Vol.10-47   11.23.10

eBooks Are Live!

EBooks are now available for patrons in the MHLS Overdrive Digital Download Center http://mhls.lib.overdrive.com ! An eBook is a digital book, magazine, or graphic novel that can be downloaded and read on a computer or portable device. There are 141 eBook titles in the opening day collection. More will be added. Only single copies of most titles will be purchased, unless there are 8 holds or more on a title.

Right now we're doing a "soft launch," giving all member library staff the time to learn how to download eBooks and get their questions answered. Visit http://midhudson.org/collection/overdrive.htm for:
- Training for Staff
- Training for Patrons
- Graphics for your Web Site
- How Check-out Works
- An editable Quick Start Guide for eBooks
- Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Info for downloading at the Library
- Directions for downloading to a Mobile Device

MHLS Announcements
MHLS is closed on November 25th and 26th.

- On Thursday, November 25th there will be no deliveries.
- On Friday, November 26th, there will be deliveries.

Local Library Services Aid (LLSA) Update: We have not yet received your library's 2010-2011 LLSA payment. At this time, we are assuming a total cut of 17.26%. We are not expecting to see these funds before the end of the year. LLSA is money directly from New York State for your library. The funds pass through MHLS to your library. LLSA is $1,500 or .31 cents per capita, whichever is higher. To see last year's aid chart visit http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/stateaid/09_10/llsa.htm#mhls

MHLS Libraries
The brand new Roeliff-Jansen Community Library serving Hillsdale, Copake and Acram in Columbia County opened for business on Saturday, November 6th! "It's a beautiful library. It's a community center. It will be the intellectual and cultural heart of the community." The new 7,500 square foot, $2.8 million library is three times the size of the original library and is on track to be the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified library in MHLS. The building boasts an array of sustainable, or "green," features including a daylight harvesting system, radiant heat, a porous pavement parking lot to control stormwater runoff, and plans for solar electric and geothermal HVAC. The use of green technologies will significantly reduce energy consumption, and the annual savings in heating and cooling expenses will help keep operating costs at a minimum. This amazing building is 10 years in the making, a labor of love for many, many people. Our hats go off to the Roe-Jan Board of Trustees, Library Director Carol Briggs, the staff and Friends of the library. Learn more about the project at http://www.rjclcapitalcampaign.org

Marketing, Advocacy & Funding
Take the 2010 "Thanksgiving Challenge"!
Can you find at least one supporter in your community - a trustee, friend or avid patron - to write a letter to the editor of your local paper explaining why they are thankful for your library, the online catalog or delivery system in the next two weeks? We bet you can!
- It doesn't have to be a long letter - it can be short and sweet: "I'm thankful to my public library for (fill in the blank)."
- Help make things easy for your supporters by giving them the info about where to send their letter - contact info for most area newspapers are available on http://midhudson.org Marketing, Advocacy & Funding then Marketing & PR then Contacts or get there directly at http://midhudson.org/funding/marketing/media_contacts.htm

New for 2010: Help the Thanksgiving Challenge go viral online! Get your fans to post their thanks on your library's Facebook page! If your library has a Facebook page ask your Friends or Fans to post why they are thankful on your page and theirs to help spread the word. Here's the wording the Kinderhook Memorial Library is using: "The Thanksgiving gauntlet has been thrown by the Mid-Hudson Library System! They are challenging us to find library supporters to tell us why they are thankful for our library. Please help us by posting your thoughts on our FB page!" Give an example of why you're thankful or ask your Friends Group to get the ball rolling! Let us know how you make out: rsmith@midhudson.org

Reminder: Learn how to enhance online communication with your community at the MHLS Building Your Base Online workshop on Tuesday, December 7th from 10:00am - 4:00pm in the MHLS Auditorium. Presented by Nancy Dowd, Marketing Director for the New Jersey State Library and author of Bite-Sized Marketing: Realistic Solutions for the Overworked Librarian, this workshop is designed for library directors, staff, trustees and Friends to help all library stakeholders get a handle on communicating effectively online with library patrons and tap into social networks where users and nonusers alike can learn about the value of the library:
- Bring Your Library to Life with a Story
- Use Word-of-Mouth Marketing Techniques
- Find the Right Web 2.0 Tool(s) for Your Needs or "The right tool for the job"
- Work Smarter Not Harder
Lunch will be provided to attendees. Please register at http://calendar.midhudson.org/

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is accepting applications for projects that will help reduce energy consumption. Applicants may choose among the following categories for incentives: pre-qualified; custom-measure; whole-building design; or green-building option. Incentives are offered for electrical and natural gas energy-efficiency improvements. Additional incentives and services are offered for buildings that achieve LEED® or NY-CHPS certification. Funding: Approximately $83 million is available. Deadline: Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. Contact: Stephen Finkle, NYSERDA, 17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203; 518.862.1090 ext. 3505; esf@nyserda.org.

Youth Services
Youth Services Table Talks: Sharing Great Ideas Wednesday, December 8th from 10:00am - 12:00pm in the MHLS Auditorium. Exchange ideas with colleagues and peers! Youth services librarians/staff will be able to join in four of the discussion topics below to gather new tips, program ideas and advice from others doing what you do. This workshop will cover:
- Evanced Summer Reader: Set-Up & Best Practices
- Exploration Stations: Multi Sensory Story Times & Break Out Stations
- Multiage Story Times
- Talk It Up: Discussions with Picture Books for the Early Grades
- Tech Buddies
- Teen & Tween Video Clubs
Register online at calendar.midhudson.org

Job Openings
Hudson Area Library is seeking a creative and innovative Library Assistant to work in our busy library. This is a part- time position approximately 20-25 hours/week, including some evening and Saturday hours. The Library Assistant reports directly to the Library Director, and has responsibility of assisting in library operations, including supervising staff & volunteers, interlibrary loan, and collection development. Additional duties include assisting in library programming and performing a variety of general library work in public services to assist patrons with operational needs of the library. The candidate must be reliable, have customer oriented skills and working knowledge of basic computer systems procedures. $12-$15/ hour. Send Resumes to: Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street, Hudson New York, 12534. Or email to: hudsonarealibrary@gmail.com Attn: Corey Fleming, Director.

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.