Vol.10-11   3.16.10

Empire State Book Festival

The New York Library Association (NYLA) is launching the first annual Empire State Book Festival and Gala on April 9-10th at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. The two day event starts off with the Gala - NYS Writers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday, April 9th at 6:00pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Albany. The NYS Writers Hall of Fame will showcase the rich literary heritage of NYS by inducting two current authors - Mary Gordon and Robert Caro and 10 past authors into the Hall of Fame. Tickets are $75 and are tax-deductible. Proceeds will be used to support the Writers Hall of Fame/Book Festival.

The Empire State Book Festival starts at 10:00am on Saturday, April 10th with Keynote Author Gregory Maguire of Wicked fame. The Festival includes panel discussions, author talks, story-telling, etc. from 120 writers, poets, journalists, illustrators, etc. The event is free and open to the public.

Information and invites to the Gala and Book Festival can be found at http://www.empirestatebookfestival.org Promotional posters and bookmarks to distribute to the public are being printed and will be sent to libraries by the end of March.

Be a volunteer at the first ever Empire State Book Festival: "We need friendly, enthusiastic book lovers, ages 18 and older, to escort authors, greet guests, monitor events, run errands and assist with many other tasks at the Festival." Volunteers are needed on the day of the Festival in Albany, Saturday, April 10th beginning with set-up at 8:00am and ending with take-down through 6:30pm. If you'd like to help at the Book Festival, please fill out their Volunteer Registration form found at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PNP69RV. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Anne Waltz at volunteer@empirestatebookfestival.org

MHLS Libraries
New York State Library Announces 2009-2011 Adult Literacy Library Services Grant to the Mahopac Library - $29,740 for "Strategies for
Survival: Workforce Empowerment through Literacy Education."
The Mahopac Public Library will offer workplace literacy workshops to help the unemployed or underemployed population in Putnam County get back into the workforce or get better jobs. The workshops, Strategies for Survival, will focus on helping students approach their job search in a professional and confident manner, demonstrate initiative, acquire computer skills, and communicate effectively with colleagues, supervisors and the public. The library's partners are the Westchester/Putnam One-Stop Center and Literacy Volunteers of Putnam.

Resource Sharing & Millennium
The text of the Bills in Millennium has been changed. The MHLS Directors Association (DA) approved the following text and the changes have been applied in Millennium.

This is a bill for replacement cost(s) for the following item(s) which have not been returned.

Please note that some libraries use collection agencies to recover unpaid fines or unreturned items. An additional collections charge may be applied to your account.

Returning these items can reduce the amount you owe.

Marketing, Advocacy & Funding
Over 30 people attended the Display & Exhibit workshop held in early February. We have received some great feedback from a number of libraries who have already begun to de-clutter their libraries, particularly their circ desk areas and entrances, and those who are doing signage inventories to maximize the effectiveness of displays and exhibits in their library. Resources from the workshop are available on the MHLS web site in the Marketing & PR section: http://midhudson.org/funding/marketing/main.htm

Youth Services
The Poughkeepsie Public Library District is starting a Library Story Time designed for children with special needs, such as autism, Down Syndrome, sensory-processing disorder/ language-delays and other disabilities. Activities include stories, rhymes, songs, puppets, and flannel board stories that are geared for the preschool level. This program is not dictated by age so that elementary age children with special needs are welcome to join us for this preschool level story time. After story time is finished, parents and children are invited to stay to interact with the other participants.

Trustee Resources
2010 Trustee Institute April 30th & May 1st presented by the New York State Association of Library Boards (NYSALB) in Melville, New York at the Long Island Melville Marriott Hotel. Sessions offered include:

-Trustees' Top Ten: The Best practices of Successful Boards Presented by Jerry Nichols, Director of the Palmer School of Library and Information Science
Editor of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State, this session for attendees will discuss the key traits of successful public library boards and how you can follow their example. All attendees will receive the newly revised Trustees Handbook

-Holding Effective Library Board Meetings presented by Kevin Verbesey, Director, Suffolk Cooperative Library System. Your library programming and effectiveness is as good as your board. Your board is as good as its leaders and how well prepared they are for each year and each meeting. In this session learn how and what your meetings should cover and how best to prepare for them.

-Positioning for Long Term Success with Strategic Planning presented by Jon Allen, Management Consultant & Adjunct faculty member at Dowling College Graduate School of Business. Strategic planning is a powerful tool for your roadmap to success; ensuring that your library has a strategic plan is one of the primary duties of a Board. In this session, lean about: what strategic planning is and the board's role in this plan, benefits of strategic planning, organizing the strategic planning process, importance of environmental scans and the SWOT analysis, how to incorporate patron needs into your planning, and creating accountability for implementation of a strategic plan.

To register for the Trustee Institute go to http://www.nysalb.org/institute/index.html

Job Openings
The Valatie Free Library is seeking a part time Library Director. The Library Director is expected to represent the library within the community and Mid-Hudson Library System, develop programs, develop collections, provide budgeting information, hire, manage and train staff/volunteers, manage the library facilities, advise the Board on pertinent issues, and give monthly reports on library operations, attend meetings and participate in fundraising events. Must be flexible with availability. Job includes day, evening and weekend hours (total 30 - 35 hrs). Bachelor's degree preferred or equivalent library experience. Interested candidates should submit resume to the Valatie Free Library, PO Box 336, Valatie, NY 12184, attention: Erica Balon by March 22, 2010.

Librarian I position available at The Woodstock Public Library District. This is a full-time, civil service position. Hours include some evenings and Saturdays. Minimum Qualifications: MLS from an ALA accredited program and Public Librarian's Professional Certificate issued by the State of New York or eligibility to obtain said certificate. Some public library experience preferred. Please submit resume with cover letter and three references by April 6, 2010 to: Amy Raff, Director, Woodstock Public Library District, 5 Library Lane, Woodstock, NY 12498.

The NorthEast-Millerton Library has an immediate opening for a part-time Library Assistant to handle circulation, interlibrary loans, and data entry. Approximately 25 hours per week at $8/hr. Qualified applicants must be computer proficient and have good interpersonal skills for working with the public. Familiarity with library operations and circulation applications is desirable but not required. Email resume to rcohn@nemillertonlibrary.org or fax to 518.789.6802.

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.