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Vol. 13-25                                                                                                                      6.18.13
Programming for Adults
Are you involved in developing programs for the adults in your community? Join us for a roundtable discussion: Programming for Adults: What's Hot & What's Not on Friday, July 12th in the MHLS Auditorium from 10:00am - 12:00pm.

Programming is a great way to build a sense of community at your library! It can help create opportunities for neighbors to learn and have fun together as well as help to draw in new library users when you offer programs on unexpected topics.
Programming can also meet critical community needs for those seeking employment, health information, technology support and more.

Come to this program to participate in a roundtable conversation and learn from your peers at other member libraries. Let's find out together which programs are drawing in big crowds and which ones are not going over so well!

This program will be facilitated by MHLS Coordinator for Library Sustainability, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich and MHLS Assistant Director, Merribeth Advocate.

Please register online for this program: http://calendar.midhudson.org/

Can't make the event? Send your thoughts on what is working well at your library to Rebekkah at rsmith@midhudson.org by July 10th and we'll add your input to the mix!
Professional Development
Early Bird Registration for the New York Library Association Conference Now Open! The annual New York Library Association (NYLA) Conference is early this year. It is September 25-28, 2013 in Niagara Falls, NY. The conference brochure is available at http://bit.ly/1602Kz5. Registration is now open. All registrations must be submitted online including those paid by organizational check and purchase order. Register online at http://bit.ly/TckKA6. Here are a few ways to save money on this conference:
  • Early Bird Registration deadline for the discounted rate is July 12.  
  • Group Registration: Organizations that register four or more individuals to attend the conference will receive a discount on their total overall amount due of ten percent (10%).  Full details at http://bit.ly/11im3jY.  
  • Taking the Train? Book your reservation by calling Amtrak at 800.872.7245. Mention Convention Fare Code X26P-972 for a 10% discount. 

Live Webinar Just for MHLS Member Libraries! JobNow! Provides tools to help you meet the challenge of helping patrons seek or attain jobs. Join us for a live JobNow webinar presented for MHLS member libraries by Brainfuse! JobNow is an innovative online service that all MHLS member libraries and patrons have access to through your HOMEACCESS page: http://midhudson.org/databases. It provides expert resume help, real-time interview coaching and career advice. There are services to help with every step of a job search. This live webinar is good for anyone who works with the public. It will help you help your patrons who are seeking assistance with writing resumes, preparing for interviews, searching for jobs and more.

Event details: Thursday, July 11 from 10:00am - 11:00am, MHLS Auditorium, 105 Market Street, Poughkeepsie. This webinar will cover all aspects of the JobNow service including: 

  • live interview coaching
  • how to use their comprehensive resume assistance features including the Resume Lab
  • their job search resources
  • their Adult Learning Center 

To attend the group viewing of this live webinar in the MHLS Auditorium, register through the MHLS calendar at http://calendar.midhudson.org

If you would rather attend this live webinar on your own computer, go to
http://bit.ly/16iROgV to register yourself for this date. 

Marketing, Advocacy & Funding
Hashtags on Facebook: Starting last week, hashtags are now clickable on Facebook. Similar to other services like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest, hashtags on Facebook allow you to add context to a post or indicate that it is part of a larger discussion. When you click on a hashtag in Facebook, you'll see a feed of what other people and Pages are saying about that event or topic.Now you can connect a program your library may be hosting, new books at the library or some other wonderful thing you are doing to a broader conversation on Facebook like #fracking, #cancerstinks, #eachonehelpone or the name of your town.
Reference & Collection Development

A Tuesday's Tip from the Central Reference Library: "Only keep that magazine for two years, but your patron needs an article from the June 2010 issue?  Not to worry. There's a possibility that it's available full-text in one of the OneFile databases.  The Publication Search (Title search) feature makes it easy to check!" For instructions that include screenshots for how to do this visit http://poklib.org/TuesdaysTips.htm 


Tablet Computer Use Hits a New High: For the first time, a third (34%) of American adults ages 18 and older own a tablet computer like an iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Google Nexus, or Kindle Fire - almost twice as many as the 18% who owned a tablet a year ago. [Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project]

Youth Services

The Summer Reading Final Report will be due by the end of the day on Thursday, September 5, 2013. You can access the online form through the MHLS calendar http://calendar.midhudson.org/ under the 9/5 date or get there directly http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SRP_2013 
All MHLS member libraries need to submit a Summer Reading Program Final Report. If your library program runs beyond the due date please contact Kerstin Cruger, MHLS Program & Marketing Assistant at

Job Openings

The Hudson Area Library is looking for a creative, tech-savvy, and community oriented Youth Programs Coordinator to work in our busy children's room. This is a part-time position, requiring afternoon and some evening hours. The Youth Programs Coordinator is responsible for creating an inviting space and engaging programming in our children's room during out of school hours. Duties include planning, promoting, implementing and evaluating programs for children and young adults; creating displays and promotional materials; collaborating with other children's service agencies and schools; and assisting with collection development for the children's room. The candidate must be reliable and organized, have strong interpersonal skills, and have experience working with children. Experience with Innovative Millennium or Sierra and knowledge of children's literature preferred. Work Schedule: Tuesday 3 - 8pm, Wednesday-Friday 3 - 5pm. Starting hourly rate: $12 per hour. Please send a letter of interest and resume with references to: Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street, Hudson, New York, 12534. Or email to: hudsonarealibrary@gmail.com Attn: Emily Chameides, Library Director. Applications will be accepted until June 21, 2013.

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.