STLS Consultant Blogs

The Friday Follow-up: New Director at Genesee Public Library

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director New Director at Genesee Public Library   Raianne Smith started at the Genesee Public Library in Little Genesee (Allegany County) last week. She is five days on the job and already making her library visible to her community.   “Life is like walking. You take

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The Friday Follow-up: 2017 Awards & Scholarships for Member Libraries

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director   2017 Awards & Scholarships for Member Libraries   Honoring librarians and citizens for good work is always a pleasure. This is one particular thing I enjoy about my position. Our members work hard, so it is important we recognize their contributions.   Regularly, I

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The Friday Follow-up: A Plan of Service to Thrive

    A Plan of Service to Thrive   STLS Plan of Service 2017 – 2021 – Website Link    Each year our libraries complete their Annual Report for Public and Association Libraries. It is the official title of the “annual report to the state.” It is also the long awaited “thing to do” for

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Congratulations 2017 Outreach Mini-Grant Recipients!

The STLS Coordinated Outreach Services Advisory Council (COSAC) is pleased to announce they have awarded funding to eleven STLS libraries through the 2017 Outreach Mini-Grant program. COSAC is an advisory group made up of area individuals and human services professional representing these target populations: Seniors People who are Blind or who have a Physical Disability

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The Friday Follow-up: Staff Adjustment at STLS

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director  Staff Adjustment at STLS   In recent weeks, STLS has proactively adapted to staff changes. Last month we learned Deputy Director Al Oliveras would move onto another library. It was bittersweet news.   Al has been a tremendous asset to our members since 2004.  For 13-years, he has

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Happy Spring Construction Season!

Thanks to the excellent advocacy efforts of you, your directors, community members, and local legislators, the NYS Construction Aid to Public Libraries program has increased in funding from $19 million to $24 million statewide. $625,000 is available for chartered member libraries of the Southern Tier Library System. In real terms, this year we could fund at

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The Friday Follow-up: Communication through Teamwork

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director  Communication through Teamwork   Most STLS staff were available to participate in a teamwork exercise at last month’s staff meeting. The purpose was to strengthen our communication skills. I genuinely value the individual and collective contributions of everyone at STLS headquarters. I value them most when

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Turning Outward Toward Your Community

Can you shout from the tabletops the highest hopes of your community members? Were you asked at the grocery store what your neighbors want for their future, would you be able to answer accurately? The 21st Century innovative library isn’t innovative because it has the most iPads or virtual reality goggles – innovation is knowing

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Continuing Education at Every Level of the Library Institution

Dear librarylanders, We can’t continue to do the work of addressing the needs and facilitating the aspirations of those we serve, if we aren’t continually educating ourselves and building a culture of learning and professional development within our organizations. Learning is richest when we share our new ideas with others and hear their perspectives. This

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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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