Monthly Archives: September 2017

SENYLRC Benefits Extended to Member Libraries

The Southeastern NY Library Resources Council has recently made some changes to their bylaws that will positively impact staff from MHLS member libraries. Individual public libraries that are members of a public library system are considered an affiliate and their employees are eligible for certain Southeastern benefits under this membership category. You can now become involved in Southeastern committees or other networking programs and special interest groups (a benefit previously reserved for governing members only), and you will no longer pay a higher cost for professional development programs as there is now one price, regardless of member, or library type. Additional benefits are outlined on the benefit chart on their website.


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Outreach Mini-Grants Announced

2017 Outreach Mini-Grants Awarded: Thirty-three member libraries have been awarded mini-grants totaling more than $53,000 through New York State Outreach Categorical Aid funds, received from the NYS Library Division of Library Development by the Mid-Hudson Library System, to develop programs and services to attract and connect to outreach target populations and form relevant community partnerships at the local level. To view the list of libraries receiving mini-grants check out this week’s MHLS Bulletin.

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MHLS Board Meeting

The MHLS Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, September 13, in the 2nd Floor Community Room of the Kingston Library. After the tour many trustees went on a tour of the library’s new children’s room and teen space! Read the full report from the board meeting in this week’s MHLS Bulletin.

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Strong Public Library – School District Relationships

The latest recording in the MHLS Engage! Webinar Series features a presentation by Gillian Thorpe, Director of the Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library in Cold Spring, NY who shares her top tips for creating a strong relationship with your local school district.

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Kinderhook Breaks Ground!

The Kinderhook Memorial Library recently broke ground on a $2.3 million expansion and renovation project!

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MHLS Board Candidates

The election of MHLS trustees will be an item of business at the MHLS Annual Membership Meeting on Friday, October 27th.
MHLS is governed by a fifteen-member board made up of three trustees from each of the five counties served. To learn more about the candidates read their bios in this week’s MHLS Bulletin.

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Circ 101 Webinars

Sierra Circulation 101 Webinar: Over the next three months, MHLS ILP Operations Supervisor Thomas O’Connell will offer three lunchtime webinars of training and conversation on the topic of Circulation 101. This webinar is intended for any new staff at member libraries, or perhaps experienced staff, wondering if there are more efficient ways to do things while covering the circ desk. This will be a good time to ask those questions that you have been wondering about…you’ve got three dates to choose from:


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58th Annual Membership Meeting

Libraries: Essential to an Informed Citizenry will be the theme of the MHLS Annual Membership Meeting and you are cordially invited to join us!

The event will be held on Friday, October 27th, 2017 at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY. Registration is required

Our Membership Program Keynote Speaker will be Paul Grondahl, Director of the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany. His presentation is entitled: News Literacy, Fake News and the Job of an Informed Citizenry.

Special Event! Following the Membership Meeting, you are invited to the Women in Politic Symposium. Speakers will include Dr. Eve Waltermaurer, Assemblymember Didi Barrett, Assemblymember Sandra Galef, and Dr. Sandra Opdycke. The symposium is free of charge but registration is required through the same registration form you use to register for the general annual meeting.

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OverDrive Special Simultaneous Collection

OverDrive Special Simultaneous Collection: From September 25, 2017 – October 9, 201, a getAbstract collection of 12 titles focused on leadership, professional growth, and finance / economics, will be featured on the MHLS Digital Downloads page. These titles are condensed to the titles most important concepts and strategies and are designed to be able to be read in under ten minutes.

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Active Shooter Preparedness

The Active Shooter Preparedness Program from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provides an Active Shooter Preparedness Program Fact Sheet which includes information about a 1-hour online course. DHS also provides an 8-minute training video appropriate for use for staff: “Options for Consideration Active Shooter Preparedness”

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