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May 2022

Tuesday, May 24 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meeting of the Putnam County Library Association.

Meeting of the Putnam County Library Association.

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Monday, May 30 All Day

MHLS will be closed on May 30, 2022 in observance of Memorial Day.

There will be no deliveries and the MHLS ticket system will not be monitored.

MHLS will be closed on May 30, 2022 in observance of Memorial Day. There will be no deliveries and the MHLS ticket system will not be monitored.

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Tuesday, May 31 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


June 2022

Thursday, June 2 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Trustees have enormous influence in creating libraries that are relevant and responsive to community needs. From policymaking and fiduciary responsibility to strategic planning and advocacy work, the board needs a strong sense of the core values of librarianship and a commitment to ethical governance to support patrons’ rights to access to information and resources while creating a viable, vital and visible library that their community is proud of.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will develop a working knowledge of the Core Values of Librarianship and how those values translate to the work of the board, particularly in the area of policy making. This webinar will also review board ethics and use case studies to illustrate “values and ethics in action.”

Trustees have enormous influence in creating libraries that are relevant and responsive to community needs. From policymaking and fiduciary responsibility to strategic planning and advocacy work, the board needs a strong sense of the core values of librarianship and a commitment to ethical governance to support patrons’ rights to access...

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Monday, June 6 All Day

The current Directors Association Meeting Packet will be available at Mid-Hudson Library System Directors Association page.

The current Directors Association Meeting Packet will be available at Mid-Hudson Library System Directors Association page.

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Monday, June 6 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Meeting of the MHLS Audit Committee

Meeting of the MHLS Audit Committee

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Tuesday, June 7 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Meeting of the MHLS Planning & Personnel Committee.

Meeting of the MHLS Planning & Personnel Committee.

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Tuesday, June 7 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

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The Great Give Back is a day for public libraries to shine as a community hub by inviting community members to participate in meaningful service-oriented experiences. This program offers a way to showcase the good work many libraries are already doing in connecting people willing to help with needs in their community and to highlight the public library’s evolving role.

During this webinar we will cover:

  • Basic elements of The Great Give Back
  • How your library can get involved
  • Examples of successful The Great Give Back projects

Speakers include:

  • Derek Ivie, Youth Services Coordinator, Suffolk Cooperative Library System & Founder of The Great Give Back
  • Casey Conlin, Library Sustainability Coordinator, Mid-Hudson Library System & President of the New York Library Association’s Sustainable Thinking & Action Round Table (START)
  • Joanna Goldfarb, Youth Services and Sustainability Innovation Consultant, Ramapo Catskill Library System
  • Renee McGrath, Manager of Youth Services, Nassau Library System
  • Sarah Reid, Outreach and Youth Services Manager, Four County Library System
REGISTER HERE The Great Give Back is a day for public libraries to shine as a community hub by inviting community members to participate in meaningful service-oriented experiences. This program offers a way to showcase the good work many libraries are already doing in connecting people willing to help with...

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Wednesday, June 8 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meeting of the Greene County Libraries Association.

Meeting of the Greene County Libraries Association.

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Wednesday, June 8 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This is the workshop for MHLS member libraries participating in the Early Literacy Cohort program. Login information will be sent directly to cohort members.

This is the workshop for MHLS member libraries participating in the Early Literacy Cohort program. Login information will be sent directly to cohort members.

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Thursday, June 9 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Circulation 101 is designed with new staff in mind.  In this brief lunchtime webinar, we will cover the essentials for working at the circulation desk of any member library.

Circulation 101 is designed with new staff in mind.  In this brief lunchtime webinar, we will cover the essentials for working at the circulation desk of any member library.

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Friday, June 10 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Meeting of the Columbia County Libraries Association.

Meeting of the Columbia County Libraries Association.

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Monday, June 13 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Presented by MHLS OverDrive Coordinator, Nina Acosta, this webinar will provide an orientation to the OverDrive Marketplace for library staff who are cultivating collections. Nina will review basic reports and features that are available and provide an overview of where to find policies, statistics, and additional support and training materials.

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Presented by MHLS OverDrive Coordinator, Nina Acosta, this webinar will provide an orientation to the OverDrive Marketplace for library staff who are cultivating collections. Nina will review basic reports and features that are available and provide an overview of where to find policies, statistics, and additional support and training materials....

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Tuesday, June 14 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The current Directors Association Meeting Packet will be available at Mid-Hudson Library System Directors Association page.

Location is to be determined.

The current Directors Association Meeting Packet will be available at Mid-Hudson Library System Directors Association page. Location is to be determined.

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Tuesday, June 14 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join co-authors of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State Jerry Nichols and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich for this fun and informative series! Each month trustees are encouraged to read a chapter of the Trustee Handbook and send in questions that the authors will address. 

Before the event: 

  • Please read the Public Relations and Advocacy chapter before this session. 
  • Thoughts to consider before the program: 
    • Have you articulated your personal “why”? Why the library matters to you personally and why you give of your time and energy to this institution? 
    • Do you have a good understanding of all library services and programs offered in person and online? 
    • Do you know who your municipal leaders are? County legislators? State and federal representatives? 
    • Is it easy for a new resident in your service area to access library services? 
    • Have you adequately funded budget lines related to outreach and public relations? 
  •  Submit your questions here. 

 

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Join co-authors of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State Jerry Nichols and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich for this fun and informative series! Each month trustees are encouraged to read a chapter of the Trustee Handbook and send in questions that the authors will address.  Before the event:  Please...

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Thursday, June 16 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meeting of the Dutchess County Directors Association.

Meeting of the Dutchess County Directors Association.

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Thursday, June 16 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

One of the primary responsibilities of a library trustee is to secure adequate funding for the library. This requires both an honest assessment of the true costs to run a viable, vital, and visible library as well as a strong understanding of the legal funding mechanisms for libraries in New York State. At this session we will provide an overview of key areas impacting library budgets as well as introduce the new toolkit released this year from the New York State Library, the Public Library District Toolkit: Strategies to Assure Your Library’s Legal and Financial Stability.

One of the primary responsibilities of a library trustee is to secure adequate funding for the library. This requires both an honest assessment of the true costs to run a viable, vital, and visible library as well as a strong understanding of the legal funding mechanisms for libraries in New...

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Monday, June 20 All Day

MHLS will be closed on June 20, 2022 in observance of Juneteenth (6/19).

There will be no deliveries and the MHLS ticket system will not be monitored.

MHLS will be closed on June 20, 2022 in observance of Juneteenth (6/19). There will be no deliveries and the MHLS ticket system will not be monitored.

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Tuesday, June 21 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meeting of the Ulster County Library Association.

Meeting of the Ulster County Library Association.

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Tuesday, June 21 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This workshop is designed to assist member libraries who plan to apply for the next cycle of State Aid for Library Construction Aid. This workshop will be particularly helpful to first time applicants.

The workshop will focus on filling out the online application and associated paperwork. For general program information, MHLS Funding Priorities and an overview of the timeline of the grant please view the earlier webinar, Applying for Funds Through the State Aid for Library Construction Program.

This workshop is designed to assist member libraries who plan to apply for the next cycle of State Aid for Library Construction Aid. This workshop will be particularly helpful to first time applicants. The workshop will focus on filling out the online application and associated paperwork. For general program information,...

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Thursday, June 23 All Day

Register with ALA for the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference taking place in Washington, DC.

Register with ALA for the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference taking place in Washington, DC.

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Tuesday, June 28 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meeting of the Putnam County Library Association.

Meeting of the Putnam County Library Association.

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July 2022

Monday, July 4 All Day

MHLS will be closed on July 4, 2022 in observance of Independence Day.

There will be no deliveries and the MHLS ticket system will not be monitored.

MHLS will be closed on July 4, 2022 in observance of Independence Day. There will be no deliveries and the MHLS ticket system will not be monitored.

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Thursday, July 7 All Day

The MHLS Board Packet will be available on the Mid-Hudson Library System Board of Trustees page.

The MHLS Board Packet will be available on the Mid-Hudson Library System Board of Trustees page.

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Friday, July 8 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Meeting of the Columbia County Libraries Association.

Meeting of the Columbia County Libraries Association.

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Friday, July 15 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location to be determined.

Location to be determined.

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Tuesday, July 19 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meeting of the Ulster County Library Association.

Meeting of the Ulster County Library Association.

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Tuesday, July 19 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Meeting of the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Working Group

Meeting of the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Working Group

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Thursday, July 21 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meeting of the Dutchess County Directors Association.

Meeting of the Dutchess County Directors Association.

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Tuesday, July 26 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meeting of the Putnam County Library Association.

Meeting of the Putnam County Library Association.

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Wednesday, July 27 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Circulation 101 is designed with new staff in mind.  In this brief lunchtime webinar, we will cover the essentials for working at the circulation desk of any member library.

Circulation 101 is designed with new staff in mind.  In this brief lunchtime webinar, we will cover the essentials for working at the circulation desk of any member library.

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August 2022

Friday, August 12 All Day

For more information see the MHLS State Aid for Library Construction page.

For more information see the MHLS State Aid for Library Construction page.

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Friday, August 12 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Meeting of the Columbia County Libraries Association.

Meeting of the Columbia County Libraries Association.

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Tuesday, August 16 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meeting of the Ulster County Library Association.

Meeting of the Ulster County Library Association.

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Thursday, August 18 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meeting of the Dutchess County Directors Association.

Meeting of the Dutchess County Directors Association.

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Tuesday, August 23 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meeting of the Putnam County Library Association.

Meeting of the Putnam County Library Association.

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September 2022

Monday, September 5 All Day

MHLS will be closed on September 5, 2022 in observance of Labor Day.

There will be no deliveries and the MHLS ticket system will not be monitored.

MHLS will be closed on September 5, 2022 in observance of Labor Day. There will be no deliveries and the MHLS ticket system will not be monitored.

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Wednesday, September 7 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

This is a post-graduate level course for those library directors/staff enrolled in the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University working towards an Advanced Certificate in Public Library Administration.

This is a closed group. For more information visit their website here. Questions about this program can be addressed to MHLS Executive Director Rebekkah Smith Aldrich.

This is a post-graduate level course for those library directors/staff enrolled in the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University working towards an Advanced Certificate in Public Library Administration. This is a closed group. For more information visit their website here. Questions about this program can...

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Thursday, September 8 All Day

The current Directors Association Meeting Packet will be available at Mid-Hudson Library System Directors Association page.

The current Directors Association Meeting Packet will be available at Mid-Hudson Library System Directors Association page.

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