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Annual Evaluation

Annual evaluation of the library director and the library board are key ingredients to a healthy organization. Evaluating the director without a companion evaluation of the board can create a lopsided evaluation strategy of the governance and management of the organization so be sure to plan for both, each year. For tips and sample forms

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The Funding Year 2022 FCC Form

The Funding Year (FY) 2022 FCC Form 471 application filing window will open on Wednesday, January 12th, 2022, at noon and will close on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022, at 11:59 pm. The E-Rate Productivity Center (EPC) Administrative Window will close January 10th 2022. Update your EPC profile by January 10, to ensure a smoother filing

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Increase to NYS Minimum Salary Level

Increase to NYS Minimum Salary Level for Executive and Administrative Exemptions. According to information from the NYS Department of Labor, effective December 31, 2021, the minimum weekly salary to qualify for the executive and administrative exemptions for salaried exempt employees in areas outside of New York City, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties will be $990.00

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Oath of Office Reminder for Public Library Trustees

Oath of Office Reminder for Public Library Trustees: New York State Public Officer’s Law §10 requires all public library trustees (but not association library trustees) to take and file an oath of office within 30 days of beginning their term of office. Public library trustees are public officers, and the oath of office is required

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MHLS Events Calendar Launch

MHLS Events Calendar Launch: The migration to the new MHLS events calendar is now complete! The new calendar will include features to enhance the user experience and improve MHLS staff workflows while continuing to provide information about upcoming training and events and relevant county and system meetings. The new calendar will be available beginning December

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MHLS Board Report

The MHLS Board met on Wednesday December 15th. Highlights of the meeting included: The passage of resolutions in recognition of the departure of two MHLS Trustees, Lisa Baker Brill, who is wrapping up her second and final term on the board, and Michele Ment, who is leaving the board a bit early due to a

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New Member Library Directors!

  Please welcome our two newest member library directors:  John Faria began working as the new director at the Putnam Valley Free Library on December 7th.  Ivy Gocker started as the new director of the Woodstock Public Library District the first week in December.  

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E-Rate Filing Window

Participating libraries should review their profiles in EPC (“epic”) during the administrative window before the E-Rate filing window opens in early 2022. Once the filing window opens, libraries cannot update their profile. The dates for the filing window, and list of eligible services have not yet been announced by USAC. If you have any questions on E-Rate,

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Highland Public Library Achieves SLCP Certification

The Highland Public Library recently completed the Sustainable Libraries Certification Program (SLCP), becoming the first library in the Mid-Hudson Library System to do so! The award-winning SLCP offers a series of action items that demonstrate and support commitments to social equity, environmentally responsible use of resources, and economically feasible practices, that embed sustainability into the

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2022 online Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP)

All member libraries now have access to the 2022 online Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Summer Reading Program manuals and artwork. At the request of CSLP we are unable to publish the access code on a public space, so the code was shared via the MHLS-Notice List on Tuesday, December 7th. To access the manual:

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