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Vol. 13-34                                                                                                                      8.20.13 
Mobile Device Conference
Mobile Devices: Gateway to Your Library 
We will host a group viewing of this new virtual conference for library directors and staff on Friday, September 20th from 10:00am - 4:00pm. Lunch will be provided. Join information professionals from around the world, and interact with library leaders and experts in the field. Hear about solutions and strategies for training staff and providing services to mobile device users.


"For me, libraries are about connecting people with information. I believe that it's our job to provide that information where ever our users are... and they are on smartphones and iPads. Statistics show that people are rapidly moving to accessing data from these devices over desktop computers and as a result, libraries need to understand how to use them. It's not an option to ignore how technology is changing our roles as librarians."

- Gillian Thorpe, Director, Julia L. Butterfield Library &
Chair, MHLS Marketing Advisory Committee


Conference sessions and presenters include:

The Mobile Difference: Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Research Internet & American Life Project - Mr. Rainie will describe the project's latest findings about how people use mobile devices and how they connect to libraries with those devices. He will also discuss mobile activities that people would like their libraries to embrace.  


Giving your Mobile Users Everything They Need When They Need It: Linda Braun, Consulting Coordinator, Librarians & Educators Online - No matter what type of library you work in, serving mobile customers is a priority. Students, parents, adults, seniors, they are all walking around your community with devices in their pockets, or under their arms. That's a great opportunity for you to give them what they want when they want, and need, it. In this session participants will join in a facilitated conversation about how to know what users want to access in mobile environments, how libraries of all types can provide what they want, and best practices for mobile library services.


Apps & More Resources for Libraries: The SEFLIN Virtual Conference Committee will present an overview of resources for libraries interested in serving their users with mobile devices. This includes a demonstration of the LibGuide developed for the attendees of this conference. Join the Committee for a discussion of what's available for library staff. The LibGuide covers: mobile devices, mobile apps, how-to's, best practices, articles about libraries & the mobile revolution, mobile friendly library web sites and more...


The Reference Desk, Bricks, and Mortar: Implications of the Mobile Revolution for Reference Services and the Library as a Place in General: Thomas A. Peters, Dean of Library Services, Missouri State University - In this session we will explore some of the issues, opportunities, and early efforts to transform reference services for the dawning mobile era. The mobile revolution also is transforming how we think about and use bricks and mortar libraries. While the mobile revolution can be understood as the apotheosis of the decades-old vision of the "library without walls," where people access library content and services without physically coming to the library, gate counts in most libraries continue to rise. This fact suggests that physical libraries will continue to be of value as "third places" in the communities they serve well into the mobile era. The second part of this session involves an exploration of how mobile users (including library workers) in physical libraries are challenging and changing the systems, space configurations, and even the furniture. Your library's wireless network has become a key library service.


 Developing Library Staff Skills for Mobile Technology: Chad Mairn, Novare Library Services - According to a May 2013 Pew Internet Research study, 91% of American adults have a cell phone, 56% have a smartphone, and 34% own a tablet computer. These mobile users visit your library and expect your staff to understand how to use their mobile devices. This session will help library administrators and trainers find and implement the best methods and ways of training their staff in order to keep them up-to-date and comfortable using a variety of mobile technologies while brainstorming practical workshop ideas like BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) that actually work!


What is New and Just Around the Corner in Mobile Technology: Joe Murphy, Librarian, Technology Trend Analyst - Here is what to focus on now. This is what is happening in technology, where the opportunities are for libraries, and how the landscape is shaped. This session by technology analyst for libraries, Joe Murphy, librarian, explores what is new and what is coming down the pike in mobile technology. This talk will get you up to speed with current mobile technologies: devices, apps, social tech, major industry moves, cultural aspects, reading habits, and more. These covered technology topics directly impact libraries (apps for reference, tools for social media filtering) or impact areas of concern to libraries (how tech is shifting info habits, the shifts in social tech and the ways these change interpersonal communication, the internet of things and new content management areas). The presentation also introduces the developments that are only just now emerging and will impact society and libraries in the very near future.

To join us in the MHLS Auditorium for a group viewing of this virtual conference please register online at
: http://calendar.midhudson.org/
MHLS Libraries
Dutchess County Libraries Launch "The Teen Geek Squad"! "Can't figure out how to load an ebook onto your smartphone? Need help creating an email ID? Can't figure out how to post pictures to Facebook? Local libraries have the solution for you: The Teen Geek Squad." The squad is a group of more than 30 tech-savvy teens who are working at Dutchess County public libraries, with funding from Dutchess County administered by Poughkeepsie Public Library District. Teens will be available at public libraries on most Saturdays to help patrons with questions about hand-held devices, social media, library electronic resources, etc.
Professional Development

New York Library Association (NYLA) e-Institute Webinar: "Create a Roadmap for the Future of Public Libraries: Retooling Local Communities & Place-based Experience Design" with futurist Garry Golden. The session will be held on Tuesday, September 10th from 1:30-2:30pm. In the first half of the webinar Garry will explore ways libraries might support the renaissance of community systems from movements around local food, civic culture, open data and the so-called collaborative economy. The second half of the webinar will look at strategies to expand place-based program strategies for new life demographic transitions stages around emerging adulthood (20-somethings) and the Creative Aging movement.

Learning objects

  • Be able to understand key opportunities and challenges of a more proactive approach to local community empowerment
  • Be able to develop new design strategies for place-based experiences
  • Learn how to search for relevant news and information on the topics of local and place (Resource guide: Scanning for Change)

Registration for each is $25 for NYLA members and $35 for non-members. Please visit http://bit.ly/12Z58Hu for more information and to register.

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.