Vol.10-34   8.24.10

51st Annual Meeting

The Mid-Hudson Library System cordially invites you to attend the System's 51st Annual Meeting on Friday, October 1st, 2010 at The Henry A. Wallace Center at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY.

Member library directors, trustees and staff are invited to attend this special event where as a collective we can take the time to think about what the future holds for public libraires.

We will be joined by a very special guest, keynote speaker Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Internet & American Life Project. Mr. Rainie will talk about "Libraries as Social Networks."
Mr. Rainie will discuss the latest research findings of the Project about how Americans use the internet and cell phones. He will describe how libraries can be actors in building and participating in social networks through their use of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and blogging and through delivering their time-tested -- and trusted -- services to their patrons. Read on to learn more about Mr. Rainie*.

2010 Continuing Education Session: Advocacy 101: the Five Keys to Effective Advocacy Presented by Kathy Miller, 2010 New York Library Association (NYLA) President and Director of the Rochester Regional Library Council and Jennifer Morris, 2006 NYLA President and former Executive Director of the Pioneer Library System, Canandaigua, NY.

Registration forms have been sent electronically to all Directors and Trustees. The fee is $35 per person. Please RSVP by September 22nd. The schedule for the day:
8:30 am | Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 am | Continuing Education Session: Advocacy 101
10:00 am | Business Meeting & Awards Presentation
11:00 am | Keynote Speaker: Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Internet & American Life Project, "Libraries as Social Networks"
12:00 pm | Buffet Lunch catered by Portofino Restaurant

*Lee Rainie is the Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, a non-profit, non-partisan "fact tank" that studies the social impact of the internet. Since December 1999, the Washington D.C. research center has examined how people's internet use affects their families, communities, health care, education, civic and political life, and work places.

The Project has issued more than 240 reports based on its surveys that examine people's online activities and the internet's role in their lives. All of its reports and datasets are available online for free at: http://www.pewinternet.org.

Lee is a co-author of Up for Grabs, Hopes and Fears, and Ubiquity, Mobility, Security. All are based on Project surveys about the future of the internet. He is also writing a book entitled Networking: The new social operating system with sociologist Barry Wellman about the social impact of the internet and cell phones for MIT Press. Prior to launching the Pew Internet Project, Lee was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has a master's degree in political science from Long Island University.

MHLS Announcements
Become a Part of HIP! Health Information Project Funding Opportunity: The MHLS Health Information Project is offering 2 member libraries three years of funding and program support, contingent on renewed NYS OASAS funding. The application has been sent to all Directors and is available online: http://midhudson.org/documents/hipapplication.doc. Application deadline is September 10. For information about the Project, go to http://hip.midhudson.org. For questions, contact Coordinator Barbara Clapp, 845.471.6060 X223 or bclapp@midhudson.org.

Sue Hermans, formerly the Central Reference Library Services Coordinator at the Adriance Memorial Library in Poughkeepsie, has announced she has left that position to become the new school library system coordinator at Orange-Ulster BOCES
. Sue came into contact with many member libraries through the many trainings and consultations she has done over the years. Her reference assessment visits were very popular, helping member libraries make more room in their buildings by weeding out-of-date materials and making the decision about what to keep in print and what to rely on online in the ever changing landscape of library reference resources. We wish Sue the best in her new position and thank her for her work on behalf of the MHLS member libraries.

MHLS launches a new focus on technology and social networking for 2010 and beyond with the Summer 2010 edition of Across the Board, the quarterly trustee newsletter from MHLS, feature article on "E-Books, E-Readers & Libraries." Upcoming MHLS events will strengthen member libraries understanding of "how and why" with Lee Rainie's keynote speech, "Libraries as Social Networks," at our October 1st Annual Meeting; a second offering of "Talking Tech: Technology basics for understanding your library's computer network" on October 29th; and the December 7th Building Your Base Online workshop with New Jersey State Library Marketing Director, and author of Bite-Sized Marketing: Realistic Solutions for Overworked Librarians, Nancy Dowd. Stay tuned for more information about these upcoming events and save the dates!

Professional Development
Helping Patrons Find the Answer - through great reference resources @ your library. Don't miss this chance to attend locally! This program is designed for all staff that are asked questions by patrons. It will help you develop your ability to assist them, simplify finding the right answers and help you provide quality library service to your community.

- New ways the HOMEACCESS databases can save you time
- Top resources that will help answer common questions
- Reliable resources for current health and legal information

Register for one of the following sessions through the MHLS online calendar: http://calendar.midhudson.org
- Wednesday, September 15 from 10am-12pm @ Philmont Public Library (101 Main St, Philmont)
- Thursday, September 16 from 10am-12pm @ Patterson Library (1167 Route 311, Patterson)
- Monday, September 20 from 10am-12pm @ Heermance Memorial Library (1 Ely Street, Coxsackie)
- Thursday, September 23 from 10am-12pm @ Town of Esopus Library (128 Canal Street, Port Ewen)
- Monday, September 27 from 10am-12pm @ MHLS Auditorium (105 Market Street, Poughkeepsie)
Presented by Deb Weltsch, Reference Librarian at Adriance Memorial Library.

This Ain't Your Mama's Library! Creating a New Generation of Library Services for a New Generation of Library Users: Thursday, September 16, 2010 from Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm at the Guilderland Public Library. Cost: $45.
Presenter: Michele Gorman, Teen Services Coordinator, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Charlotte, NC. Join the Upper Hudson Library System/Mohawk Valley Library System collaborative September Workshop where they will focus on serving tweens and teens in the library.
This workshop will:
- Explore the connections between youth development and library services
- Find out the hottest trends in guerilla marketing (including social media) to better reach teens in your community
- Learn how to build collections and develop programs to serve diverse adolescent populations (at-risk, homeless, GLBT, urban teens, and non- and reluctant readers)
The registration form is available at http://www.mvls.info/news/tweenflyer.pdf. Registration deadline in September 10.

Marketing, Advocacy & Funding
Nominations are now open for the 2010 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award. The award invites library users nationwide to recognize the accomplishments of librarians for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community. Nominations are being accepted online through September 20: http://ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian. Each nominee must be a librarian with a master's degree from a program accredited by the ALA in library and information studies.

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.