Vol.10-16   4.20.10

Trustee Essentials

Essential Trustee Duties and Responsibilities Spring workshop:

This workshop is designed especially for new board members, but open to all. Library board members looking for essential, baseline information to increase their effectiveness in serving on a library board will benefit from attending this session.
Attendees will learn effective ways to carry out the nine essential library trustee duties and responsibilities (everything the library board does either falls within one of these duties or is done in support of them).

Register for one of the following sessions:
- Wednesday, May 5 from 10:00am - 12:00pm at the MHLS Auditorium (105 Market Street, Poughkeepsie)
- Tuesday, May 11 from 6:00 - 8:00pm at the Kingston Library (55 Franklin Street, Kingston)
- Saturday, June 12 from 10:00am - 12:00pm at the MHLS Auditorium (105 Market Street, Poughkeepsie)

Please register online at http://calendar.midhudson.org/

Trustees are able to earn $200 for their libraries, through the 2010 MHLS Incentive Program Trustee Reimbursement, if every member of their board has attended MHLS Trustee Essential education within 2006-10, with at least one attendance occurring in 2010.

All attendees will receive a free Trustee Handbook (new 2010 edition).
Presented by Josh Cohen, MHLS Executive Director, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Coordinator for Library Growth & Sustainability and Merribeth Advocate, MHLS Outreach & Education Coordinator.

Comments from last year's attendees about MHLS Essential Trustee Duties and Responsibilities:
- I expected this to be very dry & frankly a bit boring. Not so. It was absolutely enlightening. Enjoyed it & learned a lot. Thanks so much!
- Excellent program that inspired action steps to introduce to my own library.
- Overall very informative, great to hear questions from other libraries of things that haven't occurred to me but are very helpful to know. Knowledge is empowering.
- My attitude towards the job of trustee has been jolted to a higher level. You made me aware of the responsibility associated with this job. I need to study this information and try to contribute to our meetings to elevate the level and enhance the library. Thank you so much.
- Reinforced (review) of much information I have read but needed to hear again to help sink into my head.
- Terrific job! Great pace! Well worth my time. Thank you!
- Workshop is well executed as usual. Put in a way that is easy to understand and ask questions. Thank you very much!!
- I wish all my trustees could have come to this program as new trustees. Hope NYS makes it mandatory.

MHLS Announcements
The first-ever Choose Privacy Week will take place May 2-8, 2010. Choose Privacy Week is a new initiative that invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age. The campaign gives libraries the tools they need to educate and engage users, and gives citizens the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy. The American Library Association (ALA) has developed a variety of resources to help libraries reach out to their communities. We hope you will explore this site to learn more about what your community can do to spark thought and discussion around privacy issues today. Whether you are considering creating a display, sponsoring a contest, hosting a program or workshop, or moderating a community dialogue about privacy, we have tools that can help! Wondering where to start? Check out http://www.privacyrevolution.org

MHLS Libraries
MHLS welcomes Elizabeth Powhida as the new director of the Valatie Free Library. Elizabeth was formerly the assistant to the director, Jean Pallas, who retired at the end of March.

The Patterson Library has gone fine-free! "In an effort to make your life simpler, we are eliminating fines on all overdue books checked out at the Patterson Library. Return overdue items here or at any neighboring library and pay nothing! The only fees you will ever be charged are for lost or damaged materials."

Professional Development

ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of ALA Editions eCourses, a variety of convenient options for enriching the professional development of library staff. Each course offers the perfect opportunity to train new employees or brush up on and update general office skills used every day. Each course is self-paced and no instructor is required, making training flexible for any schedule. Cost per course: $55. Among the initial offerings are:
- Innovation in the Workplace
- Computing Concepts
- Stress Management
- Customer Service
- Dealing with Difficult People
- Microsoft Access & Excel 2007
Learn more at http://www.alastore.ala.org/

Resource Sharing & Millennium
The Millennium Users Group will meet on Monday, May 10th from 10:00am - 12:00pm in the MHLS Auditorium. Our topic will be "Release 2009b, AirPac & maintaining our shared databases" presented by Laurie Shedrick, MHLS Automated Systems Manager.
Attending the Millennium Users Group meeting is beneficial to any staff member who works with any Millennium module. In addition to the discussion of the upcoming release and the new printing features, you will have the opportunity to meet others who do what you do and share ideas. This is a great forum for discussing outstanding issues and sharing your great ideas and successes! Issues to be discussed include:
- Inside details about the upgrade to Release 2009b
- Enhancements and changes in 2009b
- Airpac-the OPAC for mobile devices
We will have an open forum for discussion. Please register online at http://calendar.midhudson.org

Reference & Collection Development
Registration is now open for RUSA's (ALA's Reference & User Services Association) spring and summer online courses!
Genealogy 101, May 17 - June 18
This new course is designed for reference staff with little to no experience in genealogy. Students will learn about tools and techniques they can use to confidently assist patrons with family history research.
The Reference Interview, April 19 - May 21
This comprehensive course covers such reference interview topics as cultivating an approachable reference environment, successful questioning and listening techniques and appropriate follow-up methods. Staff of all levels at all types of libraries will find this content helpful in their day-to-day engagement with library patrons.
Readers' Advisory 101, June 28 - Aug. 14
Through practice sessions, participants learn how to use RA tools, craft annotations, read in genres, articulate appeal and experiment with methods to offer RA services. Readers' Advisory 101 is tailored for those at all types of libraries-support staff, library technicians, newly hired reference librarians and those librarians who want to brush up on their skills.
Check this post at the RUSA blog for more info about each course and registration rates:
http://rusa.ala.org/blog/2010/03/30/onlinece-sprinsummer2010/ Registration is $130 for RUSA members; $175 for ALA members; $210 for non-members and $100 for student/retiree members of ALA.

Plan Ahead! Banned Books Week 2010 will be held September 25 - October 2. "Think for Yourself and Let Others Do the Same" is the slogan for this year's campaign. This year's slogan is borrowed from the Facebook group, "Un-Ban Gilbert Grape! Censorship is Wrong!" According to Andy Lange, one of the group's leaders, the slogan is a shortened version of Voltaire's quote, "Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too." For program, display and promotion ideas visit the American Library Association's web site at http://tiny.cc/bdjsw

Administration & Management
May Webinar on Accidental Leadership:
Leadership may not be something every library staff member aspires to, but in many cases, leadership is thrust upon the leader unexpectedly. How do you find the internal and external resources you need to lead? What do you do when you're younger than the people you are supposed to lead? How do you exercise authority without becoming either a tyrant or a pushover? Join WebJunction on May 5, when presenter George Needham - drawing on 40 years of library experience - will present some anecdotes, some strategies, some practical advice, and, hopefully, a few laughs as he explores this deeply personal subject. Learn more and register at http://www.webjunction.org, Upcoming Events.

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.