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New Minimum Standards Are In Effect

REMINDER: The new Minimum Standards for Public Libraries are in effect this year. If you need a refresher of how they are different check out this handy chart. Need help tracking your policy creation and review process? Use this custom spreadsheet to help you track everything to create a compliance path for the new standard to review

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Open Meetings Law Adjustments Extended

The adjustments to the NYS Open Meetings Law have been extended to July 5th, 2021. The announcement by the Governor regarding the lifting of restrictions does not impact the July 5th extension of the adjustments to Open Meetings Law. The Executive Order remains in effect to allow that extension, as confirmed by the NYS Committee on

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Updated Resource Sharing Standards

Please review the recent updates to the Resource Sharing Standards. During the June 9th Directors Association meeting, the member library directors approved to update the policies and procedures to include: Registration for Institutions While libraries have long extended registration, it was done without policy and the record entry had not been codified. The Patron Registration

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 MHLS Sierra Users Group – 6/23

There is still time to register for the MHLS Sierra Users Group on Wednesday, June 23rd at 1:00 pm. Join MHLS Assistant Director / Technology Operations Manager Laurie Shedrick and your peers for the annual Mid-Hudson Sierra Users Group. This event is an opportunity to keep current with all things related to our Sierra ILS and the related products

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IMLS American Rescue Plan Grants

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting applications to support museum and library services in addressing community needs created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and assist with recovery. As places begin to reopen, libraries will continue to be trusted spaces dedicated to sustaining communities. Grants of $10,000 -$50,000 will be available and recipient organizations will be required to provide funds from non-federal

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The Library of Local Launch Party

Visit the Kingston Library on June 30th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm for The Library of Local Launch Party! Learn about The Library of Local and this year’s theme: Sow, Grow, Reap, Repeat! Gardening and Foraging for Resilience. Explore the collection and partake in some hands-on activities, enjoy refreshments and the company of friends and neighbors. This event is

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The Year in Review: Coalition for Library Workers of Color Roundtable

The Year in Review: A Juneteenth Celebration with the Coalition for Library Workers of Color Roundtable. Bring your lunch and discuss what the New York Library Association’s Library Workers of Color Roundtable has been up to, what programs you want to see from the group, and where your libraries are post-George Floyd. Learn how to

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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Boards

Join MHLS Executive Director Rebekkah Smith Aldrich on June 23rd at 10:00 am for Seven Habits of Highly Effective Boards, the final session in the spring MHLS Trustee Education Series. This advanced-level course is for trustees who have been on the board for at least a year. It is recommended that trustees have already attended

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Support the #eBooks4All Bill!

UPDATE: This bill has passed in both the Assembly and Senate! Now it is on to the Governor’s desk. Thank you all for your efforts to help make this happen. TIME SENSITIVE: The New York Library Association (NYLA) has recently learned that a well-known lobbying firm has been hired to advocate against the #eBooks4All bill.

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MHLS Trustee Education Series – Legal Issues 6/15

The MHLS Trustee Education Series continues with Legal Issues on Tuesday, June 15th at 5:30 pm. The topic will be Open Meetings Law & Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) with Kristin O’Neill, Assistant Director, Committee on Open Government. This webinar is designed to help trustees better understand two New York State laws that are central

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