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Sierra Circulation Training

Join Laurie Shedrick, MHLS Assistant Director / Technology Operations Manager for Sierra Circulation Training on Tuesday, November 2nd at 10:00 am. This two-hour webinar is a comprehensive training on all elements of Circulation. It will include policies and procedures on the following topics:

  • Circulation in context of it all
  • Patron record creation
  • Checkout /Check-in
  • Holds /Holds Management
  • Records and record relationships
  • Overrides
  • Fines/Fees/Manual charges
  • Patron self-care

Registration is available through the MHLS Calendar.



Circulation 101

Reserve your seat for Circulation 101 with Laurie Shedrick, MHLS Assistant Director/Technology Operations Manager on Tuesday, October 19th at noon. Become acquainted with the necessary skills and workflows needed to manage the primary tasks of circulation desk work. This workshop 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.

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NYS Commissioner of Health officially posted the extension of the designation of COVID-19 as a “highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health” through October 31st, 2021. The NYS Commissioner of Health originally issued the designation on September 6th, 2021, prompting covered private employers in New York State including association libraries to activate their NY HERO Act airborne infectious disease exposure prevention plans. The initial designation was effective through September 30th, 2021, at which time the NYS Commissioner of Health would review and consider whether the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic warranted extension of the designation at that time. Accordingly, association libraries should continue to have their NY HERO Act plans in place.


Minimum Standards Compliance


New York State Library

The New York State Library has announced effective January 1st, 2022, only in building hours will be accepted for the purposes of minimum standards compliance. Curbside and/or lobby service hours will no longer be counted towards the library’s required minimum weekly hours open. Member libraries that believe they may have difficulty meeting their minimum required hours should contact MHLS Library Sustainability Coordinator, Casey Conlin before November 30th, 2021.

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REGISTER TODAY! MHLS Annual Membership Meeting October 22

There is still time to register! Please join us for our 62nd Mid-Hudson Library System Annual Membership Meeting on Friday, October 22nd. This event is online and free to attend!

  • Register for the Annual Membership Meeting
  • Register for the Keynote Speaker Patty Wong, ALA President

MHLS Trustee Education Series

There is still time to register for the MHLS Trustee Education Series sessions. These intermediate-level courses are for trustees who have been on the board for at least a year.

Financial & Fiduciary Responsibility | Thursday, October 14th | 5:30-7:00pm | Register
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’s budget
  • Library funding
  • Financial policies
  • Reports to the board
  • External audits
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