Vol.10-38   9.21.10

Beacon Battles to the Top!

Coaches, teams, volunteers and staff were all busy as bees on Saturday, September 11th but it was "The Beacon Bees" that took the day! Howland Public Library's Battle team took 1st place in the 6th Annual Mid-Hudson Library System Battle of the Books (BOB). Twenty-three libraries and over 200 kids came together at Hudson Jr. High School in Hudson, NY to participate in the Regional Championship. "Poughkeepsie's Hidden Talents" from Poughkeepsie Public Library District took 2nd place with "The Coxsackie Thrillers" completing the win for 3rd. Banners went to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for libraries to display with pride. Every team member got a BOB water bottle for participation.

2010 saw the biggest Battle yet. Four emcees, three judges - more than 20 volunteers in total were needed to help make the day run smoothly, with opening ceremonies conducted by Assemblyman Marcus Molinaro. Three rounds of competition were held simultaneously as 6th - 9th graders from all over the MHLS region displayed their amazing knowledge of the 8 books chosen for this year's competition. Over 400 spectators cheered on their teams from the library, gymnasium and auditorium seating. Teams and their families traveled from: Beacon, Beekman, Clinton, Cold Spring, Coxsackie, Esopus, Fishkill, Hudson, Hyde Park, Kent, Kinderhook, LaGrange, Marlboro, Millbrook, Patterson, Pleasant Valley, PPLD, Red Hook, Staatsburg, Stone Ridge, Tivoli, Valatie and Wappingers. When not battling the teams took advantage of the Clear Channel of the Hudson Valley Prize Wheel that was located outside the school facility. This year concessions were also available provided by the Hudson Junior Honor Society.

We couldn't have done it without you!:

2010 BOB Sponsors: Allstate Foundation, Tony Sorrentino Agency, Blackwood and Brower Book Store, Clear Channel Radio of the Hudson Valley, Hannaford Supermarket, Hudson City School District, Oblong Books & Music, Tor/Forge Books, Friends of Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library, Friends of Town of Esopus Library, Town of Esopus Library Foundation, Grinnell Library Association, Friends of Heermance Memorial Library, Friends of the Hyde Park Free Library, Friends of the Kent Public Library, Friends of Kinderhook Memorial Library, Friends of the Marlboro Free Library, Pleasant Valley Lions Club, Poughkeepsie Public Library District, and last but certainly not least, the Friends of Red Hook Public Library. BOB Event Emcees: Rick Knight, Radio Personality from Clear Channel Radio of the Hudson Valley; John Sexton, Young Adult Consultant, Westchester Library System; Susanna Hermans, Proprietor of Oblong Books & Music and Alanna Almstead, Library Media Specialist, Kinderhook School District. BOB Event Judges: Bobbi Clapp, MHLS Health Information Project Coordinator; Randy Enos, Youth Services Consultant, Ramapo Catskill Library System; and Natasha Yates, a corporate attorney from Greene County. BOB Event Runners, Time Keepers, Score Keepers, Room Anchors and Cafeteria Monitors: Annika Advocate, Dot Balko, Sarah Bellora, Patrick Benson, Emily Bennison, Dan Disbrow, Erica Freudenberger, Bart Linder, Stephanie Preston, Lucy Rees, Matthew Rees, and Arielle Weinstein. Battle of the Books is coordinated by MHLS Youth Services & Community Connections Coordinator Christina Ryan-Linder and MHLS Marketing & Program Assistant Kerstin Cruger.

MHLS Announcements
The MHLS Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, September 15, in the MHLS Auditorium and:
- Presented its 2011 slate of officers for approval at the December meeting:
o President: Jim Tuttle
o Vice President: Michael Minor
o Secretary: Janet Schnitzer
o Treasurer: Roland Patterson
- Reviewed the Search Committee's progress to hire a new Executive Director;
- Accepted the 2010-2011 State Aid Budget Application;
- Approved the 2011 Construction Grant applications;
- Approved the following dates for its 2011 meetings:
o Saturday, January 8
o Saturday, March 12
o Wednesday, May 11(at a member library t/b/a)
o Wednesday, July 6
o Wednesday, September 14
o The Annual Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Friday, October 7
o Saturday, December 10
- Asked the Administrative Assistant to schedule an additional meeting for 2010 in October or November to review a modified budget projection and discuss a personnel issue;
- Reviewed the 2010 Youth Services & Community Connection Department's yearly programs and projects.
The Annual Meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 1, 2010 at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home, Hyde Park, N.Y. The next regular meeting is scheduled for Saturday, December 11, at 10:00am in the MHLS Auditorium.

Professional Development
Roundtable for New Directors: Wednesday, October 6th from 12:00pm - 2:00pm (after the DA meeting). This roundtable is designed for MHLS library directors who have been in their position for 3 years or less to give you the opportunity to meet with others dealing with similar situations and to find answers and contacts to help you in your day-to-day life at the library. Our topic will be Best Practices for Working With Your Board. We will be joined by two "seasoned" directors: Patti Haar, director of the Patterson Library and Steve Cook, director of the Starr Library in Rhinebeck who will help new directors get a handle on their role at board meetings, the director-board president relationship and more. We will also discuss:
- Director/Board Roles
- Working with your board president and
- Effective Director Reports
Register online at http://calendar.midhudson.org

Resource Sharing & Millennium
Millennium for Directors and Administrators presented by Laurie Shedrick, MHLS Automated Systems Manager, will be held on Tuesday, October 19th from 10:00am - 12:00pm at MHLS. This workshop is for Library Directors and Administrators who are looking for an introduction to the administrative tools available in Millennium. In this workshop, administrators will be familiarized with the suite of Millennium modules that can assist them in day to day planning and setting future goals. We will discuss the many ways to gather statistical information about collections and patrons, tracking income and transactions, as well as setting up modules and parameters to meet your library's needs. Please register online at http://calendar.midhudson.org

Reference & Collection Development
A new tool for job seekers: http://www.myskillsmyfuture.org/
A new, free online tool to help job seekers increase their career mobility and economic prospects has been developed by the Federal Department of Labor / Employment Training Administration. The self-paced tool helps people who were previously employed to:
- use their previous experience to identify occupations for which they qualify
- identify the skills needed to qualify for a specific job
- identify appropriate education or training institutions
The site also provides links to relevant job opportunities in national and state job banks.
Training Opportunity for mySkills myFuture WebJunction is hosting a presentation on the new job-seeking tool, mySkills myFuture for free: 90 - minute Webinar on Wednesday September 29, 2010 at 2:00pm. View announcement and register for the Webinar online: http://tinyurl.com/28rukjk

Job Openings
The NorthEast-Millerton Library is seeking a full-time Library Director. Millerton is a quiet village located in Northern Dutchess County. All candidates must demonstrate ability to manage personnel (staff of two), budget, and library service activities. Candidates must have excellent written and oral communication, customer service skills, and experience working with multiple computer and database programs, especially Millennium. We have recently doubled our size by purchasing the building behind the library. Our long range plan is to connect the two buildings. Pay is commensurate with qualifications. Experience is preferred. Please send resume to NEMLDirector.10@gmail.com by October 15th.

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.