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The Friday Follow-up: Bus Trip Training for an Ever Evolving System

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director Bus Trip Training for an Ever Evolving System   Member librarians and trustees from STLS and Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System ventured out to Syracuse on Monday to visit Fayetteville Free Library and Onondaga County Public Libraries – Central Library. It was a long and exciting day of

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The Friday Follow-up: New Director at Genesee Public Library

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director New Director at Genesee Public Library   Raianne Smith started at the Genesee Public Library in Little Genesee (Allegany County) last week. She is five days on the job and already making her library visible to her community.   “Life is like walking. You take

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The Friday Follow-up: 2017 Awards & Scholarships for Member Libraries

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director   2017 Awards & Scholarships for Member Libraries   Honoring librarians and citizens for good work is always a pleasure. This is one particular thing I enjoy about my position. Our members work hard, so it is important we recognize their contributions.   Regularly, I

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The Friday Follow-up: A Plan of Service to Thrive

    A Plan of Service to Thrive   STLS Plan of Service 2017 – 2021 – Website Link    Each year our libraries complete their Annual Report for Public and Association Libraries. It is the official title of the “annual report to the state.” It is also the long awaited “thing to do” for

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The Friday Follow-up: Staff Adjustment at STLS

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director  Staff Adjustment at STLS   In recent weeks, STLS has proactively adapted to staff changes. Last month we learned Deputy Director Al Oliveras would move onto another library. It was bittersweet news.   Al has been a tremendous asset to our members since 2004.  For 13-years, he has

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The Friday Follow-up: Communication through Teamwork

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director  Communication through Teamwork   Most STLS staff were available to participate in a teamwork exercise at last month’s staff meeting. The purpose was to strengthen our communication skills. I genuinely value the individual and collective contributions of everyone at STLS headquarters. I value them most when

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The Friday Follow-up: What Federal Cuts Mean for STLS Members

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director    What Federal Cuts Mean for STLS Members   Contact Your Federal and State Elected Officials through STLS’ Advocacy Resources. Contact Your Federal Elected Officials through the American Library Association (requires personal contact information).   Media outlets reported last week on the president’s proposal to

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The Friday Follow-up: Youth Services Librarians are Ones to Remember

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director   Youth Services Librarians Are Ones to Remember Librarians from across STLS convened for a day of learning and sharing during the 2017 summer learning workshop last week. Additional photos on our Facebook Page.     There are certain people we will always remember. It is

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STLS Program Resources

Did you know that STLS loans out various resources to assist you with conducting programs within your library? Some of the items currently available include button makers (both 1 3/4 and 2 1/2 in), Ozobots (small programmable robots that encourage the development of basic coding skills) and a 3D printer. One of the newest editions to our list

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The Friday Follow-up: Record Attendance for STLS Advocates

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director   Record Attendance for STLS Library Advocates   Representatives from Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben & Yates counties were introduced on the Assembly Floor last week during Library Advocacy Day. All four Southern Tier assembly representatives made it a point to welcome our advocates. Additional photos

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