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Vol. 14-21                                                                                                                     5.27.14
Encore is Live! 

We are live! It is official, the new catalog is here and ready to be advertised to the public! Over the past month MHLS staff has worked with members to introduce the new Encore catalog including training of frontline staff through on-site visits and webinars.


Some libraries have already announced the new catalog to their public and other libraries are still working to ensure their staff feel comfortable and confident in the new environment before launching.


In addition to improved search results the patron experience is further enhanced through "federated searching" or "single search" technology which expands search results in the catalog to include the physical items on our shelves as well as full-text newspaper, magazine and newspaper articles from our HOMEACCESS databases and real time downloads of ebooks and audiobooks from OverDrive - all in one search interface!  


Stop Searching, Start Finding!

Patrons can refine their search results easily from a hyperlinked menu seen on the left-hand side of the search results page, helping patrons get to what they are looking for faster than ever.


Under the "Catalog Plus Articles" tab patrons have access to articles from more than 7,000 journals, newspapers and magazines - significantly increasing their access to our online collections.


Ebook and downloadable audiobook checkouts are now incorporated into the patron's account display, within the Encore catalog, so no more keeping track of what you have checked out across two platforms!


Need help announcing the new catalog? Here is a blurb you are welcome to use on your website, Facebook page, newsletter, eNewsletter, etc.



But wait, there's MORE!


The [insert library name] is proud to present a brand new online catalog with improved search features to connect you with what you want faster than ever! At search.midhudsonlibraries.org you now have access to "one-stop shopping" - a single search box that will search across the millions of book, movie, ebook, and audiobook titles available to you through the Mid-Hudson Library System PLUS downloadable articles from over 7,000 magazines and journals!


What you've been waiting for! You can now check out your ebooks and audiobooks right in the library catalog! You will see all items you have checked out - both physical items like books and downloads like ebooks - in your account.  Try the new catalog today at http://search.midhudsonlibraries.org.    



Professional Development

Core Resources Workshop: Encore
, HOMEACCESS & Reference - Helping patrons find what they want 


Do you feel like you could use a refresher on the databases available through all MHLS libraries? Or maybe you're new on staff and haven't learned much about them at all yet? Here is your chance to explore what is available, and see how our new Encore catalog delivers database articles and ebook content right from a search in the OPAC! 


All front-line staff, including those interested in building their skill with Encore, are encouraged to attend. In this workshop, presented by Deb Weltsch, Reference Librarian and Coordinator of Central Library Services at the Adriance Memorial Library of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District, you will learn to make the most of finding resources your patrons want and need. Discover the wealth of information in the databases all MHLS libraries have - and see what distinguishes them from the World Wide Web. Become acquainted so you can determine how, and when, to share these resources with your library users.


Workshop Intentions:

  • Build your confidence in helping patrons find what they need   
  • Identify the databases for various user populations   
  • Learn how different types of HOMEACCESS databases can help you, help your patrons   
  • Learn creative searching methods and how to 'think like a database'   
  • See how database content is retrieved directly within the catalog using the new Encore interface   
  • We will also explore how other e-content (OverDrive) is found in the new catalog    
  • Learn what is- and what is not- found with an Encore search

Register online for one of the following sessions:

  • Wednesday, June 11 from 2:00 - 4:00pm
    @ Kingston Library
    (55 Franklin Street, Kingston)    
  • Friday, June 13 from 10:00am - Noon
    @ Kent Library
    (17 Sybil's Crossing, Kent Lakes)   
  • Monday, June 23 from 10:00am - Noon
    @ Germantown Library
    (31 Palatine Park Road, Germantown)     
  • Wednesday, June 25 from 10:00am - Noon
    @ Catskill Library
    (1 Franklin St., Catskill)     
  • Friday, June 27 from 10:00am - Noon
    @ MHLS Auditorium
    (105 Market St., Poughkeepsie)
Job Openings
Librarian III: Full time, competitive Civil Service position; must be on Certified List of Applicants / Eligibles as prepared by Dutchess County (recruitment deadline of May 31, 2014), and have a NYS public librarian certificate upon date of hire.  Responsibilities include supervision of clerical and professional staff as well as acquisitions and collection management, desk coverage, and the ability to interact well with patrons. Knowledge and experience with the Sierra Acquisitions module helpful.   Starting salary range is $55,315 to $62,258, depending on qualifications, plus benefits as per CSEA contract. Apply to: Lauren Muffs, Assistant Director, Poughkeepsie Public Library District, 93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY  12601. 
Kent Public Library: Part-time Library clerk, $10 per hour.  Must have at least a high school degree, be experienced with computers, courteous and able to work with the public at a busy library circulation desk.  Previous library experience preferred. Must be able to work evenings. Part-Time summer Library Page, $8.30 per hour. Must be dependable, friendly, enthusiastic and willing to help with a variety of library tasks. Please send resume to cdonick@kentlibrary.org, or stop by the Kent Library for an application.

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.