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Did you know you can receive the weekly newsletter of the Mid-Hudson Library System directly in your inbox every Tuesday? Receive the MHLS online newsletter to get system news, member library spotlights, professional development opportunities, and access to the ‘In the News’ section, which highlights the latest coverage of local and national library news items.

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Please Return Extra Delivery Bins

A message from MHLS Delivery Operations Manager Tom Finnigan: “As we ease back into routine volume levels of materials traveling around the system after the backlog caused by the holidays, we ask that you please place any accumulated, extra delivery bins next to your regular outgoing bins for the driver to pick up and bring

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Annual Report Software is Open!

The 2019 NYS Annual Report for Public and Association Libraries CollectConnect software is open. The Annual Report is due from each member library by Friday, February 14th at 5:00pm.   Information for MHLS member libraries about the Annual Report can be found at https://midhudson.org/annualreporttips/or contact Casey Conlin, MHLS Library Sustainability Coordinator, cconlin@midhudson.org  

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Census Workshops

As part of the New York Community Trust Census Equity Fund grant program, Library Sustainability Coordinator, Casey Conlin will be presenting workshops in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam, Ulster and counties, as well as a webinar that will provide an overview of the upcoming Census, tools and strategies for promoting the Census, and best practices for

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E-Rate Application Filing

Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) has announced the dates for E-Rate application filing for the Funding Year 2020, which will be opening on January 15, 2020 and closing on March 25, 2020. If you have any questions please contact Natalie McDonough, State E-Rate Coordinator at Natalie.McDonough@nysed.gov or visit http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev//univsvc/

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Become A Census Champion!

United for Libraries, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Policy and Advocacy office and the Census Counts campaign launched Library Census Champions, a new network of state, local and tribal library Trustees helping their libraries and communities prepare for the 2020 Census. Trustees can find more info to sign up to become a Library Census Champion and

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MHLS Annual Report Workshop for New Directors

The MHLS Annual Report Workshop for New Directors is designed for Directors who are new to submitting the NYS Annual Report with Bibliostat software but is open to all. The workshop will cover: Logging in to the software Entering your data Dealing with “Edit Checks” Writing “Notes” Submitting your report Three dates to choose from: Wednesday, January 22nd |

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Oath of Office Reminder for Public Library Trustees

New York State Public Officer’s Law §10 (https://bit.ly/2Qk5Nlu) 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 to officially undertake and perform the duties

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Local History & Special Collections Roundtable – 1/16

There is still time to register for the Local History & Special Collections Roundtable on Thursday, January 16 from 10:00-11:00am. This interactive discussion group brings together experienced staff with those wanting to learn more about building a Library of Things. Discussion topics may include, but are not limited to: Types of items Storage & display Circulation

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Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs

To combat the continuing rise in opioid-related deaths in New York State (NYS), laws were amended to allow NYS public libraries to participate in opioid overdose prevention programs by partnering with a New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)-registered opioid overdose prevention programs. Public libraries that choose to participate and whose personnel are acting reasonably

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