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OverDrive Big Library April 5th

The next OverDrive Big Library Read kicks off on April 5th with the eBook, The Art of Taking It Easy by Dr. Brian King. OverDrive has created marketing materials you can use to get your community excited about the no waitlists, no holds, nationwide Big Library Read including social graphics, a poster, and press release template.


Community Organizations Vaccine Toolkit

As COVID-19 vaccines become available, libraries can play an important role in helping community members understand this important transmission prevention tool. As trusted organizations, libraries can use the CDC’s new toolkit including posters, messaging, and social media resources to educate their communities about the vaccine and support community members with tech help necessary to schedule vaccinations.

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MHLS Reimagining Library Services Series: Collaborations and Partnerships

graphicJoin us for the latest MHLS Reimagining Library Services Series: Collaborations and Partnerships on March 24th at 10:00 am. Working with an organization in your community or a neighboring library can help both parties provide better services than they could alone. At this workshop, we’ll cover strategies for finding, developing and maintaining collaborations that increase the reach and capacity of your library, and hear from libraries that have built effective, worthwhile relationships. Registration is open through the MHLS Calendar.


Field Guide for Preparing to Support Communities in Crisis

Library Staff as Public Servants: A Field Guide for Preparing to Support Communities in Crisis, a new guide from the YX Lab of the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland is now available. This field guide is designed to help public library staff support their communities during times of crisis. In the field guide, the authors encourage the library community to have in place critical relationships and community data prior to considering what programs and services are needed during a local, regional, or national crisis using four essential tasks – learn about community, co-create with community, iterate and assess with community, and design structures for the community.

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Open Meetings Law Adjustments Extended

The adjustments to NYS Open Meetings Law to allow for online meetings have been extended to March 24th, 2021 by executive order. 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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