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Vol. 13-04                                                                                                                      1.22.13
Library Supporters Unite!

We are all library advocates and this is the time of year when library advocates band together to bring their message to Albany. Important discussions have begun in Albany around the level of library aid that will be included in the State budget. State funding is critical. The investment made by the state in System and local library funding helps create economies of scale that even the playing field for all New Yorkers. By coordinating services such as the shared circulation system, delivery, ebooks, database purchasing, professional development and consultations through the System all member libraries are able to create service levels to meet the needs of local community members.


By working together as a System we are stronger than we would be alone. The same adage applies to library advocacy. While over half of New York residents are library cardholders and 97% of library budget votes pass in New York, State legislators and the Governor still need to hear directly from library supporters that they feel an investment in libraries from the State is the right thing to do.


After four years of cuts to library aid that resulted in a 24% reduction in library aid, 2012 saw the first restoration of library aid, let's band together to help legislators make that restoration a trend that continues in 2013.


MHLS is kicking into high gear to help library supporters bring their message to Albany. Check out these upcoming opportunities to hone your skills as a library advocate and get the word out in preparation for NYLA Library Advocacy Day in Albany on Tuesday, March 5th:


Advocacy Boot Camp Workshops:

This workshop is great for directors, staff, trustees and Friends who would like a better understanding of:

  • How libraries and the System are funded,
  • Who key decision makers are about library funding and
  • Effective message development and message delivery strategies.

Once you feel comfortable and confident about what, who, when and how, you will find speaking up to be a snap! This workshop will be presented by MHLS' own Rebekkah Smith Aldrich & Merribeth Advocate. There are three opportunities to attend an Advocacy Boot Camp session next month:

Take your advocacy skills to the next level with our new custom workshop on organizational storytelling: Tell It Like It Is: Using the Power of Storytelling to Advocate for Your Library! This workshop will be co-presented by professional storyteller Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi and MHLS Coordinator for Library Sustainability Rebekkah Smith Aldrich. Join us at the Millbrook Library on Tuesday, February 19th from 6:00-8:00pm for this workshop where we will cover:
  • How storytelling can make you a more effective library advocate
  • The basic elements of storytelling
  • How to best use storytelling when speaking with key decision makers about library funding
MHLS Announcements

The MHLS Board of Trustees met on Saturday, January 12, in the MHLS Auditorium and:

  • Were administered the 2013 Oath of Office;
  • Revised and accepted committee positions for 2013;
  • Approved the terms of the contract between the Town of Union Vale and the Mid-Hudson Library System for reimbursement to member libraries affording services to the Town's residents;
  • Approved submission of a Variance for the Hudson Area Association Library;
  • Authenticated the 2013 LSTA Summer Reading Mini-Grant Program;
  • Certified the 2013 Family Services Literacy Grant;
  • Certified the 2013 Adult Services Literacy Grant;
  • Designated Thomas, Drohan, Waxman, Petigrow & Mayle, LLP as its legal counselors in 2013.
  • Went into Executive Session to discuss personnel issues;
  • Approved a salary adjustment for an MHLS staff member.
The next meeting of the Board is Saturday, March 9, at 10:00am in the Mid-Hudson Library System Auditorium
MHLS Libraries
The Stone Ridge Library has developed a plan to stabilize and repair its Colonial Era stone buildings that are currently held together by large exterior wooden braces. "We've been a library for 103 years," commented Board President Dr. Robert Miraldi on the library's web site, "and this plan will insure that we are around for another 103 years." Over the past few months, the Trustees have hired architects and an engineer to develop a timetable and a specific plan to spend nearly $300,000 to repair the building and begin a series of other improvements to a library that last year had 90,400 visits from residents of Marbletown and Rochester. Dr. Miraldi spoke about the plan recently to the Marbletown Town Board. "There is work to be done," Miraldi said. "While books and ideas are our business, mortar and stone must go hand in hand. And we believe we are moving in the right direction to get the work done that will restore and improve our beautiful old building." The Stone Ridge Library Foundation kicked off its drive to raise $300,000 in private funds for the repairs to the library's 1798 stone building on September 23. The Foundation started by announcing $75,000 in donations that have already come in from the community. To learn more about the library's plans and its capital campaign visit http://www.stoneridgelibrary.org/
Resource Sharing & Millennium

Sierra Migration Update: We are currently in the process of preparing our plans for the migration from the Millennium ILS to Sierra.

  1. MHLS staff has begun scheduling visits to member libraries to train for basic day-to-day operational tasks. Visits will begin February 25th.
  2. On Tuesday, April 23rd we will be migrating to Sierra.
  3. We will schedule trainings for more complex Sierra functions after the migration.

Please call with any questions or concerns: Eric McCarthy, Automation Coordinator: emccarthy@midhudson.org or x221

Youth Services
Volunteer to Lead Book Discussions at the Fall into Books Conference! The 15th annual Fall into Books Conference will take place on October 17, 2013 at the Kingston Holiday Inn (503 Washington Ave., Kingston) with special guest author Steve Sheinkin (http://stevesheinkin.com) The planning committee is looking for volunteers to lead discussions for picture books, elementary level books and elementary/middle, middle, teen level books or books for all ages. If you are interested, please use the form sent out to the MHLS Youth Services listserv on January 2nd or contact Merribeth Advocate, MHLS Assistant Director and member of the conference planning committee at madvocate@midhudson.org. The form is due on February 1st. Conference registration and lunch for discussion leaders is complimentary.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Merribeth. A mandatory practice session for the discussion leaders will be held at Ulster BOCES from 5:00 - 7:30pm on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Dinner is included.

MHLS recommends that the minimum starting salary of a full or part-time librarian with an MLS degree be at least equal to that of a teacher with a master's degree in the same community.


Member Libraries are welcome to submit items of interest and job openings to the MHLS Bulletin: bulletin@midhudson.org

The MHLS Bulletin is available on line at http://midhudson.org/bulletins/main.htm.