Monthly Archives: February 2016

Virtual Advocacy Day – March 2

With Advocacy Day coming up fast now is the time to get ready to talk to legislators, even if you’re not making the trip to Albany!

Participate in “Virtual Advocacy Day” by planning to speak up by phone and through social media on Wednesday, March 2 – Library Advocacy Day in Albany.

Step 1: Get up to speed on the issues:

Step 2: Get the word out on March 2 and help others do the same!:


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One week away…

speakupWe are just one week away from Library Advocacy Day in Albany! Have you used the NYLA Online Advocacy Center to send a message to your legislators? Now is the time! If you’ve already done this can you find two more library advocates to do the same? Let’s make some noise!

What are we advocating for? Check out the Budgetary and Legislative Priorities for 2016.

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Open Meetings Law Workshop

robertjfreemanMHLS is pleased to announce that we will host a workshop presented by the Executive Director of the New York State Committee on Open Government, Robert Freeman.

This workshop is designed to help directors and trustees better understand two New York State laws that are central to transparency and accountability. In this workshop we will:

  • Learn the basics of Open Meetings Law and how it impacts board meetings;
  • Learn about the scope of the Freedom of Information Law, including internal procedures that should be in place when responding to request; and
  • Receive answers to frequently asked questions!

Wednesday, March 23rd from 6:00-8:00pm at the MHLS Auditorium (105 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601).

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Trending on Facebook…

maraglia family beekmanTrending on Facebook… member libraries are stepping up to the plate to get the word out about the high return on investment patrons receive by using their library. Phoenicia, Cold Spring, LaGrange, Millbrook, Beekman, Kinderhook, Olive… libraries all over the region are posting pics of patrons – young and old – who have calculated their annual savings through use of the library to inspire their neighbors to use the NYLA Online Advocacy Center to contact their NYS legislators to encourage them to increase State Aid for Libraries this coming year. Get into the act! For more info contact Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Coordinator for Sustainable Libraries

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Annual Report to the State Due This Friday

deadline The deadline for the Annual Report to the State is this Friday, February 19th. Tips for completing the report are available through the MHLS web site.

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Union Vale Restrictions Lifted

Town of Union Vale Residents May Borrow Non-print Library Materials. Based on a three-year signed agreement between MHLS and the Union Vale Town Board, MHLS has removed a restriction on loaning non-print library materials to Town of Union Vale residents. The Town of Union Vale has no chartered public library.

“The MHLS Board of Trustees is very pleased to reach agreement with the Union Vale Town Board for providing public library services to Town residents,” stated Camilla von Bergen, MHLS Board President.

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Solar Grant

solar+house+money EBSCO Solar Grant: Libraries interested in transitioning from brown power (electric, gas, oil, etc.) to solar power will want to investigate the new EBSCO grant program that will fund up to $150,000 to one or more libraries to pay for a solar installation. Applications will be accepted until April 29th with the winner(s) announced at ALA-Annual conference on June 24th. Learn more including how to apply for the grant at

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Tech Support Available February 15

MHLS will be closed on Monday, February 15th. There will be no deliveries. Technology staff will be available via the MHLS ticket system ( 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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Open Meetings Law Workshop

save-the-dateSave the Date! MHLS will host a workshop with Robert Freeman, Chair of the NYS Committee on Open Government, to cover the ins and outs of Open Meetings Law on Wednesday, March 23 from 6:00-8:00pm in the MHLS Auditorium.

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Sierra Users Guide

Visitors to the MHLS Sierra Knowledgebase will now see an updated home page showing the brand new Sierra Users Guide!

This new resource, developed by MHLS staff, provides a listing of dozens of how-to guides arranged in the areas of:

  • circulation
  • cataloging
  • acquisitions
  • reporting
  • reference

These can be viewed either individually or as a single lengthy PDF to assist with individual use and staff education. There is also a growing catalog of webinars at the bottom of the page. Speaking of which.. the next Sierra Questions Webinar will be held on Tuesday, February 23 at noon. Automation Coordinator Thomas O’Connell will lead this lunchtime webinar, which runs for about 45 minutes, will focus on the topic of Patron Data Entry. Registration is limited so register today through the MHLS online calendar:

The knowledgebase can be reached at Please note: This site is password protected. If you have any trouble with your password, please contact

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