STLS Consultant Blogs

Trustee Tuesday: Research Matters

We have a problem at the system. We want the turnaround time to be faster between the moment of delivery to STLS (either through STLS delivery or direct from a vendor) and when the library receives its material for shelving. As a member of STLS’s Division of Sustainability, one of my priorities is the ensure

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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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Trustee Tuesday: Construction, Facilities, and Funding

Our Building is Our Face to the Community What seems like a million years ago, as a young mother without a formal education, I needed to decide if I would follow a path to librarianship or architecture. Anyone reading this knows which direction I went – still, our buildings have a special place in my

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JobNow: A Comprehensive Resource to Assist Job Seekers in Your Community

I am sure at one time or another, you have helped out a library user requiring some type of job seeking assistance within your library. It may have been helping them create or improve a resume or cover letter, discover a new career, or answer questions on the dos and don’ts of a successful job interview. An indispensable tool to

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The Friday Follow-up: Images – Real People Real Dollars

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director   Images – Real People Real Dollars “Book clubbers” at the David A. Howe Public Library demonstrate library savings through our library system-wide social media campaign, “Real People Real Dollars“. The campaign was created by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich and the Mid-Hudson Library System in 2016. STLS

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The Friday Follow-up: Advocates Applying Much Needed Pressure

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director  Advocates Applying Much Needed Pressure   Representatives from Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben & Yates counties visited Senator O’Mara, Assemblyman Friend and Assemblyman Palmesano yesterday in Elmria. Representatives from Allegany County also visited Senator Young last week in Jamestown (photo to be shared next Friday Follow-up).     The

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Accessibility in the Digital Environment

I recently sat in on a webinar entitled, Striving for Accessibility in Library Services, presented by Nazely Kurkjian, Coordinator of Disability, Diversity, and Nontraditional Student Services from the State University of New York. The webinar focused primarily on accessibility within digital services. Here are a few things to know and share. Social Model of Disability (as opposed to

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