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NYLA Organizational Membership

MHLS has negotiated another year of the 15% discount on New York Library Association (NYLA) Organizational Memberships [] for MHLS Member Libraries! Instructions for taking advantage of this deal have been sent to all directors. Deadline: June 29th

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Taking Community Partnerships to the Next Level

Free Webinar: Taking Community Partnerships to the Next Level
May 29 from 3:00-4:00pm
Presented by Audrey Barbakoff, Community Engagement and Economic Development Manager, King County Library System

Register online

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Basic Create Lists Webinar

Sierra Lunchtime Webinar: May 17th from 12:00-1:00pm

MHLS ILP Operations Supervisor Thomas O’Connell will offer a lunchtime webinar of training and Q&A on the topic of Basic Create Lists. Registration is required


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Adult Literacy Mini-Grants

Mini-grants of $1,000 each for up to 10 eligible member libraries are available to help develop and expand adult literacy programs (which will enhance workforce development services in public libraries, improve adult literacy on the job and in the home) and increase participation of adults in library literacy programs which will improve their career and educational opportunities.

Criteria, information & 2018-19 application available, due June 5, 2018.

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$2,000 Mini-Grants

$2,000 Outreach Mini-Grants from MHLS will be available later this year. Directors are encouraged to submit a simple “Intent to Apply” Form by April 9. For the ‘Intent to Apply’ Form, information, requirements and ideas of previous successful projects, please visit

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May 2-3, 2018 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center and Albany Capital Center, Albany, NY. GovBuy is a statewide government buyers event, provides practical training that enables purchasing officials to stay informed about relevant procurement related issues and more effective ways to meet fiscal challenges. Registration is free but you must register to attend:

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Workflow Consulting

New Service from MHLS: Ever wonder if you are using the best process for regular tasks in Sierra? Ever wonder if there is a better way? When it comes to Sierra, we think we can help.

If you are a new director looking to make sense of it all, or a seasoned pro looking for a reboot, this service can help to realign processes, so staff make the most of their time and Sierra.

MHLS’ Workflow Consultations are designed to provide an evaluation of your Sierra-related procedures as well as the provision of best practice guidance for library directors and their staff.

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Project Outcome is Coming!

MHLS is pleased to announce that the Public Library Association’s Project Outcome training is coming to MHLS in April! Project Outcome helps you implement outcome measurement. Drive change, influence decision-making and demonstrate the impact of your library’s programs! Seats will go fast so learn more and register soon!

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Member Info Update

It’s time to update your library and trustee contact information with MHLS! Please keep an eye out for MHLS Action Memo #18-01 on the MHLS Notices List.

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Advocacy Day Briefing

Advocacy Day Briefing: Friday, February 16th from 10:00 – 11:00am. This online event is designed for all library advocates – library directors, staff, trustees, Friends, volunteers and patrons – who are interested in speaking up for libraries during the New York budget negotiation season. This webinar will be presented by Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director of the New York Library Association alongside MHLS Coordinator for Library Sustainability, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich. To learn more and to register:

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