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Vol. 13-30                                                                                                                      7.23.13 
Providing Affordable Care Act Support

Deborah Weltsch, Coordinator of Central Library Services at the Adriance Memorial Library in Poughkeepsie has provided a great preview of the national movement to support libraries in responding to reference questions about the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) and the Health Insurance Marketplace:


October 1, 2013 marks the beginning of the enrollment period for health insurance plans for individuals and families under the new Affordable Care Act (ACA). The federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) will be working together to help connect citizens to information about health coverage options, and to trained 'navigators' who will assist them with enrollment. They are developing online resources for public libraries so that we can help guide the public to needed information.


OCLC WebJunction is hosting a free webinar this Friday that has already sold out: "Libraries & Health Insurance: Preparing for October 1." This webinar will be archived and available on-demand, along with answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) which will be updated as information becomes available.


"We know that people rely on libraries to meet information needs, but ... like any service or resource a library offers, the decision needs to be made locally on how to respond to the types of questions and requests that will arise. It may be that a library only has the capacity to direct patrons to the healthcare.gov website or refer the patron to a local health services organization. Other libraries will partner with local organizations that are working on the ACA to offer information sessions for the public, using meeting room space in the library. And some may provide private meeting space and public access computers to help 'Navigators' and Assisters work with patrons on understanding their options and completing forms. Each library will need to decide how to approach these needs in the community." 

-"Libraries and the Health Insurance Marketplace,"
OCLC WebJunction,


In addition:

  • WebJunction has created a sign-up opportunity for anyone interested in receiving updates: http://bit.ly/14e6Hmt
  • CMS encourages libraries to post the "info widget" to their websites, which will lead users directly to official info. Links to the widgets in English and Spanish:
  • HealthCare.gov is the primary tool for delivering information to Americans to go for general information about their healthcare options. Library staff should be familiar with this key resource! A brief, confidential screening questionnaire helps direct people to existing federal programs if they qualify based on disability, age and/or income (i.e.- Medicare/ Medicaid).    
  • For those New York State residents who are not covered by existing federal health care programs, there is a specific site for New Yorkers to go to: The New York Heath Benefit Exchange. Most New Yorkers will use this website to identify the Health Insurance Plans available, compare the plans, and apply for coverage. Enrollment will begin October 1, 2013 - though libraries are already fielding questions!
For more information or other reference and collection development assistance, call the Reference & Information Desk at Adriance Memorial Library at 845.485.3445 or 800.804.0092 x3702.
MHLS Libraries

Four MHLS Member Libraries have received Community-based Project Grants, funded through the New York State Council on the Arts (and administered through the Dutchess County Arts Council):

  • Kingston Library, Teen Art Lab
  • Millbrook Library, "Around the World in Three Nights"
  • Stone Ridge Library
  • Olive Free Library, West Shokan
Professional Development

NYLA Leadership and Management Academy Scholarship: The Leadership & Management Section (LAMS) of the New York Library Association is seeking candidates for a scholarship to attend NYLA's Leadership & Management Academy 2014. NYLA's Leadership & Management Academy is an educational program for mid-career library professionals interested in obtaining the practical knowledge critical to becoming a library leader. This award covers the $800 tuition to the Academy.


All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have 5 years of library experience and a Bachelor's Degree ­or two years of library experience and an MLS or equivalent degree
  • Be a LAMS member at time of application and during Academy enrollment

This will be a selective process based on leadership potential and demonstrated ability. To be considered for the award, all applicants must submit the following:

  • A letter of support from his/her current employer or a colleague
  • Current resume or CV
  • A personal statement of no more than 2 pages single-spaced on leadership that addresses the following:
    • What skills and abilities you consider most important for library leaders to possess?
    • What additional knowledge/ skills/experience will you need to enhance your leadership potential?
    • What is your goal in participating in this leadership program?
    • An example of how you have demonstrated leadership.

To apply for this scholarship, submit all requested items via email to Jennifer Bollerman at jennifer@longwoodlibrary.org by August 15, 2013. All applicants will be reviewed by the LAMS' Scholarship Committee. The winner of this scholarship will be announced at the upcoming NYLA Conference in Niagara Falls.

Youth Services

Fall Into Books Conference: Early Bird reduced price registrations must be postmarked by July 26. The 15th Annual Fall into Books Children's & Teen Literature Conference will take place on October 17 at the Holiday Inn at Kingston. Steve Sheinkin is the author this year. Information at http://bit.ly/OePm63  

Job Openings

Full-Time Cataloging Specialist: MHLS is now accepting resumes to fill a full-time cataloging specialist position. The deadline to apply for this position is August 2, 2013. Summary: Performs cataloging duties related to bibliographic maintenance to ensure that database records are complete, up-to-date, and accurate, and provides training to staff and member libraries as required.
Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree; or six months to one year full-time related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A working knowledge of Integrated Library System (ILS) software.
  • Working knowledge of MARC structure.
  • Proficiency in searching bibliographic databases for records.
  • Familiarity with Library of Congress subject headings and the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR2) of record organization.
  • The ability to write documentation related to cataloging procedures.
  • The ability to read and interpret procedure manuals.
  • Must be able to demonstrate strong verbal communication skills in phone support and in-person training environments.
  • The ability to adapt to changing technologies.
  • Familiarity with the Windows 7 operating system and Microsoft Office suite.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience using either the Millennium or Sierra ILS.
  • Some background in written Spanish.
  • Experience with the RDA cataloging standard.
  • Experience with MARC-Edit software.
  • Experience with library vendor software including Baker and Taylor Title Source 3 and Midwest Tapes.
Salary: $35,000 - $45,000 plus benefit package, commensurate with experience and qualifications. Application Process: Please submit your resume as a PDF attachment to jobs@midhudson.org. Position is expected to be filled within two weeks after application deadline.

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.