STLS Consultant Blogs

Trustee job #1: Onboarding the Qualified Director

You have found the new leader of the library. The Chief Executive Officer who will implement the mission and vision of the library organization through their operational practices. Or at least, we all hope they will. The most impactful thing you can do as the collective supervisory body over this new leader, is to support

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Trustee job #1: Interview & Hire a Qualified Director

You call a candidate and invite them to an interview. Every contact you make with that candidate, is an opportunity for both of you to gauge if this relationship is going to work. Every candidate is interviewing your library as well, and how you do will lay the foundation for long term retention, or sudden

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Trustee job #1: Recruit a Qualified Director

All libraries face issues of recruitment, retention, and evaluation. This Trustee Tuesday mini-series will deal with the major barriers to library trustees fulfilling their role as supervisor of a qualified director.   Your director is leaving? Your director has left? Disruption is not easy for any organization, and unexpected disruption in leadership can set a

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Trustee Tuesday: Innovation & Iteration

Innovation in libraries is often seen as something new, difficult, technological, and expensive. We hear innovation within the story Silicon Valley has written for us – an iPhone X that many of us will never be able to afford, a driverless car that many of us would never consent to. For the purposes of this

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The Friday Follow-up: Vocal Advocate to Receive Library Director Award

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director   Vocal Advocate to Receive Library Director Award       Dr. Heidi Robinson is this year’s STLS Member Library Director Award recipient. She can be seen here at the 2015 STLS Annual Meeting and Conference. Dr. Robinson has increased programming, outreach and funding at

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The Friday Follow-up: Grass Roots Award Recognizes Alfred & Dundee Projects

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director    Grass Roots Award Recognizes Alfred & Dundee Projects   Click for an Invitation to the Annual Meeting & Conference Click here for online registration     The mission of Southern Tier Library System’s Outreach Services program is to ensure all area citizens receive quality

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The Friday Follow-up: Celebrating Library Pioneers by Recognizing Volunteerism & Advocacy

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director   Celebrating Library Pioneers by Recognizing Volunteerism & Advocacy   Click for an Invitation to the Annual Meeting & Conference Click here for online registration   “One cannot leave the discussion of the forces that shaped American public libraries without noting the significant contributions of

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The Friday Follow-up: And the Best Use of Social Media Goes to Prattsburg Free Library

And The Best Use of Social Media Goes To Prattsburg Free Library Previous Prattsburg Library Director Karen Scott was interviewed by WETM local news after a video went viral through the library’s Facebook page. The library posted the video on its website and shared with community members via social media when an unexpected visit to

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The Friday Follow-up: Allegany & Steuben Librarians Earn Scholarships

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director   Allegany & Steuben Librarians Earn Scholarships     Phil Trautman, director at Cohocton, gives STLS a tour of his facilites shortly after taking the lead at his library. Phil along with Justin Zeh, Kate Miller, Niki Gordon and Melanie Miller are this year’s NYLA

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Paid Family Leave – What you need to know

This week each of your libraries will receive Paid Family Leave printed guidance (.pdf) on Paid Family Leave and Disability Benefits Law. While only association libraries and reading centers (who employ at least one person, including the manager) are required to comply with these laws, it is my hope that all library people will take

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