STLS Consultant Blogs

What exactly is Placemaking?

Creating the environment within your library, and within your library culture, that makes every single community member feel as though the library is their place, best suited to serve their community. When we library people work to translate abstract values into action, we sometimes lose our way. At this summer’s STLS Trustee Retreat, internationally recognized speaker,

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OverDrive eBooks & audiobooks

What is OverDrive? OverDrive is a free service offered by your library that lets you borrow digital content (like eBooks and audiobooks) anytime, anywhere.  All you need to get started is an internet connection, a library card, and your pin. Download the OverDrive app from your device’s app store. Available on: Android (including NOOK and

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RBdigital eMagazines

What is RBdigital? RBdigital Magazines, the world’s largest newsstand, offers full-color digital magazines for anytime, anywhere reading on desktops, mobile devices, and apps. Your library’s collection of popular digital magazines includes both new and backlist titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limits. Two ways to read: Check out magazines and read them

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Freegal Music

The new Freegal Music is here! As you may have noticed, the Freegal Music website and app have changed. Here are some of the new features: 1. An updated browse function that will help you find new music faster – and lots of new curated playlists to enjoy. 2. You will be able to create playlists

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Trustee Tuesday: Construction Aid

The New York State fiscal year 2018-2019 has passed with a bonded allocation of $34 million to fund public library construction across the state. For our membership, this means a nearly 45% increase in our local funding allocation, allowing us to provide more than $880,000 in assistance to member library projects. Have a project you’d

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Proposed $1 Million in Construction Aid for STLS Libraries

It has been two months since Governor Cuomo announced his 2018 Executive Budget, which called for a 4% cut in state aid for libraries and a significant rollback of construction aid.   $1 Million in Construction Aid     Our advocacy efforts have paid off! Both the Senate and Assembly proposed a $50 million state-wide

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Trustee Tuesday: Putting the Public Back in Public Library

By show of hands, how many of you have made a joke about the public comment period of your board meetings? In the past month, I’ve personally heard at least two. It’s the easy joke we tell because we all know it is uncomfortable to be either caught unawares by the uncontrollable will of the

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2018 State Library Aid Advocacy Kickoff

  STLS libraries proudly serve Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben & Yates counties. Governor Cuomo recently announced his 2018 Executive Budget. For three consecutive years he has rolled back funding to STLS member libraries. This is surprising because he proposed a 3% increase in education aid. Libraries are education, and should receive equivalent increases. Click here

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Trustee job #1: Evaluating the Qualified Director

Evaluating the performance of your director can be either disastrous or positively impactful for the library. We’ll cover some practices that can help make the process meaningful and helpful to the sustainability of the library program. To start, your library would ideally have either or both a long range plan and a strategic plan in

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The Final Friday Follow-up: Libraries in the Arena

The Final Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director Libraries in the Arena It has been three months since I sent a Friday Follow-up. Thank you to the several members who noticed and asked if they were removed from my emails. I began my first Follow-up on Friday, September 20, 2013.

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