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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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Paid Family Leave – What you need to know

This week each of your libraries will receive Paid Family Leave printed guidance (.pdf) on Paid Family Leave and Disability Benefits Law. While only association libraries and reading centers (who employ at least one person, including the manager) are required to comply with these laws, it is my hope that all library people will take

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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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Helping All Trustees Succeed

It has been a year. Some of the work that we thought would be given to a new hire last year is still mine (member event calendar, member website training & assistance, annual reporting). We’ve happily made that hire and she’ll begin in September. I’m glad we waited – the team we will have at

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The Friday Follow-up: When a Library System Director Falls Short

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director When a Library System Director Falls Short   I have always loved public speaking since receiving a narrator part in my second grade play. I truly enjoy it because it gives me a chance to vocalize my thoughts. It has taken me years to get slightly

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The Friday Follow-up: Spring CE Generates 100 Participants (And photos for those who don’t always read my Friday Follow-Up)

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director Spring CE Generates 100 Participants (And photos for those who don’t always read my Friday Follow-up)     Participants started early last Friday morning as they attended 4 of 12 workshops between 8:30 am and 3:45 pm at Houghton Library – Corning Community College. There was

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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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