The next MHLS Friends Support Group will meet on Wednesday, July 21 from 5:30-7:30pm in the MHLS Auditorium (105 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601).
We'll do our annual Fundraising Idea Exchange from 5:30-7:00pm and then be joined by special guests from the Friends of the Red Hook Public Library who just pulled off a pretty impressive Big Read program in their community - their opening event, a concert at Bard College drew in over 700 people and their closing event, held this past Sunday, a family day at Clermont drew in almost 500!
This support group has been created as a forum for member library Friends to come together and share information. Issues, problems and solutions will be on the table for all to learn from each other. This group meets multiple times per year.
- Get ideas
- Hear from those who have done it
- Discuss and share challenges and solutions
Dinner will be provided. Please register online at http://calendar.midhudson.org
In May, MHLS hosted the annual meeting and training for correctional facility librarians who work in the southeastern and east central regions of the state.
A full day of training was arranged by Outreach Coordinators from MHLS and RCLS. In attendance: Deputy Superintendents of Programs Roland Larkin and James Purdy, Assistant Deputy Superintendent of Programs Fedele Fiore, Corrections Counselors from Fishkill Correctional Facility, and Department of Correctional Services Librarians from MHLS, RCLS & WLS. Attending for the first time in his new capacity as Librarian at Fishkill Correctional Facility was Tony Litwinowicz (formerly at Bedford Correctional Facility Library). In a Recidivism Study regarding the impact of education while incarcerated, ALA's Office for Literacy and Outreach Services reported that the drop in recidivism among prisoners participating in educational programs results in "returns at least $2 for every $1 spent in terms of saving in cell space on those who do not return to the system." In view of the importance of education for a successful reentry, the major topic for the annual meeting was ways prison libraries can support the transitional services provided to inmates in their facilities which include the development of a life plan, development of an employment portfolio, assistance with resume preparation, cover letters, etc.
Libraries Promoted at Correctional Facility Resource Fair: Library resources were promoted at the sixth annual Fishkill Correctional Facility Resource Fair, to nearly 600 inmates who are planning for reentry into the community. According to US Bureau of Justice statistics, at least 95% of all State prisoners will be released from prison at some point. The library information table was staffed by Lena Smolon from MHLS Outreach Services Department, working with Phyllis Keaton, Director of Howland Library in Beacon. It focused on the library resources that could help a recently released inmate with getting a job. Attendees were encouraged to use their facility library now to brush-up their interviewing skills and resumes, and investigate different careers. They were also told about the public library resources that could help them with employment when they are released. Copies of Hudson Valley Connections, the MHLS produced resource guide for ex-offenders returning to Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam or Ulster counties in New York State, were distributed. An annual event at Fishkill Correctional Facility since 2005, the success of this Job Fair is a model for other correctional facilities seeking to support prisoner reentry by encouraging the coordination of programs, services, and human resources--both inside and outside prison walls-- to ensure the successful adjustment of prisoners into new lives, roles, jobs, families and communities.
Marketing, Advocacy & Funding
Travel is next month's Word-of-Mouth Marketing (WOMM) Experiment focus! Using input given by staff from member libraries a new page for the Quick Answers! web site that will focus on travel help is being created. Whether a patron is looking to plan a trip to Europe or travel locally there is something for everyone planning a trip this summer. To get ready for this push, take a look at your travel section with the eyes of a patron and see what needs to be updated. Tips for developing and weeding your travel collection are coming soon from Sue Hermans, Head of Reference and Adult Services & Coordinator, Central Library Services for the Poughkeepsie Public Library District. All WOMM Travel resources will be listed on the homepage of midhudson.org.
What should be considered when drafting a meeting room policy? In general, the following areas should be covered:
- Restrictions on length of meetings
- Frequency of using a room (e.g., no more than once a week/month)
- Rental fees for room or use of equipment
- Costs for cleaning if food or beverages are allowed
- Noise policies
- Consequences of not following policies
- An appeals procedure
Above all, policies should be applied equally to all groups.
[From the American Library Association's "Religion in American Libraries, a Q & A"]
Administration & Management
Small Libraries Roundtable to meet next month: The next meeting of the Small Libraries Roundtable will be on Tuesday, July 20th from 10:00am - 12:00pm at the Philmont Public Library (101 Main Street, Philmont, NY) in Philmont's brand new Cultural Center addition, just finished this past April after five years of fundraising. This users group is designed for the administrators of small libraries (3FTE or less). The purpose of the group is to discuss the issues surrounding running a small library. Our topic for July will be grant writing. The workshop will cover three phases involved with grant writing:
- The planning phase
- The writing phase
- The submission phase
Please register online at http://calendar.midhudson.org
Librarian: The Catskill Public Library is seeking a Full-Time Librarian, having an MLS degree, to represent our Franklin Street and Palenville Branches. Scheduled 40 hours per week and must be available evenings and weekends. This is a new position with the library. The successful candidate will report to the Director, and assist with daily operations. This includes, but is not limited to, acquisitions, cataloguing, bibliography, reference & special collections, with a working knowledge of budget development and constraints. Supervisory skills are needed, as the librarian will assist with staff training and helps to oversee a staff of 10 employees. We are looking for applicants that are enthusiastic, energetic and willing to foster a team atmosphere among the staff and in the Community. In addition, the librarian will help to develop and implement new programming, publicize services, offer reference help, write grants and manage other administrative issues. Technologically savvy with strong database skills is a must. Experience in a Public Library setting, with a diverse population (rural and urban) is required. The Catskill Public Library was first chartered in 1893, and since 1901 has been housed in a beautiful neoclassical building funded in large part by Andrew Carnegie. Extensive renovations are ongoing, our new children's room opened in January 2010. It is located minutes from the Hudson River. Our Palenville Branch is nestled in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, and has a strong community presence and artistic feel. Resume's can be mailed to Librarian Search Committee c/o Catskill Public Library, 1 Franklin Street, Catskill, NY 12414 or emailed to email@example.com. If emailing, please put "Librarian Search Committee" in the subject line.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. The MHLS Bulletin is available on line at http://midhudson.org/bulletins/main.htm