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General News

NOVELNY Database Subscriptions Renewed

The New York State Library is pleased to announce that the current collection of New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVELNY) statewide e-resources will continue through the coming year (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020), and these e-resources will also be extended for an additional year through June 30, 2021, pending availability of funds.

To see a listing of the database collection view this week’s MHLS Bulletin.


Big Library Read – April 1st

The next Big Library Read kicks off April 1st with Homes: A Refugee Story by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah & Winnie Yeung. This title will be available through OverDrive for unlimited access, no holds or wait lists, from April 1st -15th.

To access the marketing materials for the Big Library Read visit https://biglibraryread.com/marketing-materials/

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Director Resources

Clean Up of Catalog Scheduled

On March 30th the MHLS cataloging department will suppress all items that have a status of ‘Lost & Paid’, ‘Discard’ or ‘Claims returned’, which have not been updated for 3 months. The items will not be deleted. Changing the annual report code to “n – suppress”, simply keeps them from displaying in the public catalog. This action was approved by the DA in June of 2015.


New Date – Key Employment Legislation & Compensation Issues Webinar

There is a new date for the third and final webinar in the HR Legal Issues Series presented by Shari Fallon, PHR, SHRM-CP, of Cornell University. Join us on Wednesday, April 24 from 10:00 – 11:30am to discuss Key Employment Legislation & Compensation Issues.

Please register through the MHLS calendar at least 24 hours before the event.

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Trustee Resources

Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State

The latest edition of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State is available both in print, for $5.00 a copy and online, for free, through the New York State Library’s website.

Authored by Jerry Nichols, Palmer School of Library and Information Science and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System Executive Director.


Helping All Trustees Succeed (HATS) Mini-Webinar Series

Check out this series of 10-15 minute presentations from Helping All Trustees Succeed (HATS). Each gives a quick overview of critical information that all trustees need to know.

Topics include:

  • Libraries in NY: Origin, Oversight & Organization
  • Open Meetings Law
  • Role of a Board President
  • The Public Library Treasurer
  • Board Evaluation
  • Director Evaluation
  • Strategic Planning


HATS was created thanks to a collaboration of key players in the New York library community: The State Library, the Library Trustee Association of New York (LTA), the New York Library Association (NYLA) and the Public Library Systems Directors Organization (PULISDO), were joined by hundreds of trustees and library directors from around New York State to help shape the content.

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