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Vol. 14-24                                                                                                                      6.17.14
Promoting the New Catalog

Forty (40) member libraries have now implemented Encore Duet as their online catalog! We continue to hear positive reviews regarding improved catalog search results and the full integration of OverDrive eBook services into a single discovery tool.   


To help member libraries promote the new catalog to patrons and answer questions we have provided two downloadable posters and a Question & Answer handout available through our home page at http://midhudson.org 

MHLS Announcements
Two bookmarks are coming to your library, through the delivery, focusing on enjoying OverDrive eBooks & eAudiobooks for summer reading.

      Front & Back of Bookmark for Adults             Front & Back of Bookmark for Kids 

The OverDrive bookmarks were supplied using funds from the  

New York State Library's Family Literacy Library Services grant program.

Parking in the City of Poughkeepsie:

When you come to MHLS headquarters for a meeting or workshop occasionally the parking lot at 103 Market Street will fill up and you may seek on-street parking. The City of Poughkeepsie has installed multi-space parking meters. On-street parking signs will be changed directing drivers to pay the parking meter and display the receipt on the dashboard. Enforcement will be 8:00am - 6:00pm. The parking rate is 25 cents per 10 minutes for a maximum 2 hour period. Any questions regarding parking meters should be directed to the City of Poughkeepsie Parking Department at 845.451.4120.
Professional Development 

Limited Seating! Registration is now open for Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core 2: Inquiry-Based Learning Across the Disciplines. Hear an inspiring keynote on inquiry-based learning from ALA President Barbara Stripling. Participate in experiential labs where you'll learn how to create compelling lessons using cultural resources to meet the Common Core Learning Standards. Explore inquiry as a professional discipline. Network with colleagues in your region. And, to close the conference, hear from James B. Short, Director, Gottesman Center for Science Teaching and Learning at the American Museum of Natural History.   


The conference will take place August 12 & 13 at the Cultural Education Center, 222 Madison Avenue, Albany.

Registration is first come, first serve so register right away! Registration fee: $50 - all other expenses are covered by NYS.  


More information


NYLA Conference Scholarship Awards: The Public Libraries Section (PLS) of NYLA is pleased to offer five (5) Conference Scholarship awards to encourage public librarians (professional degree not required) now in the field, or students in library school, to participate in NYLA or PLS activities.


Each award maximum is $1,200.00, which includes full conference registration, travel or other conference related expenses and membership in NYLA and PLS if the winner is not already a member. Eligibility Requirements: You need not be a current member of NYLA or PLS to apply. Professional Degree is not required. Application, in the form of a letter, must include:

  • Why you wish to attend the Conference
  • How you plan to integrate the experience into your work
  • How you plan to share your experience with your fellow professionals
  • How the award will influence your professional goals.

Application deadline is July 15, 2014. To apply for a PLS NYLA Conference Scholarship, please email a letter meeting the criteria outlined above to: smcconnell@pls-net.org. Please put "2014 PLS Conference Scholarship Award" in the subject line. Questions may be sent to the same email address.

Youth Services

Survey: Ready to Read at New York Libraries - The New York State Library received a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant in March 2014 to plan for a state-wide program that will arm public library staff with knowledge and best practices for providing early literacy services. Library staff in public libraries will have access to education about community outreach, needs assessment, creating spaces conducive to early learning, developing partnerships, and making families and care givers with pre-school children responsibilities feel welcome, comfortable and safe. The information collected in this survey will be used in the application for a three year implementation grant beginning in spring, 2015. It is estimated it will take less than 10 minutes to complete: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JV3KCMR   

Deadline: June 27th

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.