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Volume 19-02 | 1.8.19 
Meet the Library Sustainability Team
The Mid-Hudson Library System is starting off 2019 with an exciting organizational change. We are very pleased to introduce the brand new MHLS Library Sustainability Team! 

Casey Conlin (MLS, Advanced Certificate in Public Library Administration) has been appointed as the MHLS Library Sustainability Coordinator. Casey is a former MHLS member library director (at the Pawling Free Library) and served as chair of the Dutchess County Directors group during his tenure there; a former assistant director at the largest library in the System (the Poughkeepsie Public Library District) and most recently, the assistant director of the Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library in Garnerville, NY which is in the Ramapo Catskill Library System. Casey is a founding co-creator of the New York Library Association's Sustainability Initiative. Casey will coordinate the new Library Sustainability Team. This team will be responsible for critical areas of the MHLS Plan of Service including Consulting & Development Services, Professional Development & Training, Awareness & Advocacy and the State Aid for Library Construction Program. Casey will also be the new point person to assist member libraries with the Annual Report to the State once he gets up to speed in the first quarter of 2019. Casey began his new position on January 7th.

Contact Casey: | ext. 260
Courtney Wimmers (MLS)has been appointed to a brand new position at MHLS: the Outreach & Engagement Specialist. Courtney has most recently worked for the Pleasant Valley Free Library as their Assistant Librarian and Instagram guru, as the East Fishkill Community Library's Social Media Specialist and at MHLS as a Cataloging Specialist. As part of the new MHLS Library Sustainability Team, Courtney will be our state mandated Outreach Coordinator, overseeing our Coordinated Outreach Services Program, administering the Correctional Facilities program and the Family Literacy & Adult Literacy Services Programs. Courtney will also take a leadership role with our communication channels and assist with community engagement projects such as the MHLS Turning Outwards, MHLS Lab Projects and Project Outcome. Courtney will begin her work in this new position on January 14th.

Contact Courtney: | ext. 253

Rounding out the team is Kerstin Cruger, MHLS Library Sustainability Associate & Communications Specialist. Kerstin has been with the Mid-Hudson Library System for more than fifteen years supporting various aspects of multiple programs and special projects specifically related to Library Sustainability and Coordinated Outreach Services. Kerstin is responsible for organizing MHLS' participation in Library Advocacy Day, maintaining MHLS' social media presence and coordinating the Essential Documents Inventory and Member Information Updates.

Contact Kerstin: | ext. 250

MHLS Executive Director, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich will maintain technical assistance and consulting duties for member library directors and board presidents as the team grows into their responsibilities. Directors and Board Presidents should feel comfortable to continue to contact Rebekkah with any questions regarding your library's governance and management.

Contact Rebekkah: | ext. 239
MHLS Announcements
MHLS Seeks New Cataloging Specialist: The person in this position performs primarily copy-cataloging duties including creating, editing, adding and maintaining records in the ILS to ensure that database records are complete, up-to-date, and accurate, and provides training and support to staff and member libraries as required.

Hiring salary for this full-time position is $41,000 with excellent benefits including New York State retirement; medical and dental insurance; and paid vacation and sick leave. Please submit your cover letter and résumé online as an PDF attachment to For a full job description visit
Application Deadline is January 14th.
MHLS Libraries
Construction on the new Stanford Free Library building has begun! You can keep up-to-date on their progress by visiting

The Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library began its Parking Lot Pickup program this month. Patrons can call the library ten minutes before they are due to arrive and a library staff member will bring their previously requested items directly to the patron's car. Library staff will even take any items that need to be dropped off! The library has a designated parking spot so patrons using the program can be easily identified when they arrive. You can learn more about the details of this program by visiting
Professional Development
There is still time to register for the first program in the HR Legal Issues Series presented by Shari Fallon, PHR, SHRM-CP, of Cornell University. The first webinar on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will take place on Friday, January 11th from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.
FLSA establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers. This webinar will give member library directors an introduction to the basics about this critical law.
Please register at least 24 hours before the event through the MHLS Online Calendar at
Southeastern NY Library Resources Council (SENYLRC) trainer Kelsey Milner will provide three online training opportunities for your staff to learn how to effectively use the SEAL resource sharing system. This webinar will cover the ins and outs of using the SEAL system, including creating an account, placing requests, lending items, and producing ILL statistics. It will also cover a few copyright basics and the regional codes / procedures governing Inter-library loan in our region.
  • Tuesday, February 5th | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
  • Thursday, March 28th | 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, April 30th |10:00 am-11:30 am
To register for one of the sessions visit

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