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Volume 18-37 | 9.11.18 
Annual Membership Meeting
The 59th MHLS Annual Membership Meeting will take place on Friday, November 2nd , 2018 @ Locust Grove Estate in Poughkeepsie, NY and you're invited!

During the business meeting we will report to the membership on the health of the organization, conduct board elections, and hear from MHLS' new Executive Director, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich. Outstanding Achievement Awards will be given to libraries who have had grand openings and achieved sustainable funding benchmarks over the past year. Following the business meeting and awards we will look to the future with the help of our keynote speaker, futurist Garry Golden.

8:30am    | Registration & Breakfast Buffet 

9:00am    | Business Meeting & Awards

10:45am  | Keynote

11:15am  | Break

11:30am  | Keynote Extended Session with Q&A (1 hour)

Bonus! Locust Grove invites all attendees to explore the grounds and art galleries after our event, free of charge. If you would like to tour the Mansion please contact Locust Grove directly for pricing and availability.

Registration Fee : $25

Registration Deadline : Wednesday, October 24th

Register Online:

Our keynote speaker, Garry Golden, will present on the topic of: Focusing on the Future: Getting Ahead of the Curve
MHLS Annual Meeting Speaker Garry Golden

Mr. Golden notes that libraries are continually confronted with claims that advances in technology will disrupt our future. Some predictions may be overhyped, while other emerging trends may indeed change the role of libraries in helping our communities thrive in an uncertain future. Mr. Golden's talk will help us imagine implications at the intersection of demographic and digital change, exploring questions such as: How aging populations and caregiver culture will impact our communities; How social equity can be achieved while pursuing innovation; and What will the next wave of digital policies and innovations mean for the library user experience?

A short break will follow the keynote presentation and then we will continue the conversation, taking a deeper dive into the emerging trends introduced in the keynote and expand into the topic of the future of learning and "experience data." Attendees will have the opportunity to imagine the future of library experiences and how they may be transformed by access to lifelong learning data through a Q&A portion of the session with Mr. Golden as well as table talk discussions with fellow attendees.
Annual Meeting Pre-Event Survey:
MHLS is focusing on the future for our 2018 Annual Meeting! Help us help you by responding to this pre-event survey. The responses will help us think about how the future might be different and help us learn from one another. This survey should take you around 15 minutes to complete. Member library staff, directors and trustees are welcome to respond, even if you can't make it to our annual meeting. We will provide an aggregated summary of the results to all attendees. Access the survey at
MHLS Announcements
This year's MHLS Annual Meeting will be focused on the future! During our Spotlight section of the meeting we would like to shine a light on some of the forward thinking work being done in MHLS member libraries in the area of "emerging technology."
Emerging technologies, or disruptive technologies, are technologies that are perceived as capable of changing the status quo. General examples include 3D printing, robotics, augmented reality, virtual reality, blockchain, etc. Local examples include:
  • Germantown Library's new Makerspace: Desmond-Fish Library's new Innovation & Learning Center (as featured in the 5.8.18 MHLS Bulletin)
  • Mahopac Library's "Virtual Vacation" event which introduced residents to virtual reality and augmented reality tech (as featured in 7.31.18 MHLS Bulletin)
  • Phoenicia Library's recent program on Blockchain & Cryptocurrency
If your library has invested in programming, equipment or a redesigned space to help connect residents with information and experiences related to emerging technology let us know by using this form to share what you've been up to: Deadline: October 5th     
MHLS Libraries

County Executive MaryEllen Odell visited the Kent Public Library Board on April 17th.

The Kent Public Library
worked with the Putnam County Planning, Development & Public Transportation Department to make it easy for passengers on the bus system to get service to and from the library. The Number 5 Putnam County buses are even decked out with large signs, both inside and on the back, reading "Bus to the Library". "Like all of the libraries in Putnam County, the Kent Library is truly an asset to the community it serves and the new 'Bus to the Library' service makes it even more accessible to the residents," said County Executive MaryEllen O'Dell. "It is another great example of the partnerships that Putnam County has with our local libraries and nonprofits to improve the quality of life for our families and seniors."
Trustee Resources
Reminder: MHLS Trustee Education Series: Financial & Fiduciary Responsibility workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 25th 5:30 - 8:30 pm in the Mid-Hudson Library System Auditorium. This intermediate-level course, for trustees who have been on the board for at least a year, will be presented by MHLS Executive Director, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, who also happens to be the co-author of the brand new Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State. Please register online for this event at
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