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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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An Introduction to Learning Circles

STLS recently hosted a webinar featuring Grif Peterson from P2PU (Peer to Peer University) who provided an introduction to a new trend within public libraries called Learning Circles. Here are some key points from the presentation. What is a Learning Circle? A “lightly-facilitated” study group for learners who would like to take freely available online courses. To discover some

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The Friday Follow-up: Saying “Thank You” to Our Dynamic Board President

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director  Saying “Thank You” to Our Dynamic Board President   (L-R) Me, Denise King and Pat Selwood. Denise chaired her last board meeting as President on January 17, 2017. She served in this role fantastically for 3 years, which is the longest someone can serve as board president.

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The Friday Follow-up: Governor Cuts $191,760 in Aid to Southern Tier Libraries

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director   Governor Cuts $191,760 in Aid to Southern Tier Libraries   Click here to call your State Senate and Assembly Representatives (This week we focus on our phone call campaign, next week we send emails and letters. Please read my important message below)   Last

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Trustee Tuesday: Advocacy, Naturally

In these days before the presidential inauguration, it is easy to focus solely on the federal government, but now is when decisions in state government are being made that directly and deeply impact your communities. (This email contains a lot of embedded links – they are exactly what they say they are and most advocacy

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The Friday Follow-up: Your Only Action as Library Leader

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director   Your Only Action as Library Leader   2016 was a great year for library funding   •4.3% increase in State Aid to member libraries •$130,376 increase in STLS Construction Aid to member libraries •$202,000 increase in Bullet Aid to member libraries •Lowest Cost

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The Friday Follow-up: Atlanta’s Director Built a Place for People to Come Together

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director  Atlanta’s Director Built a Place for People to Come Together   Brenda Yeoman, director at Atlanta’s library, delivers welcoming remarks during a 2010 Open House event at E.J. Cottrell Library. Brenda retired last month after 15-years of service.   “Walking into the Atlanta library is something special. Immediately you feel

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Trustee Tuesday: Happy New Year!

New Year, Renewed Commitment Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read “Freedom itself is a dangerous way of life, but it is ours.” (http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/statementspols/freedomreadstatement) The above quote is my favorite ever produced by the American Library Association. While not directly a part of the Library Bill of Rights, it has always served as

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