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Volume 18-07 | 2.13.18 
Trustee Education Series
MHLS is pleased to announce three upcoming workshops for library trustees:
Trustee Essentials
Particularly for new board members but open to all. Library board members looking for essential, basic information to increase their effectiveness in serving on a library board will benefit from attending this session:
Financial & Fiduciary Responsibility

This course is for trustees who have been on the board for at least a year and will focus on the financial and fiduciary responsibility involved with the library budget, library funding, financial policies, reports to the board and external audits.
For more information and to register please visit the MHLS online calendar:
MHLS Announcements
MHLS will be closed on Monday, February 19th in observance of Presidents Day. There will be no deliveries. MHLS staff will be available via the MHLS ticket system ( from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm to support system-wide Sierra/catalog critical issues.

'Intent to Apply' Form for 2018 MHLS Outreach Mini Grant Program - due April 9: NYS Outreach Categorical Aid funds, received from the NYS Library Division of Library Development and administered by MHLS, will be used to fund mini-grants of up to $2,000 per member library to develop programs and services to attract and connect to outreach target populations and form relevant community partnerships at the local level.
Outreach target populations [as defined in Education Law §273 (1) (h) (1)] are those who are educationally disadvantaged, members of ethnic or minority groups in need of special library services, unemployed, blind, physically disabled, have developmental or learning disabilities, or who are aged or confined in institutions.
This mini-grant is contingent on 2018 funding by New York State. At this time we are seeking a simple 'Intent to Apply' Form from member libraries who are interested. Applications will be sent to libraries that have filed an 'Intent to Apply' Form, when the state funding is confirmed. 'Intent to Apply' Forms, information, requirements and ideas of previous successful projects available at 
MHLS Libraries
The Howland Public Library (Beacon), Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library (Cold Spring) and Desmond-Fish Library (Garrison) have joined forces once again and are offering a documentary film club for kids in 6th grade and up. Monthly viewing of films rotate among the libraries and feature discussions with filmmakers! They recently viewed the film Waste Land: On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.
Professional Development
Coding and computer science are a national educational priority, and are important skills for 21st century life for individuals of all ages. Join the STEAM and Making in Informal Learning Environments (SMILE) Community of Practice's "Day of Learning" at Bard College (30 Campus Road, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY 12504) on March 8th, 2018 from 10:00 am-3:30 pm to learn more about the critical role informal learning environments are posed to play with this newly mandated area of literacy. Participants will gain ideas, tools, strategies and inspiration for coding and computer science programs that are easy to replicate. During the workshop, participants will brainstorm and plan a coding program for their organization. They will also take part in hands-on training sessions on visual programming languages and syntactic programming languages. This learning day will help participants to gain the skills and confidence they need to support this core area of 21st learning at their institution. The event is free but space is limited so register soon! For more information and to register please visit Questions? Contact the event's host, Dawn Jardine, Director, Red Hook Public Library at 845.758.3241 or
Resource Sharing & Sierra
New opportunity for MHLS members: Catalog Roundtable! Not just for data entry staff! This interactive discussion group gives all levels of library staff the opportunity to converse with their peers, and contribute ideas, concerns and experiences related to our shared library catalog. You can attend this event @MHLS or online from your own computer! Register now through our online calendar for three upcoming events this year:
Please register online for these events at
Reference & Collection Development, provided by the Public Library Association (PLA) offers a collection of tutorials on a wide range of subjects, including navigating the World Wide Web, using email, searching online for employment and creating a résumé. The learning modules are video-based with narration at a fourth-grade reading level. Each lesson is between 6 and 22 minutes in duration and available in both English and Spanish. Although libraries regularly incorporate these tutorials as part of classroom teaching, they were designed to be taken independently, anywhere and at any time, by learners.
Administration & Management
Two recent webinars on E-rate topics are now available online thanks to the New York State Library:
  • How To File for E-rate Funding
  • Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and E-rate
Both webinars are available at
If you have any questions about E-rate for libraries, please contact Mary Anne Waltz:; 518.474.1479 .
Job Openings
The East Fishkill Public Library District has an opening for a part-time Reference Librarian. Must have MLS and be certified in NYS. Pays $21 per hour.
  • 15 hours per week including weekend rotation hours plus subbing as needed
  • Familiarity with social media, library databases, Sierra and library applications
  • Team player, work independently, know how to juggle busy reference desk
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Comfortable working with people of all ages and abilities
  • Requires fluency with social media and basic computer applications
  • Ability to work independently
Send résumé/ questions to Cindy Dubinski, Adult Services Librarian
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