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Opioid Survey

As part of a coordinated statewide effort, the New York State Library and its partner organizations are asking library directors to participate in the Opioid Overdose Prevention Measures in Public Libraries Survey. The deadline to complete the survey is August 31st. Access the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SFLNGTH

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Zero Waste Event

The Woodstock Library’s 87th Annual Library Fair was the first Zero Waste library event in our region. Woodstock Library brought in Zero to Go, a zero waste management company that focuses on composting and recycling to reduce the amount of trash that is typically generated at big events.

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2018 Battle of the Books

Celebrating its fourteenth year the Mid-Hudson Battle of the Books program brings together kids in grades 6th through 12th to display their knowledge through a literary trivia contest.

Twenty five member libraries have spent the summer working with teams of middle and high school students to prepare them for the end of program regional competitions. Which team will have the honor of being declared 2018 champions? Join the fun to find out! Read all about it in this week’s MHLS Bulletin!

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Sierra Upgrade

Sierra is scheduled to be upgraded to version 4.0 on August 14th. This is a significant release, including new primary data tables. There will also be a minor upgrade to Encore, our online catalog, scheduled for August 16th. This upgrade will correct an issue that currently returns patrons to the main patron screen after editing their holds, rather than back to the holds menu. More details about both upgrades will be sent via the MHLS Notices Email List. PLEASE NOTE: The Sierra offline client must be installed before 8/14. Please, open a ticket if you have not yet installed the new offline client. techsupport@midhudson.org

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Oaths of Office

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. Click here for more information.

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Early Bird Deadline

The Fall Into Books 20th Annual Children’s & Teen Literature Conference will be held on October 24th. Early bird pricing for this event ends on July 30th. Click here for more information and to register.

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Mr. Sloan Says Farewell

“I suggest to you that the single most valuable MHLS asset is collaboration among MHLS stakeholders. We cooperatively provide library services, coordinate activities, and share an understanding of how to work jointly for the benefit of all.” Tom Sloan is departing as MHLS Executive Director this month, read his full farewell statement in this week’s MHLS Bulletin.

 

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Trustee Education Series

Essentials: Roles & Responsibilities

Intermediate: Financial & Fiduciary Responsibilities

Advanced: Strategic Thinking – Planning & Advocacy

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Mileage Equalization Grant

July 15th is the first 2018 deadline to take advantage of the MHLS Member Library Mileage Equalization Grant Program. Click here for more info and related forms.

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Sierra Circ 101

Join MHLS ILP Operations Supervisor Thomas O’Connell on Wednesday, July 25th for a Sierra 101 webinar. This webinar is designed for new staff but more experienced staff seeking more efficient ways to do things while covering the circ desk are welcome to register as well. This is a good venue to ask questions that you’ve always wondered about! For more info and to register visit our online calendar.

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