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General News

MHLS is hiring!

Mid-Hudson is hiring! Mid-Hudson Library System seeks an experienced and well-organized individual for the position of full time Financial Assistant to join our team. To apply: Please email your résumé and cover letter to job@midhudson.org by January 31st, 2023. Visit https://midhudson.org/about-mhls/job-postings/ for more information on this exciting opportunity!


Librarians Supporting Librarians Against Censorship

The Youth Advocacy Committee (YAC) presents, We’ve Got Your Back: Librarians Supporting Librarians Against Censorship on Thursday, February 9th at 4:00 pm. In this turbulent time of book challenges, we need information, ideas, skills – and support from our teammates. Join your school and public library colleagues as we share the impact of this culture shift and build our skills and resilience. During this one-hour online event there will be brief presentations on policies, ordering practices, self-censorship, community pressure and isolation, and well-being during these hardships followed by a Q & A session and a chance to share.

Please register in advance for this online session. Due to the sensitive nature of the program, it will not be recorded. Questions should be directed to Derek Ivie, Youth Services Coordinator, Suffolk Cooperative Library System.

The Youth Advocacy Committee (YAC) is a joint committee of the New York Library Associations (NYLA) Youth Services Section (YSS) and School Library Section (SSL). The committee is dedicated to building bridges between public and school youth librarians.

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Director Resources

Stakeholder Survey

The New York State Library (NYSL) invites you to take and share the New York State Office of Cultural Education Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Toolkit Stakeholder Survey designed for people who work in, volunteer for, and use museums, libraries, archives, historical and genealogical societies, and other cultural heritage/history sites. NYSL will use your feedback to help these organizations create policies and practices in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion and to make the organizational and other changes necessary to serve all New Yorkers.

Please share this survey widely through your social media channels with colleagues and patrons.

If you have any questions about this survey or need technical assistance, please contact our lead consultant, Aria Camaione-Lind at 585-319-6007 for voice or text, or via email at Aria@AriaStrategiesLLC.com.


NYS Talking Book and Braille Library Informational Session

Please join us for the NYS Talking Book and Braille Library Informational Session on February 23rd at 10:00 am. In this one-hour online program New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) Senior Librarian Jane Bentley will provide an overview of services, focusing on institution membership and the important role public libraries play in connecting community members to accessible reading materials. There will be plenty of time for your questions. If you would like to send a question in advance of the event, please email your question to MHLS Outreach & EDI Specialist, Kerstin Cruger with TBBL Information Session in the subject line before February 15th.

This session is open to all member library directors and staff.

The New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) is a free library service for residents in Upstate New York who have difficulty reading standard print due to a visual, physical, or reading disability. TBBL’s service includes free circulation of audio and braille books and magazines through the US Postal Service, long-term loan of playback equipment, and access to a free online downloading service called Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD).

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Trustee Resources

Trustee Handbook Book Club is back!

The Trustee Handbook Book Club will continue in 2023! Thank you to all who attended the Trustee Handbook Book Club sessions this year. We hope to see you this year for the continuation of this one-of-a-kind series. Join Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, co-author of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State, and friends for this fun and informative series! At each session, trustees will take a deeper dive on a topic relevant to their role and responsibilities as a library trustee. Each month trustees are encouraged to read a chapter of the Trustee Handbook. Each session will include a brief introduction to the chapter topic, as well as address any questions that come in live during the event.

You can access the full Trustee Handbook Book Club series resources and schedule online at https://midhudson.org/trusteebookclub/


Ask Me Anything (AMA) 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.

Q. How can our board confirm the required number of trustees for our library?
A. While New York State Education Law allows for 5-25 trustees, regardless of what your bylaws say, your library’s absolute charter sets the legal number for your particular library. Can’t find your library’s charter? Contact Laura Crisci, MHLS’ Library Sustainability Coordinator.

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