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Advocacy Day Briefing: Friday, February 16th from 10:00 – 11:00am. This online event is designed for all library advocates – library directors, staff, trustees, Friends, volunteers and patrons – who are interested in speaking up for libraries during the New York budget negotiation season. This webinar will be presented by Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director of the New York Library Association alongside MHLS Coordinator for Library Sustainability, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich. To learn more and to register: http://bit.ly/2FRsSES
MHLS Delivery Operations Reminders: To start the new year, please review the following page on the MHLS web site where you can find delivery schedules by day and library, holidays when there is no delivery, member library responsibilities, and general delivery FAQs: http://midhudson.org/topics/resource-sharing/delivery/
ALA is offering ‘Creating Early Literacy Programs: Connecting with Early Childhood Development’ as an asynchronous eCourse from February 26 to March 25, 2018. MHLS will reimburse the library the full $175 registration fee (based on my receipt of the form at https://tinyurl.com/MHLSearlylitPD2018 and a copy of the participant’s Certificate of Completion from ALA by April 10, 2018). For a complete course description and to register go to http://bit.ly/2qMspQH
The next MHLS Sierra Lunchtime Webinar will be on Wednesday, January 17th. The topic will be Sierra Circulation 101 and is intended for any new staff, or perhaps experienced staff wondering if there are more efficient ways to do things while covering the circ desk. Please register online for this event
Mango Languages Orientation/Refresher Webinar: Mango Languages is an e-resource available through all MHLS member libraries. Usage continues to rise – there wer over 11,500 uses by patrons in the past 12 months! In addition to over 70 languages that can be learned through Mango, there are English Language Learning courses in more than 17 languages. Sign up for one of three upcoming webinars to learn more through the MHLS Online Calendar
MHLS, working with L&S Energy Services, has developed a strategy to assist member libraries in making their buildings more energy efficient. L&S Energy, an approved New York State Energy & Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) vendor, is coordinating a Pilot Program that provides a simple entry point for MHLS members into NYSERDA’s FlexTech Program. Directors should respond to MHLS Action Memo #17-09 by January 31st to participate.