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Update – May 15, 2020

General News

READSquared – No Cost to Libraries

More than thirty-five MHLS member libraries have already signed up for READSquared! The New York State Library is pleased to offer READsquared at NO COST to public libraries statewide. READsquared is an online reading program solution. This powerful application offers customization and configuration of CSLP-themed summer reading programs and other reading and learning programs throughout the year, as well as readers’ advisory tools for all ages and all reading levels. To learn more about this product or to sign-up visit, http://www.summerreadingnys.org/readsquared/.

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Sierra Lunchtime Webinars

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Thomas O’Connell, MHLS ILP Operations Supervisor will be offering Sierra Lunchtime Webinars beginning at 12:00pm all next week. Each day covers a different topic:

  • Tuesday, May 26th:  Knowledge Base: A wealth of knowledge for you and your library
  • Wednesday, May 27th: Loan Rules -How they work and what they can do for your library
  • Thursday, May 28th: Getting started with Decision Center
  • Friday, May 29th: Online Patron Registration workflow

You can register for any of these sessions through the MHLS calendar.

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Director Resources

MHLS Director Briefings

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Several new dates have been added for upcoming weekly MHLS Director Briefings. Please note the change in time starting in June.

  • Friday, May 29 from 2:00-3:00pm
  • Thursday, June 4 from 3:30-4:30pm
  • Thursday, June 18 from 3:30-4:30pm
  • Thursday, June 25 from 3:30-4:30pm
  • Thursday, July 2 from 3:30-4:30pm
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MHLS Phased Reopening Template

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Mid-Hudson Library System has provided a Phased Reopening Template for libraries to use when planning for reopening their library facilities and services. The document includes guidance from federal, state, and local authorities along with best practices from libraries providing services outside of New York in regard to considerations for returning to the library, preparing your library facility for reopening and guidance for curbside pickup and returns. Casey Conlin, MHLS Library Sustainability Coordinator provided an orientation to the template on Friday, May 15th. You can view the recording at https://youtu.be/jkWvggvGtww

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Trustee Resources

Board-to-Board Visits


The trustees of the MHLS Board are undeterred in their efforts to reach out to member library boards. They are continuing their Board-to-Board visits even in the online board meeting era! MHLS trustees are interested to hear what member library boards are contending with, to share information from the System and answer questions boards may have about MHLS. Directors and board presidents are welcome to invite their county’s representatives on the MHLS Board to an upcoming meeting by sending a message through this form.

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Trustee Roles & Responsibilities During Restarting Library Services Webinar

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The Trustee Roles & Responsibilities During Restarting Library Services will take place on Wednesday, May 27th at 1:30pm. This one-hour webinar is designed for member library trustees and open to directors as well. At this event we will review the governance aspects of reopening libraries and focus on risk management topics related to libraries’ restart plans.

Questions are welcomed to be submitted in advance to MHLS Executive Director, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich: rsmith@midhudson.org. Please register for this event at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/

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