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Vol. 14-02                                                                                                                      1.14.14
Advocacy Day 2014
This is a corrected version of this week's MHLS Bulletin (1.14.14): NYLA has changed the date of Advocacy Day to


Don't miss the upcoming opportunity to educate our State legislators to help them  understand how essential and vital library and System services are to their constituents on Wednesday, February 26th!     


Legislators and their advisers want to hear what is going on in their district and how libraries are having a positive impact, don't miss this opportunity for face time with those that represent you in Albany!  


Join with dozens of library advocates from the MHLS region and HUNDREDS from around the state as we work to deliver the message on February 26th that investing in libraries is a smart move for the people of New York. Your voice matters!

  • Jump on the bus! Once again buses will be running up the NYS Thruway and picking up library supporters along the way! Avoid the parking hassle in Albany! Thanks to donations from area Friends Groups the bus ticket price is down to $12 this year! Register for the bus through the Ramapo Catskill Library System online calendar: http://calendar.rcls.org. The deadline for registration and payment for the bus is Thursday, February 20.     

  • Driving up on your own? Directions & Parking Information
  • Appointments with all area legislators will be made by MHLS on your behalf. Be sure to register with MHLS so you receive the most up-to-date appointment schedule before the event!             
  • Prepare to be Awesome!
    • Participate in Snapshot Day 2014: NYLA is holding its fifth annual "SnapShotNY: A Day in the Life of a Library" initiative January 13 through January 31. This event can help you capture how the public uses your facility, collection, web services and how your staff helps people achieve their goals and can result in excellent talking points specific to your library. (More info below)  
    • Attend a MHLS Advocacy Boot Camp session to learn how libraries and Systems are funded, get solid talking points and message delivery tips. This workshop is great for staff, trustees and Friends of the Library looking to feel more comfortable and confident in their role as library advocates. Please register online for one of the following sessions:  


- Wednesday, February 19, 10am-12pm @Saugerties Public Library 

2013 Snapshot Day Photo: Jessica Kerr, a librarian  
     at the Woodstock Public Library District helps a patron  
     use a mobile device. 


        January 13-31, 2014

"What's life like on a typical day at your library? Wouldn't you like to document just how busy and essential your library is with statistics, pictures, videos and usercomments? Then join NewYork's libraries and participate in SNAPSHOTNY: A Day in the Life of a Library by collecting statistics, comments, and photographs/videos from one day to provide tangible proof that libraries consistently provide invaluable services to our communities." Learn more at http://www.protectnylibraries.org/
MHLS Announcements
MHLS will be closed on Monday, January 20th. There will be no deliveries.
Trustee Resources

Reminder: State law requires every public library trustee to take an Oath of Office. Many library trustee terms begin in January. This is an important reminder that New York State Public Officer's Law requires all public library trustees (but not association library trustees) to take an oath of office within 30 days of beginning their term of office. Public library trustees are public officers and the oath of office is required to officially undertake and perform the duties of a public library trustee. If a public library trustee does not properly complete and file an oath of office, the trustee's position may be deemed vacant. For more information about how and why the oath of office is administered, and where to properly file an oath of office, please see the Oaths of Office FAQ on the New York State Library website: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/pltrust/oath.htm 

Administration & Management

Directors: Take part in the New York Library Association's Technology Needs Survey - Your assistance is needed in collecting information on libraries' technology infrastructure needs. This informal survey is designed to gather details on the availability, age, cost, and accessibility of technology in New York State's libraries. The data collected from the survey will be used as part of NYLA's 2014 Legislative Advocacy Initiatives. Please help NYLA to illustrate the impact that delivering the technology services, that NY's library patrons have come to demand, has placed on your library's budget. They survey should take less than ten minutes. http://svy.mk/1glQEp8 Responses are due by Wednesday, January 22, 2014. As an added incentive, one lucky respondent will be chosen at random to receive a $25 Amazon gift card! Thank you in advance to all those who participate. Your willingness to reply provides us with the information needed to 'make the case' here in Albany.

Job Openings

Poughkeepsie Public Library District: Head of Youth Services for a dynamic department of five librarians and three library assistants serving a population of 75,000. The Department serves children and young adults through high school. Position is part of the Library District's management team and is responsible for developing and implementing programs and classes, coordinating collection development, and supervision of staff. Requires demonstrated leadership and management experience with a minimum of five years post-MLS experience. Hiring range is $55,315 - $62,258. Position subject to Civil Service rules and regulations and is part of the Library District's collective bargaining unit. Generous leave and financial benefits. Send resume and letter to Tom Lawrence, Library Director at tlawrence@poklib.org. Position available February 1, 2014. Applications considered upon receipt.

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.