The Boston Library Consortium actively supports professional development and training opportunities for its member libraries.  Recent news and upcoming events are described below.  Anyone wishing to work with the BLC on an event or program, should contact the Executive Director.


Please NOTE that the events listed below are open only to staff at BLC member libraries unless otherwise indicated.

Upcoming Events

March 13, 2019

The Resource Sharing COI's Spring meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019. Additional details and a call for agenda items is forthcoming on the COI's list-serv.

March 22, 2019

The Spring in-person meeting of the Heads of Resource Management Committee will take place on Friday, March 22nd from 10:00am-12:30pm. Location and other information will be shared via the HRM list-serv.

March 22, 2019

The BLC Special Collections COI co-conveners will host a combined COI meeting and informal digital preservation demo and discussion at Tufts University on Friday, March 22nd. The proposed schedule is below. Additional details will be shared closer to the date, via the COI list-serv.

12:00pm-1:00pm: Special Collections Community of Interest Meeting
1:00pm-2:30pm: Digital Preservation at Tufts Demos and Discussion
2:30pm-3:30pm: Repository Tour of Tufts Digital Collections and Archives

COI members are welcome to attend any portion of the day, though attendance to the digital preservation session may be limited to one or two people per institution if response is greater than we anticipate.

For planning purposes please RSVP to by March 1.

April 04, 2019

More and more, library leaders are implementing innovative strategies that advance efforts to transform collections activities from an outside-in model (publisher/provider content) to an inside-out approach (locally created and distinctive content). This can include an emphasis on Open Access, Open Education Resources, Library Publishing, Digital Scholarship, Data Science initiatives and more. Collections transformations should be informed by data, values, and strategic direction, while providing oversight of the building, shaping and presenting of content. Speakers from across the diversity of the Boston Library Consortium will participate on a panel sharing the philosophical and real changes driving their institutions’ approach to collections.


This webinar will present theoretical and practical approaches to this new way of thinking about collection management, allowing attendees to consider implementing this shift into their thinking about library collections.



April 26, 2019

The Boston Library Consortium’s Media Community of Interest is happy to announce our spring program: The Section 108 Dilemma: Red Tape, Video Tape, and Digital Conversion

Friday, April 26, 2019, 10 am-3:00 pm

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Sponsored by the Boston Library Consortium (BLC)


Register Here 


About this Event

As older formats become obsolescent, today’s academic libraries are making decisions about weeding and preserving older audio and video formats. But it isn’t simply a decision to keep or to save: copyright law and technical work for conversion are complex considerations. This program attempts to help unpack the red tape and skills involved in preserving analog video with experts on copyright, analog to digital conversion, and new initiatives.  Please learn about the dilemmas, find answers, and contribute to the discussion that academic libraries need to have.   

This program will include panels on:

  • Section 108 and Copyright
  • VHS Preservation
  • Media Digitization Workflows
  • Vendor Expertise and Collaborations.


  • Kyle Courtney, Program Manager and Copyright Advisor, Office for Scholarly Communication, Harvard University
  • Jessica Fjeld, Lecturer on Law and Clinical Instructor, Cyberlaw Clinic, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School
  • Jonathan Iannone, Digital Media Supervisor and Kimberly Kennedy, Digital Production Coordinator, Northeastern University Libraries
  • Chris Lewis, Media Librarian and Phil Salvador, Collections Coordinator, American University
  • Meghan Bergin, Metadata Coordinator and Gabe Stetson, Coordinator of Digital Curriculum, Reserve, and Media, UMass Amherst Libraries
  • Sarah McCleskey, Head of Resource and Collection Services, Hofstra University
  • Bryce Roe, Manager of Audio Preservation Services and Chris Heaney, Audio Preservation Engineer, Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC)

Registration closes Friday, April 12th, 2018. For more questions, contact: Laura Jenemann at or Debra Mandel, co-chairs, Media COI.


May 01, 2019

The Heads of Resource Management Committee will hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019, from 10:00am-12:30pm. Login information and the meeting agenda will be distributed via the HRM list-serv.

June 06, 2019 to June 07, 2019