Vol.10-50   12.14.10

Busy Meeting for MHLS Board

The MHLS Board of Trustees met on Saturday, December 11, in the MHLS Auditorium and:

- Welcomed incoming Executive Director, Michael Nyerges;*
- Designated HSBC as the System's 2011 bank of business;
- Adopted the 2012 member library fee schedule proposed by the System Funding Task Force;
- Went into Executive Session to discuss a personnel issue;
- Moved to authorize the Board President and Executive Director to take budget actions, as discussed in Executive Session;
- Moved to discontinue all reimbursement for MHLS Board of Trustee travel expenses in 2011;
- Requested distribution, with the agenda, of quarterly reports from the Central Library;
- Elected officers for 2011:
- President: Jim Tuttle (Columbia County)
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Vice President: Michael Minor (Ulster County)
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Secretary: Janet Schnitzer (Columbia County)
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Treasurer: Roland Patterson (Dutchess County)
- Approved the submission of a Variance Request for the Patterson Library;
- Announced that negotiations with the Union for a new contract are underway;
- Recognized Merribeth Advocate for her outstanding accomplishments during her tenure as Interim Director.
The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 10:00am in the MHLS Auditorium.

MHLS Announcements
*New MHLS Director to Start January 10th! Michael Nyerges, the newly appointed Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System, will begin in his new role on Monday, January 10th.

An article in The Finger Lake Times posted last week noted Mr. Nyerges' departure from the Geneva Public Library in January: "We're very sorry to lose him," said board President Harry Givelber. "It's just been a wonderful experience," said Nyerges. "I've enjoyed working with many members of the community. I love working with the public."

The article noted a number of Mr. Nyerges' accomplishments including his leadership in transitioning the library from a free association library to a school district public library, resulting in sustainable funding for the library, and his involvement in starting "Geneva Reads," a community-wide reading program.

ELFA Bill Disappointment: From Michael Borges, Executive Director of the New York Library Association: "The Senate met on Tuesday, December 7th and took no action on the Education, Labor and Family Assistance (ELFA) Article VII bill that contained language authorizing the distribution of supplemental system aid, waiver of local maintenance of efforts requirements and hold harmless provisions… Efforts to separate our issues from the main bill were attempted but not possible given the flux in leadership in the Senate switching from Democratic to Republican control. It appears unlikely at this point in time that the Legislature will pass the ELFA bill before the end of 2010 and the issue may be rolled into next year's budget bills. NYLA will pursue making the language in the ELFA Article VII bill a permanent part of Education Law so this issue can be avoided in the future."

Action Memo #10-07 is in today's delivery to all member library directors: Member Info Contact Information Update. MHLS maintains information on each member library, including an online directory of member library contact information (that appears in the online catalog and the MHLS web site) and a database of member libraries' trustee and Friends Group contact information. This form is the official annual update request, libraries can update information for their library year round at http://midhudson.org/forms/update_form.htm

MHLS Libraries
Congratulations to the Hunter Public Library! They are the latest member library to score 100% on the MHLS Essential Documents Inventory! The Essential Docs Inventory touches on the basics each library should have in place to meet NYS Minimum Standards for Public Libraries including a current long-range plan, report to the community and a full complement of both internal and external policies. Wondering how many more your library has to go? Contact MHLS Coordinator for Library Growth & Sustainability, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich at rsmith@midhudson.org for an updated inventory sheet.

Resource Sharing & Millennium
Catalog-to-go Upgraded: Last week Innovative loaded updates to the mobile version of our catalog. These updates
- Provide improved display for Android OS phones including layout and proper button display.
- Remove broken link on call number, and other minor fixes.
- Provide support for additional languages.

Reference & Collection Development
OverDrive has released apps for iPhone and Android, which adds support for eBooks from OverDrive libraries. Now your patrons will be able to download both EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks directly to their iPhone, iPod touch, or Android phone/tablet. New users can search for "OverDrive Media Console" in the Apple App Store and Android Market, while current users will be alerted to update the existing OverDrive app on their devices. OverDrive Media Console v2.0 for iPhone and Android provides two major enhancements that improve the end user experience. First, the apps now enable users to download and enjoy EPUB eBooks on their devices (in addition to the existing ability to download MP3 audiobooks). The eBook reading experience includes user-inspired features for bookmarking and adjusting brightness and font size. Second, both apps offer a built-in 'Get Books' feature. If a library customer has already downloaded audiobooks from your library with a previous version of the app, your library will be displayed when he or she selects 'Get Books'. With a single click, the user can reach your site once again. If a customer is new to library downloads, he or she can quickly find your 'Virtual Branch' website and save it for single-click access going forward. Currently the iPhone app will work on iPad with iOS 4 and enables the full browse, check out, download experience. However, an optimized version for iPad - with improved resolution and additional features - is coming soon, along with apps for BlackBerry and other mobile devices. For more information on OverDrive's apps with eBook support, visit http://www.overdrive.com/software/omc/

Previously, we shared an eBook Devices Cheat Sheet for library staff. Now OverDrive has created a patron version! http://overdrive.com/files/ebook-cheat-sheet.pdf Feel free to share it with potential eBook reader buyers, make available at upcoming library events, add it to your newsletter, etc…

Administration & Management
Copier Confidentiality: A recent article in the AARP magazine, "A Thief in the Photocopier," and a news piece on ABC's 20/20 program highlight confidentiality concerns for leased copy machines often found in libraries, businesses and copy centers. Most copiers manufactured after 2002 evidently have hard drives in them that store scanned images of copies. Unless the hard drive is erased or replaced those images remain on the copier and could be accessed after the machine's lease period is over. While this issue has not become a major issue, news outlets are definitely raising people's awareness of this potential problem. If you lease a copy machine we are recommending that you check with your leasing agent and discuss copier hard drive security so that if a patron raises concern you understand how your copier is maintained and protected. [Thanks to Barbara Flach, director at the Greenville Public Library for bringing this article to our attention!]

Job Openings
Technology Instructor: The Kinderhook Memorial Library is seeking to fill a Technology Instructor position for an average of 6.5 hours per week. Salary is $12-$15 per hour, dependent on experience. A full job description can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/TechInstructor. Deadline for applications is December 31, 2010. Please send resume and three references to: Julie H. Johnson, Director, Kinderhook Memorial Library, PO Box 293, Kinderhook, NY 12106 or julie.johnson@kinderhooklibrary.org.

The Pleasant Valley Library is seeking a part time clerk, roughly 22 hours per week, $9/hour, mostly afternoons and every other Saturday. Applicants must be very self-motivated and friendly while able to keep up in a busy library. Stop by to fill out an application or fax resume to 845.635.9556.

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.