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Volume 18-34 | 8.21.18 
New Executive Director Appointed
The Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS) Board of Trustees has appointed Rebekkah Smith Aldrich as the new MHLS Executive Director. Rebekkah has worked for MHLS for over twenty years in a variety of roles, most recently as the Coordinator for Library Sustainability. Over the course of her career she has demonstrated her ability as a future focused library leader dedicated to helping communities thrive through public library service.
MHLS Board of Trustees Executive Committee (l-r) Treasurer Barry Ramage, Board Member Lisa Baker Brill, Executive Director Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, President Mark Wilson, Vice President Richard Swierat (not pictured- Secretary Michele Ment)
"Rebekkah brings to the job her extensive experience within the Mid-Hudson Library System, as well as the numerous connections she has made through her work with the New York Library Association (NYLA) and other professional associations," noted Mark Wilson, President of the MHLS Board of Trustees. "She is well-positioned to lead the System."

"I'm looking forward to working with Rebekkah in her new role as Executive Director," said Thea Schoep, director of the Claverack Library and chair of the MHLS Directors Association, "She has proven to be innovative and supportive with leading libraries in our system as we've worked to become more environmentally conscious, more patron friendly and progressive in our outlook to our communities' needs. It will be exciting to move forward with her as she takes MHLS into the future."
Named a Library Journal "Mover & Shaker" in 2010, Rebekkah is known nationally for her work on the topic of sustainability in libraries, authoring two recent books on the topic. Rebekkah is professionally active, serving as the co-founder and co-chair of the groundbreaking NYLA Sustainability Initiative, co-chair of the American Library Association's Special Task Force on Sustainability and a member of the Center for the Future of Libraries Advisory Group. Rebekkah also serves as the chair of the NYLA Legislative Committee and recently co-authored a forthcoming edition of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State. Rebekkah has a Master's degree in library science from Southern Connecticut State University and an Advanced Certificate in Public Library Administration from the Palmer Institute for Public Library Organization & Management from Long Island University.
"I am both honored and energized to take on this new role at MHLS," said Rebekkah. "I am a strong believer in the power of a local public library to help make the world a better place. I look forward to collaborating with our board of trustees, staff and member library leaders to ensure the citizens of the Hudson Valley have access to quality library service that makes a positive difference in their lives."
MHLS Announcements

(l-r) 2018 MHLS Lab Project Participants: Kinderhook Memorial Library Director AnnaLee Giraldo, Pleasant Valley Library Director Daniela Pulice, Hudson Area Association Library Director Emily Chameides, Mid-Hudson Library System staff Kerstin Cruger, East Fishkill Community Library Director Gloria Goverman (Not pictured: Gillian Thorpe, Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library Director)
The members of the 2018 MHLS Lab Project gathered at the Hudson Area Association Library on August 2nd to discuss their progress in the Active Cardholders project. The group will share their experience in a panel presentation at the MHLS Directors Association- Business Meeting on September 5th.
MHLS Libraries

The New York Library Association's Executive Director, Jeremy Johannesen and his son Alex marked the 4th year of the annual NYLA Library Tour. The tour began on Monday, July 30th and finished on Saturday, August 4th with a stop at the new Highland Public Library along the way. Jeremy and Alex visited 33 libraries and traveled 668 miles. To read a listing of all the stops and view the photos visit
Resource Sharing & Sierra
Last chance to participate in the Catalog Roundtable!
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.
Catalog Roundtable - Using the Encore Interface,  Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 3:00-4:00 pm at MHLS or online. Please register online at
If you are unable to attend but still want your voice heard, please respond to this survey:
Sustainable Libraries

OGS Green Procurement Webinar Wednesday, September 5th from 11:00 am-12:00 pm. The webinar will cover green purchasing and the opportunities that are available for using centralized contracts available through the New York State Office of General Services (OGS). Todd Gardner, contract manager at the New York State Office of General Services will explain how to use OGS contracts, describe the most frequently purchased green products and discuss the latest trends in green purchasing. This webinar is brought to you by the New York Library Association Sustainability Initiative (NYLA-SI). Please register online at
Job Openings
Library Director, Putnam Valley Library
The Trustees of the Putnam Valley Free Library seek a highly motivated professional to manage the daily operations of the sole library in this Town 50 miles north of New York City of approximately 12,000 residents.  We wish to hire a leader who will work with a staff of varying experience, and who has direct supervisory responsibilities.  The Director will be expected to, along with the Board of Trustees, formulate short and long-term goals for the growth of the Library, and will be responsible for their institution.
The Director is reportable to the Board of Trustees and is charged with:
  • Promoting the Library and its services
  • Fostering an institution that welcomes all patrons
  • Managing the Library's programs and services and seeking new programs and services to serve Putnam Valley's populace
  • Seeking and managing grants
  • Managing all personnel matters, budgets, collection and services, and facilities
  • Partnering with the Town, its schools, elected officials, and other entities to expand the Library's reach
Minimum Qualifications:
  • MLS or MLIS from an ALA accredited institution
  • NYS Public Librarian's Professional Certificate by time of employment
  • Minimum four (4) years professional librarian experience, with at least one (1) year managerial experience
This position is full-time, exempt, with some evening and weekend requirements. Salary Range: $50,000-$53,000, depending on experience.
Send cover letter, résumé and references to:
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