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A panel of Regents Advisory Council on Libraries members will lead a discussion at the Mid-Hudson Library System’s 53rd Annual Meeting on October 19 on what public library trustees, directors and others need to know to steer their libraries to success in these challenging times.  The meeting begins at 8:30am with breakfast and a brief business meeting and ends at noon. The meeting will be held at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Library and Home in Hyde Park; tickets are $25; registration forms are available at www.midhudson.org.

Regents Advisory Council on Libraries members John Hammond, Gerald Nichols and Bridget Quinn-Carey will focus their comments and respond to questions on the models of success and recommendations for public libraries from the report Creating the Future: a 2020 Vision Plan for Library Service in New York State, which has been approved by the New York State Regents. The report represents a distillation of hundreds of ideas and recommendations on how libraries can remain relevant and successful in a rapidly changing world.  Each panelist brings a different perspective to the report and on the questions that those who attend the meeting will have an opportunity to ask.

Bridget Quinn-Carey served as Chair of the Regents Advisory Council and directed the planning for this report in 2010-2011. Her perspective is shaped by her strong administrative and management background; she served as Director of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System and is now Chief Operating Officer at Queens Library. She received The New York Times Librarian Award in 2003.

John Hammond is the Executive Director of the Northern New York Library Network, located in Potsdam, which is one of the state’s nine research library resource councils. His perspective is also shaped by his advocacy as a former President and Legislative Committee Chair of the New York Library Association and by his leadership on the New Yorkers for Better Libraries Political Action Committee. Mr Hammond also led the Council’s soliciting of ideas and recommendations that shaped the final report endorsed by the Regents.

Jerry Nichols is currently focused on training the next generation of library leaders as the Director of the Palmer Institute for Public Library Organization & Management at Long Island University.  His perspective is also shaped by serving as Director of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System and several Long Island public libraries.  His leadership and expertise in library management, finance, law and construction is widely recognized and he’s been the recipient of several awards, including New York Library Association’s Outstanding Service to Libraries Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the Library Trustees’ Association of New York. He is also editor of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State.

Mid-Hudson Library System is a cooperative with sixty-six member public libraries in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam and Ulster counties.  It enables 621,000 Mid-Hudson area residents to access the combined collections of its member libraries;  it leverages economies of scale to provide cost-effective and cooperative services to its members; and it supports member library success by providing its members professional development opportunities and a range of consulting services.

Those interested in attending the Mid-Hudson Library System Annual Meeting on October 19 are encouraged to register by October 8. Additional information is available by calling 845-471-6060.