This guide provides assistance in the very first steps of preparing for your vote. A selection of additional resources and services are available to support your library with the complete public vote process, including:

1. The resources available in this toolkit.

Developed based on the insight and knowledge of over fifty library administrators and advocates experienced with votes in Mid-Hudson Library System, across New York State, and around the U.S., this toolkit is packed with practical resources and best practice strategies that are certain to simplify and stimulate your campaign. Use the resources available to customize your own public vote approach.

2. Area libraries that have been through the process.

You may wish to contact area libraries that have had experience with the vote process. Conversing with the director or arranging for board members to visit one of your library's board meetings may be very helpful. Check out the list of libraries that have done recent votes, with links to their websites can be viewed.

For additional vote history information contact Rebekkah Smith Aldrich at 845-471-6060 ext. 39.

3. MHLS consultants: Josh Cohen (Executive Director) and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (Coordinator of Member Information) Josh and Rebekkah are available to speak to your board about planning a vote, developing a campaign strategy, or for individual consultations by phone or email.

Josh Cohen 845-471-6060 ext. 17
Rebekkah Smith Aldrich 845-471-6060 ext. 39

4. Professional materials: Books and materials supporting the vote process and related subjects are listed in our Public Library Catalog (, including those in the MHLS Professional Collection.

This toolkit was created on behalf of the 2005-2007 Getting to Yes (GTY) project. GTY is funded by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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