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Ask Me Anything with Rebekkah Smith Aldrich!

Ask Me Anything (AMA) with Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Executive Director & Co-Author of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State is a monthly installment where Rebekkah will answer your questions! Feel free to submit your question here or to contact Rebekkah at rsmith@midhudson.org with the subject line: AMA Trustee Question. Q. Does

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MHLS Board of Trustees

The MHLS Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, January 11th. Highlights from the meeting included: Appointment of Peter Carey to fill the seat representing Putnam County recently vacated by a resignation. Review of the board’s 2022 Priorities; A review of the new gender-neutral protocols for the board’s minutes; Approval of the annual fiscal designations; Approval

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Digital Equity Act

What libraries need to know about the Digital Equity Act: Signed into law by President Joe Biden on November 15th, 2021, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) includes an historic investment in advancing digital equity and an opportunity for libraries to leverage and expand their digital inclusion roles. The Digital Equity Act (DEA), a

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Annual Evaluation

Annual evaluation of the library director and the library board are key ingredients to a healthy organization. Evaluating the director without a companion evaluation of the board can create a lopsided evaluation strategy of the governance and management of the organization so be sure to plan for both, each year. For tips and sample forms

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Oath of Office Reminder for Public Library Trustees

Oath of Office Reminder for Public Library Trustees: New York State Public Officer’s Law §10 requires all public library trustees (but not association library trustees) to take and file an oath of office within 30 days of beginning their term of office. Public library trustees are public officers, and the oath of office is required

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MHLS Board Report

The MHLS Board met on Wednesday December 15th. Highlights of the meeting included: The passage of resolutions in recognition of the departure of two MHLS Trustees, Lisa Baker Brill, who is wrapping up her second and final term on the board, and Michele Ment, who is leaving the board a bit early due to a

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2022 online Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP)

All member libraries now have access to the 2022 online Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Summer Reading Program manuals and artwork. At the request of CSLP we are unable to publish the access code on a public space, so the code was shared via the MHLS-Notice List on Tuesday, December 7th. To access the manual:

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New York’s #eBooksForAll bill

New York’s #eBooksForAll bill, S2890B/A5837B, will head to Governor Hochul for signature soon and the New York Library Association (NYLA) needs advocates to let her know that this is important legislation for all New Yorkers. This bill will ensure that publishers do not block library patrons from accessing digital books. Grassroots advocates were critical in

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Open Meetings Law Update

OPEN MEETINGS LAW UPDATE. Governor Hochul recently signed into law Chapter 587 of the Laws of 2021 which amends the Open Meetings Law to require agencies that maintain a website and use a high-speed internet connection to post meeting minutes on its website within two weeks of the date of the date of the meeting, or within one week of an

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Fall 2021 online MHLS Trustee Education Series

  The Fall 2021 online MHLS Trustee Education Series has ended but you can still view all the workshops using the links below. Each session features information for library trustees that will help support their library in reaching organizational goals and ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulations presented by MHLS Executive Director, Rebekkah Smith

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