Vol.10-37   9.14.10

Genealogy Workshop

Helping Patrons Find Genealogy Information:
Genealogy is the fastest growing hobby. Did you know? 3 out of 5 people are interested in their family history. This workshop will be presented by Lynn Lucas, Local History Librarian and Deb Weltsch, Reference Librarian at Adriance Memorial Library.

Directors, staff and volunteers who are asked to help patrons find genealogy information are encouraged to attend. It will help you develop your ability to successfully lead them to resources that will please them, and help you avoid pitfalls that put extra demands on your time. Learn:

- Easy ways to help patrons get started
- The best sites for unearthing genealogical information
- New ways to make the HeritageQuest database work for you

*Immediately following the workshop there will be a chance to visit the Local History Collection at, or near, the hosting location.

- Wednesday, October 13th from 10am-12pm @ Butterfield Library (10 Morris Ave., Cold Spring) *This workshop is held at the Butterfield Library. Immediately following the workshop there will be a chance to look around The Putnam County Historical Society down the street at 63 Chestnut Street. More information about The Putnam County Historical Society at http://www.pchs-fsm.org/.

- Wednesday, October 20th from 10am-12pm @ Elting Memorial Library (93 Main St., New Paltz) *This workshop is held at the Elting Memorial Library. Immediately following the workshop there will be a chance to look around The Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection housed adjacent to the library. More information about the The Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection at http://www.eltinglibrary.org/hhhc/.

- Monday, October 25th from 10am-12pm @ Vedder Research Library (90 County Road 42, Coxsackie)
*The Vedder Research Library is the home of the Greene County Historical Society. More information at http://www.vedderlibrary.org/. Immediately following the workshop there will be a chance to look around the Vedder Research Library.

- Thursday, October 28th from 10am-12pm @ MHLS Auditorium (105 Market St., Poughkeepsie). *This workshop is held at in the MHLS Auditorium. Immediately following the workshop there will be a chance to look around the Adriance Memorial Library Local History Room and Genealogy Room next door. More information about The Adriance Memorial Library Local History Room and Genealogy Room at http://poklib.org/reference/localhistory.htm

Please register at http://calendar.midhudson.org

MHLS Announcements
How are American Teens and twenty-somethings using the Internet? Do adults text as much as teens? How many people use their phones to connect to the Internet and how will this impact library services? Our annual meeting speaker is the director of the think tank researching these questions and many more - Mr. Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project!

MHLS Annual Meeting Reminder: Please be sure to make your reservation for this year's Annual Meeting. It promises to be a wonderful event you won't want to miss.

When: Friday, October 1, 2010 from 8:30am to approximately 1:30 pm (including Continental Breakfast and Buffet Lunch).

Where: At the Henry A. Wallace Center at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park.

Who will be the main Speaker: Mr. Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, will talk about "Libraries as Social Networks" and share the latest research findings about how Americans use the internet and cell phones.

What else can I learn about: Kathy Miller, 2010 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 will talk on Advocacy 101, the five keys to effective advocacy.

What do I have to do: By next Wednesday, September 22nd, you will need to have sent in your name, library affiliation and payment of $35 to the MHLS Business Office, attn. Doris Formby. You can also e-mail with any questions dformby@midhudson.org.

What if more than three people from my library want to attend: As in previous years we put the first three people to respond from any one library on the list of attendees. Any additional sign-ups will be on a "waiting list". After September 22 we will move people from the waiting list up to the list of attendees until our maximum number of attendees is reached.

MHLS Libraries
The Poughkeepsie Public Library District will launch their fourth Big Read program: "For the entire month of October, Poughkeepsie's schools, colleges, libraries, book stores and other partners will be reading and discussing Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe." The library recently released its event list and it looks great! Everything from book discussions and lectures by college professors (including the Poe - West Point connection!) to Poe Jeopardy for Teens and Poe Improv! Monday, October 18th will be "Poe Text Day" where everyone is encouraged to send a Poe-themed text message to friends! The library's community connections are evident from their event list: Marist College, the Chamber of Commerce, the Bardavon Opera House, the Dutchess County Jail, the LaGrange Library, local school systems, hospitals and the Poughkeepsie Journal are all part of the fun. See the full list of events at http://www.poklib.org/documents/0910BigReadInsert.pdf

Professional Development
Children's Book Day - Washington Irving's Sunnyside, Tarrytown, NY on Sunday, September 19, 2010. Washington Irving's Sunnyside is the storybook setting for one of Historic Hudson Valley's most popular events, a day-long festival for young readers, families, and friends, who can meet more than sixty of their favorite authors and illustrators. To learn more and to see a list of the confirmed authors visit http://www.hudsonvalley.org/ or download the flyer at http://www.hudsonvalley.org/pdfs/HHV_bookday_2010_low.pdf

Upcoming Webinar: "Libraries & the Mobile Technology Landscape" on Friday, September 24, 2010, 12:00 - 1:30pm. The presenter, Joe Murphy, will introduce the major mobile technologies and outline their usage as well as the cultural shifts that accompany their introduction into information society. Joe will lead you through an exploration of the opportunities for libraries to implement mobile technologies to enhance or supplement traditional services and collections, and will explain how libraries can most strategically engage these tools as well as the mobile culture. To register for a College of DuPage webinar - please follow the instructions at this link: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/dupage.htm [There is no charge for this event. The New York State Library has arranged a statewide license for these webcasts through the College of DuPage Library Learning Network.]

Marketing, Advocacy & Funding
Marketing Tip: "Use free business cards available online to boost your activities. Let patrons help you. For instance, moms can hand out biz cards about your story times when they're on the playground." (From the WebJunction online session: M&M: Maximum Marketing/Minimum Investment, Participant Marketing Ideas from the Chat Area)

MHLS has used VistaPrint.com to get free business cards (250 free + S&H) and has been pleased with the results. Here are some more ideas for using business cards as a promotional tool:
- Library location, hours, web site address
- Library 24/7: "we never close" + web site address
- Vote publicity
- Book discussion group promotion
- How to get a library card at your library
- Job search resources at your library
- Factoids about your library: "Did you know…?"
- How to join the Friends Group
If you come up with a great idea let us know: rsmith@midhudson.org