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Vol. 14-13                                                                                                                      4.1.14 
Trustee Institute

The NYS Library Trustee Association's Trustee Institute is being held in Tarrytown, NY (Westchester County) this year!

"Challenging the Past to Create the Future"
Westchester Marriot; Tarrytown, NY; May 2 & 3

Hosted by the Mid-Hudson Library System, Ramapo Catskill Library System, and the Westchester Library System.

Please join trustees and directors from around the state to explore challenging questions for Trustees, Directors and staff, as we look to the future of libraries. Sessions for all levels of experience will provide opportunities to gain valuable information on the role and responsibility of library trustees.


Renee Hobbs
Keynote Address: Digital and Media Literacy in Libraries, What's Coming Next? by Renee Hobbs, Professor and Founding Director Harrington School of Communication and Media, University of Rhode Island. Professor Hobbs is one of the nation's leading authorities on media literacy education. Through community and global service and as a leader, researcher, teacher, and advocate, Hobbs has worked to advance the quality of digital and media literacy education in the United States and around the world.


Conference Highlights:


  • Tour of the Greenburgh Library
  • Features and Future Fair
  • Awards Dinner - Presentation of the Distinguished Service Award, Outstanding Trustee and Outstanding Friend of the Library Awards


Challenging Conversations Using the World Café Model, choose workshop A, B or C: 

A. Rethinking the Budget with Gerald Nichols, Director of the Palmer Institute for Public Library Organization and Management    


B. Responding to Emerging Technologies with Norman Jacknis, Senior Fellow - Intelligent Community Forum, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Gotham Innovation Greenhouse, member of the Regent's Advisory Council of New York State   


C. Rediscovering Your Community with Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Coordinator for Library Sustainability   


General Session: Trustee Responsibility for Intellectual Freedom. Panelists include: Chris Hansen, retired ACLU Staff Attorney, Scott Jarzombek, Director, North Castle Public Library.


Keynote Address: Saturday, following the luncheon


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 If you have questions or would like more information, please send an e-mail to: Tim Gavin, LTA Association Manager at tgavin@librarytrustees.org
MHLS Announcements

The MHLS Board of Trustees met on Saturday, March 22 in the MHLS Auditorium and:

  • Approved the Incentives Committee's recommendations for the Public Library Construction Grant Program funding criteria and definition of "an economically disadvantaged community";
  • Approved written fiscal procedures for System Budget Adjustments, Check Signing, and Credit Cards;
  • Approved the MHLS Member Library Mileage Equalization Grant Program including parameters for review of yearly claims; a 75% System match; and a 25% Member Library match; and, reviewed the recommended procedures for submission of claims. More information about this program can be found at http://da.midhudson.org/;
  • Accepted certification that the Central Library expended its 2013 Book Aid Funds, as mandated;
  • Approved the following revisions to its 2014 Meeting Schedule:
    • May 7 meeting will begin at 3:30pm at the Cairo Public Library; and
    • A regular Board Meeting will follow the Annual Membership Meeting, October 24.
  • Reviewed highlights of the System's Library Sustainability Services, presented by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich.

Following the Board meeting, a System Trustee Orientation was conducted.


The next meeting of the MHLS Board of Trustees is Wednesday, May 7, @ 3:30 p.m. @ the Cairo Public Library. Regional Meet & Greet with Assembly member, Peter Lopez, 5-6 p.m. @ the Cairo Public Library.

Administration & Management

990 Due Date: For those libraries and Friends Groups with 501(c)3 (federal) tax exempt status, just a reminder that form 990 is due on the 15th day of the 5th month following the end of the organization's taxable year. For organizations on a calendar year, the Form 990 is due on May 15th of the following year.

Youth Services

NYS has supplied every member library with two posters to help promote the 2014 Summer Reading Program!

Fizz Boom Read for All Ages 
Fizz Boom Read for Kids -English/Spanish
















Posters will be available to pick up during MHLS workshops and meetings throughout April. If you are not attending an MHLS event in April no worries! Posters that are not picked up will be sent through the delivery in May.

Job Openings

Chatham Public Library Director: Immediate full-time position for a very active library in a vibrant community. MLS from an ALA-accredited school, Public Librarian Certification, plus 3 years of library management experience required. If interested, please submit letter outlining qualifications, resume and 3 reference letters, no later than April 9, 2014 to Cheryl Nuciforo, Superintendent, Chatham Central School District, 50 Woodbridge Avenue, Chatham, NY 12037. For more information about Chatham Public Library, please visit http://chatham.lib.ny.us/ 


Part-time Clerk: The Saugerties Public Library is looking for a friendly, customer service orientated individual to work the circulation desks at our busy library. Approximately 15-20 hours per week, including nights and Saturdays.  Library or customer service experience preferred. Basic computer skills are required. High School diploma or equivalent required. Please send resume with cover letter to the attention of Frank Rees, Director, Saugerties Public Library, 91 Washington Avenue, Saugerties, NY  12477, fax: 845.246.0858, or e-mail director@saugertiespubliclibrary.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.