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2022 Urban Librarians Virtual Conference

Registration is open for the 2022 Urban Librarians Virtual Conference – “What your spark?”. At this year’s Urban Librarians Conference, share your passion and hear about your colleagues’. Basic registration is just $35, and you’ll get a full day of conference sessions 9:30 am – 4:30 pm with other urban librarians speaking about things that are relevant to your daily work!

Share your spark by buying a solidarity ticket for an attendee in need. Are you experiencing financial hardship? A student who needs to buy books and just can’t drop $35 on a conference right now? Apply for a free ticket.

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September Training

As part of Mid-Hudson Library System’s ongoing commitment to working with our member libraries to assist in the development of more inclusive services we are excited to continue the MHLS EDI in Libraries Series with The SafeZone Initiative LLC. Please note: This two-part training is for certification for an individual. For a library to be considered SafeZone trained the entire staff in the organization must attend certification training. Visit MHLS’s calendar for more information and to register.

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Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

The American Library Association (ALA) encourages library workers with federal student loans to review their eligibility under the U.S. Department of Education’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Library workers in all contexts—school, public, academic and others—with federal student aid may be eligible for the waiver, known as the Temporary Expanded PSLF (TEPSLF).


Under the existing PSLF program, federal student loan borrowers employed by government agencies, nonprofit organizations or other organizations that provide public library services or school library services, are eligible to have their federal student loan balance forgiven after making 10 years of qualifying loan payments. Many library workers meet the employer eligibility criteria for the program.

During the TEPSLF period, which ends on October 31, 2022, past payments that would not otherwise count toward PSLF will be made eligible and borrowers who previously would not have qualified for PSLF may now qualify. Borrowers must submit necessary paperwork by Oct. 31, 2022, when TEPSLF ends. The waiver can apply to borrowers with any number of relevant payments, including those who have not yet made 10 years of payments. Applicants can use the Department of Education’s PSLF Help Tool to search for a qualifying employer, learn what actions must be taken to become eligible for PSLF or TEPSLF, and generate the necessary form(s).

To help borrowers learn about the special opportunity for loan forgiveness under the limited waiver, ALA is encouraging library workers to attend one of the monthly free webinars (or view a past session) with student loan experts hosted by the PSLF Coalition, of which ALA is a member.

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Weekly Bulletin Highlight

Do you have news or events you want to share? If your library has content for the Bulletin, please send it to bulletin@midhudson.org no later than Wednesday afternoon of the week prior to publication. We love hearing from you!

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Southeastern NY Library Resources Council

Southeastern NY Library Resources Council is looking for your input. The 2022 member survey is now open. This annual survey helps them better fulfill their mission to connect the region’s community of libraries and cultural heritage organizations to information, resources, support, and professional development opportunities to enhance the capacity for services, advocacy, outreach and engagement for members.

The survey should take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete and will be open until August 19th.

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Trustee Tip of the Month

Trustee Tip of the Month: All libraries should engage the services of a Certified Public Accountant to provide third-party oversight of the library’s finances and internal financial controls. For more information visit: https://midhudson.org/topics/trustees/audits/.

Trustee responsibilities are small in number but broad in scope. This monthly Bulletin feature is designed to remind, reinforce, or introduce tips that are helpful to member library trustees.

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