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MAHSLIN: 2021 Annual Meeting - VIRTUAL

The Massachusetts Health Sciences Libraries Network (MAHSLIN).


Heather Wiggins and Trey Robertson are federal employees who handle all things copyright. They will discuss what copyright is and how it relates to electronic/online resources.  More information on these speakers coming soon!


Christine PlattChristine Platt is a passionate advocate for social justice and policy reform. She holds a B.A. in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida, M.A. in African and African American Studies from The Ohio State University, and J.D. from Stetson University College of Law. A believer in the power of storytelling as a tool for social change, Christine’s literature centers on teaching race, equity, diversity and inclusion to people of all ages. She currently serves as the Managing Director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University.

Christine’s debut novel, The Truth About Awiti, won the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal for Multicultural Fiction and is currently used in high schools, colleges and universities to teach the history of the transatlantic slave trade and its lasting implications. In 2018, Christine decided to teach history to a new audience–children. She has since written over two dozen children’s books including the beloved Ana & Andrew series, which teaches young readers about African-American history and culture. She is also the author of several biographies for advanced readers and her first middle-grade work, Trailblazers: Martin Luther King Jr., was published by Penguin Random House in December 2020. Additionally, Christine recently signed with Candlewick Press/Walker Book on an original series entitled Frankie at Five which will introduce advanced/early middle-grade readers to the importance of journalism. Her next long anticipated adult work, The Afrominimalist’s Guide to Living with Less, will be published on June 15, 2021 by Simon & Schuster/Tiller Press.

Christine is a member of the Association of Black Women Historians, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and serves as an Ambassador for Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Christine regularly partners organizations on educational initiatives including Teaching for Change, Turning the Page, An Open Book Foundation, First Book, Eaton Workshop, PEN/Faulkner Foundation, and Writers and Artists Across the Country. Christine currently serves on the Board of Directors for Lee Montessori Public Charter School in Washington, DC.




April 14-15, 2021

Stress Less and Build Skills

9-12 each day

Virtual via Zoom

Registration is open now!

5$ for members, $10 for nonmembers

Conference Schedule

MAHSLIN 2021 Annual Virtual Meeting: Stress Less and Build Skills

Wednesday April 14 & Thursday April 15 from 9:00 – 12:00 noon

The MAHSLIN 2021 Annual Meeting will be virtual on Zoom



9:00 – 9:30 Welcome & Business Meeting

9:30 – 10:00 Vendor Lightning Rounds Part 1

10:00 – 10:30 Break and Breakout Rooms with Vendors

10:30 – 11:30 Copyright Presenters: Heather Wiggins and Trey Robertson

11:30 – 12:00 Member Skill Sharing



9:00 – 10:00 Welcome & Christine Platt –(Title to be Announced) Topic - Intersection of Minimalism and Social Justice & Antiracism

10:00 – 10:30 Break and Breakout Rooms with Vendors

10:30 – 11:00 Member Breakout Rooms

  • Value Added Services/Innovative Programs
  • Coping with job loss
  • Online Services
  • OER (Open Educational Resources) – To Feather the Nest-
  • Open Access/Paid Print Challenges
  • Health Apps

11:00 – 11:15 Group Briefing on Breakout Rooms

11:15 – 11:45 Vendor Lightning Rounds Part 2

11:45 – 12:00 Wrap Up and Raffle Prizes – Winners of Cute Pet Pics (Survey Monkey poll)