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General News

2020 Summer Reading Manuals Now Available!

LogoThe 2020 Summer Reading Program manuals are now available online for all member libraries! All member library staff involved with your library’s Summer Reading Program will have online access to all manuals and artwork. You will need to create a Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) account to access the manuals.  Please note if you already have an account on the CSLP website please login before December 31, 2019. CSLP will be removing inactive users and if you do not login to your account by December 31st your account will be deleted.

For instructions on how to access the 2020 manuals or how to create an account please visit https://midhudson.org/summer-reading-program/


MHLS Seeks Tech Support Specialist

MHLS Seeks Tech Support Specialist (part-time): Works under the direction of the IT Operations Supervisor; provides phone, email, and in- person support to member libraries; analyzes and resolves hardware, software and networking/ communication problems; assists in managing library websites; provides documentation/ training on technical issues, assists in managing server and network equipment, provides technical advice to member libraries and System staff. To view the complete job description and to learn how to apply please visit https://midhudson.org/job-postings/

Application Deadline: Monday, November 30th

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Director Resources

eResources Now Searchable Through Encore

icon with text that says, "new"MHLS cataloging has made the following records available in the catalog based on responses in Action Memo 19-07, where directors were asked about holdings of each eResource and the desire of the library to display them in the catalog. This project has more than doubled the resources available to patrons of the subscribing libraries and also made these new formats and lending models more findable.

  • Kanopy: Loaded mid-October
  • Hoopla: Loaded end of October
  • Quello Loaded end of October
  • Acorn: Loaded end of October
  • Great Courses: Loaded end of October
Remaining titles, owned by less than five member libraries, will be loaded throughout November and December. Any questions about cataloging should be directed to cataloging@midhudson.org


Member Library Mileage Equalization Grant Program Deadline

MHLS Member Library Mileage Equalization Grant Program deadline: December 15th is the last deadline to take advantage of the 2019 MHLS Member Library Mileage Equalization Grant Program. Reimbursement is contingent on member libraries providing their staff reimbursement at the IRS rate for travel to attend training or to participate in meetings sponsored by and located at MHLS headquarters in Poughkeepsie. For more information and to access the claim form directors should visit http://da.midhudson.org/

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Trustee Resources

MHLS Turning Outward Cohort for 2020

LogoThe MHLS Turning Outward Program is a year-long guided opportunity to help your library’s stakeholders gather community input using tools and techniques from the American Library Association (ALA) Libraries Transforming Communities program. These tools help you focus on “public knowledge” to gather intel on the community’s aspirations that your library staff and board can use to define strategic goals and to design library services, programs and partnerships.

Libraries interested in participating in the 2020 MHLS Turning Outward Cohort need to register by December 15, 2019.


Sign Up To Be A Census Champion

writingUnited for Libraries, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Policy and Advocacy office and the Census Counts campaign launched Library Census Champions, a new network of state, local and tribal library Trustees helping their libraries and communities prepare for the 2020 Census. Trustees can find more info to sign up to become a Library Census Champion and receive free information, resources, and actions to take to ensure a fair and accurate census.

Sign up today: http://bit.ly/LibraryCensusChampions

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