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Vol. 14-20                                                                                                                     5.20.14
MHLS Board Visits Greene County

The MHLS Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, May 7, in the Community Room of the Cairo Public Library. The event was covered in the Daily Mail, the major newspaper in the area, resulting in an article entitled, "Teamwork Keeps Libraries Alive". The reporter interviewed a number of attendees including:


Greenville Public Library Director Barbara Flach: "We couldn't do a tenth of what we do without the library system or our friends."


Heermance Memorial Library (Coxsackie) Director Linda Deubert: "We can offer people so much because we are part of the Mid-Hudson system. There's just no way we could do what we do, on our own."


In the course of the business meeting the MHLS Board:

  • Thanked Library Director, Debra Kamecke, and the Board, staff and Friends Group of the Cairo Public Library for hosting the Board meeting and the Greene County "MHLS Regional Meet & Greet";
  • Announced the resignation of Greene County MHLS Board representative, Bill Conine;
  • Accepted the Central Library's first quarter Reference Services Report;
  • Approved two proposed amendments to the System's Bylaws, and the presentation of these changes to the membership for adoption, at the October 24, 2014 Annual Meeting;
  • Approved the RFP and timeline for the selection of a new audit firm;
  • Approved revisions to the "Procedures for the Election of MHLS Trustees";
  • Reviewed and accepted the System' s 2013 Annual Report;
  • Approved the process and Performance Appraisal template for the Executive Director's evaluation;
  • Reviewed highlights of the System's Outreach and Education Services;
  • Passed a Resolution recognizing Eric McCarthy's contributions to the System as Automation Coordinator. The resolution includes:

WHEREAS, Eric McCarthy is recognized for his spirit of conscientious service, hard work, and a can-do attitude appreciated by all;


NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Mid-Hudson Library System extends its gratitude and commendation to Eric McCarthy for his service and dedication to libraries.


The next MHLS Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 9th, at 10:00am in the MHLS Auditorium.

MHLS Announcements

Local Access to the New Online Catalog (Encore): Providing patron access to the new online catalog through your library's web site and dedicated OPAC stations in your building will necessitate a change to the web address linked to locally for catalog access. For libraries with MHLS managed web sites: When you let us know you are ready, we will update:


1. Catalog link to http://search.midhudsonlibraries.org;

2. Catalog Quick Search box to search against Encore; and

3. 'Check Your Library Account' link to the Encore log-in.


Please remember - we will only make this change once you ask us to. Contact  webchanges@midhudson.org to let us know that you would like us to add Encore to your site.


For libraries that manage their own web sites: Gerry Formby, MHLS IT Specialist, has shared the Encore Widget Code for you to use on your web site through the MHLS Listservs. Be sure to update any other links you may use to facilitate access to the online catalog to http://search.midhudsonlibraries.org.


MHLS libraries will all be participating in the next OverDrive Big Library Read - the cozy mystery for readers to kick off the summer just right: A Pedigree to Die For, Melanie Travis Mystery Series, Book 1 by Laurien Berenson. The eBook will be available for simultaneous use, meaning no holds or waitlists for users from June 3 - 18, 2014. Visit   http://midhudson.org for more information and promotional materials!

Job Openings

Library Director: Millbrook Free Library is seeking a dynamic leader for an active library in a vibrant, rural community. Minimum Qualifications: Master of Library Science from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent preferred, and three years of progressively responsible library administrative experience, including a broad background in management, administration, operations, fundraising and finance, as well as knowledge of library services, operations and collections. Salary: $50,000+ commensurate with experience. Performance Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Characteristics:

  • Responsible for administering the safe and efficient operation of Millbrook Free Library, its programs and services, in compliance with all applicable laws, policies and decisions of the Board;
  • Oversees continuous development of relevant library materials; responsible for the development of the Library's adult collections; plans and implements programs and services for patrons of all ages in collaboration with the Children's Librarian;
  • Exhibits a high level of administrative and supervisory skills including: recruiting, hiring and training new employees, as well as coordinating the continued training and development of staff members; administering personnel policies; preparing performance evaluations of staff members; record keeping; grant writing and preparing annual budget, and state and local reports;
  • Possesses exceptional interpersonal, written and oral communication skills;
  • Exercises considerable professional skill, initiative and good judgment, as well as the ability to establish effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, patrons, the public and the Board to promote the library as an integral and vital component of the community;
  • Requires strong computer skills; knowledge of database, spreadsheet and word processing software, as well as familiarity with current and emerging technologies and their application in a library setting. 

Submit letter outlining qualifications, resume and contact information for three references no later than May 30, 2014 to: Kerry B. Weller; President, Board of Trustees, Millbrook Free Library; PO Box 286, Millbrook, NY 12545 or email to boardoftrustees@millbrooklibrary.org.


Clinton Community Library is seeking a creative and energetic individual to fill the position of Library Director. The Director must have knowledge of budget preparation, management skills, and grant writing ability. A working knowledge of Sierra would be a big plus. We are a small rural community library in northern Dutchess County, encompassing four school districts that serves a wide variety of patrons, ranging from agricultural backgrounds to NYC weekenders. The library has a small budget that is currently funded by the Town. The Board of Trustees hopes the Director will work together with them to help build a strong foundation for a better community library. We are looking for someone with creative ideas to enhance programming and help with fundraising.   Under the direction of a seven member Board of Trustees, the Library Director will be expected to carry out the policies set forth by the Board using their professional knowledge to design and execute procedures that provide and promote library services to the entire community. The ideal candidate must provide strategic, visionary and inspirational leadership. Some circulation duty is required with salary, which is TBD. Salary will be approximately $25,000 per year, which includes paid vacation, sick and bereavement days, and holidays. Send cover letter and resume to: cclibraryboard@gmail.com

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.