MHLS Continuing Education/Professional Development Committee

September 13, 2000



Present: Merribeth Advocate (MHLS), Sally Alderdice (Claverack), Pat

Dagata (Pawling), Carol Donick (Garrison), Nancy Foster (PPLD), Wendy

Fuller (Chatham), Denise Garofalo (MHLS), John Georghiou (Plattekill),

Hilary Gold (Phoenicia), Deb Horowitz (PPLD), Tessa Killian (SENYLRC),

Lisa LeGloahec (LaGrange), Kathleen McLaughlin (Putnam Valley), Donna

Pidgeon (Windham), Susan Polikoff (PPLD-Arlington)

Absent: Pat Van Valkenburg (Athens)


The meeting was called to order at 10am by Sally Alderdice.


Scope/Role of the Committee:

Professional Development adds a new role for the committee. A more pro-active approach to planning and information presentation must be taken. For example, workshops regarding new trends in library service or time management should now also be offered in addition to training which serves member library needs. The committee will look into working with library schools to provide professional development opportunities.


Upcoming Needs:

This committee must address the needs of library directors, staff, volunteers and trustees. It was agreed that alternate methods of continuing education information delivery were a priority. The possibilities of training videos, Web availability and mentoring programs were discussed. New methods of marketing the highly under used MHLS professional development collection.


Orientation for new trustees will also be addressed as part of an overall trustee education package.  This orientation may be offered 4 times a year and the location of the training will rotate throughout the system.


Upcoming Offerings:

New workshop topics were introduced and discussed, including:

LAMA Institute Building Workshop, Disaster Planning, Computer Troubleshooting, Advocacy, Customer Service Training, Coping with Change, Grant Seeking, Fund Raising for Trustees, Tried & True Programming, Marketing Your Library



The committee agreed to submit a budget request of $10,000.  This will provide for the purchase of a video camera.


Regional Offerings:

Deb Horowitz, representing the Central Library, offered thoughts on Central Library Services for member libraries. The Central Library can provide a variety of services in addition to reference workshops, including bibliographies and print information.



Tessa Killian listed upcoming offerings at SENYLRC.  These include:

Empirelink training, Consumer Health, Web Authoring Tools and EmpireCat.  MHLS member libraries are encouraged to take advantage of these workshops.


Next meeting is December 14 at 10am at the Claverack Library.


Meeting adjourned at 12:15.


Respectfully submitted,

Lisa LeGloahec