MHLS Closed Friday, November 27

MHLS is closed today. There will be no deliveries and the MHLS ticket system will not be monitored.

General News

Extra MHLS Delivery Bins

Mid-Hudson Library System Delivery Operations Manager Tom Finnigan asks that you please place any accumulated, extra delivery bins next to your regular outgoing bins for the driver to pick up and bring back to MHLS.  For questions regarding MHLS delivery operations please contact Tom at tfinnigan@midhudson.org.


Pathways to Librarianship Task Force


The New York Library Association’s (NYLA) Pathways to Librarianship Task Force will be a first attempt at realizing an equitable, straightforward path towards librarianship for all people. The composition of the multi-sector task force will seek to be as inclusive as possible including geographic diversity among a broad pool of non-degreed clerks and paraprofessionals working in libraries, library deans and directors, and librarians across all disciplines and specializations. Interested parties should register for the Town Hall meeting taking place on Thursday, December 3rd at 3:00 pm. This meeting will serve as an opportunity to outline the vision for the task force and answer questions from interested participants. Register for the Town Hall and stay up to date on the task force by visiting https://www.nyla.org/pathways/.

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Director Resources

Construction Grant Funding Priorities Action Memo Due 11/30

The MHLS Board annually sets local priorities for the State Aid for Library Construction Program funding to enable the ranking of member library applications should the total amount requested through eligible member applications exceed the amount of funds allotted through this program to the MHLS service area. Member library directors are asked to complete Action Memo 20-08: Construction Grant Funding Priorities by November 30th. The link to this Action Memo was sent out via the MHLS-Notice list on Monday, November 16th and is also available in the current DA Packet.


Libraries Connecting You to Coverage

The eighth open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) began on Sunday, November 1st and will run through December 15th, 2020 during what may be the most challenging year in its ten-year history. Millions of Americans have lost jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic, leaving many without employer-sponsored health coverage. In its third consecutive year, the Public Library Association (PLA) initiative, Libraries Connecting You to Coverage, offers a suite of free tools and resources to help library practitioners assist patrons in enrolling in health insurance coverage.


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Trustee Resources

NYS Digital Equity Webinar Series


The NYS Digital Equity Webinar series continues with Broader than Broadband: Brooklyn Public Library’s Digital Equity Strategy on Thursday, December 3rd at 2:00 pm. Presented by Nick Higgins, Selvon Smith, Maya Wagoner, and David Giles from the Brooklyn Public Library as they discuss practical digital equity interventions and how they fit into a broader digital equity strategy that positions libraries on the front lines of universal access to knowledge and information. To register visit http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/digitalequity.htm. The Digital Equity webinar series is organized by the New York State Library and the New York State Education Department, in partnership with the METRO Library Council and the Northern New York Library Network.


Financial & Fiduciary Responsibility Webinar

The next MHLS Trustee Education workshop Financial & Fiduciary Responsibility will take place on Wednesday, December 2nd at 5:30 pm. Presented by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Executive Director this intermediate-level course is for trustees who have been on the board for at least a year. 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. Register here.

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