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

December 09, 2019 to February 28, 2020

The BLC Media COI's meeting will take place on Friday, February 28th, 2020 at Northeastern University's Snell Library, room 269A. A virtual option will also be available.

The meeting is set for 10am-1:00pm.  The first hour will focus on the working groups preparing the Resource Sharing and Streaming Media: Survey of the Landscape webinar, and the COI poster for the 50th Anniversary celebration. The formal COI meeting will begin at 11:00am.

COI members are encouraged to attend from 10:00am if interested in participating in any of the working groups. Parking and other details are forthcoming.

February 03, 2020

Library Staff Training on Mental Health: How Staff Can Better Serve Challenging Patrons and Their Behaviors

Academic libraries are more than the books they house, they are the combination of the collections they steward, the services they offer, and the spaces where they make their patrons feel comfortable.

As staff in libraries serving primarily students and faculty, it is important to have an understanding of the ways in which patrons can experience a variety of mental health challenges, and how library staff can handle these patrons in a caring and professional manner.

Students in particular can experience a range of issues, stemming from the pressures of a new environment, increased expectations, and lack of a support network. As a result, they may become depressed or self-harming, anxious, disruptive, and have other issues that can be distracting, scary and troublesome to staff and other patrons. 

This workshop will: 

  • Provide a better understanding of the range of mental health issues presented by patrons that might affect a library setting; 
  • Identify clear ways to take action in a variety of scenarios to keep all patrons and staff safe; and 
  • Bring library staff together to share the training experience and support one another.

This training is fun, will give participants specific language to use and new approaches to implement, will give participants information about mental health which will be useful to them personally, and is interactive and empowering.  Presenter Jon Mattleman has over three decades of work in public service, facilitates 75+ trainings a year for library staff, parents, and professionals, and gives people tools they can use immediately. Learn more about Jon at

Workshop Logistics:

The BLC is pleased to bring this workshop to our member libraries on Monday, February 3rd from 10:00am-12:00pm. Registration will close on Thursday, January 30th.

Register here 

  • Capacity: This workshop is limited to 40 participants. We encourage libraries who wish to send multiple participants to limit to 2-3.
  • Participants are encouraged (not required) to submit examples of issues faced at their institutions. These examples will be anonymized and used during the workshop.
  • Coffee and lunch will be provided
  • Directions: Attendees are encouraged to take public transit or carpool to the workshop, as there may be limited parking available near Boston College's Theology and Ministry Library (TML). The TML is on the Green Line. There may be limited parking available in the parking garages located in Boston College's Newton Campus, a short walk to the TML. For more directions, please visit
  • There will not be a remote option for this workshop.
  • Please contact Mei Mendez ( with any questions.
February 12, 2020

The Health Sciences COI has scheduled a meeting for Wednesday, February 12th, from 1:00pm-2:00pm. The agenda and meeting details will be shared on the COI's list-serv.

February 13, 2020

Tips for Implementing a Library Mentoring Program

A library mentoring program can contribute to staff success by providing onboarding support and building relationships. This webinar will cover the essential needs to consider when creating a mentoring program, and offer practical recommendations on how to start building a mentoring program in your library.

Register Here!

Learning outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to
  • Articulate the benefits of a library mentoring program
  • Understand the basic needs for administering a library mentoring program
  • Decide on the next steps for their institutions

Presenter bio:

Laura Evans ( is the Head of Cataloging/Metadata at Amherst College. Previously, she was the Assistant Head of Cataloging at Binghamton University, where she participated in the library’s mentoring program as both a mentor and a mentee. She is also a member of the ALCTS Mentoring Program Subcommittee, and is the author of the article Supervisors as Mentors, published in College and Research Library News in July/August 2019.  

February 19, 2020

The Heads of Resource Management Committee is scheduled to meeto on Wednesday, February 19th from 10:00am-12:00pm. Location details and the agenda will be made available closer to the meeting.

April 01, 2020

The Heads of Resource Management Committee have scheduled a meeting on Wednesday, April 1st, from 10:00am-12:00pm. Location details and the meeting agenda will be shared via the Committee's list-serv closer to the date.

May 08, 2020

The Heads of Resource Management Committee have scheduled a meeting on Friday, May 8th, from 10:00am-12:00pm. Location details and the agenda will be shared closer to the meeting date via the committee's list-serv.

June 11, 2020 to June 12, 2020