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

October 30, 2018

Date:                     Tuesday, October 30

Time:                     9:30-3 

Location:              UConn Homer Babbidge Library, Heritage Room 4th Floor

Parking:                South Parking Garage: rates are here (it is about a 5-10 minute walk from there to the Library)

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November 05, 2018 to November 06, 2018

The Boston Library Consortium is pleased to announce a two-day IIIF Workshop on November 5th and 6th.  The workshop: The International Image Interoperability Framework: What is it, and how can I use it? - will be hosted at Northeastern University’s Snell Library, room 421. This workshop is open to librarians and cultural heritage practitioners from BLC member institutions. 


Space is limited, please register here.


Access to image-based resources is fundamental to research, scholarship and the transmission of cultural knowledge. Digital images are a container for much of the information content in the web-based delivery of images, books, newspapers, manuscripts, maps, scrolls, single sheet collections, and archival materials. Yet much of the Internet’s image-based resources are locked up in silos, with access restricted to bespoke, locally built applications. The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) is a set of shared application programming interface (API) specifications for interoperable functionality in digital image repositories. The IIIF is comprised of and driven by a community of libraries, museums, archives, software companies, and other organizations working together to create, test, refine, implement and promote the IIIF specifications. This workshop will provide a clear and thorough understanding of what IIIF is, how it works, and how it can be applied to enhance image access and resource sharing.

“The International Image Interoperability Framework: What is it, and how can I use it?” workshop will be taught by Ben Brumfield and Sara Carlstead Brumfield of Brumfield Labs.  Ben and Sara have been working with IIIF for years, participating and presenting in IIIF groups on discovery and manuscripts, and leading workshops for museums and libraries. Their technical projects include building IIIF support into FromThePage, a manuscript transcription software and developing Pontiiif, an IIIF manifest search engine. 

A detailed agenda is forthcoming, please contact Patrick Yott (, Associate Dean for Digital Strategies and Services, Northeastern University Libraries with any questions.


Please bring a laptop with a browser that supports HTML 5 (see for the latest browser versions).  The latest version of Firefox and any of the recent versions of Chrome should be fine. 


November 14, 2018 to November 15, 2018

This is the second in-person institute for the BLC Leads 2018 leadership program.

It will be held November 14-15, 2018 at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst Hotel and Conference Center.

December 05, 2018 to December 06, 2018

The Shared Print Monograph Summit organized by the Eastern Academic Scholars' Trust (EAST), reconvenes thinkers and practitioners in the area of shared print to explore a national solution to collective collection management, preservation, and access. The event is by invitation only.

June 06, 2019 to June 07, 2019