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Resource Sharing Standards

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The Resource Sharing Standards have been updated to include the following statement in the Fines and Fees section: “All libraries in the Mid-Hudson Library System, including fine free libraries, may collect fines that have accrued from transactions that have taken place in other member libraries.”

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Scholarships for NYLA’s 2022 Conference

The Library & Leadership Management Section (LAMS) of the New York Library Association is seeking candidates for three scholarships to attend NYLA’s 2022 Conference in Saratoga for first time attendees. One award will be given to Library Administrators; the second is for Library Assistants /support staff. A third award will be given to a new Director, appointed in the past three years, attending conference for the first time as a director. The awards are $800.00 each and will be sent to the selected candidates after registering for the NYLA conference. The stipends can be used to cover conference costs at the winners’ discretion.

To apply for these scholarships, please submit the application and letter of reference via email to Julie Dempsey at jkelsall@highlandlibrary.org by July 15th, 2022. All applicants will be reviewed by the LAMS’ Scholarship Committee. The winners of these scholarships will be selected by July 31st, 2022. Scholarship winners must be LAMS members at time of award.

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New Directors’ Meet Up

You are not alone! Join us for an in-person, informal gathering on Friday, July 22nd at 10:00 am in the MHLS Auditorium of New Directors (in your role for 3 years or less) to discuss relevant topics related to finding your path as a new director. Facilitated by MHLS Executive Director, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, author of the Handbook for New Library Directors in New York State & co-author of the Handbook for Library Trustees in New York State, this program will address questions submitted in advance by attendees, particularly in the areas of working with your board, planning, and project/time management.
Register online and submit your questions here.

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NYLA Award Nominations

The New York Library Association (NYLA) honors individuals and organizations for their tireless support, leadership, and advocacy for libraries at their Annual Conference. If you are interested in nominating someone you know that is deserving of recognition for one of the following awards, please complete this form and submit your nomination by July 15th.

  • The Mary Bobinski Innovative Public Library Director Award recognizes a public library director who has developed or implemented an innovative program leading to an increase in financial support and/or usage of their library.
  • NYLA’s Distinguished Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant commitment to the advancement of the profession, both by service to their institution and service to NYLA.
  • Public Librarian of the Year, given to a public librarian who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and service within the library community over the past 12 – 18 months. Librarians at any stage in their careers are eligible for this award.
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Ask the Lawyer

In response to recent events occurring in NYS libraries Ask the Lawyer has posted a new Recently Asked Questions (RAQ) topic on Pride Month Displays and legal issues impacting display removal and policy. View the response at https://www.wnylrc.org/ask-the-lawyer/raqs/270.

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Online Board Meeting Extension

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The Governor recently signed Executive Order 11.7, “Declaring a Disaster Emergency in the State of New York,” which allows for the extension of online board meetings through July 14th, 2022. This has been confirmed with the Committee on Open Government.

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