Vol.10-49   12.7.10

Training Survey

The Central Library Training Survey is now linked to the center of the midhudson.org homepage. The survey was designed to help member library staff receive the continuing education/training opportunities that might be needed to best serve your patrons' reference needs. Now, after more than a dozen training sessions in 2010 we want to measure the impact of these services. The Central Library Advisory Committee would greatly appreciate your participation in the second part of the training assessment.

The survey is composed of 15 questions, and should take about 12 minutes to complete. Survey responses are due on December 21, 2007.

In the spring nearly 200 staff responded to the original Central Library Training Survey. Thank
you! This final "check-up" survey will complete the evaluation planned by the Committee.

Who should take the survey? All staff that works with patrons. If you took the survey in the Spring - yes, we do want you to respond again. If you did not take the survey in the Spring, but you do work with patrons, please take the survey now.

If you are not able to answer all the questions correctly - that's okay! The survey is an assessment to help us identify training needs, design targeted training in related areas and continue to improve services.

MHLS Announcements
The NYS Senate is in Albany TODAY - Tuesday, December 7th - to deal with various unfinished business which gives us another opportunity to urge them to act on the Education, Labor and Family Assistance (ELFA) Article VII bill that contains language that authorizes the distribution of supplemental System aid. The New York Library Association urges all library stakeholders to visit their website at http://www.nyla.org and click on the Contact Your Elected Officials button to send letter urging them to do the right thing for libraries.

Professional Development
Laurie Recommends… the Top Tech Trends for the Non-Technical Webinar. This free webinar, offered by InfoPeople.org, helps you stay on top of new tech tools and techniques so you can continue to provide relevant library service in the future. Speaker Joan Frye Williams describes the technologies that are most likely to change the way you work, and how you can prepare for those changes. Laurie Shedrick, MHLS Automated Systems Manager, invested her time in taking this webinar and highly recommended it for all libraries. http://www.infopeople.org/training/webcasts/webcast_data/434/index.html and click on the "Archived Webinar" button to access this opportunity.

Resource Sharing & Millennium
New Efficiencies for the Holds System (thanks to the Resource Sharing Advisory Committee):
- We have begun paging closed locations again: Release 2009b allowed us to skip closed locations in the paging process. This seemed like a good thing to keep the holds moving, but in many cases the first paged location was the pick-up location and an item was on the shelf. This meant that items were being unnecessarily shipped.
- Longer time to page: We are also moving our time to page back to 48 hours rather than 36. This will allow local libraries a longer period for filling holds. While it does slow the process a bit, it may also serve to increase the fill rate at libraries who are closed for longer than 36 hours, but less than 48.

New Order for Material Types in the Online Catalog: You may notice that the order of material types has changed. Over the years we had added to the bottom of the list (the only way to add) and deleted from all over the list. The result was a listing of material types that really had no logical order. It is essentially all text books, followed by audio books, followed by periodicals, followed by, video, followed by music, games and toys and then miscellaneous. Now you will find the list in the following order:

Large Print
Graphic Novel
Book on CD
Book on MP3 CD
Book on Cassette
Audio Book Download
Audio Book Playaway
Blu-ray DVD
VHS Video Cassette
Music CD
Music Cassette
Printed Music
Mixed Media
Video Games & Software
Book Club in a Bag
Primary Historic Doc.
Vertical File
Phono Records (soon to be removed…)

Youth Services
Notes from the MHLS Children's Services Roundtable's focus on Children with Special Needs: Kathleen Marshall from the Anderson Center for Autism spoke to the group about the how to handle issues with young patrons with special needs in regards to story time and programming. Some tips from Kathleen:
- Report Back to Parents: Keep parent apprised of child's good behavior and bad behavior.
- Create Guidelines: Have rules for the group to follow to create a behavioral structure.
- Do Calming Exercises: At the beginning of your program have the children stretch, sing or get the wiggles out.
- Provide "waiting tools": When children come into the program there may be a period of waiting until everyone gets settled. Provide koosh balls or bean bags or something to keep the kids occupied.
- Create Routine: Sequencing through picture cards or repetition of procedures applied each time makes children feel more comfortable. A pictorial guide or schedule of your story time routine will help a child with special needs be more at ease.
- Have the Parents Practice at Home: Encourage the parents of your story time attendees to continue to read to children at home and repeat some of the songs and exercises you provide, to build continuity.
- Clarify your role as library youth service provider: You are not an expert. Do not try and diagnose a child's disorder. You can offer resources and information if asked.

Job Openings
Supervising Library Clerk (Head of Borrower Services) - Poughkeepsie Public Library District: Full time position responsible for supervising clerical support staff engaged in providing both library services to and preparing materials for the public. This position requires a strong customer service ethic, superior management skills, and significant library technical services (acquisitions and processing) experience.
An employee in this position would be expected to perform the following functions:
- supervision of 20 - 22 people
- scheduling and maintaining public desk coverage for two buildings,
- job and performance counseling,
- interpreting changes in Library District lending rules and regulations,
- handling transactions which cannot be processed by other staff,
- supervising routine technical services tasks, and
- performing work that may be required of a clerical title in a lower grade.
See Civil Service description for complete details. This person would be part of the Library District's managerial team and would be located at Adriance Memorial Library. Minimum requirements include a high school diploma and five years of full-time library clerical work experience, one year of which was supervisory. Includes evening and weekend hours. Knowledge of the Millennium interface. This is a competitive Civil Service position. Initial appointment is provisional and requires attaining a reachable score in an appropriate examination. Step 1 2010 Salary: $43,186 plus benefits. Apply to: Lauren Muffs, Assistant Director, Poughkeepsie Public Library District, 93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, lmuffs@poklib.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.