Monthly Archives: October 2017

Community Conversations

The Mahopac Library shares their recent experiences conducting “Community Conversations” in the latest installment of the MHLS Engage! Webinar Series!

Listen in as Michele Capozzella, Director of the Mahopac Library, and Alice Walsh, a trustee of the Mahopac library and leader of the library’s planning committee, share their experience using the American Library Association’s Libraries Transforming Communities’ Turning Outward Resources to connect with their community through a series of “Community Conversations.”



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Better World Books Drop Box

Did you know? There is a Better World Books drop box available at MHLS headquarters on Market Street in Poughkeepsie for use by member libraries!

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OverDrive Reading History

New! Reading History now available in Overdrive! Patrons have been asking for this for years! Reading History is now available through the MHLS Digital Download page (powered by OverDrive).

With your history, you can see which titles you’ve already read from a certain author or where you left off with a series! Detailed support with this new feature is available on the OverDrive Help site at, just type ‘Reading History’ in to the search box.

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Financial Course for Directors

Member Library Directors are invited to a free, full-day course on Budget & Financial Management on Monday, December 11th from 10:00am-4:30pm in the MHLS Auditorium.

Presented by Lauren Moore, Executive Director of the Pioneer Library System & Tom Lawrence, Executive Director of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District, this course highlights fundamental skills required for effective budgeting and financial management:

  • Budgeting basics
  • Interpreting monthly financial statements
  • Developing a budget
  • Community-based planning
  • Budget modifications
  • Audits
  • Budget votes
  • Tax cap issues
  • Capital finance

A complimentary lunch will be provided. Member library directors are asked to register online for this event

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Research Starters

MHLS will be implementing a new feature in the online catalog, Research Starters, on November 15th. Research Starters includes links to relevant articles, images, videos and audio clips. With content pulled from a variety of high quality sources, including Salem Press and Encyclopedia Britannica, your researchers will find information on their subjects at the top of the results list – right where they need it. To learn more about research starters, please view the brief tutorial

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Fines Elimination Program Wins State Award

Rochester Public Library Wins 2017 Shubert Award: The New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries is pleased to announce that the 2017 Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award has been awarded to the Rochester Public Library for its fines elimination pilot program

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Sustainable Library Certification Program Announced

The New York Library Association (NYLA) has announced a one-of-a-kind opportunity for New York’s public libraries to step up as sustainability leaders in their communities: The Sustainable Library Certification Program.

The NYLA Sustainable Library Certification Program’s benchmarking system is designed to help libraries improve their “triple bottom line” as environmental stewards, economically feasible institutions and as community leaders that place great stock in social equity.

To learn more visit the NYLA Sustainability Initiative web site.

To sign up for an introductory webinar, register here.

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Last Call!

The MHLS Annual Membership Meeting & Women in Politics Symposium (featuring Assemblymember Didi Barrett!) is scheduled for Friday, October 27, 2017, at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home, Hyde Park, NY. The registration deadline is Monday, October 16th. To register visit:

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Didi Barrett Named Chair of Library Committee

New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has named Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D – Columbia, Dutchess) to chair the Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology.

Assemblymember Barrett has been a longtime advocate of libraries, including working to secure funding in the state budget, and has also worked with the Mid-Hudson Library System to create an annual Women’s History booklet.

“Assemblymember Barrett has provided outstanding support for libraries,” said Tom Sloan, Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System. “She promotes libraries as essential educational services which advance the importance of reading and learning. Libraries in the Hudson Valley will greatly benefit from her position as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Libraries & Education Technology.”

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Workflow Consulting

New Service from MHLS: Ever wonder if you are using the best process for regular tasks in Sierra? Ever wonder if there is a better way? When it comes to Sierra, we think we can help.

If you are a new director looking to make sense of it all, or a seasoned pro looking for a reboot, this service can help to realign processes, so staff make the most of their time and Sierra.

MHLS’ Workflow Consultations are designed to provide an evaluation of your Sierra-related procedures as well as the provision of best practice guidance for library directors and their staff.

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