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The Great Give Back Webinar

The Great Give Back, held on October 19th, is a day for library patrons to participate in meaningful service-oriented experiences. 2019 is a pilot year that expands this initiative from Long Island to the rest of New York, and MHLS libraries have the opportunity to participate this year for the first time.

Join MHLS Outreach & Engagement Specialist Courtney Wimmers for a webinar to learn more about the program and how your library can participate.

Thursday, May 23rd | 2:00 – 3:30 PM | Online
Register for this event through the MHLS calendar

More info on the Great Give Back can also be found at https://thegreatgiveback.org/


NYS Budget Finalized

State Library Aid: $96.6 million
As you know, Governor Cuomo proposed a $5 million cut in Library Aid in this year’s Executive Budget. The legislature rejected this proposed cut keeping a flat funding level for State Library Aid at $96.6 million.

State Public Library Construction Aid: $14 million
The Governor proposed a $20 million cut in capital funding and the legislature followed the Governor’s lead and carried through on a cut to State Aid for Library Construction, slashing that budget line by $20 million (60%). Language in the Assembly’s one-house budget that would have amended the construction program to provide for a 90/10 matching category as well as making a reduced match option in the program permanent in law, were not included.

To read more about the finalized budget view this week’s edition of the Bulletin.

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Director Resources

Key Employment Legislation & Compensation Issues Webinar

There is still time to register for the third and final installment in the HR Legal Issues Webinar Series, Key Employment Legislation & Compensation Issues, presented by Shari Fallon of Cornell University.

During this webinar we will cover the Top 10 Legal Mistakes by Supervisors; Wage Theft Prevention Act, Equal Employment, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the federal Family Medical Leave Act among others.

Wednesday, April 24 | 10:00 – 11:30am | Online
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Construction Needs Action Memo

All MHLS Member Library Directors are asked to complete the MHLS Action Memo #19-03: Construction Needs Update & Intent to Apply for State Aid for Library Construction. The Action Memo was sent via the MHLS-Notices list on Monday, April 8th.
The purpose of the Action Memo:
  • Fulfill the NYS Division of Library Development’s request to help them paint an accurate picture of library construction aid needs so that they can adequately advocate for the State Aid for Library Construction Grant Program in coming years, we need every member library’s help.
  • Information supplied through this memo is required as part of the MHLS application process for State Aid for Library Construction funds later this year(Note: the online application is usually available in mid-to-late June)

Deadline: May 31, 2019

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Trustee Resources

Intermediate Level Trustee Education: Financial & Fiduciary

Library boards are trusted with public and private funds to provide quality library service to their community. Transparency and accountability must be at the forefront as a board makes decisions pertaining to the library’s finances. This course will focus on the financial and fiduciary responsibility involved with the library budget, library funding, financial policies, reports to the board and external audits.

This intermediate-level course is for trustees who have been on the board for at least a year.

Tuesday, May 7th | 9:30am – 12:30pm | Kingston Library
Register for this event through the MHLS calendar.


Intermediate Level Trustee Education: Legal Issues

icon with text that says, "new"This intermediate workshop is a new addition to the MHLS trustee education series. There are a number of laws and regulations that directly and indirectly apply to and impact libraries in New York State. This program provides a primer on what you need to know about how libraries are governed in NYS.

This intermediate-level course is for trustees who have been on the board for at least a year. 
Register for this event through the MHLS calendar.
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