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Volume  Vol. 18- 47  | 11. 20 .18
Librarians from all corners of New York state gathered at the 2018 New York Library Association [NYLA] Annual Conference and Trade Show in Rochester, NY  November 7-10 . MHLS staff was on hand to learn, teach and network with our library peers.   

Kerstin Cruger, MHLS Library Sustainability Associate & Communications Specialist , delivered a three-hour CE program on  Marketing  for the newly established Youth Services Section Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership Academy (EALA). This is a 7-month program  specifically designed for YS Providers who are interested in developing their leadership skills for personal and professional advancement.    
Above: Kerstin's EALA class 

Courtney Wimmers (above), MHLS Cataloging Specialist and social media manager for the Pleasant Valley Free Library, presented Building an Online Community with Instagram to a standing room only crowd. Courtney shared her experience in building a successful online community for the Pleasant Valley Free Library. Her program included the unexpected impact in creating such a community as witnessed through the outpouring of support from all over the world in response to the recent fire at the Pleasant Valley Free Library facility.
The NYLA community came together to support the Pleasant Valley
Free Library  by collecting  donati ons throughout the event. NYLA C ouncil voted to give  the library $1,000 plus any and  all donations received through the ir  Disaster Relief Fund ,  through the end  of year. 

AnnaLee  Giraldo, Director of the Kinderhook Memorial Library,  wrapped up a successful year as president of the Leadership & Management Section of NYLA with a  sold - out  Leadership Luncheon with keynote speaker Kymberly Keeton who focused on the topics of diversity and inclusion in librarianship. 
Liz Potter, Director of the Phoenicia Library , (shown on the right with Deanna  DiCarlo , 2018 president of PLS ) , was able to attend the conference this year thanks to a conference scholarship from the Public Library Section (PLS) of NYLA.  

Matthew Pfisterer, Board President of the  Clinton Community Library  accepted the Joseph Shubert Award at the Inaugural Banquet. Citing the teamwork among their board, their director Teresa McGuirk and their community as the essential ingredient to their success!   

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Executive Director is co-chair of the NYLA Sustainability Initiative which graduated its first cohort of "Community Change Agents" at conference and presented a panel, "Bold, Brave & Leading the Way" to help early adopters of the Sustainable Library Certification program and the Community Change Agents share their experiences over the past year. Rebekkah received a standing ovation when she was presented with the  New York Library Association's  2018 Outstanding Service to Libraries Award  at the Inaugural Banquet  on Friday night of the  conference . T he Outstanding Service to Libraries Award recognizes and honors an individual who has made a significant, sustained contribution to the development, promulgation, growth, or extension of library and information services to the people of NYS or to residents.  
MHLS Announcements
MHLS will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd  in observance of Thanksgiving .   There will be no deliveries and the MHLS ticket system will not be monitored.  
MHLS will be closed on Friday, November 23rd . There will be no deliveries. MHLS staff will be available via the MHLS ticket system ( ) from 8:30am to 4:30pm to support system-wide Sierra/catalog critical issues.
MHLS Libraries
Exterior construction began at the  Claverack Library  in late October. This development brings them  one step  closer to relocating to their new building. 
Resource Sharing & Sierra
Sierra & Encore Upgrades Scheduled: 
  • Sierra 4.1 upgrade scheduled for Tuesday, November 27th . Staff should start sessions one at a time after the upgrade and allow some additional time for starting up. You can expect that there will be some minor delay as files are downloaded.   
  • Encore Release 4.7 SP3 upgrade is scheduled for Thursday, November 29th . This upgrade will fix the facet sort issue, provide a new patron login button that is more visible and a fix for My Cart clearing previously added items unexpectedly, among other things!  
Sustainable Libraries
Free Tools available to participate in Libraries = Strong Communities , an initiative of ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo, highlights the critical role libraries play in providing resources and expertise that foster community engagement. Garcia-Febo launched her Libraries = Strong Communities tour in early October with a visit to Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs, CO. You, too, can spread the word about how your library is building a strong community with the Libraries = Strong Communities toolkit. Use the free social media graphics, postcards, bookmarks, and other promotional materials to spread the word today!   To access promotional materials visit     
Administration & Management
New On Demand Webinar Now Available from MHLS:  A recording of the recent Overview of the Americans with Disability Act ADA) for Library Facilities webinar presented by Jennifer Perry, Access Specialist,  Northeast ADA Center is now available on demand through the MHLS website:  This is the latest installment of the MHLS Facility Stewardship Webinar Series which also includes Drafting a Basic Facility Plan and Sustainable Facilities: An Introduction, also available on demand through the same link.