Maine Library Association


  • 19 Apr 2016 12:50 PM | Anonymous

    Choose Privacy Week is coming May 1-7, and it's not too late to plan an event or two for your library and your patrons. Recently, there has been an enormous amount of press attention about FBI efforts to have Apple rewrite its operating system to bypass the security of its iPhones; even more recently about Microsoft's suit against the government to declare gag orders unconstitutional when government agencies subpoena its customers' information from Microsoft; and Uber's revelations that in a six month period, Uber provided government agencies with information that affected over 12 million (that is not a typo) riders and drivers.

    This heightened public awareness provides a wonderful opportunity for libraries, bastions of Intellectual Freedom, to offer events that deal with personal privacy in the digital age, a topic that more and more people are becoming concerned about. The American Library Association offers a variety of resources to help promote conversations about what privacy means and how to protect it in today's connected world within libraries and in the wider community. Head over to and take a look. 

    Jim Campbell
    Intellectual Freedom Committee Chair

  • 12 Apr 2016 9:24 AM | Deleted user

    To all Maine libraries – public, school, academic, special…

    The Central Maine Library District (CMLD) Association is pleased to announce the statewide kick-off of ALA’s new Libraries Transform public awareness campaign. The CMLD Association’s contribution to this effort is the offer of a free set of posters to all Maine libraries who wish to participate.

    The Libraries Transform campaign is designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals. The campaign will ensure there is one clear, energetic voice for our profession, showcasing the transformative nature of today’s libraries and elevating the critical role libraries play in the digital age. The campaign has one main idea: Libraries today are less about what they have for people and more about what they do for and with people.

    The CMLD Association will print and distribute the following five campaign posters:

    The five posters read:

    · Libraries Transform

    · Because 5 out of 5 doctors agree that reading aloud to children supports brain development

    · Because students can’t afford scholarly journals on a ramen noodle budget

    · Because more than a quarter of US households don’t have a computer with an Internet connection

    · Because employers want candidates who know the difference between a web search and research

    To receive a set of posters please complete a brief survey by no later than April 16th:

    We hope every library in the state will display the posters with pride!

    Stay tuned! This is just the beginning of a long-term state and national advocacy project that will benefit libraries of all types. For more information and resources to bring this campaign to your library and your community go to or find the Libraries Transform link on the Libraries page of the Maine State Library’s web site.

  • 01 Mar 2016 1:01 PM | Deleted user

    We're looking for program proposals, Ignite Session entries, and poster session submissions for NELA's 2016 Annual Conference!

    Submission deadline is May 31st!

    Click HERE to access the program proposal form.

    Libraries play an integral part in building our global community. They are places where kindness, connection and preservation prevail, no matter the condition of the world outside. We're looking forward to gathering together again this year to learn from and network with our library friends and colleagues, so that we can continue to learn from each other.

    "Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors. The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries." - Carl Sagan

    Mary Danko, 2016 Conference Chair

    Megan Bishop, NELA Events & Communications Coordinator

  • 26 Jan 2016 5:15 PM | Deleted user

    Celebrate all things LIBRARY with the Portland Sea Dogs on Tuesday,

    April 19th at 6:00.

    -Pre-game parade for library workers

    -Each library picks a representative to throw out a first pitch

    -Discounted tickets

    We'll also use this as an opportunity for a Library Libations meet-up.

    When you submit your application to the Sea Dogs let me know as well

    so I can start planning!

    For more information, please check out this PDF: Sea Dog Invitation Letter.pdf

    Michelle Conners

    Assistant Director/Adult Services, KFL

    Maine Representative to NELA

  • 09 Sep 2015 10:00 AM | Deleted user

    Now is your chance to vote for the 2015 Maine Readers' Choice Award winner.  The poll is opened on the Maine Readers' Choice Award website and will run until September 15 at midnight.

    The finalists are:

    *  Euphoria by Lily King

    *  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

    *  Redeployment by Phil Klay

    These are three really classy books.

    If you are doing paper ballots please email me (Valerie) the results.

    Thank you!

    Valerie  Osborne, Consultant

    Northeastern Maine Library District

    Bangor Public Library

    145 Harlow Street

    Bangor, Maine 04401

    947-8336 ext. 114

    1-800- 427-8336 ext. 114

  • 08 Sep 2015 5:04 PM | Deleted user

    If you would like an easy way to send your thoughts to the Town Councilors

    of Millinocket, the Maine Library Association now has a tool through ALA

    that will help streamline that.


    , fill out your information and click submit.  The next screen is an

    editable email that will go to all current members of the Millinocket Town

    Council.  The default message is brief, so feel free to expand and

    personalize your message.  Please pass the link freely, especially if you

    have contacts in or around Millinocket!

    This is MLA's first time using this advocacy tool, which ALA has used for

    years - many of us have participated in ALA's messaging campaigns over the

    years.  If you would like MLA to set this up for a local issue affecting

    your library, please let me know so we can work together - custom

    recipients can be added so that advocacy emails can go to school boards,

    town councils, individual committees, etc.


    Nissa Flanagan

    MLA Legislative Chair

  • 03 Sep 2015 4:58 PM | Deleted user

    New England & Western New York ASI Chapters

    Fall Meeting

    Saturday, 26 September 2015

    10:00 AM – 2:00 PM


    The Black Center

    48 Lebanon Street

    Hanover, NH 03755


    Program highlights: Lisa DeBoer will be presenting One Is The Loneliest Number: Strategies for Collaboration Among Indexers, with interactive breakout sessions. Additionally, a panel of indexers, including Colleen Dunham, Steve Ingle and Joan Shapiro, will be addressing questions on the business aspects of indexing.


    Registration information: 

  • 02 Sep 2015 3:09 PM | Deleted user

    I Love My Librarian Award 2015

    Librarians touch the lives of the people they serve every day.  The I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users like you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians.  We want to hear how you think your librarian is improving the lives of the people in your school, campus or community.

    Each year 10 librarians are selected. Each librarian receives a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by The Carnegie Corporation of New York.

    Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.  Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.

    Nominations for the 2015 I Love My Librarian Award are open through September 28.

    Nominate a School Librarian

    Nominate a Public Librarian

    Nominate a College, Community College, or University Librarian

    If you want to resubmit a nomination from a previous year, we've made it easy.

    Sign up here to be notified about future I Love My Librarian Award activity.

    Questions?  Email Megan McFarlane, Campaign Coordinator,

    American Library Association,

  • 27 Aug 2015 5:01 PM | Deleted user

    Maine is one of five states chosen to take part in one of the first academic studies on the efficacy of story time.  OCLC, along with partners at the Washington State Library and Thrive Washington have been working with the Information School of the University of Washington to compile data and implement best practices into a program called Supercharged Storytimes!

    The first research phase, unsurprisingly, took place in Washington State.  80 public libraries took part.  This phase was a roaring success, and now the project has expanded to five more states.  Maine was selected after a multi-tiered process, and being chosen is quite a feather in Maine’s cap.  In addition to Maine, the other states are: Minnesota, Montana, Wisconsin and North Carolina.

    In this phase, each state gathers a cohort of public library staff who present story times on a regular basis.  Staff who are interested apply directly to OCLC.  Library staff can expect to gain wonderful information and practical skills from this experience, whether they are new to story times or long-term presenters. Participating in this project will:

    • Enhance existing early literacy programs (such as Every Child Ready to Read) with tips and tools that can help you purposefully and creatively incorporate essential early literacy concepts into your story times;
    • Encourage sharing of and learning from experiences and ideas through an online-based peer support network;
    • Provide you with research-based tools and tips that can aid story time interactivity and engagement with children and caregivers;
    • Give you the confidence that what you are doing really does make a difference in helping young children learn to read;
    • Empower you to articulate the value and impact of the early literacy services your library provides.

    Hopefully you can see that some of these benefits are of particular interest to Maine.  First, all of the project takes place online.  In a state where travel to meetings, workshops and get-togethers is difficult, taking part in a high-quality, online experience is a boon to many.  

    Second, you probably know that in Maine, a very small percentage of children are able to go to preschool.  Story time becomes crucial to a child’s school readiness.  Presenting the best story times you possibly can is helping young children get ready to read in kindergarten (or before!) and is making a measurable difference in Maine.

    Third, we see more and more in Maine that cities are struggling to make ends meet, and the public library often suffers for this.  As the last bullet above states, this project will allow participants to explain the value of early literacy skills, story time, and the public library, and describe the impact these have on children and Maine’s future.

    The Maine State Library hopes that every public library story time provider in Maine signs up for this project.  The links below lay out the information and expectations in detail.  Please read the information carefully.  If you have any questions or need help, please contact Early Literacy Consultant Shannon Schinagl at the Maine State Library: or 207-287-5660.

    Need a general overview?  OCLC has provided a Supercharged Storytimes! Announcement Letter.

    A more detailed description of Supercharged Storytimes! can be found here.

    Please read the Supercharged Storytimes! Participant Overview very carefully.  All of the nitty-gritty is spelled out here, including requirements, time commitment, and what you can expect.

    If you choose to participate, apply with a Statement of Interest.

    If you would like to read the research from the first phase, the academic study is called Project VIEWS2.

    Finally, the deadline for application is Friday, September 11, at 5:00 EST.

    Please join Maine in participating in this exciting project!

    Shannon Schinagl

    Early Literacy Consultant

    Maine State Library


  • 14 Apr 2015 1:07 PM | Deleted user

    As we were all taught back in kindergarten, sharing is good. Several Maine libraries are demonstrating this through participation in Maine Shared Collections. Back in in July’s edition of MLA to Z (summer seems such a long time ago!) I wrote about wrapping up the grant activities of the Maine Shared Collections Strategy (MSCS). Based on our experience from the grant, we’ve developed our own collection analysis service. We provide libraries with data and advice for making decisions about what titles can be safely weeded and those which are potential candidates for long-term retention as part of Maine Shared Collections. So far, 16 libraries have participated in analyzing their print monographs collections (Edythe L. Dyer, Witherle, Northeast Harbor, McArthur, Freeport, seven Community Colleges, University of Maine Farmington, University of Maine at Presque Isle, University of Maine at Augusta, and UMA Bangor) and I’m keen to get as many libraries involved as possible.

    Analysis to date

    By committing to retain items, member libraries provide other libraries with the option to weed their own local copy, safe in the knowledge that their patrons can still access the title via existing resource sharing agreements. Overlap has been high (on average 40%) between libraries’ print monograph collections and titles already committed to retain by Maine Shared Collections members. Therefore, there have been plenty opportunities for weeding. Some libraries have literally taken their spreadsheets to the stacks to pull items for weeding. Those libraries that have already identified weeding candidates used the spreadsheets as another check before deciding whether an item could be safely weeded.

    Generally, the titles identified as retention commitment candidates are those where there are fewer than ten holding libraries in OCLC, don’t have an existing Maine Shared Collections retention commitment, or are Maine related. The average number of titles identified as potential retention candidates account for less than 1% of the library’s print monograph collection. The numbers of titles involved – from only 17 to 97 – are sufficiently low that libraries have felt comfortable making the retention commitments, but there is no obligation for them to do so. Examples of titles that have been committed to retain include Rev. Seth Noble: a revolutionary war soldier's promise of America and the founding of Bangor, Maine and Columbus, Ohio by Carol B. Smith Fisher and Embedded memories: the story of Aroostook potato houses by Roger P. Akeley. 

    A nice byproduct of the collection analysis is documentation that identifies incorrect and missing metadata (e.g. incorrect and missing ISBN, OCLC numbers). This can be used to correct records, benefitting other libraries in our shared resource environment. 


    There are four main benefits for participating in the collection analysis and joining Maine Shared Collections:

    1. Data-informed collection management decisions. While data alone is never going to make decisions, it can be used to make more informed decisions based on overlap with peer libraries, rarity, and usage.

    2. Insurance of retention commitments. The large volume of retention commitments made by the grant partners (approximately 1.4 million titles) and those made subsequently by new members can act as an insurance policy. Libraries can choose to weed those titles committed to retain by members while still retaining access to them via inter library loan. 

    3. Freeing up local shelf and storage space. 

    4. Contributing towards the common good. Even a small number of retention commitments will mean a library is contributing towards the common good of managing and preserving the print collection in Maine.

    Collection analysis service

    The collection analysis service we offer consists of us providing libraries with spreadsheets which show for print monographs: 

    • Titles they hold which have received a Maine Shared Collections retention commitment.
    • A subset of committed to retain titles they hold that have Maine Shared Collection retention commitments and have had fewer than two circulations at the local library since being added to the collection.
    • Titles they own with zero Maine library holdings in OCLC WorldCat. We also show MaineCat holding levels for these titles.
    • Titles they own with 10 or fewer holdings in OCLC WorldCat. We also show MaineCat holding levels for these titles.
    • Metadata errors e.g. incorrect and missing ISBN, OCLC numbers that can be used to clean records.
    • All item level records with circulation and OCLC WorldCat holdings data.
    • Data permitting, we can adapt these spreadsheets to meet local needs.

    The spreadsheets which show local overlap with Maine Shared Collections are generally used by libraries to identify items that they can weed because they are already been committed to retain by a Maine Shared Collections library and have rarely circulated locally. The spreadsheets which include overlap with OCLC and MaineCat are used to identify those titles a library holds that are not widely held elsewhere and are therefore potential candidates for being committed to retain. 

    I will meet with library staff to review the spreadsheets and offer suggestions for areas of focus for retention and withdrawal. 

    The cost of collection analysis services is based on the time it takes to complete the data extracts and compile the above spreadsheets, so the larger the collection the more time it will take to run the comparisons. For libraries with a collection size of fewer than 50,000 print monograph volumes then it will cost $350. Between 50,000 and 100,000 volumes cost $420. There are NO ongoing membership fees.

    There may be other options for libraries who can’t pay fees for the collection analysis service, for further information contact me. Libraries can also self-nominate titles they feel warrant Maine Shared Collections retention commitments by sending me a list of titles they agree to retain. 

    Joining Maine Shared Collections 

    Ten new libraries have so far joined the Maine Shared Collections Cooperative (MSCC) which means MSCC membership has more than doubled since September 2014. These libraries have committed to retain approximately 300 titles.

    If you are interested in finding out more Maine Shared Collections and bringing out your inner kindergartener, please see our website contact me at

    Written by Matthew Revitt, Special Collections and Maine Shared Collections Librarian

Maine Library Association

55 N. Main Street, Unit 49

Belchertown, MA 01007


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