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Vol. 14-31                                                                                                                      8.5.14
Early Bird Registration for NYLA

Registration for the 2014 New York Library Association (NYLA) Conference

planned for November 5-8 in Saratoga Springs, NY is now open! Early bird registration ends August 22nd - why is that date important? NYLA members can save 17% on registration costs, non-members can save 11%!  

The NYLA Conference is the largest state library association conference held on the East Coast. Offering a wide variety of programs, special events, networking opportunities, and vendor displays, the NYLA Annual Conference and Trade Show offers educational opportunities for all segments of the library community from library staff to trustees.


Rich Harwood
NYLA Conference 2014 Keynote Speaker, Rich Harwood, founder and president of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, a national nonprofit organization based in Bethesda, MD. The institute teaches and coaches people and organizations to solve pressing community challenges, improve their own effectiveness, and do their work in a way that makes communities stronger.



In addition to great sessions that address fundamentals about legal issues, Friends and fundraising, leadership and management topics, outreach, youth services and technology, some big name speakers will be at the conference including:       

 Michael Stephens
 Sarah Houghton
MHLS Libraries
Live! From the Catskill Public Library! Beginning September 1st, a satellite studio of Wave Farm's WGXC 90.7 FM radio will be housed in the Carnegie Room of the Catskill Public Library. "WGXC is so fortunate to find a new home in Catskill with the Catskill Public Library," WGXC Station Manager Lynn Slonecker said in a press release. "The library and the station have a great deal in common, in both mission and philosophy, and we serve a similarly diverse population of learners, listeners, and producers. Everyone at WGXC is looking forward to a creative, productive relationship with [Library Director] Sue Ray and the entire library staff." The Catskill Public Library and WGXC Hands-on Radio will collaborate to develop new on-air offerings and provide workshops and training to the public with the intention of broadcasting activities of residents and visitors in new and inventive ways. For information about WGXC, visit http://wgxc.org.
Photo from MHLS Executive Director, Tom Sloan's
Road Trip to Northern Dutchess County. 

The Summer Reading Program Final Report Form is now available: Access the report through the calendar (http://calendar.midhudson.org/) under the due date September 8, the center section of midhudson.org (http://midhudson.org/), or get there directly https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/srpreport2014.


All member libraries must submit a Summer Reading Program Final Report by Monday, September 8. New York State considers any program held during the summer to be a Summer Program.

Job Openings

Part-time Clerk: Kingston Library is looking for a customer service oriented person to perform a variety of library circulation and clerical tasks in both adult and children's services with a heavy concentration in public contact. Variable hours up to 20 per week, including evenings and weekends, $10.00 per hour. High school diploma or equivalent and basic computer skills required. Library or customer service experience preferred. Please submit letter of interest, resume, and three references to LJ Cormier, Circulation Manager, Kingston Library, 55 Franklin Street, Kingston, NY 12401 or email circulation@kingstonlibrary.org.

Library Assistant (Youth Services): The Kent Public Library seeks a creative, enthusiastic library assistant to present story hours to pre-school children. They are looking for someone who will enjoy encouraging children to love reading. The successful candidate will work three days a week, 10:00am to 3:00pm, with occasional evenings and Saturdays. Must have a bachelor's degree and at least one year of experience working with young children. Should have some ability with music and crafts. This is a competitive civil service position.  Salary range $15.00 to $16.00 per hour. First consideration will be given to resumes received by August 25th. Resumes and cover letters may be sent to cdonick@kentlibrary.org or mailed or dropped off at the Kent Public Library, 17 Sybil's Crossing, Kent Lakes, NY 10512.

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.