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Census Workshops

writingAs part of the New York Community Trust Census Equity Fund grant program, Library Sustainability Coordinator, Casey Conlin will be presenting workshops in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam, Ulster and counties, as well as a webinar that will provide an overview of the upcoming Census, tools and strategies for promoting the Census, and best practices for supporting community members in completing the Census questionnaire.

  • Monday, February 3rd | 10:00am-12:00pm | Saugerties Public Library (snow date 2/10)
  • Tuesday, February 11th | 10:00am-12:00pm | MHLS Auditorium (snow date 3/3)
  • Friday, February 21st | 10:00am-12:00pm | Desmond-Fish Public Library | (snow date 3/10)
  • Thursday, February 27th | 10:00am-12:00pm | Cairo Public Library (snow date 3/12)
  • Friday, February 28th | 10:00am-12:00pm | Claverack Free Library (snow date 3/18)
  • Monday, March 16th | 10:00am-12:00pm | Online

To learn more about this workshop or to register for one of the sessions please visit http://calendar.midhudson.org


Local History & Special Collections Roundtable – 1/16

LogoThere is still time to register for the Local History & Special Collections Roundtable on Thursday, January 16 from 10:00-11:00am.

This interactive discussion group brings together experienced staff with those wanting to learn more about building a Library of Things.
Discussion topics may include, but are not limited to:
  • Types of items
  • Storage & display
  • Circulation
  • Promoting collections

Please register for this event through the MHLS online calendar.

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Director Resources

E-Rate Application Filing

TextUniversal Service Administrative Company (USAC) has announced the dates for E-Rate application filing for the Funding Year 2020, which will be opening on January 15, 2020 and closing on March 25, 2020. If you have any questions please contact Natalie McDonough, State E-Rate Coordinator at Natalie.McDonough@nysed.gov or visit http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev//univsvc/


MHLS Annual Report Workshop for New Directors

graphicThe MHLS Annual Report Workshop for New Directors is designed for Directors who are new to submitting the NYS Annual Report with Bibliostat software but is open to all. The workshop will cover:

  • Logging in to the software
  • Entering your data
  • Dealing with “Edit Checks”
  • Writing “Notes”
  • Submitting your report

Three dates to choose from:

To learn more about this workshop or to register for one of the sessions please visit http://calendar.midhudson.org

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Trustee Resources

Become A Census Champion!

United for Libraries, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Policy and Advocacy office and the Census Counts campaign launched Library Census Champions, a new network of state, local and tribal library Trustees helping their libraries and communities prepare for the 2020 Census. Trustees can find more info to sign up to become a Library Census Champion and receive free information, resources, and actions to take to ensure a fair and accurate census.

Sign up today: http://bit.ly/LibraryCensusChampions


Oath of Office Reminder for Public Library Trustees

NoteNew York State Public Officer’s Law §10 (https://bit.ly/2Qk5Nlu) requires all public library trustees (but not association library trustees) to take and file an oath of office within 30 days of beginning their term of office. Public library trustees are public officers and the oath of office is required to officially undertake and perform the duties of a public library trustee. If a public library trustee does not properly complete and file an oath of office, the trustee’s position may be deemed vacant. See Public Officer’s Law §30(1)(h) (https://bit.ly/2SQEOzI). For more information about how and why the oath of office is administered, and where to properly file an oath of office, please see the Oaths of Office FAQ on the New York State Library website: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/trustees/oath.htm

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