Vol.10-33   8.17.10

Val-Kill Medal Awarded to MHLS

The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill (ERVK)announced last week that the Mid-Hudson Library System has been selected to receive the 2010 Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal.

"We [are] deeply honored to present the Medal to you and to publicly acknowledge your extraordinary work."
-From a letter to MHLS from Kathleen Durham, Executive Director of ERVK

The Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal Awards recognize and honor individuals who make a significant contribution to society in the arts, education, citizenship, philanthropy, community services, and other humanitarian concerns that reflect Mrs. Roosevelt's ideals. The Medal and the October Award Ceremony is a way of honoring those who live their lives in the spirit of Mrs. Roosevelt and serve as role models for the larger community, setting a standard for community values.

Past recipients of the Medal include Anderson Center for Autism, Harry Belafonte, Hillary Clinton, Maria Wright Edelman, Richard Holbrooke, Hudson River Housing, James Earl Jones, Barbara Jordan, Bill Moyers, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Norman Vincent Peale, Christopher Reeve, Susan Sarandon, Scenic Hudson and Arthur M. Schlessinger, Jr., among others.

The Medal Ceremony will be held on Sunday, October 3 at 10:30am on the grounds of Val-Kill in Hyde Park. Inquiries and requests for invitations to the ceremony and luncheon may be addressed to Beth Hill, ERVK Development Officer.
Phone 845.229.5302 or email medals@ervk.org.

MHLS Libraries
Erica Freudenberger has been named the new director of the Red Hook Public Library. Erica was formerly the director of the Staatsburg Library.

Professional Development
Training for New Staff on September 13th @MHLS: Orientation for New Library Staff and Millennium Circulation Essentials at the MHLS Auditorium (105 Market Street, Poughkeepsie). Both programs are designed for new library staff and volunteers, but open to all who would like to attend. Register through the MHLS web calendar at http://calendar.midhudson.org

10:00am - noon: Orientation for New Library Staff
This workshop provides introductory, baseline information about working effectively in a public library and in the Mid-Hudson Library System. The workshop will cover:
- The role of the public library in our communities
- How your library fits into the library structure of New York State
- Your role as a library representative
- Helping patrons find what they want
- Overview of the online catalog, HOMEACCESS databases and interlibrary loan
- System wide resource sharing concepts and issues
Presented by Merribeth Advocate, Interim MHLS Executive Director & Rebekkah Smith Aldrich - MHLS Coordinator for Library Growth & Sustainability.

1:00 - 3:00pm: Millennium Circulation Essentials
This workshop provides introductory, baseline information about Millennium including common circulation and patron data entry tasks. The workshop will cover:

- Patron Records: How, when and why we create patron records
- Checkin and Checkin for the book drop
- Checkout: Dealing with it all, from pop-up messages to missing parts
- Holds: How they work and what you need to know to keep on top of the process
- Fines and fees: How fines work, how to create and add manual fines, waiving, fine history
- Printing notices: Pages, bills, overdues, hold pickup
- Entering items at the circ desk
- Neat tricks-things to save you time and work!
Presented by Laurie Shedrick, MHLS Automated Systems Manager.

Please register online for either or both events at http://calendar.midhudson.org/

Trustee Resources
Essential Trustee Duties and Responsibilities Fall Workshop Dates Announced: 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). This workshop is presented by Merribeth Advocate, Interim MHLS Executive Director & Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Coordinator for Library Growth & Sustainability.

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).

Register for one of the following sessions:
- Thursday, September 16th from 6:00 - 8:00pm in the MHLS Auditorium (105 Market Street, Poughkeepsie)
- Saturday, September 25th from 10:00am - 12:00pm at the Germantown Library (31 Palatine Park Road, Germantown)
- Tuesday, September 28th from 10:00am - 12:00pm in the MHLS Auditorium
Please register online at http://calendar.midhudson.org/

Comments from last year's attendees about MHLS Essential Trustee Duties and Responsibilities:
- 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.
- 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.
- I wish all my trustees could have come to this program as new trustees. Hope NYS makes it mandatory.

Job Openings
Assistant Library Director: Albany Public Library We just built five gorgeous, state-of-the-art, fully stocked, green neighborhood libraries. Want to help us run them? Albany Public Library is seeking a dynamic, self-motivated, experienced professional to be our new Assistant Library Director. In this position, the Assistant Library Director reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for supervising public service departments and library security, and assisting with supervision of facilities management, grant writing, and development. Additional duties include: recommending policies and procedures, interpreting and negotiating contracts, recommending and implementing new programs and services, representing the library at community meetings and public events, participating in department budgets, and participating in recruitment and selection of library staff. Albany Public Library is an urban system of seven libraries (six branches and a central library) serving a population of 95,000 in New York State's capital. We're poised for big things here at Albany Public Library, and we need an energetic and committed leader to help take us to the next level? Are you up to the challenge? To view the job specification, apply and learn more about the library refer to our website: http://www.albanypubliclibrary.org

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.