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New York State Sexual Harassment Law Policy

Under the new law, every employer in New York State is required to establish a sexual harassment prevention policy. This includes all libraries. The Department of Labor in consultation with the Division of Human Rights has established a model sexual harassment prevention policy, which libraries can customize and adopt. Libraries may choose to draft a

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Summer Programmer Meet Up

On Monday, September 9th from 2:00-4:00pm, the Mid-Hudson Library System will be holding an End of Summer Get Together for Library Programmers! The goal of this program is to encourage programmers to discuss what went well at their libraries during the summer, and what problems they learned from in order to teach and inspire one

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Library Policies – Development Tips & Samples

The library boards’ ultimate responsibility is to ensure and protect the reputation of the institution – best realized through the adoption of clearly written library policies. To support your organizations efforts, in writing effective policies MHLS maintains a policies webpage that contains development questions and samples for essential library policies. If you have questions about

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MHLS Engage Webinars

In the newest MHLS Engage Webinar Pawling Free Library director, Brian Avery, talks about Pawling’s successful Human Library Project . The Human Library Project, which celebrated its 3rd annual gathering at the Pawling Free Library this year, is an event where community members can sign up to be “books” and can be “checked out” by program attendees. The Engage

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Free tickets for kids to the Hudson Valley Renegades!

The Hudson Valley Renegades are offering free tickets, for the August 26th game, for libraries to give to kids participating in or completing their Summer Reading Programs. There is no cap on the number of kids’ tickets that libraries can request, and participating libraries will be provided with a link for the families of participating

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Burbio Streamlines Community Calendars

Burbio is a free service that collects multiple community calendars in one place so people can stay up-to-date on the local happenings that are important to them. The free community events platform collects all of a town’s activities – library, school, government, and non-profit events – in one place and allows residents to personalize event

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Oaths of Office for All Public Library Trustees

The New York State Library recently issued an important reminder that Public Officer’s Law §10 requires all public library trustees (but not association library trustees) to take 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

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RBdigital App Updates

RBdigital has made updates to their app that make it easier for users to read magazines on their smartphones or tablets.  The app now has: Text to speech option (available for iOS only) that allows users to listen to all articles in audio format. Sepia and grey color themes in addition to the current light

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Mid-Hudson Library System Annual Membership Meeting

The 2019 Mid-Hudson Library System Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Friday, October 25th at The Henry A. Wallace Center @ FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park, NY. Our keynote speaker will be Miguel Figueroa, Director of the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries discussing the role of libraries in the

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Local History & Special Collections Roundtable 7/30

There is still time to register for the Local History & Special Collections Roundtable on Tuesday, July 30th from 10:00-11:00am in the MHLS Auditorium. This interactive discussion group brings together experienced staff with those wanting to learn more about building and maintaining a local history collection. Discussion topics may include, but are not limited to:

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