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Fraudulent Face Mask Exempt Cards

The US Justice Department (USDOJ) has issued an alert about fraudulent face mask cards. The cards state they are issued by the “Freedom to Breathe Agency” (FTBA); state that wearing a mask will incur mental or physical risk for the holder; and claims the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not permit them to be

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Get A Library Card Through OverDrive

The Get a Library Card option has been added to OverDrive! New users at participating libraries are just a few clicks away from their first library card thanks to a new link added to the top of the OverDrive web page. The new message and link will direct users to their local library’s online library

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Delivery and Holds Restarted

As of Monday, June 22nd MHLS has turned on system-wide holds and enacted a full restart of 5-day-a-week delivery services. Questions about MHLS delivery should be directed to Tom Finnigan, MHLS Delivery Operations Manager, tfinnigan@midhudson.org. Questions about the catalog should be directed to Laurie Shedrick, MHLS Technology Operations Manager, lshedrick@midhudson.org.

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Restarting Delivery & Holds

On Monday, June 22 both system-wide holds will be turned back on in the online catalog and delivery services will resume a 5-day schedule. Our drivers will only stop at libraries that have officially reported to MHLS that they have started, at least, curbside service as of June 22. If you have questions regarding delivery,

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MHLS Delivery Update

MHLS Delivery will do a two-day “clean up” run on Wednesday, June 17th & Thursday, June 18th to pick up items in member library facilities labeled for delivery* and to leave you bins to reset for the restart of delivery. We will be stopping at all libraries unless a director would like to opt out

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Guidance for Association Libraries

Association libraries can now join public libraries in offering curbside service based on the following guidance:  “Libraries that are operated by a not-for-profit or other non-governmental organization may perform curbside or “in-store” pickup once the region in which they are located reaches Phase 1 and may perform other “in-store” operations once the region in which

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MHLS Director Briefings

Several new dates have been added for upcoming weekly MHLS Director Briefings. Please note the change in time starting in June. Friday, May 29 from 2:00-3:00pm Thursday, June 4 from 3:30-4:30pm Thursday, June 18 from 3:30-4:30pm Thursday, June 25 from 3:30-4:30pm Thursday, July 2 from 3:30-4:30pm

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MHLS Phased Reopening Template

Mid-Hudson Library System has provided a Phased Reopening Template for libraries to use when planning for reopening their library facilities and services. The document includes guidance from federal, state, and local authorities along with best practices from libraries providing services outside of New York in regard to considerations for returning to the library, preparing your

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Let Your State Representatives Know What Libraries Mean to You

As New York State contemplates adjustments to the enacted budget and cuts to education of 15-20% we need you to speak up and let your legislators know about the effects these cuts will have for your library. Both state aid and construction funds for libraries were reduced for the state budget for FY 2020-21, and

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Ask the Lawyer

Southeastern NY Library Resources Council has acquired the services of an attorney to offer members timely input on intellectual property, digital rights management, vendor contracts, and other legal issues that can impact library operations. Questions sent to Ask the Lawyer will be reviewed by Southeastern staff and sent to counsel for responses. Southeastern members are eligible to participate

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