Monthly Archives: December 2014

Save the Date!

Layout 1The New York Library Association has planned the annual Library Advocacy Day event in Albany, NY for Wednesday, February 25th! You may register for the event now. Watch for more information in January 2015 about transportation options, appointments and the NYLA Legislative Agenda!

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Clean up your review files!

At the December Directors Association meeting the group voted to update the Resource Sharing Standards to state “Review Files and Web Management reports that are older than 30 days will be deleted.” This decision was made due to the fact that there are a limited number of files available for create lists and web management

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Extended Deadline: ALA’s 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey

The deadline for the Digital Inclusion Survey has been extended until 11:59PM Friday, December 19. The New York State Library strongly encourages all public and association libraries in New York to participate in the 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey, which is available through December 19, 2014. As community-based digital hubs, public libraries are critical community assets

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MHLS Board Elects Officers

The MHLS Board of Trustees met on Saturday, December 6, in the MHLS Auditorium and elected officers for 2015:

President: Roland Patterson
Vice President: Caroline Profera
Treasurer: Regina Morini
Secretary: Lisa Baker Brill
Board Member: Camilla W. von Bergen (to serve on Executive Committee to fill the position normally held by a past seated Board President)

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New & Improved!

New MHLS web site launched this week! MHLS staff has redesigned to improve access to the information you need to run your library.

Using WordPress, a content management system (CMS), the functionality of the new site is much improved from both the user end and the maintenance side. Staff has also worked to streamline and improve the content from the former site to increase usability

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Conflict of Interest Policy

Under the new Non-profit Revitalization Act all libraries in New York are required to have a Conflict of Interest policy. If you don’t have one, now is the time to approve one. If you do have one, review it to ensure it complies with the new law. A brief description of the minimum requirements are available on the New York State Division of Library Development’s website.

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Tax Cap & Property Tax Freeze Information

The webinar offered by the NYS Office of the State Comptroller (OSC): “Property Tax Cap Review and Tax Freeze Details – Local Governments – October 23, 2014” is now archived on their website.

All libraries that have ever had a public vote on their budget, and are therefore required to file the tax cap form, are urged to view this webinar, it is very straightforward and useful.

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What you need, when you need it!

Looking for the DA packet? Go to the top toolbar and click on “About MHLS” and then “DA/Advisory Committee.”

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New E-Version of the MHLS Bulletin

To coincide with the new look to our website we have also redesigned the e-version of the MHLS Bulletin. The new look will launch with the December 9th issue. The e-version will now be in full color, have a more modern look and will include a new, regular feature: “In the News” which will provide links to local news coverage of MHLS Member Libraries

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2014 Annual Report Support

The 2014 Annual Report is due from each member library to MHLS on February 19.

Hands-on Annual Report Workshops, designed for new Directors (and anyone else at your library who is new to working on the annual report) but open to all, are being held on January 21 & 23 at MHLS. Register through the MHLS online calendar.

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