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Advocacy Day Briefing Webinar

View the Advocacy Day Briefing Webinar presented by Jeremy Johannesen, NYLA’s Executive Director and Briana McNamee, NYLA’s Director of Government Relations & Advocacy alongside MHLS Executive Director, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich to learn about: Budget timeline and pressure points Budget and legislative priorities Effective talking points How, when, and where you can speak up for libraries!

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Annual Reports Due Friday, February 14th

Each MHLS member library is required to complete the Annual Report. All reports should be fully submitted by February 14, 2020. For more information about the Annual Report please visit https://midhudson.org/annualreporttips/ or contact Casey Conlin, MHLS Library Sustainability Coordinator at ext. 260 |  cconlin@midhudson.org

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DA Workshop Topic: Paid Time Off

The Directors Association Workshop topic for March 5th is Paid Time Off presented by Ellen Bach and Robert Schofield of Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP. In this workshop attendees will learn everything they need to know about the Family and Medical Leave Act, NY’s Paid Family Leave Act, and the other leave-related legal obligations affecting

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Fourth Year of Proposed Cuts to Library Funding!

The Governor unveiled his budget proposal and it was not good news for Library Aid: Proposed State Library Aid: $91.6M ($5M cut from 2019) Proposed Library Construction Aid: $14M  (42% cut from 2019, which would mean a $378,392 decrease in available construction aid funds for the MHLS region) Send a letter to the Governor and your

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Annual Report Software is Open!

The 2019 NYS Annual Report for Public and Association Libraries CollectConnect software is open. The Annual Report is due from each member library by Friday, February 14th at 5:00pm.   Information for MHLS member libraries about the Annual Report can be found at https://midhudson.org/annualreporttips/or contact Casey Conlin, MHLS Library Sustainability Coordinator, cconlin@midhudson.org  

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E-Rate Application Filing

Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) has announced the dates for E-Rate application filing for the Funding Year 2020, which will be opening on January 15, 2020 and closing on March 25, 2020. If you have any questions please contact Natalie McDonough, State E-Rate Coordinator at Natalie.McDonough@nysed.gov or visit http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev//univsvc/

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MHLS Annual Report Workshop for New Directors

The MHLS Annual Report Workshop for New Directors is designed for Directors who are new to submitting the NYS Annual Report with Bibliostat software but is open to all. The workshop will cover: Logging in to the software Entering your data Dealing with “Edit Checks” Writing “Notes” Submitting your report Three dates to choose from: Wednesday, January 22nd |

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Deepfake Videos

There is a new technique that can be used to spread misinformation called a “deepfake.” Deepfake videos are  altered or produced by artificial intelligence-based technologies to make a seemingly real video of something that didn’t really happen. There are different strategies creators use such as Faceswap, which can seamlessly place someone in a place or

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NYS Minimum Wage Increase

REMINDER: The NYS Minimum Wage Increase for workers in New York State north of Westchester County, increases to $11.80 per hour effective December 31, 2019. The minimum wage will reach $12.50 on December 31, 2020 and increase to $15 on an indexed schedule to be set by the Director of the Division of Budget in

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MHLS Annual Report Workshop for New Directors

The MHLS Annual Report Workshop for New Directors is designed for Directors who are new to submitting the NYS Annual Report with Bibliostat software but is open to all. The workshop will cover: Logging in to the software Entering your data Dealing with “Edit Checks” Writing “Notes” Submitting your report Three dates to choose from:

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