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Affordable Connectivity Program

Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced a multi-agency initiative led by the New York State Department of Public Service to encourage eligible New Yorkers to sign up for the federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program, a newly-launched program that provides discounts of up to $30 a month toward internet service for low-income families. The Department of Public Service, in

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Discussion Leaders wanted!

Discussion Leaders wanted for the 23rd annual Fall into Books Conference! The Fall Into Books (FIB) Conference is an annual Children’s & Teen’s Literature event with a full day of discussion groups and speakers. This year the FIB will take place on Tuesday, October 25th, 2022 at the Best Western Plus Kingston Hotel and Conference

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Continuing Education in Library Youth Services

The Youth Services Section (YSS) of the New York Library Association (NYLA) Spring Conference Scholarships encourage continuing education in the field of library youth services through participation in the annual YSS Spring Conference. Two awards are given annually. The New Member Spring Conference Scholarship is given to a new member of our profession. The Lisa C. Wemett

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Mask Mandate Extended

Governor Hochul extended the NYS “mask or vax” mandate from January 15th to February 1st, 2022. The new measure, part of the Winter Surge Plan 2.0, is intended to bring added layers of mitigation following the holidays when more time is spent indoors shopping, gathering, and visiting holiday-themed destinations. New Yorkers are encouraged to upgrade

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Increase to NYS Minimum Salary Level

Increase to NYS Minimum Salary Level for Executive and Administrative Exemptions. According to information from the NYS Department of Labor, effective December 31, 2021, the minimum weekly salary to qualify for the executive and administrative exemptions for salaried exempt employees in areas outside of New York City, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties will be $990.00

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E-Rate Filing Window

Participating libraries should review their profiles in EPC (“epic”) during the administrative window before the E-Rate filing window opens in early 2022. Once the filing window opens, libraries cannot update their profile. The dates for the filing window, and list of eligible services have not yet been announced by USAC. If you have any questions on E-Rate,

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Highland Public Library Achieves SLCP Certification

The Highland Public Library recently completed the Sustainable Libraries Certification Program (SLCP), becoming the first library in the Mid-Hudson Library System to do so! The award-winning SLCP offers a series of action items that demonstrate and support commitments to social equity, environmentally responsible use of resources, and economically feasible practices, that embed sustainability into the

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Resources available for children & teens!

Resources available to support COVID-19 vaccination among children and teens. To support the recent authorization of vaccines for young people, 5–11 years old, the Vaccines & US project, led by the Smithsonian Institution, has collected materials specifically about young people and the COVID-19 pandemic in a special section to help: discuss COVID-19 and vaccination with young children

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ALA eLearning

The American Library Association (ALA) has launched ALA eLearning, a new centralized web portal that brings together a comprehensive digital collection of on-demand and live professional development for library professionals from ALA divisions and sections. Many courses are free for ALA members, while some require a registration fee. Topics include EDI training, Collection Management, Marketing

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MHLS Knowledge Base

The MHLS Knowledge Base (KB) was recently updated! The KB website has been indexed for easier navigation, and you can view the index at https://kb.midhudson.org/page-list/ or simply click the Site Index link from the top menu. The MHLS Knowledge Base (KB) supports library administrators and staff in using the Integrated Library System (ILS) and other

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