Nearly one thousand librarians and library supporters rallied at the State Capitol last Tuesday against yet another round of State cuts. Several speakers unified the voices of thousands into a single message for the Governor and State Legislature: "Libraries are Essential and Funding is Critical."
The Governor's proposed 2010-2011 Executive Budget Governor includes an additional 2.76% or $2.4 million cut in funding for New York's libraries that would drop Library Aid to $84.45 million, which is below 1998 levels.
Legislators offered little hope that the cut will be restored and made it clear that New York's uncertain economic recovery and its leadership difficulties in particular are impeding budget negotiations.
MHLS was well represented with more than 50 library supporters in attendance. We met with all 13 area legislators that represent the MHLS service area and people did a great job getting the point across - Hudson Valley residents rely on libraries and the System more than ever in hard economic times and cutting libraries further is not the answer to the State's budget woes.
Nine member library Friends Groups stepped up to help financially by supporting the bus to Albany for Library Lobby Day to help keep costs down for MHLS. We'd like to thank the following groups who so generously donated:
- Friends of the Brewster Public Library
- Friends of the Town of Esopus Library
- Friends of the Kinderhook Memorial Library
- Friends of the Mahopac Library
- Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District
- Friends of the Red Hook Public Library
- Friends of the Starr Library (Rhinebeck)
- Friends of the Saugerties Public Library
- Friends of the Grinnell Library Association (Wappingers Falls)
MHLS welcomes Sue Hoadley as the new director of the Red Hook Public Library.
In-Library Laptop Loan Program Launched at the Marlboro Free Library: "The policy, procedural and technical obstacles have all been overcome so we can finally launch this exciting new program. Two laptop computers that the Library purchased as part of a grant will be available to the public for use INSIDE the building. Mothers with toddlers in the Library can now remain in the Children's Area and check their email while attending to junior at the same time. These Internet enabled machines will also come in handy for patrons when the Library computers are all in use (although printing has not yet been enabled). Adults over the age of 18 with clean MHLS library cards are eligible to use these laptops once they sign the appropriate use agreement form and provide photo identification."
Library Assistant / Technician Training Program (One-Week Course): This certificate, non-credit program is sponsored by NYLA in cooperation with Ulster County Community College. It is open to individuals already working or newly hired in libraries, or people interested in working in libraries. To receive a certificate from NCC or UCCC, the individual must complete the entire 18 hour program. The cost of the program is $250. Course descriptions:
-Introduction: A survey of libraries, from their beginnings in pre-history to the dynamic institutions they are today. This section introduces students who plan to or are currently working in libraries to the various aspects of library work, to the functions of a library, and to the distinctive role of the library assistant/technician. Attention is given to the development of libraries so that the student may be aware of what a library is, how it has evolved, and what types are found today. The current employment situation is also discussed. This section includes an overview of all library areas and includes Public/Circulation Services, Reference, and Technical Services.
-Public / Circulation Services: An introduction to public services in libraries. This section includes circulation services and systems, reserve and special collections, shelving and stack maintenance, customer service, public relations, confidentiality and security.
-Reference: An introduction to reference and information services in libraries. Topics include the organization of information, the reference question, and search strategies. Electronic reference products, trends in reference work, library/bibliographic instruction, information literacy, and types of reference materials are discussed. The role of the library technician in this aspect of library service is explored.
-Technical Services: An overview of the technical processing services that are carried out in libraries to ensure the growth, development, and bibliographic control of all collections of materials. Students will be introduced to the procedures required to acquire, catalog, process, and preserve materials in all formats. This section will also consider the impact computers have had on the technical services of libraries.
Ulster County Community College
May 10 - May 15, 2010
-Introduction: Monday, May 10th, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Tuesday May 11th, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Thursday, May 13th, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Wednesday, May 12th, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Saturday, May 15th, 1:00 - 4:00pm PM
-Reference: Saturday, May 15th, 9:00am - 12:00pm
LaGrange Library has an immediate opening for a P/T Senior Clerk to handle interlibrary loan, data entry and circulation. $9.40/hour, 12 ½ - 21 hours a week: Monday 8:30am - 2:00pm, Wednesday 1:00 - 8:00pm and alternating Saturdays 9:00am - 5:00pm. LaGrange Library is a busy, customer service-centered library where we take our work seriously but also bring a sense of humor to our day-to-day tasks. Candidates should be flexible, enjoy working with the public, detail oriented and able to multitask. Knowledge and experience with Millennium is a preferred. Email resume to email@example.com or visit the library to complete an application.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. The MHLS Bulletin is available on line at http://midhudson.org/bulletins/main.htm.