Vol.10-08   2.23.10

Lobby Day Countdown!

NYLA's Library Lobby Day is one week from today, on Tuesday, March 2nd, in Albany. More than 20 MHLS Member Library Supporters are registered to attend and just as many have committed to call their legislators' Albany offices that morning.

There is still time to help:
- Come with us! Bus registration is open until the end of the week, visit http://midhudson.org for more information. If you have never been to Albany for Lobby Day check out the "Lobby Day Experience" on our web site: http://midhudson.org/funding/advocacy/10lobbyday.htm
- Be active online! Sign the petition, send a fax and Friend the ProtectNYLibraries.org cause on Facebook through http://www.protectnylibraries.org/
- Get out the crayons! Connect kids at your library with the bear or hearts themed "Don't Cut the Heart Out of our Community" coloring sheets found at http://midhudson.org and send them up to your legislators Albany office.
- Make some calls! Plan to add to the noise on Tuesday, March 2nd by calling your NYS Senator and Assemblyperson's Albany offices to help support those who are making the trip to Albany that day. Contact info for each of the 13 NYS legislators that serve the MHLS service area is listed at http://midhudson.org

- If you are planning to come to Albany for Lobby Day please register online at http://calendar.midhudson.org so we can be sure to get you the most up-to-date schedule before your leave for Albany.
- On Monday, March 1st, there will be an advocacy workshop in Albany led by Libby Post of Communication Services, Inc. Register for "Library Advocacy: The Unquiet Zone" at http://www.nyla.org/
- Also on Monday, March 1st is the New Yorkers for Better Libraries Fundraising Gala, at the same location as the advocacy workshop - this is the best way to get the latest update on what's going on in Albany before Lobby Day. For more information visit http://nylibs-pac.net/

Questions? Contact Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Coordinator for Library Growth & Sustainability at rsmith@midhudson.org or x239.

Resource Sharing & Millennium
Reminder: Mandatory Millennium Holds Training Registration Deadline is February 28th. The Directors Association requires that at least one staff person from each library 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. 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

Reference & Collection Development
We are live! All MHLS libraries and patrons have access to the MHLS Digital Download Center from OverDrive for downloadable audiobooks at http://mhls.lib.overdrive.com/. The link has been added to every county HOMEACCESS page at http://midhudson.org/databases/. Libraries that have their web sites managed by MHLS have the OverDrive graphic linked to their home page. At http://midhudson.org/collection/overdrive.htm you will find information about OverDrive including graphics for your library web site and a "start-guide" you can print for patrons. This will be mass produced for the March 2010 MHLS Word-of-Mouth Marketing Experiment and sent to each library. If you did not yet see the Browse, Checkout & Download training, it is available at http://midhudson.org/collection/overdrive.htm. Additional training for 'Patron Assistance' is available March 5th & 8th. You can access this training from your computer or join us to view it in the MHLS Auditorium. Check the calendar at http://calendar.midhudson.org/ for details."

Help with Country Studies from the Central Library: Visit the Reference and Collection Development page on the Mid-Hudson Library System website http://www.midhudson.org/ to read the latest edition of the Central Library Bulletin, or get there directly by clicking on http://midhudson.org/CL/enews/vol4_iss1.pdf.

The Winter 2010 issue focuses on country studies, a particularly challenging area of the collection to keep complete and current. Whether your patrons need information for school reports, or to gain perspective on events in places like Haiti, they can turn to US government-hosted websites for authoritative information. This issue also highlights recent Central Library book purchases, which run the gamut from starting a doggy daycare to healing humanity and Mother Earth.

Please send you feedback to Sue Hermans, Coordinator of Central Reference Library Services at the Poughkeepsie Public Library District at shermans@poklib.org, along with your suggestions for future issues.

Job Openings
The D.R. Evarts Library in Athens seeks a Part-time Library Clerk. Applicant will be required to work 6 hours/week and every third Saturday. Job duties will include cataloging, re-shelving, and circulation desk work. Additional hours may be given to cover for staff vacations. Applicants must be reliable and have a working knowledge of Millennium and Microsoft, strong customer service skills, a good sense of humor, and 1 year of public library experience. Pay-DOE. Email resume to Bonnie Snyder, Library Director, at d.r.evartslibrary@gmail.com or fax to 518.945.1725.

The Pleasant Valley Library seeks afternoon/ weekend clerk. $9/hour, 22 hours/week to start. Hours are Monday - Thursday 1:00 - 5:00pm, and alternating Fridays 12:00 - 6:00pm / Saturdays 9:00am -4:00pm. Applicant should be friendly with patrons and comfortable in a fast paced yet small staffed library. Fax resume to 845.635.9556 or drop by to fill out an application.

Executive Director, Upper Hudson Library System: The Board of Trustees of the Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS) is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director due to the retirement of the 10-year incumbent. UHLS is a cooperative system of 29 public libraries with an annual budget of $1.8 million and a staff of 10 FTE. UHLS is headquartered in Albany, NY, an urban hub with easy access to New York City, Montreal, the Berkshires and the Adirondack Mountains. Applicants must know and understand public library and administrative practices, fiscal management, and automated systems. Position reports to the UHLS Board of Trustees and is responsible for implementation of Board policies and for the general supervision of the System staff. Applicant must be willing to travel to the member libraries and to work together with their directors and trustees, consolidating the member libraries' needs into a System-wide plan. The position requires:
1. Creative leadership and consensus-building capabilities;
2. Familiarity with library automation systems and current technologies;
3. Ability to advocate convincingly on behalf of public libraries and work within a complex State bureaucratic structure;
4. Ability to lead and inspire System staff;
5. Commitment to flexible and creative solutions within the current economic situation while continuing the high quality of services provided to the member libraries;
6. Developing a broad knowledge of New York State's library systems and the ways in which they serve their member libraries.
Qualifications: Masters Degree in Library Science (MLS) from an ALA-accredited institution; Eligibility for a New York State Public Librarian's Professional Certificate; and eight or more years of increasingly responsible public library experience (post MLS) including three or more years in an administrative capacity. Hiring range $80,000 - $90,000. Generous benefits including New York State Retirement. Deadline for applications: March 31, 2010. Start date August 1, 2010. Send letter, resume and three references to: Mary Muller, Chair, Search Committee, 207 Second St., Troy, NY 12180; email: marymuller207@gmail.com. Job description and information available at: http://www.uhls.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.