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Volume 19-01 | 1.1.19 
Start Planning for 2019
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 : February

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 : April
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
Preservation Week : April 21-27
Children's Day/Book Day - El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día) : 
April 30 |
Choose Privacy Week : May 1-7
Children's Book Week : April 29 - May 5
100th Anniversary Theme: Read Now. Read Forever.
GLBT Book Month™ : June
Library Card Sign-up Month : September
Banned Books Week : September (week TBD)
Teen Read Week : October 13-19
The Great Give Back: October 19
National Friends of Libraries Week : October 20-26
International Games Week : (week TBD)
MHLS Announcements
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.
Professional Development
2019 Conference Dates:

Urban Librarians Conference: April 12 in Brooklyn, NY
Youth Services Section (YSS) Annual Spring Conference: April 26 in Tarrytown, NY
Computers in Libraries: March 26-28 in Arlington, VA.
Innovative Users Group (IUG) Conference : May 5-8 in Phoenix, AZ
2019 Trustee Institute: Date and Location TBA
Hudson Children's Book Festival: May 4 in Hudson, NY
American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference : June 20-25 in Washington DC

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:  
Sustainable Libraries
NYLA Library Advocacy Day: February 27 in Albany, NY
NYLA Sustainability Initiative - Drawdown Book Club: March/April
Trustee Resources
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:
Job Openings
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.
Required Qualifications:
  • 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.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • 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. 
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