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How do you predict the future?

Annual Meeting Pre-Event Survey: MHLS is focusing on the future for our 2018 Annual Meeting! How do you figure out what is going to happen next? Who do you look to for clues to the future? We invite you to share your best thinking to spot future trends through this survey. The results will be shared with all MHLS Annual Meeting participants at the event in November!

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SRP Final Reports

The 2018 Summer Reading Program Final Report is now available for MHLS member libraries. For the questions and online report form please visit

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Free Webinar: Green Procurement

OGS Green Procurement Webinar Wednesday, September 5th from 11:00am-12:00pm. The webinar will cover green purchasing and the opportunities that are available for using centralized contracts available through the New York State Office of General Services (OGS). Todd Gardner, contract manager at the New York State Office of General Services will explain how to use OGS contracts, describe the most frequently purchased green products and discuss the latest trends in green purchasing. Please register online

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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:

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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.

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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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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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NYLA Organizational Membership

MHLS has negotiated another year of the 15% discount on New York Library Association (NYLA) Organizational Memberships [] for MHLS Member Libraries! Instructions for taking advantage of this deal have been sent to all directors. Deadline: June 29th

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Taking Community Partnerships to the Next Level

Free Webinar: Taking Community Partnerships to the Next Level
May 29 from 3:00-4:00pm
Presented by Audrey Barbakoff, Community Engagement and Economic Development Manager, King County Library System

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Basic Create Lists Webinar

Sierra Lunchtime Webinar: May 17th from 12:00-1:00pm

MHLS ILP Operations Supervisor Thomas O’Connell will offer a lunchtime webinar of training and Q&A on the topic of Basic Create Lists. Registration is required


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