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Keeping Track of Library Policies

The library boards’ ultimate responsibility is to ensure and protect the reputation of the institution – best realized through the adoption of clearly written library policies. To support your organizations efforts, in keeping track of your library’s policies MHLS offers an Essential Documents Inventory Workbook. Easily keep track of which policies have been adopted, which

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No Smoking Law Policy

The NYS legislation that prohibits smoking within one hundred feet of the entrances, exits or outdoor areas of any public or association library went into effect on June 19. This mandates all libraries post appropriate signage and designate an agent to inform non-employees when they are in violation of the law. If your library does

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New York State Sexual Harassment Law Policy

Under the new law, every employer in New York State is required to establish a sexual harassment prevention policy. This includes all libraries. The Department of Labor in consultation with the Division of Human Rights has established a model sexual harassment prevention policy, which libraries can customize and adopt. Libraries may choose to draft a

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Library Policies – Development Tips & Samples

The library boards’ ultimate responsibility is to ensure and protect the reputation of the institution – best realized through the adoption of clearly written library policies. To support your organizations efforts, in writing effective policies MHLS maintains a policies webpage that contains development questions and samples for essential library policies. If you have questions about

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Oaths of Office for All Public Library Trustees

The New York State Library recently issued an important reminder that Public Officer’s Law §10 requires all public library trustees (but not association library trustees) to take 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 to officially

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Mid-Hudson Library System Annual Membership Meeting

The 2019 Mid-Hudson Library System Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Friday, October 25th at The Henry A. Wallace Center @ FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park, NY. Our keynote speaker will be Miguel Figueroa, Director of the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries discussing the role of libraries in the

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Handbook for Library Trustees Available Online

The latest edition of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State is available online, for free, through the New York State Library’s website. If you would like a bound, print version you can order it through the Mid-Hudson Library System. The cost is $5.00 per copy. Authored by Jerry Nichols, Palmer School of Library

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Mini-Webinars for Trustees

We know how busy you are. Keep up-to-date with this series of 10-15 minute presentations from Helping All Trustees Succeed (HATS). Each gives a quick overview of critical information that all trustees need to know. Topics include: Libraries in NY: Origin, Oversight & Organization Open Meetings Law Role of a Board President The Public Library

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2020 Census Complete Count Committees

Libraries will play a critical role in providing digital access and assistance for completing the Census, and educating people, including families with young children, about the benefits of completing the Census, and why it’s in their interest to fill it out. Some libraries have already begun partnering with local organizations in their community to get

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MHLS Seeks Board Members

Mid-Hudson Library System is seeking candidates from Columbia, Dutchess and Greene counties to fill three Board seats. Nominations are due prior to July 1st. COLUMBIA COUNTY – ONE SEAT: (5-year term-2020-2024). Please send names and contact information of nominee(s) to AnnaLee Dragon, Chair of the Columbia County Library Directors Association: annalee.giraldo@kinderhooklibrary.org DUTCHESS COUNTY – ONE

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