Monthly Archives: January 2015

Sign up for NYLA’s Online Advocacy Center

Sign-up for the New York Library Association’s Online Advocacy Center and speak up for libraries! As always, we rely on library stakeholders like you to take action, particularly during the NYS budget negotiation season (February & March), and contact your elected officials through NYLA’s online advocacy tools once you receive an “Advocacy Alert”. In the

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Volunteers Needed!

Call for Volunteers: The 17th annual Fall into Books Conference is scheduled to take place on Friday, October 9, 2015 and the planning committee is looking for volunteers to lead discussions at the conference for picture books, elementary level books and elementary/middle, middle, teen level books or books for all ages. If you are interested, please fill out this form and submit it as directed by Friday, February 6th.

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Arts + Culture + Transmission

Arts + Culture + Transmission: MHLS has partnered with non-profit media arts organization Wave Farm (who operates WGXC 90.7-FM in Greene and Columbia counties) who was recently awarded a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Workforce Investment Program.

The funded proposal will facilitate a project called Arts + Culture + Transmission. Working in partnership with MHLS, there will be a workshop series and the establishment of participating libraries as remote broadcast and online streaming venues. Current participating libraries include Cairo, Catskill, Hudson, and New Lebanon, with others to be confirmed.

Libraries who would like to become involved are encouraged to contact WGXC Station Manager, Lynn Sloneker (

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Snapshot Day 2015

snapshotNY_logo_horizSnapshot Day 2015: NYLA is holding its fifth annual “SnapShotNY: A Day in the Life of a Library” initiative Tuesday, January 20 through Monday, February 9. Pick a day to take photos and videos of activities in your library, and to collect sample data on library usage. How do people use library services on a typical day? Document your library — how busy and how essential your library is with statistics, pictures, videos and user comments?
Ready to join?

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E-Rate Deadlines & Webinar

E-Rate Deadlines:
● Form 470 is due Thursday, February 26, 2015
● Form 471 is due March 26, 2015

For more information and a link to an informative webinar…

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New Director Roundtable to Meet in February

New Directors Roundtable to Meet on February 5th after the DA meeting. Our topic will be Personnel – Hiring & Firing. We will be joined by special guest speaker Sue Ray, Director of the Catskill Public Library. This roundtable is designed for MHLS library directors who have been in their position for three years or less to give you the opportunity to meet with others dealing with similar situations and to find answers and contacts to help you in your day-to-day life at the library.

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“Public Library Finance and the Trustee’s Fiduciary Responsibilities” Webinar Recording Now Available

gerald The recording and slides for the webinar, “Public Library Finance and the Trustee’s Fiduciary Responsibilities” are now available on the State Library’s website. The webinar was presented by Jerry Nichols, Director of the Palmer Institute for Public Library Organization and Management and retired Director of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System. The webinar provides a brief overview of the Library Trustee’s roles and responsibilities in public library finance. It also reviews what every Trustee should know about the Library’s financial resources and revenue streams, investment and procurement policies and internal controls. Lessons learned from recent NY State Comptroller’s library audits are also discussed.

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Oath of Office

New York State Public Officer’s Law requires all public library trustees (but not association library trustees) to take an oath of office within 30 days of beginning their term of office. If a public library trustee does not properly complete and file an oath of office, the trustee’s position may be deemed vacant. For more information please see the Oaths of Office FAQ on the New York State Library website


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Mark Your Calendar!

2015 MHLS Directors Association Meeting Dates:

  • Thursday, January 8
  • Thursday, February 5
  • Wednesday, March 4
  • Wednesday, April 8
  • Friday, May 8
  • Tuesday, June 2
  • Tuesday, July 14
  • Wednesday, September 2
  • Tuesday, October 6
  • Thursday, November 5
  • Friday, December 4
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