STLS Consultant Blogs

2016 STLS Awards and Scholarships

    2016 STLS Awards and Scholarships   STLS is pleased to announce this year’s opportunities for awards and scholarships. Member library boards are encouraged to nominate their great directors and volunteers. Member library directors are encouraged to nominate their amazing staff and volunteers. Everyone and anyone is encouraged to nominate the greatness that is

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The Value of Making

This week, Lorie and I have been working on getting things together for a maker event, Making on a Dime, to be held at the Delevan-Yorkshire Public Library. Our efforts have included the purchase of materials, research, brainstorming and some tinkering. As I type this post, I am even printing an object on our 3D printer for

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Libraries and Learning

The Pew Research Center recently published a report on Libraries and Learning. Here are some key takeaways from the report: The Good The report shows that 76% of American adults feel that libraries serve the educational needs of their communities (71% say they serve their own personal needs and the needs of their families). Also, an overwhelming

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Friday Follow-up: Never Take Yourself Too Seriously

It has been two weeks since my last Friday Follow-up. I sincerely try to write each week. But, when you are engaged with member libraries (4 board meetings and 5 library visits in 10 days); you prioritize to the best of your abilities. This week I am going to keep it simple. I have spent

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Competencies for Information Professionals

As sort of a follow-up to my last blog post on continuous learning, I would like to explore some important librarian competencies (i.e., knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors for successful job performance). I find it is helpful to have specific competencies in mind when pursuing professional development opportunities. Of course, one excellent resource is the Competency Index for

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Protecting Humankind One Story Hour at a Time

Friday Follow-up: a weekly message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director Protecting Humankind One Story Hour at a Time What if libraries opted not to provide story hours or coordinated children’s programs? Would the world be less civilized without these public services? As librarians, we inherently believe encouraging our youth to learn will improve

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The Cultural Lifeline to America’s Most Sincere Communities

The Cultural Lifeline to America’s Most Sincere Communities Rural public libraries are the cultural lifeline to America’s most sincere communities. I subscribe to this self-authored statement because I witness it every day. For more than 13 years I have been immersed in the rural public library experience, and quite honestly I wouldn’t have it any

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Rural and Small Libraries Breaking the Isolation

Rural Libraries Round Table, NYLA, Advocacy, Passion, and Support What’s it like? I’ve been a one woman show in a few library settings. We do what we can. We have vision, we have a plan for the future, and then there are all those folks waiting for your help RIGHT NOW and books that need

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Keeping up with Change through Continuous Learning

The only constant is change. This is why it is vital for all organizations (including libraries) to cultivate an environment in which continuous learning is encouraged and taken advantage of by all staff. We need to continually re-tool ourselves to meet the demands and challenges of an ever-changing world. There are certainly a myriad of learning opportunities and resources available to do this,

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Libraries and Technology

Recently, while tinkering with a 3D printer for loan to STLS member libraries, I had two epiphanies. One was reaching the “sweet spot” with the calibration of the printer to achieve a consistent print. The other had to do with the role of technology within public libraries. I think the first thing to note is that usually when we speak of

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