Monthly Archives: August 2016

Engage! Webinar Series

community engagement

Engage! Webinar Series now available “on demand”! Community Engagement is the biggest trend in libraries today. To help member libraries learn more about what it is, how it’s done and what it looks like in real life MHLS Staff have created a new webinar series available at your convenience through the supporting web page:

At this web page you will find five archived webinars:

  • Community Engagement Works! The kick-off webinar to the series presented by MHLS Coordinator for Library Sustainability, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich
  • Phoenicia Rising, an interview with Elizabeth Potter, director of the award-winning Phoenicia Library
  • Democracy in Action, a presentation by 2016 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, Erica Freudenberger, director of the award-winning Red Hook Public Library
  • Outside the Library, an interview with Julie Kelsall-Dempsey, director of the Highland Public Library and current President of the Ulster County Library Association
  • DIY Coding Program, a presentation by Jen McCreery, Director, and Pam McClusky, Cybrarian, of the Desmond-Fish Library in Garrison
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Director-Board President Relationship


The MHLS Leadership Circle will meet after the September 7th Directors Association meeting from 12:30 – 2:30pm. This event is designed for MHLS member library directors to provide an opportunity to discuss the opportunities and challenges of being a library leader. Our topic this time around will be the Director-Board President Relationship. At this event we will discuss:

  • Healthy characteristics of the director-board president relationship
  • Best practices for co-leading the library with the board president
  • Case studies

Please register online for this event.


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Trustee Road Trip!


MHLS Trustees Myrna Sameth, Stuart Auchincloss and Lynne Ridgeway (l-r) – all of whom represent the libraries of Ulster County on the MHLS Board – recently visited the Phoencia Library to “talk shop” and get a tour of the library.


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New Webinar for Trustees

nyslA free webinar for Trustees from the New York State Library: Sustainable Thinking for the Future of Libraries, presented by MHLS’s own Coordinator for Library Sustainability, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, will be offered on Thursday, September 8th from 2:00 – 3:00pm.

Webinar Description: Libraries must take an active, visible role in building sustainable, resilient and regenerative communities. Our future as libraries depends on it. “Sustainable Thinking” is a concept that aligns the core values of libraries with the “Triple Bottom Line” definition of sustainability, to result in libraries that have the capacity to endure, can bounce back in the face of disruption and bring new and energetic life to their communities. In this session we will explore how to infuse the core value of sustainability into everything we do, taking a whole systems approach to leading our libraries into the future and building our base of support among those we serve along the way.

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Sierra Tips & Tricks


Sierra Tips & Tricks – Little known features to save you time and frustration! This session is targeted to library staff using Sierra for collection development or data entry of any kind. If you regularly log into Sierra, this workshop is for you.

Thursday, September 22nd
10:00pm – 12:00pm
MHLS Auditorium

105 Market St., Poughkeepsie 12601

This workshop will feature a panel of Sierra Aficionados ready to share some overlooked Sierra features that will help you with housekeeping, collection development, and increasing circulation. This workshop will focus on sharing knowledge and conversation. Share what works best and get new ideas from others who do what you do.


  • Daniela Pulice, Director, Pleasant Valley Library: Common Sierra Errors and How to Avoid/Fix Them

  • Katie Scott-Childress, Director, Olive Free Library: High Demand Holds for Acquisitions
  • Pam McCluskey, Cybrarian, Desmond-Fish Library (Garrison): Using Create Lists to Find ‘Missing’ Books

This event will be facilitated by Thomas O’Connell, MHLS Automation Coordinator. Please register online

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How has your library helped to contribute to civic engagement in 2016?

questionmarkIn keeping with our Annual Membership Meeting theme, Libraries: Cornerstones of Democracy in our Communities, MHLS is seeking examples of how member libraries are catalysts for civic engagement in their communities. Civic engagement refers to the ways in which citizens participate in the life of a community in order to improve conditions for others or to help shape the community’s future. Civic engagement includes:

  • Volunteering
  • Voting
  • Participating in civic and social organizations
  • Engaging in activities that strengthen community
  • Participating in public dialogues and problem solving sessions, and
  • Working to make a difference in their communities

Source: Library Priority: Community-Civic Engagement,
Urban Libraries Council Leadership Brief, Fall 2011

How has your library helped to contribute to civic engagement in 2016? Let us know by emailing MHLS Coordinator for Library Sustainability, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich: Deadline: Friday, September 9th, 2016.

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Planning for Program Success

janie hermannPublic programs allow library staff to bring a variety of opportunities for learning, engaging, entertaining, and building connections across all age groups to the communities we serve. MHLS is pleased to announce a new workshop by Janie Hermann is coming to our region this fall!

Planning for Program Success
Presented by Janie Hermann, Public Programming Librarian, Princeton Pubic Library (NJ)
Tuesday, September 13th
10:00am – 12:30pm
Boardman Road Branch Library, Poughkeepsie

Register online for this event

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Save the Date!

Logo 3The 2016 Mid-Hudson Library System Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Friday, October 14, at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park. Our theme this year is Libraries: Cornerstones of Democracy in our Communities. Paul Sparrow, Director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, will be the keynote speaker. His presentation is titled “The Future of the Past” and will deal with how technology impacts our effectiveness in preserving the past, and the challenges of preserving the present for the future. A complimentary tour of the recently renovated FDR Presidential Library and Museum will be available.

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Make the most of the eMagazine Collection!


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54 New eMagazine Titles!


54 new titles have been added to the MHLS eMagazine collection! A BIG thank you to the Library Associations in Columbia, Putnam and Ulster Counties, who selected and funded these new titles, bringing the collection up to 145 titles for all member library patrons to choose from!

These complete digital magazines can easily be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the library. Patrons can discover, checkout and read online in PC/mobile and offline on mobile apps. They can keep the title for as long as they want – no holds – no checkout periods:

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