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Proposed $1 Million in Construction Aid for STLS Libraries

It has been two months since Governor Cuomo announced his 2018 Executive Budget, which called for a 4% cut in state aid for libraries and a significant rollback of construction aid.   $1 Million in Construction Aid     Our advocacy efforts have paid off! Both the Senate and Assembly proposed a $50 million state-wide

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2018 State Library Aid Advocacy Kickoff

  STLS libraries proudly serve Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben & Yates counties. Governor Cuomo recently announced his 2018 Executive Budget. For three consecutive years he has rolled back funding to STLS member libraries. This is surprising because he proposed a 3% increase in education aid. Libraries are education, and should receive equivalent increases. Click here

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The Final Friday Follow-up: Libraries in the Arena

The Final Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director Libraries in the Arena It has been three months since I sent a Friday Follow-up. Thank you to the several members who noticed and asked if they were removed from my emails. I began my first Follow-up on Friday, September 20, 2013.

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The Friday Follow-up: Vocal Advocate to Receive Library Director Award

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director   Vocal Advocate to Receive Library Director Award       Dr. Heidi Robinson is this year’s STLS Member Library Director Award recipient. She can be seen here at the 2015 STLS Annual Meeting and Conference. Dr. Robinson has increased programming, outreach and funding at

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The Friday Follow-up: Grass Roots Award Recognizes Alfred & Dundee Projects

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director    Grass Roots Award Recognizes Alfred & Dundee Projects   Click for an Invitation to the Annual Meeting & Conference Click here for online registration     The mission of Southern Tier Library System’s Outreach Services program is to ensure all area citizens receive quality

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The Friday Follow-up: Celebrating Library Pioneers by Recognizing Volunteerism & Advocacy

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director   Celebrating Library Pioneers by Recognizing Volunteerism & Advocacy   Click for an Invitation to the Annual Meeting & Conference Click here for online registration   “One cannot leave the discussion of the forces that shaped American public libraries without noting the significant contributions of

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The Friday Follow-up: And the Best Use of Social Media Goes to Prattsburg Free Library

And The Best Use of Social Media Goes To Prattsburg Free Library Previous Prattsburg Library Director Karen Scott was interviewed by WETM local news after a video went viral through the library’s Facebook page. The library posted the video on its website and shared with community members via social media when an unexpected visit to

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The Friday Follow-up: Allegany & Steuben Librarians Earn Scholarships

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director   Allegany & Steuben Librarians Earn Scholarships     Phil Trautman, director at Cohocton, gives STLS a tour of his facilites shortly after taking the lead at his library. Phil along with Justin Zeh, Kate Miller, Niki Gordon and Melanie Miller are this year’s NYLA

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The Friday Follow-up: Chris Corter of CCLD Reflects on 30-Years of Service

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director Chris Corter of CCLD Reflects on 30-Years of Service Christine “Chris” Corter of the Chemung County Library District takes a moment to smile during her last day of service to the greater Chemung County community. Chris retired in July after 30-years of librarianship. She took

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The Friday Follow-up: Spending Time in Scio & the Library Bill of Rights

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director Spending Time in Scio & the Library Bill of Rights   Sue Moyer of Scio Memorial Library in Allegany County took time out of her busy day to spend with me in late June. We drank coffee, talked libraries and caught-up on similarities and differences. It was

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