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Volume 18-08 | 2.20.18 
Project Outcome is Coming!
Public library services put people on the path to literacy, technological know-how, or a better job - but what we are often missing is the data to show it. Outcome measurement helps libraries answer the questions: How can we better measure and demonstrate our community impact? What good did our services do?
Would you like to implement outcome measurement in your library? Join us for a free Project Outcome Regional Training, a full day, in-person workshop on Wednesday, April 25th in Poughkeepsie, NY. At this workshop a Project Outcome trainer will facilitate the planning process for implementing outcome measurement using Project Outcome tools. You will learn how to deploy the Project Outcome standardized surveys in your library, collect and use resulting data, and leverage the project's support network to ensure successful adoption. Be a part of a cohort of public libraries interested in implementing Project Outcome to drive change, influence decision making, and demonstrate the impact of their library's programs and services on the community.
The goal of Project Outcome is to help public libraries understand and share the impact of essential library programs and services. Project Outcome provides simple tools and a supportive online community of library leaders to help public libraries collect insights and data about all the ways we are meeting the needs of our communities. This understanding can improve the way public libraries do business - from allocating existing resources more efficiently to advocating for new resources more effectively. Project Outcome is an initiative of the Public Library Association. For more information, visit For more information and to register visit . We expect this even to "sell out" so register today to reserve your seat! 
MHLS Announcements
The Search for a New MHLS Executive Director Begins: As noted in the report from the last MHLS Board Meeting, MHLS Executive Director Tom Sloan has notified the board of his decision to submit on or before May 1, 2018, a ninety (90) day notice of his intent to conclude his MHLS contract. What's next?   The board has designated the MHLS Executive Committee to serve as the MHLS Executive Director Search Committee and authorized the Committee to hire a professional search firm that specializes in national executive searches for library organizations. Stay tuned to the MHLS Bulletin for developments!
Renewing Items From OCLC: The MHLS Interlibrary Loan Department coordinates services for members to borrow from nationwide collections through OCLC, when items are not available in Sierra or SEAL. A reminder that these items brought in through OCLC cannot be renewed by member library staff or patrons. If your patron needs an extension, please contact Tara Stohr ( who can request an extension from the supplying library.
MHLS Libraries
The Highland Public Library has a new home! The library moved into their brand new, 10,250-square foot building earlier this year and celebrated with a grand opening celebration in late January. The new facility has an orchard theme (can you spot the "apple lamp" in the photo with MHLS IT Operations Supervisor Gerry Fomby?) and boasts a large community meeting room which can accommodate over 70 people, a conference room, large screen TV ideal for Skyping and a magical children's room flanked by two large wooden cut outs of trees, lit by a changing pattern of colored lights!

Above: Two-story trees flank the entrance to the children's room
The former library was just 2,900-square feet and in rough shape. Library director Julie Kelsall-Dempsey shared with a reporter from Hudson Valley One that "Everyone who has come in has loved [the new building.] The new building was financed through a $4.85 voter-approved bond as well as more than half a million dollars in grants and private donations.

Above: Julie Kelsall-Dempsey, Director of the Highland Public Library & Gerry Formby, MHLS IT Operations Supervisor, in front of Highland Public Library's new computers. 

Above: Library Director Julie Kelsall-Dempsey paused for a photo during the grand opening event with (left-right) Assemblymember Frank Skartados, Congressman John Faso, Senator George Amedore and library board president Joanne Loewenthal
Job Openings
The Mahopac Public Library is seeking a full-time Library Assistant (Technology) to work in our Emerging Technologies and Reference Departments. Evening and weekend hours as required.
Successful candidates will:
  • Be enthusiastic life-long learners
  • Be comfortable working with computers
  • Be interested in technology and cultural trends
  • Be comfortable testing and learning new technology
  • Have a good eye for design, and have past experience designing marketing materials and flyers
  • Have strong problem solving skills
  • Have solid writing skills
  • Have experience with or an interest in website content management systems, WordPress preferred
  • Have a basic knowledge of HTML; knowledge of CSS, PHP, &/or JavaScript a plus
  • Have experience with or an interest in user experience design, user interface design, and  information architecture
Key Responsibilities include:
  • Assist with website maintenance: backing up files, creating/editing posts, performing basic page edits, setting up home page alert notices
  • Creating images, interactive pdfs, gifs, and videos for the library website.
  • Testing web design and content structure
  • Collaborating on marketing & social media campaigns
  • Using tech skills to enhance outreach efforts
  • Learning about and testing software, apps, databases, and provide feedback
  • Assisting patrons at public computers with basic questions and printing help
  • Answering basic reference questions and locate nonfiction print material
  • Placing holds, provide instruction on how to use the library catalog.
  • Promoting library events.
  • Assisting patrons and staff with questions on basic technology skills, digital literacy, and the library's digital services.
  • Maintaining and developing an assigned section of the collection.
Minimum training and experience:
Bachelor's degree and one (1) year of paid or unpaid experience which included use of website content management system (CMS) software, as well as graphic and/or visual design, photo-editing, desktop publishing or related software.
Civil Service:
The position of Library Assistant (Technology) is a competitive position within the Putnam County Civil Service Department.  Provisional appointment will be made with a Civil Service examination to be held at a later date for permanent appointment.

Salary: $25.00/hr.
Please submit a résumé and cover letter expressing your interest to:
Laura Crisci, Head of Emerging Technologies
Mahopac Public Library
668 Route 6
Mahopac, NY  10541
(845) 628-2009 X 105
(845) 621-0205 (fax)
Deadline for applications is March 16.
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