their staff time away from the library and financial support to participate in workshops, serve on committees, and attend annual conferences.
Paralibrarian Section Board
Newton Free Library, Newton
Nevins Memorial Library, Methuen
Memorial Hall Library, Andover
Worcester Public Library
Haverhill Public Library
Conference Committee Liaison
Reading Public Library
Sturgis Library, Barnstable
MLA Paralibrarian Section Appointed Support Positions:
Awards - Robin Demas, Concord
Roundtables - Susan Babb, Massachusetts Library System
PARA Review Board - Karen Horn, Sturgis, Barnstable; Lori Salotto, Middleboro
Donations/Auction Items -
Youth Section Liaison -
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Are you interested in becoming an officer of the Paralibrarian Section? Or part of the support team? Or even a "friend of"? A good way to find out is to attend an Executive Board meeting, where we make decisions on programs and plan for future projects. Please check the MLA Calendar or contact any of the officers if you would like to attend. All officers of the Section must be individual members of MLA and must commit to attending meetings.