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Volume 18-20 | 5.15.18 
The MHLS Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 in the Community Room of the Greenville Public Library and:
  • Thanked Greenville Library Director, Barbara Flach, for hosting the meeting and providing refreshments;
  • Reviewed the format of the MHLS Action Plan Report and the process stakeholders used to prioritize services in the MHLS Plan of Service 2017-2021; reviewed several highlighted service initiatives including the actions and timeline for the selection of and contracting for the MHLS Integrated Library System; confirmed changes to the MHLS Plan of Service 2017-2021 required the approval of both the MHLS Board of Trustees and the NY Division of Library Development;
  • Reviewed plans for the 59th Annual Membership Meeting on Friday, November 2, 2018, at Locust Grove Historic Estate, Poughkeepsie, NY, and the engagement of Futurist, Garry Golden, as Keynote Speaker;
  • Approved the Central Book Aid/Central Library Development Aid 2018 Proposed Budget;
  • Accepted the Central Book Aid/Central Library Development Aid Activities Report;
  • Reviewed the revised Executive Director Search Committee's Schedule Timeline, that requires scheduling of an additional Board meeting in August;
  • Accepted the Bylaws Committee's recommendation to propose no changes to the current MHLS Bylaws;
  • Reviewed and approved the MHLS Trustees Videoconference Participation at MHLS Board Meetings Policy, as presented;
  • Requested further review and clarification of Open Meetings Law guidelines regarding remote participation at MHLS Board Meetings from non-public and/or out of state/country locations;
  • Reviewed and accepted the MHLS 2017 Annual Report;
  • Approved submission of Variance Requests to the Division of Library Development from the D.R. Evarts Library (Athens), Patterson, Roeliff Jansen (Hillsdale) and Tivoli Libraries; and
  • Were presented an overview on Greene County libraries, including: the geography, demographics, statistical services usage, and review of current county topics/issues and library programming initiatives.
All MHLS Board documents available at The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 10:00 am in the MHLS Auditorium.
MHLS Announcements
MHLS takes center stage at the 2018 Innovative Users Group (IUG) Conference!

l-r: Mark Strang, IUG Chair; Laurie Shedrick; and Jim Tallman, 
CEO of Innovative Interfaces, Inc.
Laurie Shedrick , MHLS Technology Operations Manager; Thomas O'Connell , MHLS ILP Operations Supervisor; and Nina Acosta , MHLS Assistant ILP Operations Supervisor recently attended the IUG meeting. IUG is an international organization of libraries who use the Innovative Interfaces, Inc. integrated software, in our case Sierra and Encore. Laurie was awarded the IUG Crystal Award to celebrate her long-standing participation in the IUG. Nina was invited to present a session on "Understanding Load Profiles" which was designed to help catalogers collaborate to eliminate unnecessary work and present patrons with useful records in the catalog. Debi Antolini of the Middle County Public Library commented that it was the best program of the conference!
MHLS Libraries
The Tivoli Free Library recently hosted Laurent Reito, the founder and director of the Hudson Valley Film Commission who provided a program called,  "So You Want to be in the Movies?"
Resource Sharing & Sierra
Upcoming opportunity for MHLS members: Catalog Roundtable - Working in the Sierra Interface: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 from 3:00-4:00 pm at the MHLS Auditorium or online. This is an interactive discussion group for all levels of library staff to converse with their peers, and contribute ideas, concerns, and experiences related to our shared library catalog. Register at
Please note: If you are unable to attend the Catalog Roundtable but still want your voice heard, please respond to this survey: 
More E-books to More Kids this Summer! In partnership with and in support of Summer Reading at New York Libraries, myON [] will be providing free, unlimited 24/7 access to myON's Digital Library and Middle School Classics for children from Birth through Grade 8.  Access is available now through September 2018 to 6,000+ fiction and non-fiction E-books for students and families with young children through both their schools and public libraries

myON Publicity Resources:
Please direct your questions about accessing these resources to the myON team at
Job Openings
Part-Time Circulation Clerk, Dover Plains Library
The  Dover Plains Library in Wingdale, NY seeks a part-time Circulation Clerk for 11 hours a week: Fridays 3-8 pm and Saturdays 10-4 pm.  The ideal candidate must be dependable, computer savvy, friendly and helpful with the public.  He/she must also work well as part of a team, be able to follow direction, be willing to take on tasks independently and be customer service oriented.  Reliable transportation is a must.  Previous experience in libraries is a plus.  Must be able to lift 35 lbs and multi-task.

Starting Salary: $10.40/hr
Anticipated Start Date: Late May
Position: Open Until Filled
Preference Given to Applications Received by 5/18/18

Please send a résumé, cover letter and three references to:
Laurie Buckley, Director,  Dover Plains Library, PO Box 534, Wingdale, NY 12594 or via e-mail to  with the subject "Library Clerk"
The  Dover Plains Library Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Part-Time Library Clerk, Tivoli Free Library
The Tivoli Free Library has an immediate opening for a permanent, reliable part-time library clerk. Approximately 10 hours per week to start; hours are Fridays 2pm-7 pm and Saturdays 9:30 am-2 pm. Additional hours possible.

Requirements: high school diploma or GED, have experience with computers, be customer-service oriented, courteous and able to work with the public in a small community setting. Interest in teen/tween programming as well as previous library experience a plus. $11/hour with no benefits. 

Please email letter of application and résumé to Michele DelPriore at with the subject heading "Library Clerk position." Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.
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