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Vol. 14-10                                                                                                                      3.11.14
Signature Fundraising Events

The MHLS Friends Support Group will have a meeting next month with special guest presenter Cassie Guthrie, Executive Director of the Pioneer Library System! Cassie will present her internationally popular program: Signature Fundraising Events.


Wednesday, April 2nd from 4:30 - 6:30pm  
MHLS Auditorium (105 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601)

Description: From "chocolate in the stacks" tastings to 5K runs to off-site literary dinner parties, libraries are getting creative in offering signature events that raise funds and create friends. This presentation is a "show and tell" of library fundraisers, with quick tips on how to get started in your community. Our Presenter: Cassie Guthrie is the Executive Director of the Pioneer Library System, headquartered in Canandaigua, New York. Pioneer coordinates resource sharing and provides consultant services for 42 small and rural public libraries in the greater Rochester, NY area. She serves on the Legislative Committee of the New York Library Association and on the Steering Committee of the New Yorkers for Better Libraries Political Action Committee.


Please register online at http://calendar.midhudson.org

MHLS Announcements

Fate of Library Aid in NYS Still Uncertain: Work continues in Albany as legislators in both the Senate and Assembly put together their one-house bills. If you haven't made a phone call to your legislators to express your opinion about the Governor's cut to library aid there's still time! Visit http://midhudson.org for contact and message information.


Construction Program Legislation Passes in the NYS Senate: The New York State Senate has approved legislation extending a 2011 law to ensure the neediest public libraries can access and utilize special construction grants from the state. Senate bill 6329 extends to March 31, 2020 key provisions of the public library construction grant program that were scheduled to sunset in 2015. Companion legislation, A.8732, has been introduced in the New York State Assembly and has yet to pass. The 2011 law made two important changes to better address the needs of libraries:

  • Authorizes libraries  in "economically disadvantaged communities" to use grant funds for up to 75 percent of project costs, instead of the previous 50 percent;   
  • Permits libraries to use state matching funds for the acquisition of vacant lands.
Senator James Seward visited with Phoenicia Library Director Elizabeth Potter this past December to check in on their plans to rebuild their fire damaged building. The Phoenicia Library has qualified for more funds through the State Construction Grant Program thanks to the legislation that is awaiting extension in Albany by the Assembly.

Senator James Seward, pictured above, a co-sponsor of the construction program bill had this to say upon its passage in the Senate:


"Our libraries are hubs for countless activities and are vital to our communities, especially in these tough economic times. Libraries are also some of the most historic landmarks we have and many are in need of repairs and upgrades to ensure their future viability and accessibility.


Assisting libraries with state funds takes the burden off local taxpayers, while preserving and improving these valuable resources for generations to come."


Five more amazing member library Friends Groups donated to help underwrite the bus to Albany for Library Advocacy Day! 

  • Friends of the Brewster Public Library
  • Friends of the Esopus Public Library
  • Friends of the Pine Plains Library
  • Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District
  • Friends of the Starr Library in Rhinebeck

Marketing, Advocacy & Funding

What's new in LibraryAware?

  • Feeling boxed in by templates?
    Use the keywords Flexible or Overlay when searching in templates and let your creativity shine through.    
  • Have more to say?
    E-blasts and Newsletters now include a Rich Text Area option. Think articles. Insert the Rich Text Area box and add as much text as you like.
  • Create slick e-blasts by using buttons instead of text. From your template choose insert image, search keyword button in the gallery, insert your selected button image and link it.     
  • Save time by using promotional items as inserts. You can now add a previously created promotional item into a new template. From your template choose insert image, select the tab Promotional Items and insert your selected image.

For more information about your library's free LibraryAware account visit: http://midhudson.org/libraryaware.htm 


MHLS Region Represented on the Empire Friends Board!

The Library Friends Roundtable of the New York Library Association, Empire Friends, has welcomed two MHLS-area representatives onto their board! 
  • Marie Orlando, Chair of the Friends Council of the Kinderhook Memorial Library   
  • Frank Van Zanten, former Book Sale Chair of the Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District (and former Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System!) 

Learn more about the Empire Friends Roundtable

Reference & Collection Development

Weeding in Libraries Survey: The Austin Public Library in Austin, Texas is gathering information about the state of weeding practices in libraries. Your responses will help document how libraries are currently addressing Collection Development, Weeding, Sustainability Issues, and Donation of Materials. This project was made possible in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Please have one representative from your library fill out this survey by April 10, 2014.

Administration & Management

MHLS Directors - Watch for the MHLS Construction Needs Update Memo & Declaration of Intent to Apply for the Next Round of Construction Grants Memo in the Delivery: This memo is required of all libraries to identify their construction needs - which are reported to the state - and to identify which libraries are planning to apply for the next round of construction grants. Questions about this can be directed to MHLS Coordinator of Library Sustainability, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich at rsmith@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 online at http://midhudson.org/bulletins/main.htm.