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Volume 7.3.18 | 18-27 
Sierra Circulation 101
Join MHLS ILP Operations Supervisor Thomas O'Connell on Wednesday, July 25th for a Sierra 101 webinar.

This webinar is designed for new staff but more experienced staff seeking more efficient ways to do things while covering the circ desk are welcome to register as well. This is a good venue to ask questions that you've always wondered about!
This is a live webinar which will run from noon-12:45 pm. There is limited "seating" so register soon if this is of interest to you! Please register online at Log-in information for the webinar will be sent to your email address in advance of the event.  
MHLS Announcements
MHLS will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day . There will be no deliveries and the MHLS ticket system will not be monitored.

July 15th is the first 2018 deadline to take advantage of the MHLS Member Library Mileage Equalization Grant Program . For more info:  
MHLS Libraries
The Roeliff Jansen Community Library board shined a spotlight on retiring director Carol Briggs at their annual gala this month with an announcement that they have named the library's community room in her honor! Carol was the library director for 45 years! "Over the course of 45 years, Carol has shepherded the library through an immense evolution," said library board president Pat Placona in an interview with the Berkshire Eagle, "Apart from the challenges of moving the library from Hillsdale to its new home in Copake, Carol was instrumental in keeping the library up to date as we moved from card catalogues to computers and date cards to barcodes. Carol has served tens of thousands of patrons, some of whom first came to the library as children and now bring their own children and even grandchildren to the library today. We wish her the best in her retirement. Carol is shown above with library board president Pat Placona.

l-r: LaGrange Association Library Director Mary M. De Bellis, Senator Sue Serino, LaGrange Association Library Board President Erin Hawks

The LaGrange Association Library was honored to have NYS Senator Sue Serino come for a tour on June 21st. Senator Serino has been instrumental in securing aid for the public libraries in her district and library systems in New York State. She is also an avid e-book reader and has discovered the Overdrive collection! Library Director Mary De Bellis reported that it was a pleasure for her, along with the library's Board President and staff to personally express their thanks for Sue for her unwavering support and advocacy.
Sustainable Libraries
Get ready for National Voter Registration Day 2018! Will your library help activate citizens throughout your community by participating in National Voter Registration Day this September? Learn more at and sign up to be a 2018 Partner.

"Partners" organize in-person voter registration efforts on National Voter Registration day and promote voter registration through marketing and communication efforts. Already planning a voter registration drive? We want to know about it! Please email MHLS Coordinator for Library Sustainability, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich at
Administration & Management
More than a week - "Choose Privacy" is now an everyday choice:
The American Library Association's "Choose Privacy" website 
[ ] has a new look and a new URL which emphasizes the importance of preserving patron privacy and data security in today's libraries every day of the year. Since 2010, ALA's "Choose Privacy" website has served as a valuable source of news, information, resources and programming related to privacy, confidentiality and data security in the digital world.
Job Openings
Library Clerk, Red Hook Public Library
Red Hook Public Library is seeking a positive, energetic library clerk to work 12-20 hours per week.
Applicants must be flexible, responsible, proficient with a wide range of technology, and have obsessive attention to detail. Successful applicants will be committed to providing exemplary service to patrons while ensuring patron privacy.
The selected applicant will be joining a dedicated, collaborative, creative team and have the pleasure of working in a fun, engaging environment with plenty of opportunity to grow.
Applicants must be high school graduates with working knowledge of computers, Microsoft Office products, and the internet.  Familiarity with the Sierra integrated library system is a plus, as is library experience and a healthy sense of humor. References will be requested.
The position offers a wage of $11 per hour with no benefits.  This is a non-competitive Civil Service position. Regular schedule will include weekdays, evenings, and occasional Saturdays.

Résumés & meaningful cover letters may be sent to
Program Assistant, Red Hook Public Library
  • Assist in promoting library use, especially programs and special services, for all ages.
  • Establish positive working relationships with staff and patrons as well as community organizations and community residents and visitors.
  • Respect diverse cultures and experiences.
  • Exhibit flexibility and a willingness to work in a dynamic, busy, and changing environment.
  • Participate in continuing education opportunities, attending trainings, seminars, committees and other professional development activities; reading professional literature; attending and participating in staff, system, and regional discussions.
  • Follow oral and written instructions.
  • Communicate effectively in both oral, written, phone and email forms.
  • Expect to work a variety of hours including occasional weekends and evenings.
  • Administer and implement applicable grants.
  • Work at the desk, including all duties of a library clerk.
  • Work with Program Coordinator and administration to develop and present programming for adults.
    • Conceive, develop, and market programming in innovative ways.
    • Create flyers, press releases, and talking points to promote programs.
    • Present programming outside the library and in partnership with schools and other organizations.
    • Prepare program plans, supplies, and materials in a timely manner.
    • Set up, facilitate, clean up, and evaluate programs.
    • Develop programming with a very limited budget in mind.
  • Develop, present, or help with programs for children and teens as needed.
  • Coordinate the Homebound Delivery Service, services for the visually impaired, and other special services as required.
Bachelor's degree preferred. Must possess prior professional experience working with youth and adults in group settings. Excellent verbal and written communication skills needed. Working knowledge of computers and the internet required.

This is a non-competitive civil service position. It starts at $12/hour for 12-20 hours per week and includes weekdays, evenings, and Saturdays. There are no benefits.  Résumés  & meaningful cover letters may be sent to

Red Hook Public Library has been serving the community of Red Hook and its need for lifelong learning since 1898. In 1935, the library made its home in a mid-nineteenth century octagonal building based on the designs of Orson Squire Fowler. Since 2013, it has been designated a five-star library by Library Journal, and in 2015 was a finalist for the Best Small Library in America Award, given by Library Journal and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2015 it was awarded the Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award.
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