Vol.10-12   3.23.10

Construction Awards Announced

The FY2010 State Aid for Public Library Construction Grant Program Awards were announced and seven MHLS Member Libraries have been awarded funds from the $521,041 allocated to MHLS. These libraries started this process a year ago and have patiently waited for this announcement!

Catskill - $54,313
Handicapped Accessibility & Renovation: Significant renovation plan that will create a handicapped accessible entrance and bathrooms where currently there are none. Renovation of ground floor will also result in a dedicated children's and teen area and accessible community meeting space. Increase in usable public space: 30%.

Esopus - $47,646
Energy Efficiency: Installation of solar panels that will provide an estimated 32% of the buildings energy.

Haines Falls - $62,678
Expansion & Energy Efficiency: Phase of a significant renovation of a purchased building that addresses the electrical and lighting systems. Overall increase in usable public space: 466%.

Hillsdale - $50,000
New Construction & Energy Efficiency: Later phase of a new construction project addressing interior finishes such as plumbing, lighting, drywall and bookcases and cabinetry. Overall increase in usable public space: 650%.

New Lebanon - $55,632
Energy Efficiency & Handicapped Accessibility: Energy efficiency components: geothermal heating/cooling system and new, metal roof; Handicapped accessible component: creation of a handicapped accessible bathroom for the public where currently one does not exist.

Poughkeepsie - $90,000
Expansion: Late phase of a major expansion project focusing on final fixtures and furnishings: shelving, circulation desk, reference desk, computer tables, public seating, etc. Overall increase in usable public space: 270%

Rhinecliff - $7,890
Handicapped Accessibility: Re-build the front porch to make the entrance of the library handicapped accessible.

If your library is interested in applying for the next round of NYS Construction funding read on!

How to apply for this year's Construction Grant:
1. The first step in applying for the next round of State Aid for Public Library Construction grants is for each library director to fill out MHLS Action Memo #10-04: Construction Needs Update that is in today's delivery with the MHLS Bulletin. It is a requirement of the grant that this memo be filed by April 16th.

2. Attend the NYS Division of Library Development's Construction Grant workshop being held in the MHLS Auditorium on Thursday, April 22nd from 10:00am - 12:30pm. This workshop is mandatory for any library that has not applied before and strongly recommended for all others as a refresher. Grace Kelly of DLD who manages the grant program at the State will walk participants through the grant application process step-by-step. She will be joined by Jim Warren from New York State's Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) who will talk about steps libraries in historic buildings should be aware of within the grant parameters. Register online at http://calendar.midhudson.org

3. An optional workshop is being held in the afternoon, after the DLD Construction Grant Workshop from 1:30-3:30pm: Greening Your Library. Many energy efficiency projects are eligible under the NYS Construction grant so come and learn how to "save green by going green" with this workshop presented by MHLS Coordinator for Library Growth & Sustainability Rebekkah Smith Aldrich. Rebekkah is a certified Sustainable Building Advisor and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She will be joined by ISI Solar who will present a case study of a solar electric installation project and Ned Schneier, Board President of the Roeliff Jansen Community Library in Hillsdale/Ancram who will be on hand to share the story of their new green library and their relationship with the funding agency NYSERDA. Register online at http://calendar.midhudson.org/

4. MHLS will notify member libraries on the grant eligibility list (created based on library response to the Action Memo from Step1) when the application materials become available and when the MHLS deadline is (usually in July or August).

MHLS Announcements
The MHLS Board of Trustees met on Saturday, March 13, in the MHLS Auditorium and:
- approved two 2009 year-end budget adjustments;
- went into Executive Session to discuss a Search Committee issue;
- reviewed the System' s 2009 Annual Report;
- authenticated applications for the System's two 2010 LSTA Projects: "Building Your Base Online" and the NYS Summer Reading program "Make a Splash Read";
- reviewed and approved the ranking criteria for 2010-2011 Construction Grant applications;
- reviewed the System's Technology Plan for 2010-2013.
The next meeting of the Board is Wednesday, May 12, at 10:00am and will be held at the Poughkeepsie Public Library District's Adriance Memorial Library in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Marketing, Advocacy & Funding
USDA Community Facilities Loans and Grants for Rural Libraries: Please note: To qualify for a grant the median family income in your library's service area would need to be below $45,505. The Secretary of Agriculture has allocated $100 million in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Community Facilities funding for public libraries to provide educational opportunities and improve public services in rural communities. The funding will be provided primarily through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. "In 78 percent of rural communities, the library is the sole provider of no-fee Internet access," Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the ALA Washington Office, said. "This funding specifically set aside for rural libraries is a lifeline for communities across the country who depend on their local libraries for basic needs such as Internet access as well as assistance with e-government services, literacy and homework programs, and much more." Funds may be used to construct, enlarge or improve public libraries. This can include costs to acquire land needed for a facility, pay necessary professional fees and purchase equipment required for operation. Funds can be used to purchase shelving, furniture, computers, audio-visual equipment, distance learning equipment and bookmobiles. Depending on funding availability, USDA Rural Development will provide up to $500,000 in additional Recovery Act dedicated grant funds to each of the State Offices for library projects. For more information, see the USDA Rural Development fact sheet: http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/USDA.pdf
The Eastern (NY) Region Area Director is:
Ronda Falkena, Area Director, 845.987.8111 or 315.399.8396; ronda.falkena@ny.usda.gov

WOMM Update:
-The March Word-of-Mouth Marketing Experiment focused on the downloadable audiobooks available through the new MHLS Digital Download Center (Overdrive) [http://mhls.lib.overdrive.com] is going great! The number of unique users registered and items checked out have increased by over 70% (March 1-12).
-April Word-of-Mouth Marketing Topic: Practice Tests database in HOMEACCESS. All library staff that interact with patrons should take some time over the next two weeks to familiarize themselves with the Practice Tests database as this will be the focus of the April Word-of-Mouth Marketing Experiment.

Administration & Management
Tech Support Tip: Label your routers, switches, and cables. Knowing what and where things are is invaluable when troubleshooting network issues.
Not sure what devices do what? The MHLS Computer Operations Department can help: 845.471.6060 x240 or computeroperations@midhudson.org

For more tips like this save the date! Friday, May 7th MHLS will offer a technology basics workshop for directors and all staff who work with patrons and library computers.

Job Openings
The Tivoli Free Library currently has two positions available: An immediate opening for a part-time Library Clerk to handle circulation, data entry and daily opening or closing duties. Approximately 8 to15 hours per week with pay based on experience in the $9+ an hour range. Qualified applicants should 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.
An immediate opening for a part-time Library Program Coordinator. The position requires a very energetic multi-task oriented individual to plan, promote, implement & evaluate programs for all ages. The ability to supervise & coordinate part-time staff, volunteers & program facilitators is a must. The work week consists of approximately 8 to15 hours per week, possibly more hours seasonally with pay based on experience in the $10 to $12 an hour range. Qualified applicants should be computer proficient and have good interpersonal skills for working with the public and groups of varying ages. Familiarity with library operations and circulation applications is desirable but not required.
Email resume to tivolidirector@gmail.com or by mail
Attn: Bonny Corrado, Director, Tivoli Free Library,
P.O. Box 400, Tivoli NY 12583.

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.