Updated Timeline for Temporary Suspension of MHLS Delivery Service

Update – March 24, 2020

The temporary suspension of MHLS Delivery & ILL Services has been extended through April 19th, 2020.

  • For resources and information related to library services during the pandemic, including Updates from MHLS and the list of member library building closures, visit our COVID-19 Resources page.

General News

Project Management 101 Webinar

LogoThe MHLS Leadership Circle webinar will take place on Tuesday, April 7th from 12:30-2:30pm. The topic will be Project Management 101 presented by Ron Kirsop, Executive Director of the Pioneer Library System. This event is open to all MHLS member Library staff.
Project management is the practice of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve a specific goal. During this workshop, we will explore how integrating project management practices into your library’s culture can increase efficiency, improve communication, and lead to improved project execution at every level. Register here  for this event.

Census Update

COVID-19 has delayed field operations for the Census, but libraries’ key role in a complete count, to let people know about the importance of completing the questionnaire, is unchanged. The Census can be completed online and by phone whether you have received your Census ID number or not. Libraries can find electronic promotional materials and information on the Census at midhudson.org/Census.


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Director Resources

“Pandemic Policy of the MHLS Directors Association” Approved

Last week the Directors Association (DA) passed a policy to allow for business continuity in the face of the declared pandemic. This policy allows for the DA to meet online for their regularly scheduled meeting on April 7th as well as enables special meetings and online voting as necessary. Directors will need to register online for the April 7th DA meeting, instructions will be provided on the MHLS Directors list.


Explore Ways to Engage with Patrons Online

MHLS staff has compiled a list of ways to engage with your patrons online. This includes information on virtual storytime and copyright, online learning, live cameras and events, virtual visits, and ideas for online interactive programs. For instance, Red Hook Public Library has started an online community-wide craft project.

You can view the list at https://midhudson.org/covid19. This resource page will be updated regularly.


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Trustee Resources

Census Update

writingCheck Out Your Community’s Response Rate
Do you know how many households in your community have completed their Census? This map is updated each day with self-response rates to give you a quick look at how many people have responded to the Census. Many towns in our area are near a 20% response rate currently. If you want to push your community’s response rates up, try using some social media messages like these or these
Census Overview Webinar Available
For an overview of the importance of the Census and how it works, check out the MHLS recorded webinar.

Open Meeting Law Adjustments

In response to efforts to increase social distancing to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 the Governor, through an Executive Order, has suspended the requirement for library boards to hold “in-person meetings.” Both videoconferencing and conference calls are allowable as long as:

  • the public has the ability to view or listen
  • the meeting is recorded and transcribed

Public notice measures, quorum requirements, minutes, executive session rules all remain unchanged.

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Upcoming Events