Vol.10-29   7.20.10

Privacy & Confidentiality

The Importance of Privacy & Confidentiality in Libraries:

"The people who welcome us to the library are idealists, who believe that accurate information leads to good decisions and that exposure to the intellectual riches of civilization leads to a better world. The next Abraham Lincoln could be sitting in their library, teaching himself all he needs to know to save the country. While they help us get online, employed and informed, librarians don't try to sell us anything. Nor do they turn around and broadcast our problems, send us spam or keep a record of our interests and needs, because no matter how savvy this profession is at navigating the online world, it clings to that old-fashioned value, privacy. (A profession dedicated to privacy in charge of our public computers? That's brilliant.) They represent the best civic value out there, an army of resourceful workers that can help us compete in the world."
-Marilyn Johnson, Editorial, The Journal News, 7.11.10

Inspired by Marilyn's editorial? You should be! Now is a good time to double-check that all library staff, volunteers, Friends and trustees have recently reviewed:
- The library's policy, or at least the NYS law, on the confidentiality of library records.
- The library's law enforcement inquiry procedure.
- The MHLS Patron Privacy Statement, available through the online catalog or get there directly at http://midhudson.org/patronprivacy.htm

MHLS Libraries
Congratulations to Highland Public Library director Julie Dempsey and the Highland 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.

Poughkeepsie Public Library District (PPLD) Funded for The Big Read! PPLD has once again secured funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, one of just 75 libraries nationally to receive the grant. Poughkeepsie's 2010 Big Read selection is "Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe" and the program will run October 3-30, 2010. A wide range of activities and events are being planned for local students and residents. Riverside Bank, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, the Community Foundation and the Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District are sponsors.

Professional Development
Learn what top trends from the 2010 Funding & Technology Access Study mean to your public library: Join leading researchers, Denise M. Davis, from the ALA Office for Research & Statistics and John Carlo Bertot, from the Center for Library & Information Innovation at the University of Maryland, as they share insights and trends from new research in a free one-hour webinar. You'll be treated to highlights from the most current data available including answers to these important questions:
- How are libraries funding and sustaining vital technology resources?
- What impacts are already emerging in this current cost-cutting environment?
- What trends are we tracking as many libraries begin a new fiscal year?
Learn about new products and tools for using the data to support state and local planning and advocacy, and ask the experts questions! Event Details: Monday, July 26 @3:00pm. Register today at http://tinyurl.com/37ofe2y

Ebooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point will bring together public libraries, academic libraries, and school libraries (K-12) in a day-long virtual conference environment. The day will be presented online and will include keynote presentations and panel discussions on the evolving concept of the book in a digital world and will keep participants future-focused and actively engaged in visioning and assuring an exciting role for libraries. Attendees will have access to webcasts and live chat rooms as well as the ability to interact with speakers and exhibitors.
- Librarians and library administrators will learn about current best practices for library ebook collections and explore new and evolving models for ebook content discovery and delivery.
- Publishers and content creators will learn how to effectively identify and develop the 'right' content offerings for each segment of the relatively untapped library ebook market.
- Ebook platform vendors and device manufacturers will learn just what libraries need and want in this rapidly changing environment.
Wednesday, September 29. Fee: Early Bird Pricing ($19.95) available until July 30th. Full archive available October 1-December 31, 2010. Learn more at http://ebook-summit.com/

Marketing, Advocacy & Funding
Kids' Port @the Library will be the August 2010 Word-of-Mouth Marketing Experiment Topic. All staff who work with the public, not just youth services staff, should take a moment to familiarize themselves with the site so they can help connect parents and kids with this custom library resource: http://kidsport.midhudson.org/

Connecting our children with quality information on the Internet while keeping them safe is a concern we all share. Public libraries are uniquely positioned to help parents teach their children about safe and responsible use of the Internet while linking families to quality educational and entertaining web sites and electronic resources available through their public library.

Kids' Port pulls together librarian-identified web sites and links into the online library catalog in the categories of: Fun & Games, Make a Difference, Homework Help, and Parents.

Many of the sites listed within "Kids' Port" are local and geared toward our member communities. For example, the "Kid Power Counts" link connects the viewer to local organizations that provide information on how kids and their families can "Make a Difference" in their own hometown. Kids' Port combines a fun place to be - through games and fun online links - with important learning for kids and their parents in the areas of online safety, homework help and civic responsibility.

Administration & Management
New journal focused on library management and administration now available: Library Management Today is an online publication with practical articles for today's library manager. The first issue contains a wide range of articles written by respected library leaders from throughout the country related to human resources, management strategies, library law and more. Check it out at http://www.libmanagetoday.com/

Job Openings
Two open positions at the LaGrange Library:
- Circulation Clerk:
Tuesdays & Saturdays 12-5pm and other shifts as needed Candidates must be computer proficient, detail oriented, able to multitask and have great people skills. Knowledge of Millennium and library operations a plus. Complete an application in person or send your resume to lkarim@laglib.org.
- Page/Shelver: Friday 5-8pm. Candidates should be detail oriented and work well independently. Apply in person or send letter of application to lkarim@laglib.org.

Sunday Reference Librarian: Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY. Librarian for part-time reference service in Collaborative Learning Center at Curtin Memorial Library. Sundays, 1 - 8 pm, from late August through mid-May. Will provide research and technology assistance, open and close library, and supervise work study students. M.L.S, knowledge of academic research resources, and proficiency in technology required. $21 per hour. Send resume to Barbara Petruzzelli, Library Director, at barbara.petruzzelli@msmc.edu. Applications accepted until position is filled.

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.