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Vol. 14-29                                                                                                                     7.22.14
MHLS Board Meets

The MHLS Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, July 9, in the MHLS

Auditorium and:  

The next meeting of the

MHLS Board of Trustees

is scheduled for Wednesday, September 17 at 5:00pm in the Community Room of the Mahopac Public Library.
  • Passed a Resolution recognizing the service of
    former Greene County representative, Bill Conine;   
  • Were introduced to Thomas O'Connell the new Automation Coordinator, who assumed his position  on July 7;   
  • Authorized the Executive Director to proceed with the Comparative Salary Survey for full-time employees, as stipulated in the CSEA Contractual Agreement;    
  • Reviewed the recommended guidelines for ranking Construction Grant applications regarding "energy conservation useful life maintenance projects";  
  • Approved the revised Charge of the Trustee Services Committee;
  • Authorized Board county delegates to send a letter of introduction and information sheet to member library Board Presidents;    
  • Approved the System's 2014 mid-year budget revisions; and, reviewed the projected 2015 budget;   
  • Reviewed and accepted the review of the System's 2013 financial statements, prepared by Nugent & Haeussler, P.C., Certified Public Accountants;
  • Reviewed the System's Delivery Service operations.
MHLS Announcements

West Hurley Completes the MHLS Essential Documents Inventory! MHLS congratulates Kara Lustiber, director of the West Hurley Public Library and the trustees of the West Hurley Public Library for being the first member library to complete the MHLS Essential Documents Inventory version 2.0!


MHLS Essential Documents Inventory Version 2.0 was released earlier this year. The checklist was expanded and optimized to help library directors and boards work towards a complete set of documentation to help govern, manage and grow your library.


What's new in version 2.0?

  • Facility Plan: This is a new item on the inventory and one that we think will help your library extend the useful life of your building and its many components, prepare for the replacement of major systems with predictable replacement schedules - like your roof or HVAC system - as well as to begin the long-term planning necessary for renovation or expansion plans. A sample outline is available from MHLS Coordinator for Library Sustainability, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich: rsmith@midhudson.org
  • Itemized internal financial control policies/ procedures, partially based on recommendations from the New York State Office of the State Comptroller (OSC). All libraries are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the OSC publication "Improving the Effectiveness of Your Claims Auditing Process."     
  • Nineteen components of a solid Personnel Policy   
  • Policies such as:
    • Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)
    • Vulnerable Adults
    • Removal of a Trustee
    • Board Meeting Procedures
    • Business Continuity Plan

Libraries interested in working on their checklist of essential documents may request their updated inventory list and ask for help with prioritizing those items they do not have yet by contacting Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Coordinator for Library Sustainability at rsmith@midhudson.org.

Professional Development

Teaching Skills for Librarians Program - Now Offered Completely Online - Fall 2014 - The New York Library Association, in partnership with the College of Saint Rose, is pleased to offer this exciting ONLINE professional development program. The modules will engage students in the development of foundational skills for teaching and learning for librarians; delivery of Instruction about libraries and library skills; use of technology for teaching and information resources for teaching library skills; and the need for collaboration in selecting content for effectively teaching library skills. The course will run from: Monday, September 8, 2014 through Friday, December 12, 2014.


Module One: A Foundation for Teaching and Learning for Librarians


Module Two: Delivery of Instruction about Libraries and Library Skills


Module Three: Technology and Teaching about Libraries, Information Resources, and Library Skills


Module Four: Collaboration and Subject Matter


Registration: There are two registration options. One including graduate credit and one without.

  • $650 (credit is graduate level course credit - accredited by the College of Saint Rose)
  • $450 option, without graduate credit

Registration form must be completed and submitted to St. Rose with payment in full by August 31, 2014. Please send all forms to the attention of: Casey Redden, Assistant Registrar for Special Projects, The College of Saint Rose, 432 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12203; Phone: 518.454.2081; E-mail: reddenc@mail.strose.edu. For questions about the content of this program, please contact Dr. Maggie Kirwan at 518.454.5160 or kirwinm@strose.edu


Patricia Reilly Giff 
Reminder: Early Bird Registration Deadline for the 16th Annual Fall Into Books Children's & Teen Literature Conference is this week, July 25! The conference will be held at the Ramada Fishkill (542 Route 9, Fishkill, NY 12524). Special Guest: Patricia Reilly Giff is the recipient of the Newbery Honor for Pictures of Hollis Woods (1998) and Lily's Crossing (2003). Her book, Nory Ryan's Song was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and an ALA Notable Book in 2001. Access information and registration.  
Marketing, Advocacy & Funding


How does your community's library engagement compare with the rest of the country? The Pew Internet & American Life Project has developed a community quiz tool you can use to learn how your community's members use their local public library, how they think about their library's impact on the community, and how they view the importance of libraries in the digital age. You will also see how the responses of your group compare with those of the general population based on the results of Pew's nationally representative September 2013 phone survey. The new quiz tool allows you to create your own version of their library user quiz and invite members of your community to take it. Learn more at Pew Research Internet Project.  

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.