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Creating and Managing Patron Records Training

Sierra Circulation: Getting to know you… presented by Thomas O’Connell, MHLS ILP Operations Supervisor. This workshop will be beneficial for any circulation staff responsible for creating and/or managing patron records in Sierra. Basic Create Lists knowledge will be helpful but is not required

Attendees will learn not only the “what” of their patron records, but the “why” as well. For instance, why certain fields are important for circulation. Special emphasis will be placed on developing best practices and workflows for maintaining and retrieving accurate patron information so you will know who is visiting your library.

The workshop will cover:
• What patron record fields mean – even APATID

• How to set up a customized patron record template

• Best practices for cleaning up your patron records

Three sessions to choose from:
Wednesday, July 17th | 10:00am-12:00pm | MHLS Auditorium
Thursday, July 18th | 1:00-3:00pm | Patterson Library
Tuesday, July 23rd | 1:30-3:30pm | Hudson Area Library

Please register for any of these workshops through the online calendar http://calendar.midhudson.org/


Local History & Special Collections Roundtable

Type Local History & Special Collections Roundtable This interactive discussion group, facilitated by MHLS Assistant ILP Operations Supervisor, Nina Acosta (nacosta@midhudson.org) brings together experienced and novice member library staff who want to learn more about Local History & Special Collection topics. Each session will focus on a particular type of collection:

  • Building and Maintaining a Local History Collection | Tuesday, July 30th | 10:00-11:00am
  • Digitizing Your Local History Materials | Monday, October 21st | 2:00-3:00pm
  • Creating a Library of Things | Thursday, January 16th | 10:00-11:00am (snow date, 1/30)


Please register for any of these workshops through the online calendar http://calendar.midhudson.org/

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Director Resources

Sign Up for The Great Give Back

There is still time for your library to sign-up to participate in The Great Give Back taking place on October 19th. The Great Give Back gives libraries the chance to create a community service event designed specifically for your patrons. This can range from holding a food drive for a local food pantry to organizing a community-wide clean-up event – the choice is yours! If your library is interested in participating, even if you’re not sure what your program will be yet, please fill out the RSVP form by June 30th: https://bit.ly/2QvunOJ

There will be two online meetups for libraries that have signed up for The Great Give Back. These meetings will help library staff brainstorm ideas, get some marketing tips, and feel prepared for their October event.
July 17th | 1:00-2:00pm | Topic: Planning & Ideas
September 10th | 2:00-3:00pm | Topic: Check-In

Please register for both of these workshops through the online calendar http://calendar.midhudson.org/

Questions about The Great Give Back should be directed to Courtney Wimmers, MHLS Outreach & Engagement Specialist, cwimmers@midhudson.org


Overview of MHLS Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Tools Webinar

Logo for Combating Sexual Harassment for NYSThere is still time to register for the Overview of MHLS Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Tools webinar taking place on Friday, June 28th from 10:00-11:00am. MHLS Library Sustainability Coordinator, Casey Conlin will review specific resources to help ensure libraries are in compliance with this new law, including a Training and Feedback Form to satisfy the training requirements set by the state. The required training must be carried out for all library employees, trustees, and volunteers by October 9th, 2019.  Please register for this webinar through the MHLS calendar.

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Trustee Resources

Handbook for Library Trustees Available Online

The latest edition of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State is available online, for free, through the New York State Library’s website. If you would like a bound, print version you can order it through the Mid-Hudson Library System. The cost is $5.00 per copy.

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


Mini-Webinars for Trustees

We know how busy you are. Keep up-to-date with 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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