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Board Governance Webinar Series

Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services For New York (DHPSNY) is teaming up with the New York Council of Non-Profits (NYCON) to present a board governance webinar series that will cover a new topic every Tuesday in July. These presentations are intended to provide overviews of the types of issues boards may find relevant to focus

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REALM Update

REALM Update: Five items have been selected for Round 2 of Battelle lab testing to examine the length of time the COVID-19 virus may live on the surface of these porous materials.  The results from test set 2 are expected to be released in late July 2020. The items to be tested are: braille paper

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Open Meetings Law Adjustments Extended

Adjustments to Open Meetings Law are extended until at least July 6th. This has been confirmed with the Committee on Open Government. Please remember online meetings must be recorded and transcribed and that the public has a right to attend. Minutes will still need to be taken even with the recording.

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MHLS Trustee Education

The MHLS Trustee Education Series will be redesigned into a completely online program for fall 2020. Topics will include: Essential Trustee Education: Working Together: Roles & Responsibilities Board Meetings 101 The Library Network in New York: NYS, MHLS & Your Library Intermediate Trustee Education: Financial Responsibilities Legal Issues Advanced Trustee Education: Seven Habits of Highly

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ALA Survey of U.S. Libraries

A new American Library Association (ALA) survey of U.S. libraries documents a shift in services to support students, faculty, and communities at large during the crisis and phased preparations for the months ahead. While virtually all libraries (99%) report limited access to the physical building, survey respondents shared leaps in the use of digital content,

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Adjustments to Open Meetings Law Extended – June 27

The latest Executive Order 202.34 has extended the adjustments to Open Meetings Law through June 27th. This has been confirmed with the Committee on Open Government. Please remember online meetings must be recorded and transcribed and that the public has a right to attend. Minutes will still need to be taken even with the recording

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Board-to-Board Visits

The trustees of the MHLS Board are undeterred in their efforts to reach out to member library boards. They are continuing their Board-to-Board visits even in the online board meeting era! MHLS trustees are interested to hear what member library boards are contending with, to share information from the System and answer questions boards may

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Trustee Roles & Responsibilities During Restarting Library Services Webinar

The Trustee Roles & Responsibilities During Restarting Library Services will take place on Wednesday, May 27th at 1:30pm. This one-hour webinar is designed for member library trustees and open to directors as well. At this event we will review the governance aspects of reopening libraries and focus on risk management topics related to libraries’ restart plans. Questions are welcomed to

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Advocacy Alert: Action Needed

Funds from the federal government can help offset some of the state-level cuts necessary in the face of COVID-19. Use the form and pre-loaded message at this link to tell your federal representatives what’s at stake if libraries lose funding, and ask your federal representatives to consider providing aid to libraries as they decide how

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Adjustments to Open Meetings Law Extended – June 6

The latest Executive Order (202.28) has extended the adjustments to Open Meetings Law through June 6th. This has been confirmed with the Committee on Open Government. Please remember online meetings must be recorded and transcribed and that the public has a right to attend. Minutes will still need to be taken even with the recording

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