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MHLS is hiring!

The Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS) is seeking an experienced professional to serve as our Financial Manager & Personnel Officer. This position reports to the Executive Director and directs the organization’s financial planning, banking, and government reporting; serves as the personnel officer; and manages general business office activities. A BA or BS degree in accounting, or equivalent, with five years related experience and/or training is required. Human Resources (HR) management certification is preferred, although not required.
MHLS is located in the city of Poughkeepsie and provides services to 66 member libraries across five counties. Our regular work week is Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. The hiring salary for this full-time position will be between $80,000-$95,000, dependent on experience, with excellent benefits including New York State retirement, medical and dental insurance, and paid vacation and sick leave.

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To apply please submit a cover letter and résumé to rsmith@midhudson.org Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


MHLS is hiring!

We are hiring! Mid-Hudson Library System seeks an experienced and well-organized individual for the position of full time Interlibrary Loan / Cataloging Specialist to join our team.

This position’s responsibilities include cataloging, management of interlibrary loan activities, support of correctional facility libraries, and general ILS and Technology Operations Team support. Strong candidates for this position are customer service oriented and is a strong team player. An understanding of MARC based cataloging is desired as is experience with the Innovative Sierra ILS. The successful candidate will require time management abilities as well as excellent communication skills.

Critical skills: customer service, cataloging, MARC, OCLC
Key qualities: organized, attention to detail, strong task management
Educational Requirements: Bachelor’s degree preferred, and two (2) years related experience and/or training
Salary: $40,000-$45,000
To apply: Please email your résumé and cover letter to jobs@midhudson.org.

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Director Resources

Digital Literacy Workshops

The Public Library Association (PLA), with support from AT&T, is offering incentives to public libraries to teach digital literacy workshops. Now through June 2nd, libraries can apply for two incentive programs:

PLA Digital Literacy Workshop Incentive, supported by AT&T
Incentives of $6000 to conduct basic computer skills workshops using DigitalLearn training materials. Learn more.

ACP Basics Workshop Incentive, supported by AT&T
Incentives of $1,500 to conduct Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) Basics workshops to assist households learn about ACP and apply for the program. Learn more.


NYS Budget Finalized

The NYS Budget for Fiscal Year 2023-2024 has been finalized. Thank you all for your advocacy work this year! Without your help to combat against the Governor’s proposed cut the news could have been far worse for libraries. We were successful in restoring library aid for the coming year to last year’s numbers. This is a good news-bad news situation as while we were not cut, we were held flat, which is essentially a cut when you consider the rising costs and contractual obligations that go up each year. Here is the final budget breakdown:

  • Library Operating Aid: $99.6 million
  • Library Construction Aid: $34 million

Thank you for all your hard work advocating against the Governor’s proposed cuts. It was great to see the outpouring of support from legislators to combat the proposed cut. Please take a moment to say thank you to your state legislators for their support.

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Trustee Resources

Ask Me Anything (AMA) with Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

Ask Me Anything (AMA) with Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Executive Director & Co-Author of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State is a monthly installment where Rebekkah will answer your questions! Feel free to submit your question here or contact Rebekkah at rsmith@midhudson.org with the subject line: AMA Trustee Question.

Q. When do the minutes of our meeting need to be drafted?
A. New York State’s Open Meetings Law (OML) dictates that minutes must be drafted within two weeks of a board meeting. A 2021 amendment to OML now also requires the draft minutes to be posted the library’s web site in a publicly accessible location.


Trustee Tip of the Month

Trustee Tip of the Month: Your library’s charter dictates how many trustees you have on the board. The library’s bylaws should be in compliance with the library’s charter in order to continue to operate legally. 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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