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Mid-Hudson Library System 's 54th Annual Meeting

October 18, 2013
Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center
40 Civic Center Plaza
Poughkeepsie NY 12601

8:30am Registration
9:00am Hot Buffet Breakfast

THE MID-HUDSON LIBRARY SYSTEM holds its 54th Annual Meeting on Friday, October 18th at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Poughkeepsie.

Tickets are $25 and REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE ONLINE.

The annual breakfast meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 12 p.m.

Directions to the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center in Downtown Poughkeepsie are at www.pokgrand.com/directions. Parking is Available in the Civic Center Garage and is free with a validated pass, which will be provided at the meeting.

The meeting includes the election of System Trustees, amendments to the System Bylaws, System staff and member library director recognition, a presentation to the System of a public library construction grant by State Senator Terry Gipson, and a key note address by Sue Considine.

Sue Considine, Library Journal Mover & Shaker and White House “Champion of Change” will be the featured speaker at the System's 54th Annual Meeting. Ms. Considine will share her strategies for innovation and success. Her vision of community engagement has transformed the relationship of the library to its community and resulted in a nationally recognized brand for innovation and leading-edge services. Under her leadership as Director since 2001, the budget of the library has grown from $300,000 to $1.6 million. The library has moved from a cramped 4,500 square foot facility to a former Stickly furniture factory of 46,000 square feet. Its staff has grown from a handful to nearly 50 and volunteers have grown from a few to nearly 60! She is a passionate advocate of public libraries and shares a positive vision for the future of public libraries.

Read more about SUE CONSIDINE, Keynote Speaker.

Read more about the ELECTION OF SYSTEM TRUSTEES and the AMENDMENTS OF THE SYSTEM BYLAWS

DOWNLOAD THE MHLS ANNUAL MEETING PROXY FORM IN PDF OR WORD FORMAT.

9:30am Senator Terry Gipson
10:00am

Business Meeting

Election of County Representatives to Serve on the Mid-Hudson Library System Board of Trustees

Columbia County:
Mark Wilson (1 yr. term)
John Dax (5 yr. term)

Putnam County:
Michelle Ment (5 yr. term)

Ulster County:
David Rolfe (5 yr. term)

ByLaws Amendments

System Recognitions

11:00am Sue Considine
11:30am Q&A
12:00pm Closing

 

ELECTION OF MID-HUDSON LIBRARY SYSTEM TRUSTEES

TO: Presidents, Boards of Trustees of MHLS Member Libraries
Directors, MHLS Member Libraries
MHLS Board of Trustees
FROM: Bill Conine, Chair, MHLS Board of Trustees Nominations & Election Committee
DATE: September 19, 2013
SUBJECT: ELECTION OF MHLS TRUSTEES

The election of System trustees will be an item of business at the Mid-Hudson Library System’s Annual Membership Meeting, Friday, October 18, 2013.

The System is governed by a fifteen-member board, three trustees from each of the five counties served. ΑTerm of Office is defined in the MHLS Bylaws, Article IV. Section 4, as follows:

Terms shall be staggered so that three shall expire on the 31st day of December each year. A term of office of a trustee shall be five years. A trustee may not serve more than two consecutive full five-year terms, except where previously appointed or elected to fill an unexpired term. Following such service a trustee may again be appointed or elected after an interim of at least one-year.

At this time the following information is available regarding upcoming vacancies and incumbent candidates:
COLUMBIA COUNTY

A five-year term, 2014-2018
The incumbent, Jim Tuttle, was appointed in April 2002, elected for a first five-year term in 2004, and a second five-year term in 2009. He is ineligible to serve another consecutive term.

John Dax is a candidate for this position.

A one-year term, 2014
To complete the fifth year of a five-year term vacated by Matthew Perry.

Mark Wilson is a candidate for this position.

PUTNAM COUNTY

A five-year term, 2014-2018
The incumbent, Martin Miller, was elected for a one year remainder term in 2007, and a five-year term in 2009. He is eligible for a second five-year term and has decided not to run.

Michelle Ment is a candidate for this position.

ULSTER COUNTY

A five-year term 2014-2018
The incumbent, Peter Hoffmann, was elected for a first five-year term in 2004, and a second five-year term in 2009. He is ineligible to serve another consecutive term.

David Rolfe is a candidate for this position.

 

AVAILABLE CANDIDATE BIOS

AMENDMENTS TO THE MID-HUDSON LIBRARY SYSTEM BYLAWS

The MHLS Trustee Services Committee has proposed to amend the SYSTEM'S BYLAWS. The amendments were first presented to the MHLS Board in May 2013. They were sent to member library board presidents in July 2013.

Amendments are approved at the annual meeting by a simple majority of the member libraries present. Member library board are to designate who will cast their vote at the meeting, either a trustee or director. The proxy form has been sent to member library Board Presidents and Directors.

Three amendments are proposed under Article IV. The first clarifies Section 1, General Powers and Objectives, that all System employees are to be appointed by the Board. The second provides a new section on Qualifications to ensure all System Trustees have library trustee training. The third amends the Section for Disqualification to ensure that the expectations for training are met. The underlined text represents the extent of the proposed amendments.

Sec. 1.    General Powers and Objectives

The Board of Trustees, hereinafter referred to as the Board, is entrusted with the governance of the System. It shall adopt Bylaws, adopt a Plan of Service and amend it as necessary, establish such policies as will insure the achievement of the System's objectives, employ a Director, and employ and appoint other staff upon the recommendation of the Director and as the Board deems necessary, supervise the expenditure of the System's funds, discharge all such responsibilities as provided for in these Bylaws and exercise such other responsibilities as may be appropriate.

Sec . 6.  Qualifications

Each trustee is required to have attended a library trustee education workshop offered by the Mid-Hudson Library System or a comparable trustee education provider within three years preceding their election to the board or within their first year as a trustee. Trustees appointed or elected before 2013 shall have until December 31, 2015 to meet this requirement.

Sec. 7.     Disqualification

Without an excuse accepted as satisfactory by the Board, any trustee who fails to meet the Qualifications of Section 6 shall be declared to have resigned, or any trustee who fails to attend four Board or Committee meetings per annum, without an excuse accepted as satisfactory by the Board shall, at the next regular meeting following the fourth absence, be declared to have resigned.

 


Sue Considine: Keynote Speaker

Sue Considine2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and White House “Champion of Change,” , Sue Considine, will share her strategies for innovation and success as the Keynorw Speaker at Mid-Hudson's 54th Annual Meeting. Ms. Considine has built a nationally recognized brand for innovation and dynamic leadership at the Fayetteville Free Library, where she has served as Executive Director since 2001. Her vision of community engagement has reframed the library's relationship with the community; and she has recruited a team of creative professionals, staff and community members that has led to the development of cutting-edge services.

As the Director of the Fayetteville Free Library, she has completely transformed the library. Under her leadership, the library was moved from a cramped 4,500 square foot facility to a former Stickly furniture factory of 46,000 square feet; its staff grew from a handful to nearly 50, and volunteers grew from a few to 60. She also led a significant expansion in the library’s budget from $300,000 to $1.6 million.

Ms. Considine is a passionate advocate of public libraries and of their continued importance, now and in the future. She is committed to developing a new generation of library leaders and is active professionally. Her professional leadership includes serving as a current ALA LLAMA Division Councilor and as a member of the ALA LITA Advocacy Committee, and of the ALA PLA Leadership Development Committee.

In addition to the recognition she received in 2013 as Mover & Shaker and White House honoree, she was a recipient of the 2012 NYLA Mary Bobinski Innovative Public Library Director award and the WCNY Women Who Make America award. She is currently a Simmons College GSLIS PhD candidate.

 


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