Vol.10-05   2.2.10

Libraries Are Part of the Solution

The Governor's 2010-2011 Executive Budget Proposal calls for Library Aid to be cut by 2.76% or $2.4 million from $86.8 million. If accepted by the NYS Legislature this would be the fifth cut to library funding in two years.

MHLS is launching its 2010 Advocacy Campaign as the February Word-of-Mouth-Marketing Experiment topic: In tough economic times, Libraries Are Part of the Solution, which builds on the Don't Cut the Heart out of Our Community theme that we all got behind last year.

The icon of the campaign, a library card with a heart cut out of it helps us all tell the story about what these cuts mean to libraries in New York:
- Systems, working together with member libraries, provide the technology, training and support necessary for modern library services;
- The amazing return on investment Systems provide ($13 in public service for every $1 invested) has been eroded by these cuts.
- These cuts hit local taxpayers in the wallet - the new member fee instituted this year is a direct result of these cuts.

Posters are being distributed to every library with this week's Bulletin with talking points for staff on the flip side.
- Legislators want to hear from library patrons
- The state has already cut library funding 4 times in less than two years
- Libraries and the System save money for everyone who uses them; they are a great investment
- State cuts to our System have resulted in higher costs for our local library, which could result in higher taxes for you

We are asking all libraries to help participate in spreading the word about the proposed cut, encouraging patrons to get involved by contacting their legislators in person, by phone and email.

Library Lobby Day in Albany: Tuesday, March 2nd.
It's all about the two Ns: Numbers & Noise - WE NEED YOU THERE! Lobby Day is a statewide effort coordinated by the New York Library Association (NYLA) to get library supporters in the offices of their state legislators in Albany. MHLS works to make the day as easy to participate in as possible:
- Appointments with legislators are made by MHLS. (Schedule coming soon)
- Transportation is coordinated with neighboring systems - pick up the bus for $18. Stops include the Newburg Mall, New Paltz Thruway Exit, Quality Inn (Kingston Thruway Exit) and Catskill Thruway Exit. Bus sign-up form is available at http://midhudson.org
- Legislators want to see their constituents on Lobby Day. Encourage non-paid stakeholders like trustees and Friends along with patrons to attend Lobby Day. [This could be a great learning experience for Home School families!]
- To learn more about the "Lobby Day Experience" visit the Lobby Day page in the MHLS Advocacy Toolkit: http://midhudson.org/funding/advocacy/10lobbyday.htm

Register today for Lobby Day at http://calendar.midhudson.org

Don't miss the opportunity to get in the mood for Lobby Day with this great workshop by Libby Post of Communication Services: Library Advocacy: The Un-Quiet Zone Monday, March 1, 2010 from 1:00 - 4:00pm at the Courtyard by Marriott Wolf Road, Albany, NY. Those involved with libraries - staff and boards - are usually seen as quiet, well meaning folks who just want to make sure there are "free books" on the shelves. This workshop will give you the strategy, tactics and tools to let everyone - especially our elected officials and policymakers - know that libraries and their supporters aren't the "Marian, the Librarian" stereotype we've all grown up with. Libby Post, CEO of Communication Services, and a veteran of advocacy and library campaigns, will show you the tools you'll need to effectively advocate for your library. From print to social media to grassroots organizing to lobby visits, this workshop is one you won't want to miss. Preregistration is required: http://www.nyla.org/content/user_1/I004_Advocacy.pdf. Space is limited. Registration is completed when your payment arrives at NYLA. You will be contacted by NYLA only if the workshop is filled.This half-day workshop is $60 for NYLA members and $85 for non-members. Attendees of the PAC Gala on the evening of March 1 may attend the workshop for free.

MHLS Announcements
Email Lists Transition: This week we will begin transitioning the email communication lists - MHLS-Main, MHLS-Millennium and MHLS-YS to the Google Groups format. MHLS is pursuing this transition as a cost-savings measure, we appreciate everyone's patience during this process. We will post to each list to prepare all subscribers. Questions?
- MHLS Main: Rebekkah - rsmith@midhudson.org or x239
- MHLS-MILLENNIUM: Laurie - lshedrick@midhudson.org or x221
- MHLS-YS: Christina - clinder@midhudson.org or x235

Job Openings
Executive Director, Mid-Hudson Library System
The Board of the Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS), an Equal Opportunity Employer, is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director due to the June retirement of the 10-year incumbent. Based in Poughkeepsie, New York, MHLS is a state-supported cooperative/ interdependent system of 66 large and small local libraries in a five-county region of the mid-Hudson River valley. 17 full-time and 8 part-time employees provide a wide range of catalogue, circulation, program, support, and technology services to the member libraries. Program Plan of Service and annual budget application require State approval.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Trustees and will provide oversight and leadership for the staff in developing these programs and services. Extensive communication and interaction with the Directors and Boards of the member libraries is required to determine the specific mix which will best meet the needs of the member libraries. The Executive Director will represent the system and member libraries at NYLA and in other professional venues.

The successful candidate will:
- Be a visible leader willing to become thoroughly acquainted with our System needs and the needs/personnel of the member libraries
- Be an exceptional listener and communicator with outstanding interpersonal skills
- Be an administrator who empowers others but remains accountable for all areas of planning, oversight, personnel, and budget
- Be a public librarian with the exceptional experience, flexibility, and vision to help our system provide continuing high levels of service to our member libraries in our current economic climate, and to help our system evolve to meet future needs and constraints

- Hold a Master of Library Science (MLS) degree from an ALA-accredited institution
- Hold or be eligible to hold a New York State Public Librarian Certificate
- Have eight or more years of professional library experience (post MLS) at least two years of which shall have been in an administrative capacity
- Be familiar with, or demonstrate the ability to become familiar with the unique relationship between local libraries and library systems in New York State

Pay Range: $90K/year - Negotiable depending on experience - Competitive benefits. To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to MHLSsearch@gmail.com Application review to begin on March 1, 2010.

P/T Reference Librarian at the Patterson Library with MS in Library/ Information Science for evenings and Saturdays, 11-16 hours per week, $12-$16 per hour. Must be reliable, personable and mature. Resumes to: Patterson Library, PO Box 418, Patterson, NY 12563 or reference@pattersonlibrary.org

MHLS recommends that the minimum starting salary of a full or part-time librarian with an MLS degree be at least equal to that of a teacher with a master's degree in the same community.

Member Libraries are welcome to submit items of interest and job openings to the MHLS Bulletin: bulletin@midhudson.org. The MHLS Bulletin is available on line at http://midhudson.org/bulletins/main.htm.