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Seeking LAMS Board Members

The Leadership and Management Section (LAMS) of the New York Library Association (NYLA) is seeking members to fill several seats on the LAMS Board that will be up for election to fill 3-year terms starting at the 2022 NYLA Conference in November. If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague for one of

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ASRL Professional Development Book Club

The Association for Small & Rural Libraries (ASRL) has chosen the book Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library’s Future in an Uncertain World (by our very own Executive Director, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich) as their inaugural discussion selection for the ASRL Professional Development Book Club title. Everyone, regardless of ASRL membership status, is invited to join us

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READsquared training sessions for New York state public library staff will take place on February 22nd and March 3rd at 10:30 am. READsquared is an online reading program solution that is free for all NYS libraries to use. This application offers customization and configuration of Collaborative Summer Learning Program (CSLP) themed summer reading programs and

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Programming Resources Available

American Library Association’s Programming Librarian has a list of resources to help your library celebrate Black History Month and throughout the year. The list of resources will inform and help librarians with programming ideas to teach and recognize the important achievements of Black Americans. This resource is kept up to date with favorite resources contributed

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OverDrive Together We Read

The next OverDrive Together We Read title is The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade. The Five Wounds will be available for use on the MHLS OverDrive website from February 7th to February 21st. The title, along with a promotional spotlight will appear at the top of the page. Check out these free marketing materials

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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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