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Asian & Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

OverDrive currently has a curated collection of eBooks and audiobooks to help your library highlight Asian & Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. The collection is available on the MHLS OverDrive front page or view the complete collection.


Update to Material Types

noticeBeginning May 3rd, the Material Type for Periodicals will be divided into more specific categories to make it easier for users to find materials in the OPAC. The new Material Types were approved by member library directors at the April 16th DA Meeting. MHLS cataloging staff will update bibliographic records to reflect the following new Material Types: Travel Guides, Magazines/Journals/Newspapers, Study Guides, and Directories, that were once all under the generic Material Type Periodicals. Periodicals will still retain records that are released on a regular cadence that do not fit among the new Material Types. The new Material Types will display in the facets of both Sierra and Encore. Staff creating records for periodical material types should make their best estimate at the proper new material type when creating their brief records. MHLS Catalogers will determine the final Material Type designation in their review process based on the available LC subject headings of the final record. If you have any questions about this process, please direct them to the MHLS Cataloging Department, cataloging@midhudson.org.

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Director Resources

Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Webinar

Registration is now open for the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) webinar taking place on Friday, June 4th from 2:00-3:30 pm. Win Himsworth, of E-Rate Central, will be providing information on the application process, what is eligible and the requirements for the Emergency Connectivity Fund established through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). The ECF will provide over $7 billion for schools and libraries. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. Registration for this event is available through


NYS Open Meetings Law Adjustments Extended

The adjustments to NYS Open Meetings Law to allow for online meetings have been extended until May 19th, 2021 by Executive Order 202.102. There were no alterations to the provisions that allow for online open meetings, meetings still need to be accessible to the public, recorded and transcribed.

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Trustee Resources

Trustee Essentials Webinar 5/18

graphicThe 2021 MHLS Trustee Education Series kicks off this month with the introductory program Trustee Essentials presented by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Executive Director. This 90-minute webinar provides a foundation of knowledge that other workshops in the MHLS Trustee Education Series will build on. This session is particularly for new board members, but open to all.

Register today for the session being held on Tuesday, May 18th  at 5:30 pm.


Core Values & Ethics (MHLS Trustee Education Series)

graphicRegistration is open for Core Values & Ethicspresented by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Executive Director and Casey Conlin, MHLS Library Sustainability Coordinator. In this MHLS Trustee Education session attendees will develop a working knowledge of the Core Values of Librarianship and how those values translate to the work of the board, particularly in the area of policy making. This webinar will also review board ethics and use case studies to illustrate “values and ethics in action.”

Register for one of the following dates: 

  • Tuesday, May 25th | 5:30-7:00 pm
  • Thursday, May 27th | 10:00-11:30 am
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