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Volume 18-19 | 5.8.18
OverDrive Help
The MHLS Digital Download collection, powered by OverDrive [],brings ebooks and downloadable audiobooks straight to a patrons' device. This program is one of the fastest growing service points in libraries across the System!
There are two new resources for library staff to ensure they are ready and able to help patrons with OverDrive issues:
  • New Guide for Library Staff: How To Support Your Patrons Who Have Overdrive Access Issues: The majority of OverDrive issues patrons experience are due to expired cards, incorrect PIN numbers or incorrectly entered barcodes. These are things that can be corrected by the library immediately. A new guide. "How to Support your Patrons who have OverDrive Access Issues," has been created to support this and has been added to the MHLS E-Book & E-Audio (OverDrive) Usage page:

 Libraries with issues that they cannot resolve through this guide can use the MHLS ticket system for support: Just a reminder: patrons should not be calling MHLS Tech Support directly.

  • Free Webinar: OverDrive - Help Resources: May 15th from 2:00 - 2:30pm
In this scenario-based session, the OverDrive Training team will share best practices for helping new and existing OverDrive users, and demonstrate how to use OverDrive Help, Libby Help, the Resource Center, and OverDrive Marketplace. This is a great session for library staff who support digital library patrons.
MHLS Libraries

Desmond-Fish Library in Garrison Opens Innovation & Learning Center! The new Center will serve as a resource for the entire community from kids wanting to learn about coding and robotics to adults developing new job skills, to entrepreneurs looking for shared work space and local organizations in need of training and meeting resources.

This $175,000 project was partially funded by grants through the State Aid for Library Construction program, the New York State Senate Aid, the New York-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, the Cold Spring Lions Club, the HOPE for Youth Foundation, as well as support from the Library's Board of Trustees and many private donors in their community. For more information about this project visit the Innovation and Learning Center website at
Resource Sharing & Sierra
Sierra Lunchtime Webinar: Basic Create Lists May 17th from 12:00-1:00 pm. MHL S ILP Operations Supervisor Thomas O'Connell will offer a lunchtime webinar of training and Q&A. The topic will be Basic Create Lists. Registration is required at  Log-in information for the webinar will be sent to the email address you provide, at the time of registration, in advance of the event.
Reference & Collection Development
New Mango Languages App

Every member library provides access to Mango Languages, and now there is a new mobile app to help patrons learn a language on the go! This product is great for people who want to learn a new language. Patrons can prepare for a business trip, family vacations, or study abroad with practical, conversation-based language lessons. In their comprehensive course units, patrons can learn vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture through interactive words and phrases, pronunciation pointers, plus local insights. This app is available on IOS and Android devices. If you haven't advertised this resource to patrons lately check out the great marketing materials available to get the word out in print and online:
JobNow Provides Professional Résumé Critiques: Did you know that patrons of MHLS member libraries can upload their résumé to JobNow for a professional critique at no cost - this is something that can easily cost $80 or more! Every member library has access to JobNow through their county E-Resources page at
Upcoming Summer Reading Program Themes: Every year the NYS Summer Reading Program theme comes to NY libraries through the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). This summer the theme is Music, with the slogan: Libraries Rock. Here are the upcoming themes/slogans:

Theme: Space
Slogan: A Universe of Stories

Theme: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Mythology
Slogan: Imagine Your Story

Theme: Animals
Slogan: Tails and Tales

Theme: Change the World
Slogan: All Together Now

Job Openings
Head of Youth Services, Kent Library
The Kent Public Library in Putnam County is seeking an enthusiastic,  creative full-time (35-hours per week) Head of Youth Services to develop and oversee the Library's children's and young adult collections and programs. Will lead a team including a program coordinator and a story time specialist, already on staff.  Must have a genuine desire to encourage a love of reading and learning in children and teens  
Specific responsibilities include:
  • Work with the Youth Team to plan, promote, implement, and evaluate programs for children, young adults, and families
  • Maintain and develop the children's and young adult collections, selecting, ordering, and  processing materials
  • Work with local schools  to introduce young people to the Library
The candidate must have strong customer service skills and be able to work with people of all ages and temperaments, especially with children and young adults,  and enjoy working as part of a team. Must be knowledgeable about current and emerging library technology
Will ordinarily work Mondays through Fridays, filling in on occasional weekends and evenings when needed for special programs.
Minimum qualifications: MLS or MLIS, New York State Public Librarian's Professional Certificate, and experience working with children and young adults.  

Salary between 41,000 and 43,700, depending on education and experience.   Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave and health insurance.
This is a competitive Civil Service position, and may be a provisional appointment or a transfer. The Kent Public Library is an equal opportunity employer.
Please send résumé and cover letter to  and mention "Head of Youth Services" in the title. First consideration will be given to applicants who respond by June 4.  
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