Monthly Archives: November 2016

Empire Delivery Systems


New Opportunity for Regional Delivery of Materials and New Routing Slips

MHLS, in partnership with the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council (SENYLRC), is now shipping and receiving items using the New York State statewide academic libraries internal delivery system, Empire Delivery Systems (EDS). This pilot project is proving to be quite cost effective. Items going back to the following libraries can be sent in the delivery to MHLS ILL, and MHLS will send it out through EDS. Make sure to use the new routing slips.

  • Bard College
  • Columbia-Greene Community College, SUNY
  • Dutchess Community College, SUNY
  • Marist College
  • New Paltz, SUNY
  • New York State Library
  • Orange County Community College, SUNY
  • Ramapo Catskill Library System member libraries
  • Rockland Community College, SUNY
  • Sullivan County Community College, SUNY
  • Ulster County Community College, SUNY
  • US Military Academy
  • Vassar College
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New look for OverDrive!

There is a new interface for the MHLS Digital Download center powered by OverDrive


The new OverDrive is a completely refreshed website and app experience that makes our digital library faster and easier to use than ever before.

What’s changed?

Better Browsing

  • Simple availability banners
  • New ways to find titles
  • New account-level audience filters (this replaces the old “maturity levels” setting)
  • The whole digital library on any device

Easier Borrowing

  • More options for signing in
  • Easy-to-customize lending periods
  • Instant access to titles from the details page
  • “Books” icon takes you right to borrowed titles

Check out a brief (1.5 minute) orientation video

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Free WebJunction Webinars


  • Engaged Planning: Ask What You Can Do for Your Rural Community Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 3:00 – 4:00pm. Your community needs the library, and planning for the future of your library begins with understanding the community and their aspirations. Registration:
  • Service Excellence in Challenging Times Wednesday, January 11, 2016 from 3:00-4:00pm. In turbulent times, many Americans turn to their libraries. While this is a true affirmation of the value our country places on its libraries, it increases the responsibility for library staff to meet the public with the best customer service. Registration:
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2016 Star Libraries

congratulationsLibrary Journal, the premier professional journal for libraries, has released the ninth edition of their Index of Public Library Service, also known as “America’s Star Libraries, 2016: Top Rated Libraries.” Five of this year’s Star Libraries are right here in the Mid-Hudson Library System! That accounts for 14% of all of the Star Libraries in New York State!

  • Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library
    (Cold Spring)
  • Philmont Public Library
  • Red Hook Public Library
  • Tivoli Free Library
  • Windham Public Library
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Treasurer FAQ

handbook Revisions to the Handbook for Library Trustees in New York State Now Available! State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis recently announced the availability of a revised online edition of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State. The 2016 revisions are accessible online at:

The major addition to the revised 2016 online edition is found in a new appendix: The Role of the Public Library Treasurer. This new appendix includes background information on this important topic and answers some of the many questions the authors have received over the past year.

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Strengthening Young Families

every-child Strengthening Young Families through Early Literacy Practices – a new workshop from the Mid-Hudson Library System.

National sources, as well as member library experience within our region, document the need for library staff to assist families with children from birth to school entry age in developing early literacy skills needed to succeed in the school years ahead, positioning the library as a vital community partner and hub for early learning in their community.

Presented by Merribeth Advocate, MHLS Assistant Director & Kerstin Cruger, MHLS Marketing & Program Assistant, this workshop is great for library staff that work with children from birth to school entry.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know the importance of early literacy and how it relates to library programming
  • Research based early literacy practices you can incorporate into your programming, include the framework of talking, singing, reading, writing and playing from the Every Child Ready to Read 2 initiative.


Register for one of the following sessions

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Thanksgiving Schedule

turkeyMHLS will be closed on Thursday, November 24th. There will be no deliveries or tech support.

MHLS will be closed on Friday, November 25th. 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 Sierra Encore 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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Top Library Award Goes To…

hendrickhudsonlogo The Top State Library Award Goes to the Hendrick Hudson Free Library in Westchester County: The New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries has announced that the 2016 Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award has been awarded to the Hendrick Hudson Free Library for their being the first library in Westchester County to be certified as a Green Business. In mid-2013, the Hendrick Hudson Free Library began what would be a year and a half process to become the first library to achieve Westchester Green Business Certification. Westchester Green Business-Certified (WGBC) is the region’s only green business certification program that provides the tools, training, and expertise for organizations to become true green business leaders within their industries. Certification is achieved through visionary leadership, organizational commitment and the successful integration of environmental sustainability into all areas of operation. The Library was part of the pilot group of businesses (both for profit and not for profit) who undertook the challenge and they received their certification January 21, 2015. Participation in the WGBC allowed them to be a model for the community and it gave them the opportunity to showcase what they were already doing right while helping to find ways they could do more and advance the need for sustainable thinking as something that everyone must incorporate into their daily lives.

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Social Media Tune-Up Webinar

social-media Social Media Tune-Up: Little Tweaks That Make a Difference webinar
Tuesday, December 6th
10:00 – 11:30am
Presented by Sophie Brookover, Program Coordinator & Social Media Manager for LibraryLibraryNK.

This workshop is appropriate for library staff and Friends Groups.

Has Facebook’s algorithm got you down? Want to get to the next level on Instagram? Thinking about how to really connect with your library’s community in social spaces? Join library social media omnivore and inveterate tip-giver Sophie Brookover for a session that’ll help you capitalize on your successes, address your challenges, and get you thinking about where to go from where you are right now.

For more information and to register please use the MHLS Online Calendar.

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It’s that time again…

erate E-rate Application: We are once again entering the e-rate application window. An overview of the process can be found here: Please note that internet filtering and an internet security policy are required for e-rate reimbursement. E-rate Central provides a checklist that can be reviewed around meeting these requirements: If you have any questions about these feel free to contact Robert Drake, MHLS Technology Operations Manager at

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