Vol.10-23   6.8.10

Mini-Grants Awarded

MHLS has announced the winners of the Summer Reading Program Mini-Grants!

Performer Mini-Grant: Libraries listed below have been granted funds to be used to hire performers in conjunction with the themed summer reading program that would bring new community members into the library.

- Carmel
- East Fishkill
- Highland
- Hurley
- LaGrange
- Millbrook
- Plattekill
- Pine Plains
- Rhinecliff
- Windham

Diversity Awareness Programming Mini-Grant: Libraries will use these funds for youth programming geared toward expanding literacy and increasing diversity awareness within the community.

- Beekman
- Brewster
- Coxsackie
- Kent
- New Lebanon
- Patterson
- Pawling
- Kingston

Additional Teen Staff Mini-Grant: The purpose of this grant is to enable libraries to hire temporary employees, teen volunteers or to increase hours of part-time personnel to oversee 2010 summer reading, teen initiatives. Note: These funds are not intended to supplant or replace existing personnel.

- Mahopac
- Milton
- Philmont
- Phoenicia
- Pine Hill
- Pleasant Valley
- Staatsburg
- Stanford
- Wappingers

MHLS Announcements
OverDrive Update:
New titles have been added to the OverDrive downloadable audiobook collection! There are now over 700 titles in the collection and over 400 are available for check out right now (to see the list of what you can check out right now, go to http://mhls.lib.overdrive.com/ and under "Collections" click on "Show me what's available now"). As of last week we have had OverDrive for just over 90 days.
- There have been 2,775 checkouts - in May we have had 4 record-breaking days with the highest number of check-outs ever!
- 1,352 patrons have registered.
The vast majority of patrons are finding the product very easy to use - a few are having a bit of initial difficulty with getting their computers configured, but once they are set with that the download and transfer is going very smoothly. If your patron needs help, remember that more than 90% of problems can be solved by going to "Help" at the top of the OverDrive page. If that doesn't work, please have them contact techsupport@midhudson.org for customized help.

Professional Development
Digitization Basics for Hudson River Valley Heritage - A Workshop Series Required for Contributors to HRVH: Is your organization interested in providing web access to images of historic items from your collections? The Hudson River Valley Heritage (http://www.hrvh.org) service, administered by the Southeastern NY Library Resources Council (SENYLRC), is a digital repository designed for contributions from multiple organizations. The first step to contributing images to HRVH is to learn about the various aspects of digitization. SENYLRC is offering a four-day workshop series on digitization for staff at libraries, archives, art organizations, and historical societies. These workshops are for people ready to be trained in the five basic areas of digitization necessary to contribute digital objects to hrvh.org: management, copyright, scanning, metadata and CONTENTdm (software application). The goal is to develop staff with expertise to create and maintain digital collections, on their own, with the assistance of SENYLRC staff. Please visit this web page for information about the HRVH service, details about the workshops, and a link to the online registration page: http://www.hrvh.org/about/workshops.htm

Workshop Schedule
Management Essentials and Copyright Issues
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Trainer - Tessa Killian

Introduction to Scanning, Tuesday, July 13, 2010
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Trainer - Jennifer Palmentiero

Metadata for Digital Projects, Tuesday, July 20, 2010
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Trainer - Jennifer Palmentiero

Develop and Manage Digital Collections using CONTENTdm™ Tuesday, July 27, 2010 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Trainer - Jennifer Palmentiero
Workshop Location: Southeastern New York Library Resources Council, 21 S. Elting Corners Road, Highland, New York 12528; Phone: 845.883.9065; Fax: 845.883.9483. Please contact Tessa Killian (killian@senylrc.org) if you have any questions.

Reminder: Orientation for New Staff & Circulation Essentials are both being offered on Thursday, June 10th @MHLS. To learn more and to register visit http://calendar.midhudson.org/

New We the People Initiative: The ALA Public Programs Office and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are offering a new cultural programming grant opportunity for libraries. Libraries may apply to receive a $2,500 grant to support five reading, viewing and discussion programs featuring the documentary "Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women" and the companion biography of the same name. Online applications will be accepted at http://www.grants.gov through July 30. Libraries applying for a "Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women" library outreach grant must register their institution at http://www.grants.gov. Prospective applicants are advised to register with http://www.grants.gov as soon as possible, since the process can take up to two weeks to complete. Resources to help begin the application process for "Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women" may be found at http://www.ala.org/louisamayalcott. Online applications must be completed by July 30. The 30 selected libraries will present five reading, viewing and discussion programs focused on Louisa May Alcott, her body of work and her era. Libraries will be asked to enlist a lead project scholar with expertise in 19th-century American history or literature to help present and plan programs. For more information, visit http://www.ala.org/louisamayalcott.

Youth Services
Registration is Open for the 12th Annual Fall into Books Conference! The 12th Annual Fall into Books Children's and Teen Literature Conference will take place on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at Mount Saint Alphonsus Retreat Center in Esopus, NY. Laura Amy Schlitz the Newbery award winning author of Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village and The Night Fairy published earlier this year; will be the main speaker. 12 discussion groups are being offered with subjects ranging from children's picture books without words and graphic novels for young readers to teen angst and emotional issues. Come and participate in two book discussion groups of your choice and have a chance to meet the author, Laura Amy Schlitz! Networking with colleagues, meeting new people and reading some great books are just a few benefits of attendance. MHLS along with the Ramapo Catskill Library System and the School Library Systems from Dutchess, Orange-Ulster, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster BOCES are the sponsors of this event. Early bird registration price: $65 if you register by July 30; fee is $75 thereafter. Registration ends October 1st. Early registration saves money and also assures the participant a place in the group discussion of his or her choice.

Trustee Resources
The last Trustee Essentials Workshop of the Spring season is coming up this Saturday, June 12th from 10:00am - 12:00pm at the Mid-Hudson Library System Auditorium (105 Market Street, Poughkeepsie.) This workshop is great for new trustees or those who have been on for awhile and would like a better understanding of the 9 essential trustee duties and responsibilities. The workshop is presented by Josh Cohen, MHLS Executive Director; Merribeth Advocate, MHLS Outreach & Education Coordinator and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Coordinator for Library Growth & Sustainability. All attendees will receive a free copy of the new edition of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State by Jerry Nichols! Register today at http://calendar.midhudson.org/

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.