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Introduction to eCollection Development in OverDrive and Best Practices


There is still time to register for the first webinar in the eCollection Development Webinar Series. On Monday, October 5th at 2:00 pm join Laurie Shedrick, MHLS Assistant Director & Technology Operations Manager for an Introduction to eCollection Development in OverDrive and Best Practices. At this webinar we will be joined by a panel of member library directors to discuss strategic approaches to developing a collection in OverDrive that meet community needs – from analysis of usage to selection and funding to promotion. Please register for this event through the MHLS calendar.


Sierra Circulation Workshop: Understanding Patron Records


There is still time to register for the Sierra Circulation Workshop – Understanding Patron Records. Choose from Tuesday, September 29th or Wednesday, September 30th. Both 90-minute sessions start at 10:00am. 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. In this workshop, attendees will learn not just the “what” of their patron records, but the “why” as well – 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 that you will know who is visiting your library.

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Director Resources

MHLS Reopening Status Form

Reminder: Please let MHLS know when your plans for reopening your library have changed by filling out the MHLS Reopening Status Form. You can view the latest information we have for your library on the Library Service Status page.


MHLS Annual Membership Meeting 10/23

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Please join us for our 61st Mid-Hudson Library System Annual Membership Meeting on Friday, October 23rd. This event is online and free to attend! During the business meeting we will report to the membership on the health of the organization, conduct board elections, and hear from MHLS’ Executive Director, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich. Following the business meeting we will hear from Tracie D. Hall (pictured), Executive Director of the American Library Association (ALA) who is our keynote speaker for the year! Register Online!

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Trustee Resources

MHLS Trustee Essentials 10/13

Join Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Executive Director for Trustee Essentials on Tuesday, October 13th at 10:00 am. Particularly for new board members, but open to all. Library board members looking for essential, basic information to increase their effectiveness in serving on a library board will benefit from attending this session. This webinar provides a foundation of knowledge that other workshops in the MHLS Trustee Education Series will build on. Please register for this event through the MHLS calendar.


Open Meetings Law Adjustments Extended to 10/4

Adjustments to Open Meetings Law are extended until October 4th. This has been confirmed with the Committee on Open Government. Please remember online meetings must be recorded and transcribed and that the public has a right to attend. Minutes will still need to be taken even with the recording.

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