STLS Consultant Blogs

The Iron is HOT: Making your library the HUB of your community!

Do you know what your community wants and needs? Do your community members see the library as a vital hub of the community? Well, MaryLou Carolan (Director of the Cornwall Public Library) sees amazing, unique and out-of-the-ordinary opportunities for your library to be a vibrant and active community center. Come join us as she shares her “inside/outside

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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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The Friday Follow-up: All the Books Celebrates 50 Episodes in Wellsville

Friday Follow-up: a weekly message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director All the Books Celebrates 50 Episodes in Wellsville    Nic Gunning, interim director of David A. Howe Public Library and Eric Mikols extend services beyond the library’s walls and into the greater Wellsville community through their podcast, All the Books. This weekly show has helped

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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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Brush Up on your Computer Skills

Looking to improve your”techie” skills to increase your productivity in the workplace? Here are a few resources that can help you tap into your inner computer geek. Tech-Talk is a new resource available to all STLS member library staff through South Central Regional Library Council (it will be available at least through June 2017, with the possibility of

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Friday Follow-up – Nontraditional Training through Library System Partnerships

Friday Follow-up: a weekly message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director Nontraditional Training through Library System Partnerships   Library consultants from Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System, Pioneer Library System and STLS joined together last week at Letchworth State Park to identify and develop common training techniques for our 126 member libraries. (Standing L-R) Eli Guinnee, Al Oliveras,

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The Friday Follow-up: Member Library Interview – Phil Archer

Friday Follow-up: a weekly message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director Member Library Interview – Phil Archer   Trustee Phil Archer visited my office last week to talk about libraries. He has served libraries in many ways over the years, and he is an inspiration to those who work in libraries. I have always appreciated

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The Friday Follow-up: Advocacy Secures $224,900 for STLS Region

Friday Follow-up: a weekly message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director Advocacy Secures $224,900 for STLS Region   A spring field trip to meet with Senator O’Mara and Assembly member Phil Palmesano resulted in $3,500 for each chartered library in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties.   I was once told by a colleague

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Social Media News: Facebook Takes the Lead

According to a recent Pew Research Report, 62% of U.S. adults get news on social media. Most (44%) say they get news from Facebook, followed by YouTube and Twitter. Of those who get news on at least one of the social media sites, 64% get news on just one (most commonly Facebook). What does this mean for

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Social Justice is a Core Library Value – an interview with Eli Guinnee

Eli Guinnee is a super fabulous librarian. He’s a co-creator in the NYLA Sustainability Initiative and the editor of The Best! newsletter of the Rural Libraries Round Table. Oh, and he’s Executive Director of the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System. What’s really the thing about Eli, is that he understands the work of librarians to be the

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