STLS Consultant Blogs

Continuing Crucial Connections

By Brian M. Hildreth, Executive Director – Southern Tier Library System; Friday, June 26th, 2015 This week, STLS team members embarked upon a new initiative. The project was discussed and created during an STLS staff meeting in April. By now, a good majority of member libraries are aware of this venture because they were participants. In total, STLS team

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Youth Services FLASH (6/24/2015)

Just a FLASH of insights, ideas and news for you….. Early Literacy posters for your library’s bathroom! Babies need words everyday! ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children), a section of the American Library Association often creates wonderful downloadable products to encourage reading. Their most recent effort includes posters that focus on the 5 simple

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Planning ahead…some ideas for your programming RADAR

Whew! The plans for summer are set! You are ready to go. Congratulations! But, wait….NOW is the time to start mapping out some programming (active and self-directed) for the Autumn months! Just a few things to have on your radar: September is Roald Dahl Month. September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. And, the end of

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First Lines

At the Book Talking with Judy workshop, Judy Freeman featured library activities to discover and marvel at the first lines ‘hooks’ for picture books and novels for kids. Library staff from Cohocton Public Library and the Cuba Circulating Library inspired by the workshop have created reader’s advisory displays featuring first lines!           

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Discourse Among Directors and the Directors Advisory Council

By Brian M. Hildreth, Executive Director – Southern Tier Library System, Friday, June 5th, 2015 Bylaws for Directors Advisory Council – Approved December 2014 [http://files.ctctcdn.com/21aee274201/a5076869-d29f-46c2-9dd7-60a150c6c8e1.pdf] DAC Representatives for Southern Tier Member Libraries [http://files.ctctcdn.com/21aee274201/c1d784fb-2937-470d-8f44-9227ca13e68e.pdf] This week I have limited my Friday Follow-Up message to library directors. I enjoy connecting with our membership regularly. This includes all people

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STLS Announces Scholarships and Awards

By Brian M. Hildreth, Executive Director – Southern Tier Library System Friday, May 29th, 2015 “STLS has re-instated its NYLA Conference Scholarship Award Program. 2015 will make available four scholarships to enable member librarians to attend this year’s NYLA Conference in beautiful Lake Placid, NY.” STLS is just a few weeks removed from its Spring

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Perspectives from New Library Directors

By Brian M. Hildreth, Executive Director – Southern Tier Library System Friday, May 15th, 2015   One of the more exciting times for STLS team members is when new library directors begin their journey at a member library. I use the term “journey” quite literally because the life of a rural public librarian is always evolving. Most

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Dundee Library – Making Facebook Work

By Margo Gustina, Member Services Consultant – Southern Tier Library System Wednesday, May 12, 2015 WARNING: This Website Wednesday may contain news about the Member Library Directory that could be disturbing to some readers. 😉Before we launched the new website, there were two continuously maintained websites: one for the public and one for member libraries. While

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A Week for FSTL Grants and Simple Approaches

By Brian M. Hildreth, Executive Director – Southern Tier Library System Friday, May 1st, 2015 Member librarians from eleven STLS libraries and all five counties received support from the Foundation for Southern Tier Libraries (FSTL). The Foundation was able to provide $10,285 in grants for 2015. Library projects will range from technology improvements to summer reading programs. “I have been fortunate

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Cuba Circulating Library – Serving the community since 1872

By Margo Gustina, Member Services Consultant – Southern Tier Library System Wednesday, April 29, 2015 Cuba Circulating Library uses images to familiarize new patrons with the location and give returning patrons consistency. Click here to visit Cuba Circulating Library’s Website “Transparency is important… As many ways as there are that you can share information and services

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