Vol.10-46   11.16.10

MHLS Board of Trustees Meet

The MHLS Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, November 10, in the MHLS Auditorium and:
- approved the adjustments to the 2010 budget , as presented;
- reviewed the history and status of the System Funding Task Force, including the member library fee schedule for 2012;
- went into Executive Session to discuss a contractual issue;
- authorized the Executive Director to begin contract negotiations with the Union;
- went into Executive Session to discuss a personnel issue.
The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, December 11, at 10:00 a.m. in the MHLS Auditorium.

OSC Vendor ID:
All Libraries will need to respond to an information request that just came out, if you have not already done so, to receive future payments from New York State (for example, through the Construction Grant Program) once a new financial system is implemented next Spring. The Office of the State Comptroller is in the process of implementing the Statewide Financial Management System. In an effort to establish a centralized vendor file, OSC's Vendor Management Unit recently mailed a request to all entities doing business with or receiving payments from New York State to update their information via a Substitute Form W-9 (www.osc.state.ny.us/epay/subw9form.pdf). All recipients of funds from the State Education Department are considered "vendors" for this purpose and are strongly encouraged to respond to the request. The State Education Department will be unable to process payments to any entity without a valid OSC Vendor ID after April 1, 2011. For more information, please go to http://www.osc.state.ny.us/vendors/vendor_file.htm. All questions can be directed to VMU@osc.state.ny.us.

Adult Summer Reading Programs Survey: The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), the cooperative organization that creates summer reading materials for all member states, has asked New York State public librarians fill out and submit this survey. Since 2009, CSLP has been providing materials for adult summer reading in addition to materials for children and teen programs. Your input on this survey is valuable in assisting with future CSLP Adult Summer Reading Programs. Participant responses will help determine whether the Adult portion of the CSLP Summer Library Program continues beyond the 2011 programming.
Each library should complete and submit the following survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CMXHNBL

Youth Services
Dewey-Free in Cold Spring's Children's Room: "You may have noticed the piles of books and recent flurry of activity in the Children's Room. We are rearranging our non-fiction collection into categories rather than by the Dewey Decimal System. It sounds shocking but it will really make our materials easier to find and the shelves more of a pleasure to browse. For example, if you are looking for a book about bears, you will find it in the Animals section with a corresponding label on the spine. Or if you want a book about trucks, it will be in the Transportation section. In each section, the books will be arranged in alphabetical order by the author or editor's last name. The room will have clear and easy-to-understand signage to help you along. Please bear with us while we rearrange things and all of the staff will be happy to give you a tour!"

The 2011 Summer Reading Manuals are here! Look for them in your delivery by the end of the week. 2011 Themes:

Children's: "One World, Many Stories"
Teens: "You Are Here"
Adults: "Novel Destinations"

The manual comes with three DVDs. Each DVD contains all three sections. Extra CD's are available from me upon request, for libraries that do not have DVD readers on their computers. More information about SRP can be found at http://www.cslpreads.org/. Also included in this package is the Highsmith, CSLP Catalog. Online ordering can be found at http://www.highsmith.com/cslp/ The first order available through Highsmith is December 1, 2010. When your packet arrives please take a moment and look it over and make sure everything is included. Also, If you are not the program provider for all three groups; children's, teen and adult, please share the information and DVDs with your staff, so everyone has a chance to use the materials. If you have any questions please feel free to contact MHLS Youth Services & Community Connections Coordinator Christina Ryan Linder @ 845.471.6060 x235 or clinder@midhudson.org

Administration & Management
Updated Civil Service Exams Announced: The NYS Department of Civil Service notified all municipal civil service agencies that the Librarian I, II and Library Director I exams have been updated and will be available online effective January 1, 2011. These revisions were initiated by the New York Library Association Task Force on Civil Service Reform chaired by NYLA Past-President Josh Cohen, former Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System. The Task Force worked with the NYS Department of Civil Service over a 12 month period to revise the content and rating scales for the exams.

Job Openings
Director Position: The Pawling Library is seeking a creative, energetic and experienced individual to fill the position of Library Director for the Pawling community. Pawling, New York is located in Southeast Dutchess County in the beautiful Hudson Valley. The Library, an association library, serves both the Town and Village of Pawling. The Library has an experienced staff, an active Foundation group, and a supportive public. The Director will work closely with the Pawling Library's Board of Trustees to achieve a consensus on the overall vision, mission and long range plan for the library and to assist in securing funding required to achieve the goals and objectives of the Library. Minimum qualifications include:
- A Master's Degree in Library Science from a school that is accredited by the American Library Association or registered by the New York State Education Department.
- Two years of professional public library experience.
- The successful candidate will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, leadership ability and an enthusiasm to work in harmony with Board, staff and the public.
- Experience in budget preparation and management, grant writing and project management.
Compensation: Starting salary range $52,000 - $56,000 per annum with medical benefits and vacation. Please see Library Job Description below for additional information concerning the position. For further information about the Pawling Library please see our website at http://www.pawlinglibrary.org/ Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter and three professional references by email (either in MS-Word or Adobe .PDF format) to: directorsearch@pawlinglibrary.org Alternately, they may send by regular mail to: The Pawling Library, 11 Broad Street, Pawling NY 12564

Librarian - Curriculum Library, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY: Part-time position overseeing curriculum materials center, a branch of Curtin Memorial Library. Plan, coordinate, and manage all aspects of Curriculum Library service. Provide research and technology assistance to education students, serve as liaison to education faculty. Participate in information literacy instruction and collection development. Train, schedule, and supervise work-study students and one staff member. M.L.S, knowledge of academic research resources, and proficiency in technology required. Strongly prefer degree in K-12 education or experience as school library media specialist. $21 per hour. Send resume to Barbara Petruzzelli, Library Director, at barbara.petruzzelli@msmc.edu. Position available December 1st; applications accepted until position is filled.

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.