Minutes for the May 12, 2004 Meeting of the Continuing Education/ Professional Development Advisory Committee
MHLS Auditorium, 10am-12pm

Present: Merribeth Advocate (MHLS), (Coxsackie); Sally Alderdice (Claverack), Jody Ford (Stone Ridge), Wendy Fuller (Chatham), Sue Hermans (Central Reference Library Services Coordinator), Joanne Meyer (Rhinecliff); Rebekkah Smith (MHLS), Lena Smolon (MHLS)

Web Calendar:

Workshop Evaluations:

Users Groups:

Web Portal Template from the Central Library:

Upcoming Events:

NOVEL Invitational Grant:

Management for Librarians w/Sandra Nelson:

Electronic Resources binder and web site:

Print materials Update:

Report to DA

  1. Looking to enhance MHLS web calendar with feature that would notify members, by email, of new events in their categories of interest upon request.
  2. Many CE events are being held in locations around our region. Please encourage attendance at these locations.
  3. Thinking of adding a new users group that  would be tailored to the size of a library – focusing on the problems of small libraries (suggested catering to libraries with 3FTE or less, libraries of a particular budget size range, those who rely on part-time help, those who do not have departments).


  1.   MHLS staff will investigate purchasing the E*Notify module for the online calendar.
  2.   MHLS staff will explore the possibilities of creating user groups organized around library size.
  3. MHLS Staff will pass along the committee’s suggestions for future Reference Users Group topics to Sue Hermans, Central Reference Library Services Coordinator.
  4. Convey to the Central Library Committee ideas about the Local Web Portal template.
  5. MHLS staff will investigate the possibility of PSAs as part of the NOVEL grant.
  6. Committee should communicate with Rebekkah their opinions about the Electronic Resources binder and web site.


Next meetings: Tuesday, August 10: review consultations offered

                        Wednesday, November 3

                        MHLS Auditorium from 10am-1:30pm


Submitted by Rebekkah Smith, 5.12.04