Monthly Archives: November 2015

Six Star Libraries in MHLS

Library Journal, the premier professional journal for libraries, has released the eighth edition of their Index of Public Library Service, also known as “America’s Star Libraries, 2015: Top Rated Libraries.” Six of this year’s Star Libraries are right here in the Mid-Hudson Library System! That accounts for 15% of all of the Star Libraries in

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2015 MHLS Member Library Mileage Equalization Grant Program

December 15th is the deadline to take advantage of the 2015 MHLS Member Library Mileage Equalization Grant Program. Reimbursement is contingent on member libraries providing their staff reimbursement at the IRS rate for travel to attend training or to participate in meetings sponsored by and located at MHLS headquarters in Poughkeepsie. For more information and

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Will Philmont win the MHLS Thanksgiving Challenge yet again?

The Philmont Library is set to defend their title as the MHLS Thanksgiving Challenge Champ! Library Director Karen Garafalo revealed her “Grateful/Thankful Tree” on Facebook last week, “…can’t remember a challenge I didn’t want to win!” said Karen!

philmont tree

And the Thanksgiving Challenge continues with a grateful/thankful tree. Stop by the library and add a leaf with a word or two about why you are grateful/thankful for the Philmont Public Library.”

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New Trustee Handbook Available

handbook State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries Bernard A. Margolis has announced the release of the 2015 edition of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State. The new handbook is now available:

Highlights of the new edition:

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Tech Support on November 27th

MHLS will be closed on Thursday, November 26th. There will be no deliveries or tech support.

MHLS will be closed on Friday, November 27th. There will be no deliveries. Technology staff will be available via the MHLS ticket system (techsupport@midhudson.org) from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM to support system-wide Sierra Encore problems only. During these hours, tech support staff will be checking the ticket system periodically each hour and will address system-wide Innovative issues, sending tickets as necessary to Innovative, and posting to MHLS lists. Please note, phone and general issue support will not be available during this time.

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2015 Thanksgiving Challenge

Will your library take the MHLS Thanksgiving Challenge! The weeks leading up to Thanksgiving are an ideal time to encourage library stakeholders in your community to speak up for your library by writing letters to the editor of local papers and sharing posts on their Facebook pages expressing their thankfulness for the library.

Libraries Transform

The MHLS Thanksgiving Challenge asks each member library and Friends Group to:

  • Find at least two people to write a letter to the editor or an editorial about how your library adds value to the community.
  • Encourage your Facebook fans to share their love of the library through their Facebook posts – generating electronic word-of-mouth is just as valuable as good old fashioned word-of-mouth! Check out our special supplement, “Quotables, Graphics & Inspiration,” to this week’s MHLS Bulletin for ideas and a headstart!

Challenge accepted? Then let’s get started! Prepare yourself to help others help your library:

  • Use the Library Value Calculator from the American Library Association (ALA) to provide dollar figures and talking points that help translate a community’s return on investment http://bit.ly/WOUW3R This provides eye catching statistics that your supporters can use in their letters and posts.
  • Make good use of the brand new Libraries Transform Toolkit from the American Library Association Check out their “10 Ways to Engage” tip sheet http://www.librariestransform.org/toolkit/

Last time around the Philmont Library “won” the challenge with close to half a dozen letters to the editor and fantastic levels of engagement on their Facebook page by asking why people were thankful for their library. Think you can beat that? We bet you can!

Be sure to send in links to letters that appear (or copies) and screen captures of your patrons Facebook declarations to Rebekkah @MHLS: rsmith@midhudson.org

 

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Planning and Evaluation Webinar

The New York State Library has announced a webinar presented by Jerry Nichols, co-author of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State which will be held on Wednesday, November 18th from 10:00 – 11:00am.

The Role of Trustees in Planning and Evaluation: Effective Strategies to Utilize All Your Resources for Success

If you can’t make it on the 18th the webinar will be recorded and archived at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/webinars/index.html

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7, 14 or 21?

Now patrons can check out eBooks and eAudiobooks for their choice of 7, 14 or 21 days through the MHLS Digital Download collection.

The 21-day loan is a new option, which was approved by the MHLS Directors Association at their October 6 meeting. This is a feature that patrons have asked for, especially the eAudiobook listeners, so spread the word!

Patrons can set their own lending period preference for each format by:

1. Going to http://mhls.lib.overdrive.com/

2. Log into their account

3. Click on Settings

More information on how to change lending period options is available at http://tinyurl.com/ptxvtcb

Patrons, in many cases, can also return a title early, before the loan period is over (to free up space on their card for another download!) using the software or app that they used to download it. Learn more about returning titles at http://tinyurl.com/o3efh5r

This ‘help’ information is also available by going to http://mhls.lib.overdrive.com/ and clicking on Help.

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Tech Staff Available November 11th

MHLS will be closed on Wednesday, November 11th. There will be no deliveries. Technology staff will be available via the MHLS ticket system (techsupport@midhudson.org) from 8:30am – 4:30pm to support system-wide Sierra Encore problems only. During these hours, tech support staff will be checking the ticket system periodically each hour and will address system-wide Innovative issues, sending tickets as necessary to Innovative, and posting to MHLS lists. Please note, phone and general issue support will not be available during this time.

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Trustee Essentials Workshops Begin Soon!

Essential Trustee Duties and Responsibilities workshops begin next week throughout the MHLS region:

Saturday, November 14
10:15am – 12:30pm at Town of Esopus Library
128 Canal St., Port Ewen 12466

Tuesday, November 17
5:30 – 8:00pm at Desmond-Fish Library
472 Route 403, Garrison 10524

Thursday, November 19
5:30 – 8:00pm at Mid-Hudson Library System Auditorium, 105 Market St., Poughkeepsie 12601

Friday, November 20
10:15am – 12:30pm at Germantown Library
31 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown 12526

Please register online at http://calendar.midhudson.org or by clicking on the session of your choice above.

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