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The MHLS Bulletin welcomes submissions from member libraries.
Volume 19-22 | 5.28.19
NYLA Conference Grant Opportunity
MHLS is offering matching grants to help new library directors and staff members attend the New York Library Association (NYLA) Annual Conference! Member libraries can apply for one grant per organization with a minimum request of $250 and a maximum of $500. Member libraries applying for the grant must agree to at least match the awarded amount. The funds may be used by the member library to cover the conference registration fee, travel to and from the conference and/or accommodations and per diem costs.
Eligibility requirements:
  • A "new" director or staff person must have been in their role for three (3) years or less.
  • The member library's board must designate the eligible staff member and authorize the library to apply for this award. This action should be recorded in the Board's minutes.
  • A personal statement from the director or staff person who will benefit describing why their attendance at the conference will be important to their professional development.
Please complete the application form found at and send to Casey Conlin ( ), MHLS Library Sustainability Coordinator by Friday, June 21st.
Recipients will be notified in July to ensure you can take advantage of the early bird registration deadline for the conference.
MHLS Libraries
The Mountain Top Library is offering Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for small businesses and nonprofit organizations in their region. Library board members and staff recognized the need for training in their community when they started to look for training opportunities themselves. Maureen Garcia, director of Mountain Top Library, reached out to the Hunter Chamber of Commerce to offer businesses in the area a free consultation and advice workshop as well as training opportunities for employees. The library partnered with Myra Garcia, who had facilitated trainings for Hunter Mountain Resort, to facilitate the sessions at the library. The trainings were well received, with a total of 42 people attending two events. Due to the success there will be an additional session offered in June.
Professional Development
The New Directors Forum (previously the Roundtable for New Directors) will take place on Tuesday, June 11th from 12:30-2:30pm directly after the DA meeting. This session's topic will be Successful Budget Votes facilitated by MHLS Executive Director, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich.
This event is designed for MHLS library directors who have been in their position for three (3) years or less to give you the opportunity to meet with others dealing with similar situations and to find answers and contacts to help you in your day-to-day life at the library.
At this workshop we will cover:
  • A review of the different types of votes
  • An introduction to the four phases of a vote campaign
  • Best practices from the perspective of experienced directors through a panel discussion
Director Panel:
  • Carol Fortier, Beekman Library
  • Jen McCreery, Desmond-Fish Library (Garrison)
  • Teresa McGuirk, Clinton Community Library
  • Gillian Thorpe, Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library (Cold Spring)
Please register for this workshop through the online calendar

New York Library Association (NYLA) is offering a second round of the YSS Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership Academy (EALA) for 2019-2020.
This 7-month program is specifically designed for Youth Services Providers who are interested in developing their leadership skills for personal and professional advancement.
Curriculum includes:
  • 3 Full Day in-person Workshops
  • 4 Live 90-minute Webinars
  • 24 Hours of Continuing Education
For more information including schedule, training components and tuition fees please visit Registration opens on June 1st, 2019.
Stephanie Squicciarini Memorial Scholarship Award will provide financial assistance to a participant of the Empowerment, Advocacy, and Leadership Academy (EALA). All applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Be a member of NYLA/YSS at time of application and during EALA enrollment
  • Be a current employee of a School or Public Library in New York State
For application information please visit Applications are due by July 1st, 2019.

Resource Sharing & Sierra
There is still time to register for Making Your Collection Count, Revisited, presented by Bev Santero, Adult Services Librarian and Deb Weltsch, Coordinator of Central Library Services at Poughkeepsie Public Library District. This workshop is designed for directors and/or staff members who want to learn to use Excel to analyze their library's holdings. Attendees should have a basic knowledge of Create Lists and Excel.
Five sessions to choose from:
Please register for one of the listed dates through the MHLS online calendar  
Reference & Collection Development
The NYS Historic Newspapers database  ( ) is a fully digitized, keyword searchable website of newspapers from New York State. The NYS Historic Newspapers project provides free online access to a wide range of newspapers chosen to reflect New York's unique history. The Northern New York Library Network and the Empire State Library Network have partnered with a growing number of local institutions to create this free, full-text searchable database.