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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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The Friday Follow-up: What Federal Cuts Mean for STLS Members

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director    What Federal Cuts Mean for STLS Members   Contact Your Federal and State Elected Officials through STLS’ Advocacy Resources. Contact Your Federal Elected Officials through the American Library Association (requires personal contact information).   Media outlets reported last week on the president’s proposal to

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The Friday Follow-up: Youth Services Librarians are Ones to Remember

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director   Youth Services Librarians Are Ones to Remember Librarians from across STLS convened for a day of learning and sharing during the 2017 summer learning workshop last week. Additional photos on our Facebook Page.     There are certain people we will always remember. It is

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STLS Program Resources

Did you know that STLS loans out various resources to assist you with conducting programs within your library? Some of the items currently available include button makers (both 1 3/4 and 2 1/2 in), Ozobots (small programmable robots that encourage the development of basic coding skills) and a 3D printer. One of the newest editions to our list

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The Friday Follow-up: Record Attendance for STLS Advocates

Friday Follow-up: a message from Brian M. Hildreth, STLS Executive Director   Record Attendance for STLS Library Advocates   Representatives from Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben & Yates counties were introduced on the Assembly Floor last week during Library Advocacy Day. All four Southern Tier assembly representatives made it a point to welcome our advocates. Additional photos

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Trustee Tuesday: Construction, Facilities, and Funding

Our Building is Our Face to the Community What seems like a million years ago, as a young mother without a formal education, I needed to decide if I would follow a path to librarianship or architecture. Anyone reading this knows which direction I went – still, our buildings have a special place in my

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