Reference & Collection Development
HeritageQuest & Historical New York Times Access Ends July 31: Due to a significant decline in use of the HeritageQuest genealogy research database, the Central Library Development Aid (CLDA) cost-share and the system-wide subscription to this resource ends on July 31. Access to the Historical New York Times was dependent on this, so that access will end as well. The Central Library (Adriance Memorial Library of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District) will continue their subscription to the Historical New York Times from their own funds and member libraries can request articles from them. To connect with Central Library services visit http://midhudson.org/collection/main.htm
If your library would like to consider a subscription for your own library from your own funds, discount pricing has been negotiated on your behalf by MHLS Assistant Director Merribeth Advocate. Member library directors have been provided with the pricing info for HeritageQuest, the Historic New York Times, and Ancestry.com. When the system wide subscription ends at the end of July all libraries will be removed from the WAM authentication table. MHLS is still willing to provide authentication through the WAM for libraries that will be continuing with either HeritageQuest or the Historical New York times but you will need to proactively let Eric McCarthy, MHLS Automation Coordinator [firstname.lastname@example.org] know that he needs to add your library back into the WAM.
Free Legal Help For Library Patrons: LawHelpNY.org is a website designed to help low-income New Yorkers with their civil legal problems. It is a collaborative effort across New York State legal aid offices to give low income and vulnerable New Yorkers access to legal information, information about how to contact legal aid offices and other social agencies that can assist them, as well as help them understand their legal rights and navigate the court system. This website covers legal problems including (but not limited to): housing, public benefits, (SSI, SSD, or PA), family law, discrimination and more. LawHelpNY covers 16 legal areas and connects to over 500 legal aid programs offering free legal services in New York State. Interested libraries can be given training sessions on how to use the website. For more information or to schedule training contact Abigael Blumenthal at email@example.com or at 315.781.1465 x1011.
Affordable Care Act Assistance Referrals: Each county in New York State has been assigned In-Person Assistors (IPAs)/Navigators who will provide in-person enrollment assistance to individuals, families, small businesses and their employees who apply for health insurance through the New York Health Benefit Exchange. To connect with your local IPAs/Navigators: http://www.healthbenefitexchange.ny.gov/IPANavigatorMap
- Provide in-person assistance to those applying for health insurance coverage at the time of initial application and at annual renewal;
- Provide application assistance for private and public health insurance programs and advance premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions;
- Refer consumers to other organizations for help with grievances, complaints or questions regarding health coverage or a determination related to coverage; and
- Supply information in a fair and impartial manner which is culturally and linguistically appropriate, and disability accessible, including for individuals with limited English proficiency.