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Vol. 14-03                                                                                                                      1.21.14
Net Neutrality Struck Down

ALA Troubled by Court's Net Neutrality Decision, and why you should be too: Last week the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) "Net Neutrality" decision. American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling had this to say:

ALA President
Barbara Stripling 

 

".... ALA has been a long-time supporter of the free flow of  

information for all people. Now that the Internet has become the primary mechanism for delivering information, services and applications to the general public, it is especially important that commercial Internet Service Providers are not able to control or manipulate the content of these communications.

 



"The court's decision gives commercial companies the astounding legal authority to block Internet traffic, give preferential treatment to certain Internet services or applications, and steer users to or away from certain web sites based on their own commercial interests. This ruling, if it stands, will adversely affect the daily lives of Americans and fundamentally change the open nature of the Internet, where uncensored access to information has been a hallmark of the communication medium since its inception...

 

"The ability of the Internet to spread and share ideas is only getting better... We must work to ensure that these resources are not relegated to second-class delivery on the Internet - or else the intellectual freedoms fostered by the Internet will be seriously constrained. ALA will work with policy-makers and explore every avenue possible to restore the long-standing principle of nondiscrimination to all forms of broadband access to the Internet."

 

For more info on network neutrality, visit  http://www.ala.org/advocacy/telecom/netneutrality  

 

What you can do today to speak up:

  • Sign the petition "Restore Net Neutrality By Directing the FCC to Classify Internet Providers as "Common Carriers": http://1.usa.gov/1cqLILs 
  • Write to your national representatives about your concerns: http://bit.ly/1huMHzC 
  • Watch for further calls to action from the American Library Association & the New York Library Association
MHLS Announcements

Two Custom LibraryAware Webinars for MHLS member libraries in February: LibraryAware is an easy-to-use, online service designed to meet libraries' online, print, and social media promotional needs. It helps you create, deliver, and measure the success of your promotional campaigns. Use LibraryAware to help your community discover all the programs, products and services you have to offer. LibraryAware is free to all Mid-Hudson Library System member libraries.

 
LibraryAware Webinar on Print Materials - Live!
Monday, February 3rd from 10:00am - 12:00pm 
This one hour webinar is intended for member library staff who have some experience using LibraryAware and wish to explore creating print materials.
  • To attend the group viewing of this live webinar in the MHLS Auditorium, register through the MHLS calendar at http://calendar.midhudson.org. Afterwards Kerstin Cruger, MHLS Marketing & Program Assistant, will be available in the Auditorium from 11:00-12:00 to take questions about LibraryAware.
  • If you would rather attend this live one hour webinar on your own computer, go to http://tinyurl.com/pbh2c2f to join the session.

LibraryAware Webinar on Widgets & Online Promotions - Live!
Wednesday, February 5th from 1:00 - 3:00pm
This one hour webinar is intended for member library staff who have some experience using LibraryAware and wish to explore creating widgets for your library's website and online promotions.

  • To attend the group viewing of this live webinar in the MHLS Auditorium, register through the MHLS calendar at http://calendar.midhudson.org. Afterwards Kerstin Cruger, MHLS Marketing & Program Assistant, will be available in the Auditorium from 2:00-3:00 to take questions about LibraryAware.
  • If you would rather attend this live one hour webinar on your own computer, go to http://tinyurl.com/nuz6j8c to join the session.

*A second opportunity to participate in the LibraryAware Webinar: Widgets & Online Promotions is available on Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 10:00 -11:00am. Visit http://calendar.midhudson.org for more information.

 

A Message from Tom Sloan, MHLS Executive Director: Meeting Face-to-Face - Advocacy Day - Wednesday, February 26 Please plan to meet in Albany with your community representatives serving in the New York State Legislature. One of the most important advocacy efforts library supporters undertake is establishing and maintaining connections with elected officials and their staffers.

 

Face to face meetings promote:

  • A better understanding of issues important to the official
  • Identifying shared goals for the libraries and communities they represent
  • An opportunity to say thank you for past and ongoing support
  • Making library issues real by sharing who are benefiting from library services

In the face of escalating costs and increased demands for service, Advocacy Day is an important opportunity to tell the library story to state decision makers. Libraries don't receive extensive media attention and are rarely the subject of hot public interest debates. Therefore, we need to directly deliver our message to those who determine how tax dollars are appropriated to serve their constituents. Join with hundreds of library advocates from around the state and convey the vital message that libraries and library systems are essential to the education and success of all New Yorkers. For more information about Advocacy Day, please visit http://midhudson.org/.  

Resource Sharing & Sierra

Create Lists Basic & Advanced Workshops @Mahopac Library on Tuesday, January 28th:

 

Create Lists - Beginners (10:00am - 12:00pm)
Target Audience: This hands-on training is geared towards staff members who work with Sierra records for the purpose of collection development, programming, planning and evaluation of services and general library management. Attendees should be new to Create Lists or currently uncomfortable with the procedure.
Learning Objectives:
To become comfortable with creating lists of several types of records (item, bibliographic, patron and order) and exporting that data to an Excel spreadsheet and to understand how Create Lists can help save you time and improve your workflow.  

 

Create Lists - Advanced (1:00 - 3:00pm)

Target Audience: This hands-on training is geared towards staff members who use Create Lists frequently, can already export a list to Excel and understand the basic concepts of how to build a more complex Boolean search.
Learning Objectives: To build the lists that you thought Sierra would not be able to build. Be comfortable using multiple lists to mine the precise data you require. Introduction to using regular expressions in your search, using MARC subfields in your searches and exports, and investigating how to use Excel to further identify the data you need.

 

Both workshops will be led by MHLS Automation Coordinator Eric McCarthy. Please register for these workshops at http://calendar.midhudson.org  

Administration & Management

MHLS Library Connectivity Study: MHLS is working to renew and improve the data we have on member library internet providers and connectivity speeds. We encourage all directors to fill out this survey as we expect the results will allow us to:

  • Send improved data to Innovative (III) when we file slowness reports;
  • Better troubleshoot regional connectivity outages;
  • Provide members with comparative data on ISP services and cost; and to
  • Work more closely with the NYS Broadband Office in their efforts to bring higher speed and lower cost internet to New York.

Survey link: http://mhls.info/library-connectivity-study/ 

Questions? Contact: techsupport@midhudson.org.

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.