Vol.10-06   2.9.10

Mandatory Holds Training

Mandatory Millennium Holds Training: Find out how holds really work and how you can improve this service in your library. Presented by Laurie Shedrick, MHLS Automated Systems Manager.

The Directors Association requires that at least one staff person from each library should attend this training to ensure that our circulation practices are consistent and correct.

This workshop is intended as a re-training. Attendee should have a basic understanding about Millennium Circulation. Staff who need beginner training must attend Circulation Essentials.

This workshop will cover:
- Placing Holds
- Viewing holds/Managing Holds for your patrons
- High Demand Holds
- Clearing the Holdshelf
- Paging & Holds Queue
- Questions are encouraged, so bring them along!

Sessions will be held in each county, choose one:
- Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 10:00am- 12:00pm
Kingston Library | 55 Franklin ST, Kingston

- Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 10:00am- 12:00pm
Mid-Hudson Library System Auditorium | Market ST, Poughkeepsie

- Friday, March 12, 2010 - 10:00am- 12:00pm
Patterson | 1167 Route 311, Patterson

- Monday, April 5, 2010 - 10:00am- 12:00pm
Heermance Library (Coxsackie) |1 Ely ST Coxsackie

- Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 10:00am- 12:00pm
Germantown Library | 31 Palatine Park Rd.

Register online through the MHLS Calendar at http://calendar.midhudson.org

Registration Deadline: February 28th

MHLS Announcements
OverDrive Digital Downloads Update: MHLS staff continues to work on the launch of the new downloadable audio book interface through Overdrive. The opening day collection has been purchased, thanks to selection work done by the Central Library and the MHLS Bibliographic Maintenance Team is hard at work entering the item records so the Overdrive audio books will appear in the MHLS Online Catalog. The majority of the collection will work with iPods as well as MP3 players. Most will be MP3 (OMA) because it is the most compatible, some will be WMA (OAB) if it is the only way an important title can be included. Most selections will be fiction targeted to adults. All will be unabridged. Only single copies of each item will be purchased. Training for library staff is going on this week. The public launch of this new service will begin in March. We are working with partner services designers at OverDrive to develop customized print materials (including step-by-step "smart guides" which will be distributed to all MHLS libraries) and a web site which pictures all the titles and groups them into easy to browse categories.

Incentive Program Reminders:
- March 1st is the deadline to apply for the YSS Section Conference Grant. $1,000 will be divided between libraries sending people to the NYLA Youth Services Section Conference. The maximum amount awarded is $250. You will need to submit a letter of intent and will need to send in documentation of attendance following the conference.
- March 1st is also the deadline to apply for the National Conference Grant. $3,000 will be divided among the number of libraries sending people to the ALA, PLA or CIL Conference. The maximum amount awarded is $500. You will need to submit a letter of intent and will need to send in documentation of attendance following the conference.
- 2009 Claims: March 15th is the deadline to send in claims under the MHLS Incentive Program for payment in the next incentive checks. This is the last call to submit claims under the 2009 Incentive Program.
Please use separate claim sheets for 2009 and 2010 claims. Claim Sheets for both years are available on our website at http://midhudson.org/mhls/incentive/main.htm
Please call Doris Formby at x 210 or e-mail to dformby@midhudson.org if you have any questions or need help filing your claim.

Save the date! April 22nd (The 40th Anniversary of Earth Day!) MHLS is pleased to announce that we will host a session of the NYS Division of Library Development's 2010 State Aid for Public Library Construction Grant Application (How-to) workshop. The workshop will take place from 10:30am-12:30pm in the MHLS Auditorium and be paired with a "Greening Your Library" workshop, which will be presented by MHLS Coordinator for Library Growth & Sustainability Rebekkah Smith Aldrich and include a library case study of a solar installation project done by ISI Solar, which will take place the same day, in the afternoon: 1:30-3:30pm. More information coming soon!

MHLS Libraries
MHLS welcomes two new member library directors:
- Barbara Shacker is the new director at the Morton Memorial Library in Pine Hill.
- Amy Raff has been named director of the Woodstock Public Library District as long-time director DJ Stern has retired. Amy was formerly the assistant director at Woodstock.

Professional Development
Registration for the 2010 American Library Association's national conference and exhibition (June 24-29) is now open at http://www.ala.org. This year's conference will be held in Washington D.C.

Marketing, Advocacy & Funding
Recently, Gale, part of the Cengage Learning Group, created an application for iPhone users called Access My Library. Based on an iPhone owner's location, Access My Library will point the user to libraries within a 10-mile radius of their location. A library can then be selected which will give the user the address, phone number, email address, website, and allow them to obtain access to all the library's Gale electronic resources. All MHLS member libraries' information has been submitted to Gale to have everyone listed in the application.

Youth Services
Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online: A new booklet recently released by the Federal Trade Commission and other government agencies helps parents and teachers steer kids safely through the online and mobile phone worlds. The booklet, Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online http://www.onguardonline.gov/pdf/tec04.pdf tells parents and teachers what they need to know to talk to kids about issues like cyberbullying, sexting, mobile phone safety, and protecting the family computer. Talking to kids about these topics can help them avoid behaving rudely online; steer clear of inappropriate content like pornography, violence, or hate speech; and protect themselves from contact with bullies, predators, hackers, and scammers.

Trustee Resources
Controversial Materials in the Library Collection: ALA's Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is partnering with the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) to present three one-hour webinars in February 2010 for library trustees on the topic of controversial materials in library collections. The webinars, entitled "Controversial Materials in the Library: Supporting Intellectual Freedom in Your Community," are intended to help trustees understand the basics of intellectual freedom in libraries. They will cover information on collection development policies, procedures for handling challenges to library materials, and tips on responding to controversies that may arise. Angela Maycock, OIF Assistant Director, will lead the webinar series. The webinars will be offered:
- February 17, 2010, 4:00-5:00pm
- February 23, 2010, 2:00-3:00pm or
- February 26, 2010, noon-1:00pm

The cost is $49 for individuals, $39 for ALTAFF members, and $95 for a group of two or more attendees at the same location. To register for "Controversial Materials in the Library: Supporting Intellectual Freedom in Your Community," visit http://www.ala.org/oif/onlinetrainings or call ALA Customer Service at 800.545.2433 x5.

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.