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Volume 19-06 | 2.5.19
Syndetics Unbound is Live! 
We are now live with our Syndetics Unbound Catalog Enhancement. This change was recommended by the Central Library/Collection Development Advisory Committee and approved by the Directors Association in November 2018. Syndetics Unbound provides a comprehensive solution for providing the elements that make a record more interesting, connected and relevant to users in our online catalog. The service provides cover images, summaries, author info., 'look inside', series, 'you may also like', professional reviews, reader reviews, other available formats, tags, reading level, awards, shelf browse and more.
(Above) Records contain author information and Read-Alikes.
(Above) Patrons can easily access different formats of the title.
MHLS member libraries may use the content provided through Syndetics in their promotional materials, web displays and literature. To view this new feature live, scroll down to the bottom of the page of any full record in Encore (
MHLS Announcements
Check out Valatie Free Library's first Real People. Real Dollars. patron!

Participate in the MHLS Real People. Real Dollars. Campaign
to help us tell the story of what a good investment libraries are leading up to Advocacy Day on February 27th. Investing in libraries has a big return on investment for the communities they serve. Real People. Real Dollars. tells that story in pictures by working with a patron or a family of patrons to calculate how much they save annually by using the library. If your library would like to participate in this campaign learn more at: or contact Kerstin Cruger, Library Sustainability Associate & Communications Specialist at
MHLS Libraries
The Millbrook Library Board of Trustees is pleased to  announce that Kirsten Woodin was appointed as the new Director of the Millbrook Library on December 18th, 2018.
Ms. Woodin began working at the Library on Tuesday, January 22nd. M s. Woodin has served as the Library Manager for the Salamanca Public Library in Salamanca, New York since November of 2014.
Resource Sharing & Sierra
ILP Operations Supervisor Thomas O'Connell will offer two lunchtime webinars this month:
This webinar is intended for any new staff, or perhaps experienced staff wondering if there are more efficient ways to do things while covering the circulation desk.
This webinar is designed for staff responsible for gathering monthly statistics for their library or who would like to discover new ways of exploring the transaction activity of their collection. The webinar will cover when to use Web Management Reports instead of (or along with) Create Lists, what information can be accessed through Web Management Reports, and how to interpret the data you generate.
Please register for these sessions through the MHLS online calendar
Sustainable Libraries
New York Reads: Drawdown provides your community with the opportunity to come together in conversation around science-based solutions that can help them take purposeful action with focus. By prioritizing discussions around the 100 most impactful solutions for slowing down climate change, citizens and whole communities  can spend their time, energy and enthusiasm on making a true difference for their future.
The NYLA Sustainability Initiative has created the New York Reads: Drawdown Toolkit to supply your library or community group with resources to help you host conversations around the essays found in Drawdown for the month of March 2019. Then you're ready to take part in the Drawdown EcoChallenge (April 3-24), when you can put your knowledge into action. The Toolkit has everything you need to order the book, start the conversation, run a program and do publicity.
To access the Toolkit and learn more about the program visit
Administration & Management
New Director's Forum | Wednesday, February 20th | 12:30-2:30pm (after the DA meeting)

This event is designed for MHLS library directors who have been in their position for three (3) years or less.

Our topic will be Managing Technology for Today & Tomorrow. We will be joined by MHLS Assistant Director/Technology Operations Manager Laurie Shedrick and IT Operations Supervisor Gerry Formby who will introduce and customize the new Toward Gigabit Libraries Toolkit to help participants:
  • Improve and evolve your understanding of your library's network, equipment and connections
  • Connect with best practices for managing technology upgrades, software and web sites
  • Identify your next steps to manage and advance the technology your library relies on and provides
Please register for these sessions through the MHLS online calendar
Job Openings
Part-Time Clerk, Pawling Library
The Pawling Library is looking for a part-time clerk to join our team by working at the circulation desk. This position will work three days on alternating weeks: Tuesday (5:00 PM - 8:00 PM),Saturday (9:30 AM - 4:00 PM), and either Monday or Friday (3:00 PM - 5:00 PM).

This job requires attention to detail, ability to work independently and with others, multi-tasking, and most importantly strong customer service skills.
The library clerk performs the following functions:
  • All circulation duties: included but not limited to checking items in and out, pulling holds, processing materials, registering patrons, collecting fines, shelving and shelf maintenance.
  • Provides information to the public on library policies and procedures.
  • Performs routine searches and updates of computer records.
  • Contacts patrons to deliver messages or information on library materials.
  • Provides reference and readers advisory when needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the library director.
We are looking for a candidate with the following skills:
  • Interest in library materials (such as books, movies, and video games) and library events.
  • A large degree of comfort with technology.
  • Ability to answer questions about the library.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others.
Position:  Part-Time: 11.5 hours per biweekly pay period

Pay:  $11.10 - $13.75/hr, depending on experience

Benefits:  After six months of employment, part-time employees accrue paid time off in proportion to their hours worked.

Instructions to Applicants:  Interested individuals should apply online at

Deadline to apply Sunday February 24th

Youth & Teen Services Coordinator, Millbrook Library
The Millbrook Library is looking for an enthusiastic and engaging person to join our Youth Services Team at the Millbrook Library. The primary responsibility of this position is to plan, promote, and implement literacy and STEAM programs for children and teens from 3rd grade through high school.   Other r esponsibilities include: 
  • Outreach to and collaboration with local school librarians, parents, and organizations within the community
  • Ordering materials for older children and teens
  • Identifying opportunities to secure grants for programs geared to children and young adults
  • Assisting with local school visits
  • Maintaining statistics and developing reports
  • Recruiting, training, and working with youth-oriented volunteers including, perhaps, a youth advisory team
  • Occasional circulation desk shifts
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Bachelor's Degree in the education field or Associates Degree with 1-3 years of experience working with children in a library, preschool or similar setting, preferred. 
  • The right candidate is:
    • Reliable
    • Courteous
    • Able to work effectively with adults, children and teens
    • Self-motivated
    • Able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
    • Able to keep accurate records
    • And has strong computer and writing skills 
  • Approximately 21 hours per week including some evenings and occasional Saturdays.
Pay Rate:  
  • $15.00 per hour including paid holidays. Eligible for vacation, personal and sick time pay after six months.
Email résumé and cover letter to Kirsten Woodin at
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