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Update from Library Advocacy Day

Representatives from more than 24 MHLS member libraries that included all 5 counties joined MHLS staff and trustees for Library Advocacy Day in Albany on February 7th.  Our talking points included asking for increased library aid and construction aid in the upcoming executive budget.

All library advocates are asked to continue to work to impress upon our state legislators the importance of an increase in state aid for libraries in their one-house budget bills. Please use the New York Library Association’s Online Advocacy Center to send a message today. We are also urging library advocates to call their state Senator and Assemblyperson to drive home the message. For talking points about our budget priority please visit: https://www.nyla.org/2024-legislative-initiatives.

Caption: MHLS and member library staff and trustees met with New York State Senator Rob Rolison on Library Advocacy Day in Albany.

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Library Advocacy Day

February 7th is Library Advocacy Day, and we need all the voices we can get to speak up for library aid! NYLA makes it easy through their Online Advocacy Center. Fill out the form to send the prewritten message or personalize the text before sending. After you use the form, spread the word about the Online Advocacy Center to your colleagues, patrons, friends, and family. 

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Director Resources

Join MHLS Executive Director Rebekkah Smith Aldrich for the New Directors Forum

February 23rd from 10:00 – 11:30am. Registration is required. 

This informal gathering of New Directors (in your role for 3 years or less) discusses 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. 

Submit your questions for this session’s topic: Working with your Board.  

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Update on 2023 Annual Reports

The 2023 Annual Report to the State is NOW open. Recently appointed directors/interim directors have received an email with the library’s login information to access the reporting software. The email is encrypted to protect the sensitive login information. If you have trouble viewing the message, please call Library Sustainability Coordinator, Laura Crisci, at 845-471-6060, ext. 260. Check out the MHLS Tips for Member Libraries for Completing the Annual Report. Please have your report fully submitted by Friday, February 16th, 2024.

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Trustee Resources

Library Advocacy Day

February 7th is Library Advocacy Day, and we need all the voices we can get to speak up for library aid! NYLA makes it easy through their Online Advocacy Center. Fill out the form to send the prewritten message or personalize the text before sending. After you use the form, spread the word about the Online Advocacy Center to your colleagues, patrons, friends, and family. 

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Ask Me Anything with Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

Ask Me Anything (AMA) with Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Executive Director & Co-Author of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State is a monthly installment where Rebekkah will answer your questions! Feel free to submit your question here or contact Rebekkah at rsmith@midhudson.org with the subject line: AMA Trustee Question.

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