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Vol. 13-23                                                                                                                      6.4.13
Libraries Help Patrons Get Back to Work 

Member libraries stepped up to the plate with 100% participation in the MHLS Workforce Development Survey conducted by MHLS Assistant Director Merribeth Advocate.  


"With more outside focus on workforce development than ever before, and more funding accompanying it," said Merribeth, "this data will help us work towards outreach services, assistance and partnerships that can ease and enhance your work supporting workforce development in your community."


What did we learn?

  • 66.7% of member libraries reported that the public computers and internet access in their library is the only free access in their community.   
  • System-wide, libraries' computers are used between 1,000 and 1,500 times per week by residents seeking a new job, advancing their career or improving work related skills.    
  • In the past six months there has been a minimal reduction in the need for staff support to help people, 90% of library staff are helping patrons search for jobs at the same or an increasing rate.   
  • 68% of libraries reported they do not have enough staff to meet patron needs.   
  • 42% of libraries indicated they do not have enough public computers to meet patron needs.   
  • 68% of libraries reported they do not have enough staff with the expertise their patrons need.  

The survey also helped gather anecdotes about patron success thanks to staff assistance at the library during their job search, here's a selection: 

  • "We had a single, older male come in looking for work. I assisted in helping him restructure his resume and another staff member assisted him with online job applications. He currently holds two part-time jobs within five miles of his home."   
  • "I worked with a patron who was caught completely unaware when she was let go. We got her resume together and accessed some of the job resources online. She was re-employed within six weeks.    
  • "An unemployed woman came in, we were able to hook her up with free online typing class, and she came for months and practiced for hours and hours on library computers. She stopped by today, she got a full time job with benefits with data entry!

To supplement resources available in local libraries, JobNow and The Adult Learning Center is currently available to all MHLS libraries, at no cost to your patrons, through your HOMEACCESS page at http://midhudson.org/databases/ 

and also through your county's Job Resource Center page created by Merribeth: 

JobNow is an "innovative online service" that provides expert resume help, real-time interview coaching and career advice. There are services to help with every step of a job search. The Adult Learning Center features test preparation (including GED and U.S. citizenship preparation), writing assistance, and study tools for math, reading and writing. JobNow also provides live, online one-on-one interaction with a tutor or job coach. This service is available as part of JobNow™ and the Adult Learning Center.  


Check out this upcoming webinar that could also be useful to libraries struggling to keep up with demand: Support Patron Learning in Small Spaces with Small Budgets | June 12, 2-3pm: This webinar will showcase how small and rural libraries can provide effective training to patrons even with limited staff, resources, or space. In small communities, libraries can often be the only provider of free public access to technology and the internet. And as more people turn to their library to learn technology skills, even the tiniest of libraries are faced with the challenge of providing training to patrons with limited staff, resources, and space. Learn from small and rural libraries who are making training a reality for their patrons, using volunteers, leveraging partnerships and integrating learning into everyday interactions. Whether the technology training you do (or want to do) is one-to-one, on-the-fly or a more formal program, this session will include tips and suggestions for improving the effectiveness of the training you provide. This webinar is hosted in collaboration with TechSoup for Libraries and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries. Presented by: Brenda Hough and Stephanie Gerding, consultants, TechSoup for Libraries and Wendy Street, director, Pella Public Library, Iowa. To register: http://bit.ly/11JNTvh   

MHLS Libraries

The Phoenicia Library launched its fundraising campaign in May to rebuild the library at 48 Main Street with a freepresentation and hands-on demonstration of useful knots by Philippe Petit. Philippe Petit, "universal poet laureate of the high wire," accomplished what may be the most astounding "artistic crime" of all time. He walked a high wire illegally stretched between the rooftops of the Twin Towers of the World Center. Philippe's book, To Reach The Clouds (Man On Wire in paperback), recounts that adventure and is the basis of the 2009 Academy Award-winning documentary film, Man On Wire.


"Libraries are very dear to my heart. I used to spend hours researching and learning (preparing for my WTC walk), I collected a lot of technical facts on the Twin Towers by visiting the National Library of Paris. I could not disregard the efforts of a local library to be reborn! Imagine a world (or a village) without books!" - Philippe Petit

Marketing, Advocacy & Funding

Up and Running with LibraryAware: Fifty-six member libraries are already up and running with LibraryAware, the new product freely available to all MHLS member libraries that helps streamline the production of publicity pieces - from program flyers, bookmarks and press releases to Facebook and Twitter posts and letters to the editor. To help everyone using LibraryAware stay connected and thinking about new ways to use the product MHLS Marketing & Program Assistant Kerstin Cruger has created a "Getting Started With LibraryAware" web page at: http://midhudson.org/libraryaware.htm.This is a good place to go if you've forgotten how to invite other staff people into your account or to register for upcoming webinars like "Inspiration Session"where LibraryAware staff are available to answer your questions, make suggestions, chat about new ideas - anything that will help you make the most of your marketing efforts with LibraryAware.  


Check out the LibraryAware Inspiration Design Board on Pinterest for great ideas: http://pinterest.com/libraryaware/libraryaware-designs/  

Job Openings

Night Supervisor & Stacks Coordinator Curtin Memorial Library, Mount Saint Mary College: Responsible for building supervision, circulation desk services, and general stacks maintenance. Supervises and trains work-study students and assists library users. This is a full-time position with benefits, 35 hrs./wk., $13.50/hr. Hours during spring and fall semesters are 4:30pm - 12:00am, Sunday - Thursday. View complete job description at http://library.msmc.edu/jobs.php#s. Submit resume and names of three professional references to derek.sanderson@msmc.eduReview begins immediately; applications accepted through June 7th. Mount Saint Mary College is located at 330 Powell Avenue in Newburgh, NY.


CORRECTION: Applicants for the Stone Ridge Library Foundation's Fund Developer position announced in last week's Bulletin should email resume and cover letter to: Eileen McAdam emcadam@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.