Mark your calendars for these upcoming 2019 "library celebrations."
Many of these events are sponsored by the American Library Association [ALA] or other organizations that provide marketing materials for the event. These can be great programming and PR opportunities in your community:
Library Lovers Month
Take Your Child to the Library Day
: February 2
Digital Learning Day
: February 28
Teen Tech Week
: March 3-9
Freedom of Information Day
: March 16
School Library Month
National D.E.A.R. Day
(Drop Everything and Read): April 12
National Library Week
: April 7-13
Theme: Libraries = Strong Communities
National Library Workers Day
: April 9
Money Smart Week
: March 30 - April 6
: April 21-27
Children's Day/Book Day - El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día)
Choose Privacy Week
: May 1-7
Children's Book Week
: April 29 - May 5
100th Anniversary Theme: Read Now. Read Forever.
GLBT Book Month™
Library Card Sign-up Month
Banned Books Week
: September (week TBD)
Teen Read Week
: October 13-19
The Great Give Back:
International Games Week
: (week TBD)
Member Library Annual Report to the State Dates:
- All reports due to MHLS Friday, February 15th
2019 MHLS Directors Association Meeting Dates:
- Wednesday, February 20 (Business Meeting)
- Thursday, March 7 (DA Sponsored Workshop)
- Tuesday, April 9 (Business Meeting)
- Friday, May 3 (DA Sponsored Workshop)
- Tuesday, June 11 (Business Meeting)
- Thursday, July 11 (DA Sponsored Workshop)
- Friday, September 6 (Business Meeting)
- Thursday, October 3 (DA Sponsored Workshop)
- Wednesday, November 6 (Business Meeting / Luncheon)
All MHLS Directors Association Meetings are held from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm in the MHLS Auditorium.
2019 MHLS Board of Trustee Meeting Dates:
- Saturday, January 19 @Highland Public Library, Highland (snow date 2/2)
- Saturday, March 23 (snow date 3/30)
- Wednesday, May 8 @Kinderhook Memorial Library, Kinderhook
- Wednesday, July 10
- Wednesday, September 18
- Friday, October 25 - (Combined with MHLS Annual Membership Meeting, Location TBD)
- Saturday, December 7 (snow date 12/14)
All MHLS Board meetings are held from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm in the MHLS Auditorium unless otherwise noted.
2019 Conference Dates:
Urban Librarians Conference:
April 12 in Brooklyn, NY
Computers in Libraries: March 26-28 in Arlington, VA.
2019 Trustee Institute:
Date and Location TBA
New York Library Association (NYLA) Annual Conference:
November 13-16 in Saratoga Springs, NY
Resource Sharing & Sierra
Now is a great time for directors and staff to review the MHLS Resource Sharing Standards approved by the Directors Association. These are the rules that all 66 member libraries agree to use to facilitate the amazing sharing network of the Mid-Hudson Library System:
Oaths of Office:
New York State Public Officer's Law 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. If a public library trustee does not properly complete and file an oath of office, the trustee's position may be deemed vacant. For more information please see the Oaths of Office FAQ on the New York State Library's website: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/trustees/oath.htm
Library Director, Plattekill Public Library
The Plattekill Public Library, a Special Legislative District Public Library in Southern Ulster County is seeking a Director to oversee library operations serving a community of 10,000 residents, managing an annual budget of over $450,000, and supervising a staff of 3 full time and 7 part time employees.
Salary commensurate with experience, with a competitive benefits package, including participation in the New York State Retirement System.
Required Qualifications: MLS from ALA accredited school; Possession of a current New York State Public Librarian's professional certificate at time of application. Applicant must meet the training and experience criteria for Director I job specifications as set forth by the Ulster County Department of Personnel for permanent appointment
Preferred Qualifications: 3-5
years of progressively responsible library administrative experience. Experience should include a broad background in management, administration/human resources, operations, fundraising and finance, as well as knowledge of library services, operations and collections.
- Responsible for administering the safe and efficient operation of the Library, its programs and services, in compliance with all applicable laws, and policies and decisions of the Board;
- Oversees continuous development of relevant library materials and services; responsible for the development of the Library's collections; plans and implements programs and services for patrons.
- Exhibits a high level of administrative and supervisory skills including: recruiting, hiring and training new employees, as well as coordinating the continued training and development of staff members; administering personnel policies; preparing performance evaluations of staff members; record keeping; preparing the annual budget, state and local reports; and oversees the financial audit;
- Possesses exceptional interpersonal, written and oral communication skills;
- Exercises considerable professional skill, initiative and good judgment, and the ability to establish effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, Friends of the Library, patrons, the public and the Board to promote the library as an integral and vital component of the community;
- Familiarity with current and emerging technologies and their application(s) in a library setting.
Qualified applicants should submit cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references no later than February 1, 2019 to:
Donna Ebanks, Secretary Board of Trustees
Plattekill Public Library 2017 Rt. 32, Modena, NY 12548
Cataloging Specialist, Mid-Hudson Library System
The person in this position p
erforms primarily copy-cataloging duties including
creating, editing, adding and maintaining records in the ILS
to ensure that database records are complete, up-to-date, and accurate, and provides training and support to staff and member libraries as required.
- Bachelor's degree; or related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- A working knowledge of Integrated Library System (ILS) software.
- Working knowledge of MARC structure.
- Proficiency in searching bibliographic databases for records.
- Familiarity with Library of Congress subject headings, RDA, and AACR2 record organization.
- The ability to interpret and write documentation related to cataloging procedures.
- Must have strong verbal communication skills in phone support and in-person training environments.
- The ability to adapt to changing technologies.
- Familiarity with the Windows operating system and Microsoft Office suite.
- Experience using either the Millennium or Sierra ILS.
- Experience with consortia or cooperative library environments.
- Some background in written Spanish.
- Experience with MARC-Edit software.
- Experience with library vendor software such as Baker and Taylor TS360 and Midwest Tapes.
Hiring salary for this full-time position is $41,000 with excellent benefits including New York State retirement; medical and dental insurance; and paid vacation and sick leave. Please submit your cover letter and résumé online as an PDF attachment to
Application Deadline: Monday, January 14th.