Monthly Archives: December 2015

Delivery Services Wraps up Another Busy Year!

delivery staff MHLS Delivery Services: As 2015 winds down we’d like to share some delivery numbers from the past year.
• A total of 23,700 individual delivery stops were made.
• Our delivery vans drove 200,750 miles this year, the equivalent of driving across the United States 58 times!
• 31,923 boxes came into MHLS headquarters which if stacked is equal to over 30 times the height of the Empire State Building!
• 1, 436,535 items were sorted and turned around at MHLS for delivery to member libraries.

This is all made possible by our member libraries generously sharing their resources among each other, the delivery drivers, and the material handlers at MHLS. Best wishes for 2016!

[MHLS Delivery Service’s Material Handler Staff are pictured above: John Barath, Chris McCann, Vinnie McCombs & Michael Tsahalis]

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NYLA Sustainability Initiative

NYLA_Sustainability logo_FINALThe Sustainability Initiative of the New York Library Association (NYLA-SI) has issued a white paper from their work in September 2015. The purpose of NYLA-SI is:
To create leadership and provide tools to mobilize libraries to think and act sustainably; In a way that builds awareness and consensus while inspiring action by members of the library community to own their role as sustainability leaders in their communities; So that communities thrive, bounce back from disruption and are infused with new and better life for everyone.

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eMagazines Start January 1st!

The MHLS Directors Association have voted to launch eMagazines for all member libraries beginning January 1, 2016! With the increasing popularity of library materials in downloadable format the MHLS Central Library/Collection Development Advisory Committee was tasked with exploring the possibility of offering eMagazines System-wide.

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Based on the availability of funds, feedback to the subcommittee exploring this issue from product testers and the desire for member libraries to begin providing this service sooner rather than later, the Committee recommended that MHLS contract with Recorded Books to provide their “Zinio” for Libraries product System-wide. This proposal, along with the purchase of 90 initial magazine titles, was approved at the December 4th Directors Association Meeting.

Staff at member libraries have time to get a first look at this new product:

  • Click here to browse available titles and familiarize yourself with the interface
  • Check out the video overviews provided by the vendor.

 

Promotional materials, including bookmarks, fliers, posters, web buttons and more are available on the RBdigital web site

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Contact the Governor Today!

Advocacy-ButtonGovernor Cuomo is currently crafting his executive budget for the coming fiscal year which means that now is the right time for library advocates to speak up for library aid! Take 3 minutes out of your day to send a message to the Governor through the New York Library Association’s Online Advocacy Center.

A message from Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director of the New York Library Association (NYLA):
We have not gotten any assurances that library funding is secure. In 2014, the last legislative election year, Governor Cuomo cut $4M in library aid as a negotiating tactic with the legislature. Now, with an upcoming election year, library aid is again subject to these same negotiating tactics. The $5M in extra funding we worked so hard to get during this year’s budget is uncertain at best. This is unacceptable.

TAKE ACTION NOW and tell the Governor that library aid should be INCREASED, not CUT. Use NYLA’s pre-drafted letter to voice your support for fully funding NYS Library Aid in the FY 2016-2017 Budget. After you submit your zip code you will have the opportunity to view and EDIT the pre-drafted letter. The NYLA OAC submits your message directly to the Governor’s inbox.

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Trustee Webinars Now Available

jerry2An archived version of the recent trustee webinar, The Role of Trustees in Planning and Evaluation: Effective Strategies to Utilize All Your Resources for Success, by Jerry Nichols is now available for viewing on the New York State Library’s web site.

This valuable resource joins the other archived webinars on this site such as:

  • Public Library Finance and the Trustee’s Fiduciary Responsibilities
  • The Critical Partnership: Public Library Trustees and Directors
  • Basic Library Law for Trustees
  • Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Laws for Libraries
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MHLS Elects New Board Officers

25Board of TrusteesAt their December 5th meeting, the MHLS Board was very busy! They started off the meeting by recognizing retiring board members by passing resolutions recognizing Roland Patterson, Carolyn Profera, and Janet Schnitzer for 10 years of outstanding service on the MHLS Board of Trustees

They also elected the 2016 slate of officers:
o President: Camilla von Bergen
o Vice President: Mark Wilson
o Treasurer: Regina Morini
o Secretary: Lisa Baker Brill
o Board Member: John Dax

For a full report of the December 2015 MHLS Board meeting check out this week’s issue of the MHLS Bulletin.

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Contact the Governor Today!

Advocacy-ButtonGovernor Cuomo is currently crafting his executive budget for the coming fiscal year which means that now is the right time for library advocates to speak up for library aid! Take 3 minutes out of your day to send a message to the Governor through the New York Library Association’s Online Advocacy Center.

A message from Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director of the New York Library Association (NYLA):
We have not gotten any assurances that library funding is secure. In 2014, the last legislative election year, Governor Cuomo cut $4M in library aid as a negotiating tactic with the legislature. Now, with an upcoming election year, library aid is again subject to these same negotiating tactics. The $5M in extra funding we worked so hard to get during this year’s budget is uncertain at best. This is unacceptable.

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Give a Kid a Book!

centerforthebookPutting Books into the Hands of Kids: Books make an important and lasting difference in the lives of children by shaping and expanding their imaginations and values. However, many kids have never owned a book to call their own. Your library has the chance to change that thanks to a collaboration between the Mid-Hudson Library System and the Empire State Center for the Book in January 2016.

Research shows that children achieve superior outcomes in school and in life when they have books of their own. This consistently results in:
• faster rates of literacy acquisition;
• higher grades and test scores;
• better adaptation to school and more regular attendance;
• higher graduation rates;
• increased participation in higher education; and
• improved quality of life.

Brand new books are collected through the Holiday Book Drive at Poughkeepsie Barnes & Noble. Last year over 6,000 books were collected. The book drive calls attention to the importance of books to every child in our area, ages 1-18. In January 2016 MHLS will serve as a distribution hub for brand new books that can be picked up by your library to distribute to the children of your community. Public libraries, schools (and school libraries) and social service agencies/organizations are all eligible to sign-up for one of the distribution dates in the MHLS Auditorium: January 20, 21, 26, 27, 28. Registration is required through the MHLS online calendar

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Productivity Webinar

Productivity Webinar: Presented for MHLS by Ron Kirsop, Assistant Director, Pioneer Library System: Thursday, January 28th from 10:00 – 11:00am. This popular program from the 2015 New York Library Association Conference in Lake Placid is being brought to MHLS!

ronDesigned for library directors and staff, in this presentation, Ron Kirsop will talk about shifting the way we think about our day-to-day priorities by highlighting methods, organizational tools, and habits that can be used to make us the most productive versions of ourselves. During this webinar we will cover:
• Become familiar with six existing productivity methods.

• Learn about the best habits to increase productivity.

• Talk about productivity tools that can be used to help with organization and task management.

Please register for this even through the MHLS online calendar

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Vote Result Roundup

yesVoters of the mid-Hudson Valley said “Yes!” at the polls for public library funding in 2015.

Thirty-one communities voted on tax levies for their public libraries in the MHLS region and 100% of those libraries won at the polls!

Highlights:

  • In March the Highland Public Library passed a $4.85 million building referendum which authorizes the library to buy property and build a brand new library for the people of Highland.
  • On election day we saw a record number of association libraries (13) use the municipal ballot option, also known as a “414” vote to ask voters to increase taxes for the library. For four of those libraries, Claverack, Dover Plains, Germantown and Millbrook it was their first time back at the polls in over a decade! Two others, Olive and Rhinebeck had not been to the polls in five or more years.

For the full list of recent member library vote outcomes please visit the MHLS Public Library Vote Toolbox

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