Vol.10-13   3.30.10

Spread the Word About: Practice Tests

The April 2010 MHLS Word-of-Mouth Marketing Experiment topic is the Practice Tests database available through HOMEACCESS, also known as the Testing & Education Reference Center. This database is a great tool in today's economy. It provides a starting place for people who want to explore a new career, need help with their resume, want to go back to school or get into college. The database includes:

High School Test Prep:
- GED prep - including GED Spanish.
- AP exams prep
- ASVAB prep - prepare for the military.
- Academic Skills Question Banks - build skills with practice tests for math, reading, science, and writing.
- High School Placement Test (HSPT)
- Also includes: resume for college application
College Prep Test Prep:
- CLEP prep - earn college credit (includes 29 tests).
- DSST prep - get college credit for what you know!
- SAT Subject Tests
- Also includes: "Find and pay for college" and a resume for college application
Career Test Prep:
- NCLEX - the gateway to a career in nursing.
- ASVAB prep - prepare for the military.
- PRAXIS - the gateway to a career in teaching.
- Civil service and licensure exams - including the Postal, Firefighter, and Police Officer exams.
- Also includes: Online Resume Builder and help researching careers
Graduate School Practice Tests:
- GRE prep
- GMAT prep

Included in this week's delivery is a poster with talking points to use at your circulation desk. At http://midhudson.org you can also access buttons for your web site, a sample press release and wording to use in the library's newsletter to promote this timely resource to patrons.

MHLS Announcements
Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Coordinator for Library Growth & Sustainability has been named one of Library Journal's 2010 Movers & Shakers. The LJ Movers & Shakers Award identifies 50 "accomplished and accomplishing" librarians internationally each year. Rebekkah was categorized as a Community Builder in the March 15th issue:

"A Deeper Green": It's hard to choose one example of Rebekkah Aldrich's work that best exemplifies her dedication to libraries. It could be that during her decade-long term as the coordinator of member information for the 66 libraries in New York State's Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS), she was the official contact for 38 of the 120 areas of service MHLS provides. Or it could be that she answered some 1500 questions a year on topics as disparate as advocacy, buildings, and legal issues. Or it could be that Aldrich guided 30 libraries to create Friends groups, or developed the trustee training curriculum now offered eight times a year, or built the widely recognized "Don't Cut the Heart Out of Our Community" advocacy campaign, or crafted a proven model for libraries to secure budget votes in their favor, or... you get the picture.

"Her knowledge and dedication have had a significant impact on dozens of library directors, hundreds of trustees, and hundreds of thousands of patrons in MHLS," says nominator Julie Johnson, director of the Kinderhook Memorial Library. "Every professional-development opportunity that Rebekkah takes advantage of exponentially benefits the New York State library community, because she effectively promulgates all that she learns."

Aldrich now has even more to share. In late 2009, she completed an advanced certificate in public library administration through the Palmer School of Long Island University and also netted certification as a Sustainable Building Advisor, the first librarian to do so, and became a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-Accredited Professional. In her new role as MHLS coordinator for library growth and sustainability, she'll bring new shades of meaning-and practical knowledge-to both.

"Libraries that go green are demonstrating, in one of the most visible ways possible, a commitment to being good stewards of public dollars," says Aldrich. With that kind of "green" thumb to follow, libraries can lead the way.

Come visit the Mid-Hudson Library System for the System Tour on Tuesday, April 27th from 10:00am - 12:30pm. The tour introduces member library staff and trustees to the MHLS staff and familiarizes them with available services. The tour will cover:
- An introduction to the MHLS organization, web site and electronic resources (the online library catalog and HOMEACCESS)

An introduction to the services and staff at MHLS:
- Technology Departments: Automated Services, Data Entry, AV Services, and Computer Operations
- Public Service Departments: Outreach & Continuing Education, Inter-Library Loan, Health Information Project, Youth Services & Community Connections, and Library Growth & Sustainability
- Administration Departments: Business Office, Shipping & Delivery

There will also be built-in time to talk one-on-one with department staff. Register now at http://calendar.midhudson.org/

MHLS Libraries
Congratulations to Hurley Public Library director Tracey Pause and the Hurley Board of Trustees, they are the latest member library to score 100% on the MHLS Essential Documents Inventory! The Essential Docs Inventory touches on the basics each library should have in place to meet NYS Minimum Standards for Public Libraries including a current long-range plan, report to the community and a full complement of both internal and external policies.

KinderhookLibrary.org Goes Mobile! Library patrons in Kinderhook can now access the Library's web site from their phone or other mobile device. When patrons access the library's webpage from their phone at http://kinderhooklibrary.org they are automatically redirected to a mobile version of the site at http//m.kinderhooklibrary.org. The site is a pared-down version of the full site but still lists upcoming events, our hours, a link to the catalog and more.

Resource Sharing & Millennium
There are two more opportunities to attend the Mandatory Millennium Holds Training presented by Laurie Shedrick, MHLS Automated Systems Manager. This training will cover all aspects of Millennium holds. We will discuss the best methods for placing holds, viewing holds, clearing holdshelf, paging, troubleshooting and even a little ILL.
- Monday, April 5th at the Heermance Memorial Library in Coxsackie from 10:00am - 12:00pm
- Tuesday, April 6th at the Germantown Library from 10:00am - 12:00pm
Please register online at http://calendar.midhudson.org/

Marketing, Advocacy & Funding
Public Library Vote Toolbox Workshop: "Know-how for your library's vote" Thursday, April 29th from 10:00am - 12:00pm in the MHLS Auditorium. Presented by Josh Cohen, MHLS Executive Director and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Coordinator for Library Growth & Sustainability. This workshop is appropriate for library directors, trustees and Friends who are proposing a public vote on a budget increase this year. The workshop is designed to introduce the tips and strategies developed through the MHLS Getting to Yes Project and to review the resources contained within the MHLS Public Library Vote Toolbox [http://midhudson.org/vote]. In this workshop we will:
- Learn how to create a coordinated approach for a successful Get Out the Vote campaign.
- Help your library increase its win margin each year by using the MHLS "Magic Quadrant."
- Share effective organizational and communication approaches used by other libraries who have recently won their votes.
Register online at http://calendar.midhudson.org/

OverDrive On-The-Go: OverDrive, the vendor that provides our downloadable audiobooks, has expanded on-the-go access for library patrons with the beta release of an audiobook app (mobile version of OverDrive® Media Console™) for BlackBerry®. Popular devices like the BlackBerry Storm™ and BlackBerry Curve™ can now be used to download MP3 audiobooks. This audiobook app for BlackBerry® joins the mobile suite of apps that are already available for Windows Mobile® and Android™ devices. To download an audiobook app, users can visit http://www.overdrive.com/software/omc.

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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.