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Volume 19-28 | 7.9.19
Pawling's Human Library Project
In the newest MHLS Engage Webinar Pawling Free Library director, Brian Avery, talks about Pawling's successful Human Library Project . The Human Library Project, which celebrated its 3rd annual gathering at the Pawling Free Library this year, is an event where community members can sign up to be "books" and can be "checked out" by program attendees. This program is an interesting and creative way for people to get to know their neighbors, and Brian shares some great tips on how to get started with your own Human Library Project.
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(above)  Human Library participants photo courtesy of Cam Walters

The Engage Webinar series features innovative MHLS member libraries sharing their experiences in a short interview style format. To view the Pawling Free Library webinar and other webinars in the Engage series, visit Questions about the MHLS Engage Webinar series should be directed to Courtney Wimmers, MHLS Outreach & Engagement Specialist,
MHLS Announcements
On June 17th, member libraries participating in the 2019 Lab Project met to share their progress in implementing key strategies to increase attendance at adult programs as part of the 2019 Lab Project. Janie Hermann, Public Programming Librarian at Princeton Public Library and Chair of American Library Association (ALA) 
Two People Smiling Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee (shown left with MHLS Executive Director at a previous event), joined the meeting via webcam to share her favorite programming tools - from planning to marketing to presenting to tracking results. The libraries participating in the 2019 Lab Project will share what they learned in this project at the September DA meeting.
MHLS Libraries
The East Fishkill Community Library director Gloria Goverman partnered with MHLS Assistant Director/Technology Operations Manager Laurie Shedrick to create the "Instant Card" option for new patrons which went live on June 1st! Instant Card allows patrons without a library card to visit the library's website, sign up for a card instantly, and use it to access the library's collection of ebooks, downloadable audiobooks and databases. The patron's card is good for 30 days and will be deleted if a patron takes no further action. If a patron wants to get a physical library card, they can either go to the library within 30 days and convert their instant card into a physical card, or they can send in a copy of their driver's license and the library will mail them a physical card. If your library is interested in setting up this feature please contact Laurie at | 845.471.6060 ext. 220.
Professional Development
Registration is open for the 21st Annual Fall Into Books Children's and Teen Literature Conference. The conference will be held on Friday, October 25th at the Best Western Plus Kingston Hotel and Conference Center in Kingston, NY. Held annually, Fall Into Books brings together school and public librarians from eight counties within the Hudson Valley for a day of literacy, discussion, networking and insight. This collaborative event features book discussion sessions (ranging from picture books to young adult), Keynote Speakers Lucy Miller, Jaclyn Heeny, and Melinda Grey, author presentation from Margaret Peterson Haddix, a book sale and a buffet lunch. This conference provides an excellent opportunity for attendees to engage in collaborative discussions on children's and teen literature. Early Bird Registration must be postmarked by July 30th.  Schedule of the day and access to the online registration form are available at 
Resource Sharing & Sierra
Logo RBdigital has made updates to their app that make it easier for users to read magazines on their smartphones or tablets. The new reader has a fresh new look and feel designed to make the app easier to navigate. The app now has:
  • Text to speech option (available for iOS only) that allows users to listen to all articles in audio format.
  • Sepia and grey color themes in addition to the current light and dark themes that are designed to improve the readability of text and reduce eye fatigue.
  • Scalable font and screen brightness controls, which gives users more control over font size than the previous reader.
You can access the RBdigital quick start guide for mobile app account setup and much more at  
Sustainable Libraries
Logo You may have seen announcements about libraries making their events and calendars available on Burbio. Burbio is a free service that collects multiple community calendars in one place  so people can stay up-to-date on the local happenings that are important to them. The free community events platform collects all of a town's activities - library, school, government, and non-profit events - in one place and allows residents to personalize event feeds, add to their digital calendar, and receive updates. Burbio pulls event information from existing calendars so there's no additional work involved! This service is available on a free website, iOS and Android app. For more information or to sign up for Burbio, you can visit , or contact Casey Conlin, MHLS Library Sustainability Coordinator, The Beekman Library is the latest MHLS member library to join Burbio. Community conversations facilitated by the Beekman Library, as part of the Turning Outward program, revealed a community need for a centralized place for community event information, and Library Director, Carol Fortier, identified Burbio as a good solution to fill this need.
Trustee Resources
Oaths of Office for All Public Library Trustees: The New York State Library recently issued an important reminder that Public Officer's Law §10 requires all public library trustees (but not association library trustees) to take an oath of office within 30 days of beginning their term of office. Public library trustees are public officers and the oath of office is required to officially undertake and perform the duties of a public library trustee. If a public library trustee does not properly complete and file an oath of office, the trustee's position may be deemed vacant. See Public Officer's Law §30(1)(h). For more information about how and why the oath of office is administered, and where to properly file an oath of office, please see the Oaths of Office FAQ page on the State Library's website:       
Job Openings
Part-time Library Clerk, Millbrook Library
Position Overview:  Performs a variety of library circulation and clerical procedures with a strong customer service focus.

General Duties:
  • Performs all circulation desk duties using computerized system, including
    • Check materials in/out/renew materials
    • Reserve materials
    • Collects fines and tallies daily
  • Performs all opening/closing procedures in work area/public areas
  • Assists patrons who want to borrow and return library materials.
  • Fills and processes requests for library materials through the Mid-Hudson system.
  • Issues library cards according to established procedures.
  • Attends to all circulation problems in a professional and timely manner. This includes but is not limited to processing overdue notices, expiring patron records, and outstanding holds.
  • Responds to general information requests by telephone and in person. Utilize library resources such as databases, reference materials, and the Internet to supply needed information.
  • Returns materials to appropriate location on shelves.
  • Assists in assuring accurate library records and shelving by shelf-reading and reshelving of materials as needed.
  • Greets and assists patrons.
  • Performs basic cataloging functions.
  • Assists in any way needed including but not limited to preparing new materials for circulation, making phone calls, programming, maintaining a neat and orderly appearance in the library, maintaining the library's social media presence.
Supervised By:
  • Takes direction from Senior Library Clerk & Head of Circulation.
Qualifications Profile:
  • High school graduate
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions
  • Ability to learn Dewey Decimal system, automated circulation system, and library circulation policies and procedures
  • Ability to create courteous pleasant first impression of library
  • Ability to establish good patron rapport
  • Flexibility to deal with multiple and extra unexpected tasks and patrons simultaneously
  • Basic typing/computer skills
  • Ability to learn media/computer operations
  • Physical ability to bend to floor level, stretch, reach, lift and carry books
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Regular Saturday rotations, 9:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

11.30/ hr
This position includes vacation, personal, and sick time, and some paid holidays.
E-mail résumé  to by July 12

Operations Clerk, Town of Ulster Public Library
The Town of Ulster  Public Library is seeking a dynamic individual to join a strong collaborative team as a Full Time Clerk / Library Assistant and work with us in a busy, vibrant and friendly environment. This position reports to the Library Director. The selected candidate will  provide steady support for the library, uphold circulation standards, schedule the staff and be responsible for the building when the director is not present. 
The right person for this position:
  • Is interested and engaged in the work of libraries. 
  • Takes initiative. 
  • Is motivated to seek out, organize, maintain and retain information. 
  • Organizes efficiently. 
  • Is comfortable learning new technologies and assisting others with basic computer needs. 
  • Is curious and committed to continuing to learn about libraries. 
  • Works well as part of a collaborative team. 
  • Has excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to think critically to understand the needs of library users
  • Exhibits tact and courtesy in dealing with staff and the public
  • Is able to work evenings (until 8:00 pm) and Saturdays. 
Specific responsibilities include:
  • Scheduling adequate coverage for circulation desk, programming and volunteers. 
  • Takes responsibility of the building in the absence of the Library Director. 
  • Ensures adherence to shared standards for circulation. 
  • Maintain statistics and develop reports.
  • Ordering and processing materials for designated areas of the collection.
  • Assisting with circulation desk coverage and duties. 
 Minimum qualifications:
  • High School education or equivalent.
  • Two years previous experience in libraries. 
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Familiarity with the Sierra or other integrated library system. 
  • Ability to speak and write in Spanish. 
This is a full time (35 hours per week) position with some nights and weekends required. The Town of Ulster Public Library is an equal opportunity employer and abides by Civil Service hiring regulations.  A high school education or equivalent is required. A Bachelor's Degree and/or previous experience is preferred. Salary starts at $27,000 annually, with some negotiability on experience, and offers a benefits, paid time off and SRA options. Please email a current résumé along with a cover letter to

Part-time Library Clerk, Town of Ulster Public Library
The Town of Ulster  Public Library is seeking a dynamic individual to join a strong collaborative team as a library clerk and work with us  in a busy, vibrant and friendly environment.  
In addition to supporting the basic operations of the circulation desk, the candidate should be familiar with libraries, be comfortable learning new technologies and assisting others with basic computer needs. Familiarity with the Sierra integrated library system is a plus, as is library experience. 
This is a part time (17.5 hours per week) position with nights and weekends required. The Town of Ulster Public Library abides by Civil Service hiring regulations.  A high school education or equivalent is required. Ability to speak Spanish is a strong plus. Pay begins at $12.00 per hour. Please email a current  
résumé along with a meaningful cover letter to 
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