Monthly Archives: May 2016

Updated E-Rate Dates

The deadline for E-rate Form 471 filings has been extended for libraries until July 21st, 2016. this new deadline does not allow for new requests (Form 470), but if you’ve had difficulty filing your form 471 due to insufficient free and reduced lunch data or difficulties with your filing type (library vs. library system), these can be resolved during this extended window.

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Reintroducing Libraries

OTL-LOGOHello Again – Reintroducing Libraries to Your Community, is the title of a new, custom MHLS webinar that focuses on a community engagement opportunity coming up later this year.

When: Friday, June 17th from 11:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Online

Let’s not just tell people how libraries have changed; let’s show them. Held September 11-17, 2016, Outside the Lines: Libraries Reintroduced is a global initiative demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries.

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What’s New in the Trustee Handbook?

handbookJune 14, 2016 | 10:00 -11:00 am | online
What you need to know now! Join co-author Rebekkah Smith Aldrich as she summarizes the highlights of what is new in the 2015 edition of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State. From regulatory issues that every board needs to be on top of to planning for the future, the new handbook supports the critical work of library trustees in the 21st Century. Register online through the New York State Library.

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PLS Conference Comes to Poughkeepsie!

pls PLS Spring Break: Get out there and get it done! Project Management & Community Engagement Register online at

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3D Printing Questions Answered

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) have released “Progress in the Making: Librarians’ Practical 3D Printing Questions Answered” The document poses and answers sixteen practical questions related to establishing 3D printing as a library service.


(above: 3D printer @Pawling Free Library)

“Libraries represent the public on-ramp to the world of 3D printing and design,” said Dan Lee, chair of OITP’s Advisory Committee. “Library professionals who have adopted, or are looking to adopt, a 3D printer must answer questions related to printer operation and maintenance, workflow management, cost recovery, patron safety, and much more. Libraries are democratizing access to, and facilitating learning through, 3D printing technology, we need to make sure they have the necessary technical know-how to keep that trend going.”

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Leadership & Management Academy Application Deadline

nylaThe New York Library Association’s Library Leadership & Management Academy (L&MA) is an educational program for emerging leaders in the library profession. Participants will gain the skills and knowledge they need to advance up the career ladder in library management. The Academy is designed for mid-career library professionals interested in obtaining the practical knowledge and basic skills critical to becoming a library leader or manager.

Applicants must either have five years of library experience and a Bachelor’s Degree OR two years of library experience and an MLS. Enrollment in the Library Leadership & Management Academy is limited to 40 students each year. Enrollees are required to complete ten courses over a four year period to receive a Leadership and Management Academy Certificate.

APPLICATION DEADLINE in order to participate in the June 2016 Summer Session is Friday, May 20.

For more information about the Leadership & Management Academy and to enroll: For questions about the Leadership & Management Academy, please contact

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Trustee Essentials Workshops Begin This Week

essential Essential Trustee Duties and Responsibilities
Friday, May 13
10:15am – 12:30pm
Mid-Hudson Library System Auditorium
105 Market St., Poughkeepsie 12601

Saturday, May 14
10:15am – 12:30pm at Starr Library
68 West Market St., Rhinebeck 12572

Saturday, May 21
10:15am – 12:30pm at Cairo Public Library
15 Railroad Ave., Cairo 12413

Wednesday, May 25
5:30 – 8:00pm at Mahopac Public Library
668 Route Six, Mahopac 10541

Please register online for the session of your choice:

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More Checkouts Now Allowed in OverDrive!

digitalThe MHLS Directors Association voted to increase the number of OverDrive holds that patrons can place, and the number of OverDrive items that can be checked out, to 10 each. The vendor has implemented this change and the limit for the number of items borrowed or held has been updated to 10 (from the original 3) at this time.

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Job Opening @MHLS

mhlsMaterial Handler Part-Time: Mid-Hudson Library System is seeking a responsible person who possesses a strong work ethic for up to 15 hours per week sorting a variety of library materials such as books, DVDs, CDs, etc. Position requires a strong attention to detail, ability to follow directions, and capability to work in a team environment. Must be able to meet the physical demands of the position by being on your feet, able to lift 50 pounds, and assist in unloading cargo vans. Hourly wage is $11.00 per hour. Hours are late morning into the afternoon. Send resume with prior or present employment references to Mid-Hudson Library System, 103 Market St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Attn: Shipping/Receiving Manager. No Phone calls please.

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