Monthly Archives: February 2018

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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Make Some Noise!

Library Advocacy Day is this week! Dozens of library supporters from our region will travel to Albany to speak with legislators about state library aid and the State Aid for Library Construction program. We know that not everyone can join us in person so find out how you can help from your home or office in this week’s MHLS Bulletin!

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Books for Kids!

Thanks to a Holiday Book Drive conducted by the Poughkeepsie Barnes & Noble on behalf of the Empire State Center for the Book libraries are being tapped to help get more than 4,000 BRAND NEW CHILDREN’S BOOKS into the hands of local kids! Typically the majority of the books available are for young children (including Golden Books) through middle-school age, and a smaller number of YA titles. The books are being stored in the MHLS Auditorium, if your library would like to pick up books to distribute to kids in your community please sign up for one of the pick-up dates:

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Trustee Education

Trustee Essentials:

Financial & Fiduciary Responsibility

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Project Outcome is Coming!

MHLS is pleased to announce that the Public Library Association’s Project Outcome training is coming to MHLS in April! Project Outcome helps you implement outcome measurement. Drive change, influence decision-making and demonstrate the impact of your library’s programs! Seats will go fast so learn more and register soon!

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MHLS Closed: Feb 19

MHLS will be closed on Monday, February 19th. MHLS staff will be available via the MHLS ticket system (techsupport@midhudson.org) from 8:30am – 4:30pm to support system-wide Sierra/catalog critical issues. There will be no deliveries.

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Got 5 minutes?

It’s easy to send a letter to your legislators and the Governor to speak up for library aid and the State Aid for Library Construction Program. The New York Library Association’s Online Advocacy Center provides you with draft letter you can use as is or make your own! Speak up today!

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2018 Advocacy Guide

Trustees are some of the most trusted advocates in Albany. Check out this new resource from MHLS to help you prepare for speaking up for library aid and the State Aid for Library Construction: 2018 MHLS Advocacy Guide

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Member Info Update

It’s time to update your library and trustee contact information with MHLS! Please keep an eye out for MHLS Action Memo #18-01 on the MHLS Notices List.

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