STLS Consultant Blogs

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   ‚ÄĘ4.3% increase in State Aid to member libraries ‚ÄĘ$130,376 increase in STLS Construction Aid to member libraries ‚ÄĘ$202,000 increase in Bullet Aid to member libraries ‚ÄĘLowest 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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The Friday Follow-up: STLS Trustee Bonnie Weber Goes the Added Mile

Friday Follow-up: a¬†message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director ¬†STLS Trustee Bonnie Weber Goes the Added Mile   (L-R) Denise King, STLS board president presents Bonnie Weber, outgoing¬†2 term STLS trustee, with a service award at this past¬†Tuesday’s STLS Board Meeting. Bonnie has served STLS in many capacities since 2007, which includes the introduction¬†of

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We are professionals.

Dearest trustees, last week I had the privilege of meeting board members that I had yet to encounter while leading the What Am I Doing Here?!? workshop in Belmont. Here were our major discussion take- aways:   As educational institutions with governing boards and professional managers, building in support for development of governors (trustees) and

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Some Team Building Tips

During last month’s NYLA conference I sat in on a presentation about building effective teams. The presentation was conducted by Ron Kirsop, Assistant Director, Pioneer Library System. I would like to share some points from his presentation. Dysfunctional Teams Common¬†traits attributed to dysfunctional team members include a lack of trust, an avoidance of conflict, struggle

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What Am I Doing Here? (and Bad-Ass Librarians)

What am I doing here?!?! Great libraries become that way through effective partnerships between Directors and Trustees. In this workshop, we’ll clarify the separate but intertwined responsibilities of the public library Director and the library’s Trustees. Come prepared to learn something new, have a little juicy discussion, and practice good supportive collaboration. This workshop session

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The Friday Follow-up: Directors Lay Groundwork for 2017 & 2018

Friday Follow-up: a¬†message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director Directors Lay Groundwork for 2017 & 2018   (L-R) Angela Gonzalez, Nic Gunning and Carol Berry discuss the¬†idea of a¬†director mentorship program along with STLS’ capabilities¬†to serve as¬†a resource clearing house. How can members share resources without inventing something that already exists?   I have

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The Friday Follow-up: Member Insight with Keturah Cappadonia

Friday Follow-up: a¬†message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director   Member¬†Insight with Keturah Cappadonia Keturah Cappadonia has been with the David A. Howe Public Library (Wellsville, Allegany County) since 2015. She has had some great impacts in a very short time. Below you find a summary of our conversations.   What do you discuss

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The Friday Follow-up: Avoca, Howard & Fillmore Libraries Embrace Complex Relationships

Friday Follow-up: a¬†message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director   Avoca, Howard & Fillmore Libraries Embrace Complex Relationships   I was a 25-year-old library director when I attended my first board meeting. I was green as the July grass and extremely intimidated. The situation was new for me. I had four years of academic

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Making Space: Listening to Library Patrons for Better Space Design

For those of you who were unable to attend Camille Andrew’s program on library space design at the STLS Annual Meeting, I thought I would provide¬†some information from her presentation. User Study Methods Camille discussed various methods for getting feedback from patrons on your library space. One idea was to have individuals provide a sketch

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