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Helping All Trustees Succeed (HATS) Mini-Webinar Series

The spring MHLS Trustee education series is coming to a close but there are resources available to tide you over until the fall series begins. Check out this series of 10-15 minute presentations from Helping All Trustees Succeed (HATS). Each gives a quick overview of critical information that all trustees need to know. Topics include:

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Advanced Level Trustee Education: Strategic Thinking: Advocacy & Planning Workshop

There is still time to register for Advanced Level Trustee Education: Strategic Thinking: Advocacy & Planning Workshop on Tuesday, May 21 from 5:30-8:30pm in the MHLS Auditorium. This advanced-level course is for trustees who have been on the board for at least a year. It is recommended that trustees have already attended the Trustee Essentials

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2018 Edition-Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State

The latest edition of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State is available both in print, for $5.00 a copy and online, for free, through the New York State Library’s website. Authored by Jerry Nichols, Palmer School of Library and Information Science and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System Executive Director.

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Advanced Level Trustee Education: Strategic Thinking: Advocacy & Planning

Trustees have two opportunities to attend the Advanced Level Trustee Education: Strategic Thinking: Advocacy & Planning workshop. Saturday, May 4th | 9:30AM – 12:30PM | Kinderhook Memorial Library Tuesday, May 21st | 5:30 – 8:30PM | MHLS Auditorium   This advanced-level course is for trustees who have been on the board for at least a

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Intermediate Level Trustee Education: Financial & Fiduciary

Library boards are trusted with public and private funds to provide quality library service to their community. Transparency and accountability must be at the forefront as a board makes decisions pertaining to the library’s finances. This course will focus on the financial and fiduciary responsibility involved with the library budget, library funding, financial policies, reports

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Intermediate Level Trustee Education: Legal Issues

This intermediate workshop is a new addition to the MHLS trustee education series. There are a number of laws and regulations that directly and indirectly apply to and impact libraries in New York State. This program provides a primer on what you need to know about how libraries are governed in NYS. This intermediate-level course

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Register Now for MHLS Trustee Training

There is still time to register for all upcoming workshops in the MHLS Trustee Training series. The first event will be Trustee Essentials on April 10th @ Hudson Area Association Library!

The education series will include:

  • Trustee Essentials
  • Intermediate Level Workshops: Financial & Fiduciary and Legal Issues
  • Advanced Level Workshop: Strategic Thinking: Advocacy & Planning

For the listing of upcoming dates view the workshop notice.

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Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State

The latest edition of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State is available both in print, for $5.00 a copy and online, for free, through the New York State Library’s website.

Authored by Jerry Nichols, Palmer School of Library and Information Science and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System Executive Director.

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Helping All Trustees Succeed (HATS) Mini-Webinar Series

Check out this series of 10-15 minute presentations from Helping All Trustees Succeed (HATS). Each gives a quick overview of critical information that all trustees need to know.

Topics include:

  • Libraries in NY: Origin, Oversight & Organization
  • Open Meetings Law
  • Role of a Board President
  • The Public Library Treasurer
  • Board Evaluation
  • Director Evaluation
  • Strategic Planning

HATS was created thanks to a collaboration of key players in the New York library community: The State Library, the Library Trustee Association of New York (LTA), the New York Library Association (NYLA) and the Public Library Systems Directors Organization (PULISDO), were joined by hundreds of trustees and library directors from around New York State to help shape the content.

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Trustee Essentials Workshops

Particularly for new board members, but open to all. Library board members looking for essential, basic information to increase their effectiveness in serving on a library board will benefit from attending this session.

Presented by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Executive Director & Co-Author of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State and Casey Conlin, MHLS Library Sustainability Coordinator

Register through the MHLS calendar for one of the following dates:

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