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Some Team Building Tips

During last month’s NYLA conference I sat in on a presentation about building effective teams. The presentation was conducted by Ron Kirsop, Assistant Director, Pioneer Library System. I would like to share some points from his presentation. Dysfunctional Teams Common traits attributed to dysfunctional team members include a lack of trust, an avoidance of conflict, struggle

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The Friday Follow-up: Directors Lay Groundwork for 2017 & 2018

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director Directors Lay Groundwork for 2017 & 2018   (L-R) Angela Gonzalez, Nic Gunning and Carol Berry discuss the idea of a director mentorship program along with STLS’ capabilities to serve as a resource clearing house. How can members share resources without inventing something that already exists?   I have

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The Friday Follow-up: Member Insight with Keturah Cappadonia

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director   Member Insight with Keturah Cappadonia Keturah Cappadonia has been with the David A. Howe Public Library (Wellsville, Allegany County) since 2015. She has had some great impacts in a very short time. Below you find a summary of our conversations.   What do you discuss

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The Friday Follow-up: Avoca, Howard & Fillmore Libraries Embrace Complex Relationships

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director   Avoca, Howard & Fillmore Libraries Embrace Complex Relationships   I was a 25-year-old library director when I attended my first board meeting. I was green as the July grass and extremely intimidated. The situation was new for me. I had four years of academic

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Making Space: Listening to Library Patrons for Better Space Design

For those of you who were unable to attend Camille Andrew’s program on library space design at the STLS Annual Meeting, I thought I would provide some information from her presentation. User Study Methods Camille discussed various methods for getting feedback from patrons on your library space. One idea was to have individuals provide a sketch

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The Friday Follow-up: Member Uniqueness is Our Strength

  Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director Member Uniqueness is Our Strength Rural library systems help to address issues of equity by leveling the playing field for libraries of all sizes. However, one of our greatest strengths resides in the uniqueness of our member libraries.   “Equitable library services stem from library

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The Friday Follow-up: Filomena Jack – Capturing the Human Spirit

Friday Follow-up: a weekly message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director Filomena Jack – Capturing the Human Spirit   Filomena Jack (left) works with Carrie Jefferds of Belmont Library at an EXCEL digitial literacy training this past year. Today is Filomena’s last day at STLS. We wish her the very best!   Wow! What

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Measuring the Impact of Library Services

I recently sat in a on a conference call in which one of the topics of discussion was Project Outcome. I would like to provide a few details with regards to this new initiative from the Public Library Association. What is it? Project Outcome is a tool that helps public libraries understand and share the impact of

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Friday Follow-up: Library Bill of Rights Guides Member Libraries’ Tough Decisions

Friday Follow-up: a weekly message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director Library Bill of Rights Guides Member Libraries’ Tough Decisions    Pauline Emery (kneeling – center), is the Library Director at Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning. Here she is pictured talking with community members at the library as part of an Ask Exercise to develop her

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Peer Learning and the Public Library

Just over a year ago, I presented some information on MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and how they fit in the public library’s efforts to promote continuous learning (a related blog article is available here). A more recent development in this area is the availability of a Facilitator Handbook for Learning Circles (https://www.p2pu.org/assets/uploads/learning_circle_downloads/facilitator_handbook.pdf) created by Chicago Public

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