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Vol. 14-18                                                                                                                      5.6.14
Eric McCarthy to Leave MHLS

Eric McCarthy, MHLS Automation Coordinator, has announced that he will be leaving his position at MHLS effective May 23rd.

 

"Eric has many wonderful MHLS accomplishments including leading the migration of our integrated library system (ILS) from Millennium to Sierra and the implementation of the new discovery tool Encore," said MHLS Executive Director Tom Sloan, "He is a valued and trusted contributor to MHLS services and we know the MHLS community enjoys working with him."

 

MHLS is proceeding with a national search to hire a new Automation Coordinator. In the Job Openings section of this week's Bulletin you will find the position announcement. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

 

Eric is currently hard at work to bring Encore to life and is engaged in training in member library buildings this week. We salute him for keeping the launch of Encore as a top priority as he wraps up his time here at MHLS!

MHLS Announcements

MHLS Libraries and Librarians are Special! Nominate a colleague or library today for one of these NYLA Awards:

 

The Mary Bobinski Innovative Public Library Director Award recognizes a public library director who has developed or implemented an innovative program leading to an increase in financial support and/or usage of their library.

 

The Outstanding Advocate of Libraries Award recognizes and honors an individual who, or a group that, has made a far reaching, sustained contribution to the promotion and/or support of library and information services to the people of New York State or residents within a designated service area within the State. Recognition may include lifetime NYLA membership, citation, and gift.

 

The Outstanding Service to Libraries Award recognizes and honors an individual who, or a group that, has made a significant, sustained contribution to the development, promulgation, growth or extension of library/information services to the people of NYS or to residents within a designated service area within the State. Recognition may include lifetime NYLA membership, citation, and gift.

 

The SirsiDynix Intellectual Freedom Award recognizes an individual, group, or organization that furthers the cause of intellectual freedom in NYS.

 

Applications are available at http://nyla.org/awards and are due by July 15, 2014. For more information, email NYLA Awards Committee Chair Carol Anne Germain at cgermain@albany.edu

Professional Development

Upcoming Webinars from Gale:

 

Finding eResources for Public Library Programming on Wednesday, May 14th at 4:00pm. Looking for a great dessert? Try Culinary Arts Collection? Starting to plan your next great vacation? Start with Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection. Need an interesting centerpiece or jump start on your spring garden? Let Gardening, Landscape, and Horticulture Collection help! Doing a little work around your humble abode? See the Home Improvement Collection. In this one hour webinar we'll take advantage of some of the InfoTrac Collections to help you and your patrons take advantage of these home and hobbies resources! Locate recipes, decorating ideas, gift ideas, holiday short stories, vacation guides, do-it-yourself tips and more. Attendees will also learn how to share the great content you find!   A continuing education certificate will be provided upon completion. Please register.     

 

Kids InfoBits - New and Improved! on Friday, May 15th at 3:30pm. Kids InfoBits will have a brand new look, this Spring, with lots of great new features! In this one-hour webinar we'll explore all the new bells and whistles and show you how it's going to make research for your younger users more engaging. A continuing education certificate will be provided upon completion. Please register.  

Marketing, Advocacy & Funding

Survey Team Training: Member Libraries Participating in the Non-User Outreach Program should ensure their survey teams are registered for one of the upcoming Survey Team Trainings being held throughout the System service area next week!


All sessions are from 6:00 - 8:00pm:


Monday, May 12th @Roeliff Jansen Community Library
(9091 Route 22, Hillsdale, NY 12529)

Wednesday, May 14th @Saugerties Public Library
(91 Washington Ave., Saugerties, NY 12477)

Thursday, May 15th @MHLS Auditorium
(105 Market St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601)

Teams should register online at http://calendar.midhudson.org.

 

Questions? Contact Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Coordinator for Library Sustainability at rsmith@midhudson.org

Job Openings

MHLS Automation Coordinator - Resource Sharing Services:The Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS) is seeking an experienced librarian to serve as Automation Coordinator in support of resource sharing services. The Coordinator's primary responsibilities are: (1) to work cooperatively with member libraries and vendors to administer the MHLS integrated library platform (ILP); (2) supervise Cataloging Services; (3) develop and maintain ILP, cataloging and related documentation; (4) and provide support and training to the staff of member libraries. Work is performed with considerable independent judgment and initiative in a collaborative decision making environment.   

 

MHLS supports an Innovative hosted Sierra ILP for 66 member libraries in 5 counties. The ILP provides access to more than 2.3 million items and annually performs more than 4 million circulation transactions. MHLS has been selected by Innovative as an early adopter for Encore 4.4. Cataloging Services provides copy and original cataloging, maintains more than 650,000 bibliographic records, and works with member libraries to implement local policy.

 

Minimum qualifications are:

  • Master's degree (MLS, MIS) from an ALA accredited institution
  • Two years of ILS/ILP experience;
  • Two years of cataloging and classification experience; and
  • Two years of supervisory experience.

Hiring salary for this full time position is $55,000-$60,000 with excellent benefits including New York State retirement; medical and dental insurance; and paid vacation and sick leave. To apply please submit a letter of interest addressing each minimum qualification and a resume to: jobs@midhudson.org. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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.