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Vol. 13-22                                                                                                                  5.28.13
Letter from the MHLS Board President

Letter to the Mid-Hudson Library System Community from MHLS Board President, Peter Hoffmann:


The Mid-Hudson Library System's Executive Director, Mike Nyerges, resigned his position effective September 30 and, although we are sorry to see Mike depart, the Board and I are committed to recruiting the next Executive Director from among the most talented professionals working in public library service today. The System and our member libraries deserve no less. We therefore have turned to one of the top library executive search services in the country to assist us.  


Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates, a firm that has completed more than 90 searches in the past ten years has worked with public, academic, special and state libraries, including successfully completed searches for library system directors. The firm is presently conducting the executive search for the Southern Tier Library System. Dan and Jobeth Bradbury, owners of the firm, have extensive public library experience in small rural, suburban and large urban libraries, and Jobeth has system experience.  


Dan and Jobeth will be at the Mid-Hudson Library System on June 10 and 11 to determine the attributes the Board, System staff, and our member libraries seek in the next director. They will run a national recruitment campaign, manage applications and rank the candidates. They will return to MHLS to review the candidates and assist in selecting the semifinalists. They will join us again to manage the phone interviews of the semifinalists and to assist in selecting the finalists; and they will conduct all formal and informal background checks. They return to Mid-Hudson, probably in September, to manage the interviews of the finalists, in which the Board, System staff and member libraries will be fully involved.  


Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates will help recruit a professional with the experience, vision and expertise that we need and deserve. Visit www.gossagesager.com for more information about the firm and "stay tuned" for more information on our search.  


If you have questions, please bring them to the attention of your county's three (3) representatives on the System Board or contact me. You can do either by visiting http://director.midhudson.org/board-trustees.

Peter Hoffmann
MHLS Board President

MHLS Announcements
"Special" Special Collections Survey Launched: If you Google the phrase "collaborative consumption" or "sharing economy" you will see a lot of recent press, but what do you know? Libraries have been facilitating "collaborative consumption" for ages! In last week's MHLS Bulletin you read that the Patterson Library is now lending gardening tools. The Phoenicia Library lends ukuleles and fishing rods, the Julia L. Butterfield Library in Cold Spring lends cake pans and the Kent Library just started lending Roku boxes... what interesting things does your library lend that might be unexpected to people who think libraries are just about books, movies and music? We want to know! We are sending a brief survey to all member library directors to gather information about "special" special collections system-wide. By collecting this information we can add ammunition to the growing list of talking points that help libraries speak to their stakeholders and voters about how libraries are meeting community needs in new and interesting ways while continuing to reinforce the timeless library mission to "create knowledge" for people with all different learning styles and facilitate access in our communities.
MHLS Libraries
Congratulations to Hudson Area Library volunteer, Arlene Brown, on being named a Columbia County Senior Citizen of the Year! Arlene joined with other seniors from across the state to be officially honored as part of Senior Citizens Day in Albany on May 7th. Arlene was nominated for her work at both the Hudson Area Library and the Columbia Land Conservancy. Arlene has been volunteering for the Hudson Area Library for over twenty-five years, helping with various tasks, though most will recognize her as a circulation desk volunteer. When asked recently why she enjoys volunteering with the Library, Arlene responded "because I get to meet such nice people...and I also like recommending my favorite books to them."
Job Openings

Youth Services Librarian, Catskill Public Library: The Catskill Public Library is currently seeking qualified applicants for a Youth Services Librarian. The applicant should be creative, energetic, and tech-savvy with an unflinching positive attitude. This librarian is responsible for planning and developing a variety of youth services public programs; collection development; reference; and reader's advisory service for kids and teens. Applicants should enjoy going out into the community to promote the library and our programs.   Must have experience with new technologies and social media. You should be willing to conduct library orientation tours and programs for community groups and agencies as well as be a team player. This is a job for someone who has lots of energy, imagination, curiosity and fun and is an opportunity to use your knowledge and expertise to bring new experiences to the library and our community. Qualifications: Preferred candidates will possess a master's degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program. Recent graduates or those about to graduate, welcome to apply.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Initiating and maintaining strong community partnerships; especially within the school district.
  • Planning, implementing and promoting programs, events, activities and tours.
  • Implementing and supervising a Volunteer program.
  • Overseeing material selection and expenditures.
  • Ability to self-manage, plan and organize work to complete within set deadlines.
  • While this position is under the direct supervision of the Library Director, this position does require some supervision over library staff.

This is a full-time, civil service position. Candidate must pass eligibility requirements for Civil Service within one year of offer. Salary commensurate with experience and eligibility; serious enquiries only please. Schedule includes weekend and evening hours. Salary: $31,000/yr. plus medical and vacation. To Apply: Please email a cover letter and resume with three professional references to Jobs@catskillpubliclibrary.org or mail to: Samuel Alvarez, Librarian, Catskill Public Library, 1 Franklin Street, Catskill, NY 12414. Application Deadline: June 14, 2013.


The Stone Ridge Library Foundation seeks a Fund Developer to spearhead fundraising efforts for the library with a focus on our building restoration campaign. 5 years experience in development with a demonstrated track record of success in securing funds through grants, corporate sponsorship, and individual donations required. Excellent computer skills required with previous experience with Etapestry desirable. This is a part-time position for 20 hours per week. Salary is $25,000 per year. The position requires office hours in the Stone Ridge Library. The Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation whose priority is the stewardship of the historic 18th and 19th century buildings. Email resume and cover letter to: Eileen McAdamemcadam@hvc.rr.com.  

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.