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General News

Discover Full Pilot Launch

MHLS has a new site for patron-facing documentation/information, https://discover.midhudson.org/. Right now, it showcases “things to love” (the same content as the “talking points” for staff found in the Knowledge Base) and instructions for opting into text message notifications. We will be adding a FAQ page and creating additional pages as requested by member library staff.

If your library’s website is managed by MHLS, the links and embedded search boxes on your sites will be changed over on December 6th. Member libraries that manage their own websites will need to change any links or search boxes in-house.

Looking for some last-minute training? Access webinar recordings posted on the MHLS Knowledge Base listed under the training schedule tab.

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Count Down to Discover

The Discover full pilot launch is happening December 6th! Excitement is building as a state-of-the- art patron experience is on the horizon. Check out the freshly updated resource page Things to love about our new catalog! for talking points when spreading the good news to patrons.

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Director Resources

Speak Up!

The New York Library Association (NYLA) is asking all Library Advocates to tell Governor Hochul that libraries need increased funding in this year’s Executive Budget!

Governor Hochul’s FY2025 Executive Budget is a work in progress as the January 16, 2024, deadline draws closer. As Governor Hochul finalizes her FY2024-2025 Executive Budget, NOW is the time for library supporters to raise their voices and let Governor Hochul know that they will not accept another year of proposed cuts or flat funding!

Use the NYLA Online Advocacy Center to send a message to Governor Hochul today! 


Updated Policy Resources

Check out our NEW Sample Public Library Policies & Policy Development Tips page! We’ve updated it with current policy examples, provided links to useful resources and reference materials and included the updated policy checklist found in the new Trustee Handbook. Special thanks to the many MHLS member libraries who authorized us to use their policies as examples!

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Trustee Resources

Trustee Tip of the Month

Trustee Tip of the Month: Annual evaluation of the library director as well as the library board are key ingredients to a healthy organization. Evaluating the director without a companion evaluation of the board can create a lopsided evaluation strategy of the governance and management of the organization, so be sure to plan for both, each year. For tips and sample forms, visit http://midhudson.org/topics/trustees/ 


2023 Edition Handbook for Library Trustees of NYS

The 2023 Edition of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State is now available to purchase from Mid-Hudson Library System! MHLS member library participants in the MHLS workshop/webinar: “Trustee Essentials” will receive a code upon completion of that event or a complimentary copy of the 2023 Edition of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State. Upon code entry or purchase, a copy will be delivered to your local library for pickup. The cost of the printed handbook is $7.00.

Access the order form.

If you prefer to download the document for free please visit the NYS Division of Library Development.

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