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Volume 19-32 | 8.6.19 
Sierra Users Group
The Sierra Users Group event on Friday, August 23rd from 9:00am-12:00pm in the MHLS Auditorium offers an opportunity for staff, who use Sierra, to come together with peers from other libraries to discuss the platform and share ideas. 
The meeting agenda includes 2 sessions. From 9:00- 9:50am we will present a training session on custom hold pickup notices, using print templates in Sierra. The Users Group session will begin at 10:00am and consist of release updates, feature showcases and a forum for sharing ideas. The meeting includes:
  • Training event (9:00-9:50am): an introduction to Print templates and customizing a hold pickup notice.
  • Users group (10:00am-12:00pm):
    • Introduction to the Sierra Roadmap, and the new knowledgebase website.
    • "Inspire" - Innovative's next generation Discovery platform that will replace Encore.
    • Open Forum | Ice Breaker topic: Training staff
Please indicate on the registration form which sessions you will attend Questions should be directed to Thomas O'Connell, MHLS ILP Operations Supervisor at
MHLS Announcements
Mark Wilson, President of the MHLS Board of Trustees just completed visits with each of the five counties director associations. Mark and Ric Swierat, MHLS Board Vice President most recently visited the Greene County Library Association (pictured below).
Group of people standing
(l-r) MHLS Board President Mark Wilson, Mountain Top Library Director Maureen Garcia, Hunter Public Library Director Regina Johnson, Cairo Public Library Director Debra Kamecke, Greenville Public Library Director Barbara Flach, Windham Public Library Director Candace Begley, D.R. Evarts Library Director Sam Gruber, Heermance Memorial Library Director Catherine Benson and MHLS Board Vice-President Ric Swierat.
MHLS Libraries
The Germantown Library partnered with Dr. Bruce Robertson (pictured above) from Bard College to hold a nature walk! Patrons went out in nature, learned bird calls, and fun facts about insects and plants. The nature walk was held at KEEP Conservation Preserve in Germantown.
Professional Development
Early bird registration for the New York Library Association (NYLA) Annual Conference ends August 31st. The 2019 NYLA Annual Conference will be held in Saratoga Springs, NY from November 13-16 and your MHLS peers will be presenting!
  • Tips for Engaging Friends as Partners - Carol Fortier, Beekman Library
  • Increasing Cardholder Activation and Retention
    • Gloria Goverman, East Fishkill Community Library
    • Emily Chameides, Hudson Area Association Library
    • Gillian Thorpe, Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library
    • AnnaLee Dragon, Kinderhook Memorial Library
    • Daniela Pulice, Pleasant Valley Free Library
    • Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Executive Director
  • YSS Table Talks - Paul Agne, Red Hook Public Library
  • Programming for All Abilities - Amy Smith, Red Hook Public Library
  • Data-driven Collection Management - Casey Conlin, MHLS Library Sustainability Coordinator  
  • Sustainable Thinking for Friends - Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Executive Director
  • Hopepunk Sustainability: Libraries in the Lead - Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Executive Director
Check out the new resources available for libraries participating in The Great Give Back.
  • PowerPoint slides from the July 17th online meeting
  • Marketing Materials
    • Customizable flier template (Canva)
    • The Great Give Back logo in a variety of colors (downloadable)
  • Examples of projects and programs to inspire you
All of these resources and more are available at
If your library is participating in the October 19th event please take a few minutes to let us know what you are planning by filling out a brief form available at  The next online meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 10th from 2:00- 3:00pm. Please register through the online calendar
If you missed the deadline to RSVP to participate in The Great Give Back, it's not too late ! Interested libraries can still sign-up at
Administration & Management
Woman presenting
At the DA Workshop Meeting on July 11th, library directors learned about managing employee performance from Jennifer Bollerman (pictured above), Assistant Director at the Patchogue-Medford Library. Bollerman is responsible for staff development, including mentoring, coaching and staff training. Key strategies she shared include; setting clear expectations for staff, creating and documenting performance and development goals, using Performance Development Plans (PDPs) to track and review performance and documenting performance issues and employing progressive discipline.
I n 1984, Matilda R. Cuomo, program chair, created and implemented the New York State Mentoring Program at the request of her husband, Governor Mario M. Cuomo. The Mentoring Program seeks to create positive and supportive mentor relationships to help students stay engaged in school and in their studies. Students are matched with screened and trained mentors, and dedicated mentors help their mentees develop self-esteem, embrace healthy lifestyles, appreciate diversity, improve their financial literacy and make positive life choices. For brochures, to participate as a mentor, to connect teens with mentors or to learn more, please visit
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