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Massachusetts School Library Research Project: Home


Welcome to the Massachusetts School Library Study resource portal! 

The material gathered here is to provide advocacy material for schools and stakeholders interested in promoting

equitable access for children to the resources, instruction,

and literacy available through the school library by licensed school library teachers.

Thank you to Salem State University for hosting this important work.

Library Legislative Day 2019

Please join us this year at the Statehouse in Boston for Library Legislative Day on Tuesday, March 5, 2019! This event is free. Library Legislative Day is co-sponsored by MLA and MSLA. Please register online at:

We look forward to seeing school libraries represented at the Library Legislative Day Showcase in the Great Hall. Let's show our Legislators the best of school library services and innovations! Library users and supporters are welcome too. Please note that the time of the showcase event is 9 AM -11:15 AM.

Showcase materials need to be portable and set up by 9 and removed by 11"15 to allow the most efficient use of the Great Hall on that day. The period for accepting proposals has passed.

Library legislative breakfasts have been scheduled throughout the Commonwealth and are now in progress.  Here is a LINK.  These events provide a great opportunity to connect with your Legislators in an informal setting and let them know how important it is to support libraries.

If you are interested in hosting a breakfast at your library, please let me know.  I have a checklist of useful steps and can share my experience with being involved in planning and attending many breakfasts.

We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues, supporters, and end users.

2018-2019 Milken Award Recipient

Congratulations to


for being awarded the 2018-2019 Milken Educator Award

"Jennifer Gordon, a librarian at Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School, became the state’s 45th Milken Award winner. She is the only Massachusetts recipient in 2018-19, and one of up to 40 recipients across the country this school year. The Milken Award recognizes exemplary elementary and secondary school teachers, principals and specialists who are furthering excellence in education."

MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Press Release


MassCUE 2018

DESE Presentation