Vol.10-39   9.28.10

New HIP Centers Named

Congratulations to the two new Health Information Project Centers:

- Pawling Free Library
- Poughkeepsie Public Library District

These libraries are the recipients of an award valued at $4,000 each. They will join NorthEast-Millerton, Beacon and Philmont libraries as designated Centers for 2011.

Funds for the new Centers will be used to conduct the summer Teen Intern Program, to build a collection of teen health and prevention information resources, and to provide Project promotional materials for outreach to teens, their families, and agencies serving youth. To learn more about HIP http://hip.midhudson.org/

The MHLS Health Information Project receives funding from New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and in part from Dutchess County Government. Project awards for 2011 are contingent on funding approval.

For more information about the project, contact Coordinator Barbara Clapp at 845.471.6060 x223 or bclapp@midhudson.org.

Professional Development
NYLA Leadership and Management Academy: The New York Library Association's Library Leadership and Management Academy is an educational program for emerging leaders in the library profession. Enrollees are required to complete ten courses over a three year period to receive a Leadership and Management Academy Certificate. The Academy is designed for mid-career library professionals interested in obtaining the practical knowledge and basic skills critical to becoming a library leader or manager. Applicants must either have five years of library experience and a Bachelors Degree or two years of library experience and an MLS. Upcoming Leadership Academy sessions:

- Monday, October 4th @ East Greenbush Community Library: Human Resources - Instructor: Tom Lawrence, director of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District. This course will provide an overview of issues associated with supervising employees on a daily basis, ranging from performance evaluations to job descriptions, fringe benefits, employee manuals, and interviewing techniques.

For more information and to register: http://www.nyla.org/content/user_1/LMAFlierOctober2010.pdf

- Wednesday, November 3rd @NYLA Conference in Saratoga Springs (two sessions):
Time Management & Organizational Skills - Instructor: Wayne Piper. This course will instruct attendees on managing time effectively, developing strategies for allocating time wisely, prioritizing tasks, and creating a process for controlling time spent on tasks and responsibilities.

Conflict Resolution & Team Building - Instructor: Wayne Piper. This course will develop skills toward understanding and managing conflict in the workplace and delve into how to motivate and create a collaborative work environment for employees.

For more information and to register: http://www.nyla.org/content/user_1/LMAFlierFall2010.pdf

Marketing, Advocacy & Funding
The Chilton Auto Repair database will be the focus for the October 2010 Word-of-Mouth Marketing Experiment. We hope all staff that work with patrons will make a little time in the next week to jump into that database and take a look (if you haven't already!) - get a feel for what's there and how to get a patron started with it. This resource provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks. It is great for a person looking save some money by maintaining and repairing their vehicle on their own as well as a cost saving reference tool for sole proprietor auto repair shops in your community. When frontline staff "talk up" resources like this one we see definite increases in usage so we hope you will help your patrons get their money's worth by connecting with this valuable resource!

Parents As Supporters Focus Groups: As part of the MHLS Building Your Base project, and under the direction of the Marketing Advisory Committee, MHLS Youth Services & Community Connections Coordinator, Christina Ryan-Linder, and MHLS Coordinator for Library Growth & Sustainability, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, are joining forces to conduct focus groups with parents of story time kids in libraries throughout the System. Christina and Rebekkah will be delving into three main areas with these parents:
- What they value most about the library;
- How they get local information; and
- What motivates them to come out and vote on an issue.
The System has carefully tracked library vote information for a number of years and while libraries are winning at an impressive rate (85-90% of votes usually pass) we are always strategizing ways to help libraries to continually increase their win margins. Our hope is to gather information that will help more libraries turn users into supporters and more supporters into advocates. Stay tuned for more info!
(Does this get you thinking? Got a great idea on the subject that everyone could benefit from? Let us know! rsmith@midhudson.org or clinder@midhudson.org)

Programming
On October 10th (10.10.10) people around the world will be joining "work parties" to help save energy in their communities. The organization 350.org is encouraging a "Global Work Party" to encourage a maximum number of people to get involved and raise awareness during Energy Awareness Month. Get your library involved while saving yourself some money on heating costs this winter. Put out a call for volunteers to help get the library building ready for winter on October 10th - check for cracks around windows and doors and look for weather stripping and caulking that needs to be replaced, replace the filters in the furnace, switch out summer screens for storm windows…

Administration & Management
The Small Libraries Roundtable will meet on Thursday, October 28th from 10:00am - 12:00pm at the Sarah Hull Hallock Library in Milton (56-58 Main Street, Milton, NY 12547; http://miltonlib.org/). This users group is designed for the administrators of small libraries (4FTE or less*). The purpose of the group is to discuss the issues surrounding running a small library. Our topic will be Staff Recruitment & Retention. The workshop will cover:
- Assessing Appropriate Staff Coverage
- Staff Recruitment and Retention Tips
- Advocating for Adequate Salaries & Benefits: Building the Case, Demonstrating Value

*We are changing the definition of a "small library" to 4 FTE or less to reflect the shift in staffing levels throughout the System. 48% of libraries have 4 FTE or less. (FTE = full time equivalent)

Please register online for this event online at http://calendar.midhudson.org/

Job Openings
The James A. Cannavino Library at Marist College seeks a full-time Assistant Library Director. Under the general supervision of the Library Director, the person in this position is responsible for performing administrative and library service tasks in support of the efficient operations of the Library. Master's degree in Library Science or Library and Information Science from an accredited library school required. Candidates must have at least five years progressively responsible supervisory experience in an academic library, and a demonstrated ability to manage personnel, budget and library service activities. All candidates must have excellent written and oral communication and customer service skills and experience working with multiple computer and database programs. To learn more or to apply, please visit https://jobs.marist.edu/

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.