Valatie Goes International: MHLS Bulletin12-26.jun


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Valatie Goes International: MHLS Bulletin12-26.jun

  1. 1. Vol. 12-26 6.26.12 Valatie Library Gets International Attention!The Valatiesome very high praiseCounty has received Library in Columbia for their plans “Net Zero” Defined by the U.S. Department of Energy: “In general, a net-zero energy building produces asto build a “near net-zero” energy library facility! much energy as it uses over the course of a year. Net-zeroThe United Nations Sustainability Initiative, The Future energy buildings are very energy efficient. The remaining lowWe Want / Rio+20, has selected the Valatie Library’s energy needs are typically met with on-site renewable energy.”project to feature on its Solutions page and duringtheir Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil which was heldlast week. From the library’s press release: MHLS Announcements MHLS will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th. There will be no deliveries.“Valaties 80 year old library was no longer meeting the needs of itsconstituency. Considering the exponentially rising costs of energy,a plan to relocate to a much larger space would prohibitively Resource Sharing & Millenniumdeplete the operating budget. The librarys goal is to reduce both Eric Takes a Road Trip to Help Your Library! Don’tthe need and the expense of energy for the library. miss out! Starting in July, Eric McCarthy, MHLS Automation Coordinator, will be taking a road trip to allArchitecture has provided a unique solution: our building designer, five counties served by MHLS to provide training onDavid Bienn - who has over two decades of “evergreen” design Patron Data Entry. It is strongly recommended by theinitiatives, working with sustainable communities in Europe and the Directors Association that each library plan to send atUSA - has specified energy-efficient, emerging-technology least one staff person to a session:materials and construction techniques, viewing the building as amicrocosm of the community. The planned green building project Thursday, July 12 | Mahopac Librarywill align our resource-use with ever-green practices, including the Monday, July 16 | Catskill Public Libraryinstallation of skylights, photovoltaic solar panel technology, andductless air conditioning, with the goal of attaining Net-Zero Thursday, July 19 | Elting Memorial Library in New Paltzenergy usage, "allowing the library to be more self-sufficientin unpredictable economic times, as an ever-present member Wednesday, July 25 | MHLS Auditorium in Poughkeepsieof the Valatie and world community", said Bienn.” Friday, July 27 | Roeliff Jansen Community in HillsdalePlease see the United Nations Sustainability Initiative Please register online at more information on the Valatie Project: Trustee ResourcesTrend Watching: Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Got a FOIL Policy? Many libraries are required toCoordinator for Library Growth & Sustainability, has have a policy that outlines how to respond to arecently heard from three member libraries that are Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request.currently considering “Net-Zero Energy” goals for their FOIL is intended to allow citizens to access the recordsnew facility projects! Rebekkah is a certified Sustainable of government and related entities. Check out pages 3-Building Advisor and LEED AP and available to your library 9 of Your Right to Know:to discuss your energy efficiency plans! for
  2. 2. FOIL details. (This document also has a great Document, Document, Documentsummary of Open Meetings Law!) Association File incident reports but make them brief. What they did,libraries are generally not subject to FOIL. what you did and why you did it. Done! [Sample incident report forms are available on MHLS’ web site at]However, association libraries can choose tovoluntarily comply with FOIL, and indicate that when Equal Treatment for Allreplying to a request, particularly if they receive Remember: React to the behavior not the person’ssignificant public funding. appearance. Behavioral issues can come from anyone at anytime. Don’t make exceptions; everyone should be held toFor Special District, School District & Municipal Public the same standard. [Webinar write-up provided by Kerstin Cruger,Libraries: MHLS Marketing & Program Assistant]• You must respond to a FOIL request, in writing, Job Openings within 5 days of the request stating whether you are Library Director: Millbrook Free Library is seeking a granting or denying the request in whole or in part, or dynamic leader for an active library in a vibrant stating how much time you will need to respond to the community. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s request. Bob and Ellen suggested making the response degree and 3 years of progressively responsible library a staff function (director), to ensure timely action. administrative experience, including a broad background in management, administration, operations• You must maintain a “subject matter list”: “The list is and finance, as well as knowledge of library services, not a compilation of every record an agency has in its operations and collections. Salary: $50,000+ possession, but rather is a list of the subjects or file categories under which records are kept.” commensurate with experience. Performance Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Characteristics:For more information about FOIL, visit the NYS • Responsible for administering the safe and efficient operation of Millbrook Free Library, its programs andCommittee on Open government: services, in compliance with all applicable laws, policies and decisions of the Board; • Oversees continuous development of relevant libraryAdministration & Management materials; plans and implements programs and servicesLibrary Security: Warren Graham, the author of The for patrons of all ages in collaboration with the Children’sBlack Belt Librarian presented a live webinar, hosted at Librarian; • Exhibits a high level of administrative and supervisoryMHLS, on Wednesday, June 6 which focused on 12 skills, including: recruiting, hiring and training newessential elements for creating a successful library employees, as well as coordinating the continuedsecurity program. Graham stated that by producing training and development of staff members;and implementing simple and direct procedures any administering personnel policies; preparing performancelibrary environment can be controlled. Here are a few evaluations of staff members; record keeping; andhighlights: preparing annual budget, state and local reports; • Possesses exceptional interpersonal, written and oral Create Simple and Direct Policies communication skills;Rules and safety procedures should be effortless to • Exercises considerable professional skill, initiative andremember and implement. For example: The People’s Public good judgment, as well as the ability to establishLibrary does not allow any behavior that is disruptive to effective working relationships with staff, volunteers,library use. patrons, the public and the Board to promote the library as an integral and vital component of the community; Train Your Staff • Requires strong computer skills; knowledge of database,Graham gave this analogy: You do not enter a lion’s cage Internet, spreadsheet and word processing software, aswith a book on lion taming. Be prepared! Hold annual well as familiarity with current and emergingtrainings for all staff and schedule special sessions for any technologies and their application in a library staff. Be sure to document when trainings took placeand who attended. Submit letter outlining qualifications, resume and 3 reference letters no later than July 11th, 2012 to: Barbara M. Murphy; Support Your Frontline Staff President, Board of Trustees, Millbrook Free Library; 43Security plans will fall flat if administration does not back up Horseshoe Rd.; Millbrook, NY 12545.the actions of frontline staff. It is detrimental to the success of MHLS recommends that the minimum starting salary of a full or part-timeyour security plan to be consistent in rule enforcement. Show librarian with an MLS degree be at least equal to that of a teacher with aa united front. master’s degree in the same community. Member Libraries are welcome to submit items of interest and job openings to the MHLS Bulletin: The MHLS Bulletin is available on line at