Vol.10-43   10.26.10

MHLS Receives Val-Kill Medal

On Sunday, October 17th 300 people under a tent in Hyde Park raised their hand and answered "yes," that they love a library.

In a ceremony at the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill the Mid-Hudson Library System was awarded the Val-Kill Medal.
"We are continually challenged in ways large and small, in far off places and those places close to home, to make the world more just, and that justice sustainable," said JoAnne Meyers, Board Chair of The Eleanor Roosevelt Center, "We come together today to celebrate Mrs. Roosevelt and her commitment to human dignity, social justice, enlightened leadership and human rights for all."

Mid-Hudson Library System's medalist profile:

Insurer of the public's right to free access.

Provider of opportunities to everyone - young and old - to take action - to read, listen, discuss and learn.

Facilitator of economical resource sharing between libraries.

Promoter of professional library services.

Devotes its resources to assisting public libraries in providing quality library service to the community.

The medal was presented to MHLS by a former MHLS Board President, Parry Teasdale. Parry is the former editor of The Independent, The Woodstock Times and the founder of the new weekly newspaper in Columbia County, ColumbiaPaper.com.

"We are a small organization with a large reach making a big impact," said MHLS Interim Executive Director Merribeth Advocate, "I accept this prestigious award today on behalf of the work of the staff and the direction of the Board."

Human Rights, Human Dignity & The American Public Library: In 1939 the American Library Association adopted the Library Bill of Rights which includes a basic policy that guides public library service in America: "a person's right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views."

Public libraries enable people to take personal responsibility for their lives - for their education, the education of their children and the well-being of their community. They are essential for a healthy democracy and an informed electorate.

MHLS wholeheartedly thanks the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal Committee and in particular Anthony & Ginny Campilii for our nomination. (Mr. Campilii is a trustee at the Grinnell Library in Wappingers Falls!)

This award is a great honor and we appreciate the opportunity for more people to learn about how we enhance their communities. As Mrs. Roosevelt once said, "…freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility." We are thankful to live in a region where the residents recognize the value of their public library. We hope area communities will continue to rally behind their libraries and take Mrs. Roosevelt's sentiments to heart.

Fellow recipients of the 2010 Val-Kill Medal:
- Dr. Paul Farmer is the founder of Partners In Health, an international nonprofit organization that provides direct health care in impoverished areas. Dr. Farmer is the recipient of numerous awards that laud his commitment to health care as a human right. In 2009 he was named Deputy United Nations Envoy to Haiti.
- Fashion Designer Eileen Fisher is a leader in integrating human rights and environmental practices into business strategies.
- Shirley & Bernard Handel are local community activists and serve on numerous nonprofit boards in the area. Dr. Bernard Handel is one of the founders of what is now known as the Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

MHLS as reported on by the Poughkeepsie Journal the day after the Val-Kill Medal Ceremony: "The Mid-Hudson Library System supports 66 libraries in five Hudson Valley counties. It works to keep member libraries' costs down and to improve the services each member library can offer its community. The system helps libraries offer roughly 685,000 people in the Hudson Valley opportunities to read, learn and become involved with their communities."

MHLS Libraries
LJ Star Libraries Announced: Five MHLS member libraries have been named 2010 "Star Libraries" by Library Journal. The LJ Index of Public Library Service 2010, Library Journal's national rating of public libraries, identifies 258 "star" libraries. Created by Ray Lyons and Keith Curry Lance, and based on 2008 data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), it rates 7,407 public libraries. The top libraries in each group get five, four, or three stars.

MHLS Stars:
- Julia L. Butterfield Library in Cold Spring
- Philmont Public Library (5 stars!)
- Red Hook Public Library
- Tivoli Free Library
- Windham Public Library

Professional Development
Two free webinars have been added to the MHLS Online Calendar:
- Friday, October 29th: Frontline Advocacy
- Thursday, November 18th: Writing a Library Behavior Code
To learn more about these session and to register please visit our online calendar at http://calendar.midhudson.org

We have closed registration for the Book Repair Workshop scheduled for November 19th. Everyone on the waiting list will be added to the final registration list but at this time we cannot accept any more registrations.

Reference & Collection Development
Last Chance: The fifth of five sessions of Helping Patrons Find Genealogy Information will be held in the MHLS Auditorium this Thursday, October 28th from 10:00am - 12:00pm. 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 look around the Adriance Memorial Library Local History Room and Genealogy Room (http://poklib.org/reference/localhistory.htm) Please register for this event online at http://calendar.midhudson.org/

*HeritageQuest is the Word-of-Mouth Marketing Experiment topic for November!

Job Openings
Director Position Opening: The Grinnell Library Association serving the Town of Wappinger and the Village of Wappingers Falls is seeking applicants for the position of director. Master's degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution required. Responsibilities include staff supervision, budgetary oversight, building management and collection development, with additional responsibilities as required. We are seeking a director who will be able to work effectively with our 15 member Board of Trustees, Friends group, local governmental officials and the public to promote the Library and its programs throughout the community. Salary and benefits commensurate with experience. Review of qualified applicants to begin immediately. Please send resume with cover letter to Grinnell Library Association 2642 East Main Street, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590, Fax: 845.297.1506 or e-mail to glsearch@gmail.com

Part-Time Librarian: Cornwall Public Library
We are looking for a reliable, customer service oriented individual to work in our busy adult services department. Candidates must possess a Public Librarian certificate from New York State. The successful candidate will have knowledge of current methods and practices of librarianship, good working knowledge of current technology, the ability to help and communicate with patrons of all ages and abilities, and excellent customer service skills. Evening and weekend shifts, other shifts as needed. To send a resume or for more information, please contact: Charlotte Dunaief, Adult Services Librarian, Cornwall Public Library, 395 Hudson St., Cornwall, NY 12518; 845.534.8282; cdunaief@rcls.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.