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OverDrive’s Together We Read

OverDrive’s Together We Read: Love Lettering will be available for unlimited access on your OverDrive-powered website between February 10th-24th. The title, along with a promotional spotlight at the top of your page, will be added at no cost. Together We Read is a two-week digital book club that connects readers from the U.S. with the same eBook at the same time without any waitlists or holds. The program is free and similar to OverDrive’s Big Library Read. All your patrons need to do is visit your library’s OverDrive website with their library cards and join the discussion with #togetherweread on social media. For marketing materials visit https://togetherweread.com/us/marketing-materials/.

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Circulation 101

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Join Laurie Shedrick, MHLS Assistant Director / Technology Operations Manager for Circulation 101 on Thursday, January 21st at noon to become acquainted with the necessary skills and workflows needed to manage the primary tasks of circulation desk work. Circulation 101 is intended for any new staff, or perhaps experienced staff wondering if there are more efficient ways to do things while covering the circ desk. Please register for this event through the MHLS Calendar.

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Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant

Apply now for the American Library Association’s (ALA) Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant! This grant recognizes, promotes and supports innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries by providing $2,000 for a school, public, academic, tribal or special library to expand its community engagement efforts. Each year, the grant focuses on supporting a community engagement project with a specific theme. For the 2020–2021 cycle, libraries are invited to submit applications for a community engagement project that focuses on anti-racism. Visit the grant guidelines for resources on anti-racist theory and practices. Applications will be accepted until February 5th, 2021.

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Digital Equity Summits

The Board of Regents and the State Education Department will convene three Digital Equity Summits to establish a shared understanding of digital inequity in the state and create a joint vision for achieving digital equity. Each summit will have multiple discussion sessions and facilitated breakout groups. The department is reaching out to leaders in education, government, community, and business with expertise in digital equity to participate in the summits to develop recommended next steps in the short-term and long-term involving business, industry, community organizations and all levels of government to benefit students and their families. The summits will take place on Thursday, January 28th, Monday, March 8th and a third date to be announced in June 2021. The opening (starting at 10:00 am) and closing sessions will be streamed live on the State Education Department’s website.

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MHLS Marketing Research Survey

The Marketing Research Survey for MHLS Stakeholders is due by Monday, January 25th. The survey was sent out via MHLS’s various lists on Monday January 11th. All MHLS member library directors, staff, trustees, and Friends are invited to complete this survey.

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You can have the MHLS Bulletin delivered directly to your inbox every Tuesday! Stay up to date with the latest System news including workshop announcements. Visit https://midhudson.org/about-mhls/mhls-bulletin/ to sign-up today!

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