If you’re looking for service which isn’t listed below, please send us a message!

Our Vision

We absolutely believe in the power of libraries to positively effect their communities. When New York State’s cooperative public library systems were founded sixty years ago, it was to increase equitable access to resources. The Southern Tier’s libraries decided STLS would be their resource and support. We strive to help you bring excellence in library service to every community in our region.

Features of Membership 

  • Library to Library Delivery – 6 days a week!
  • On-site consultation and training
  • Website hosting
  • Network and ILS maintenance and support

Our services


From Opening to Closing

Use our Staff Directory to contact us for Consultation!

Consultant Blogs

Calendar of Learning Opportunities

Archived Learning Videos

WebJunction has archived and upcoming training on nearly every topic in Libraryland.

South Central Regional Library Council offers an array of learning resources.

Ask a mentor! Mentorship Program

Public Service
Collection Development

Contact consultant Lorie Brown for individual training tailored to your circumstance.

Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science (Jefferson Davis Community College Library)

Digital Survival Skills

DigitalLearn has short mini-tutorials in digital literacy skills AND how to teach them.



Library Management

Director's Resources

Welcome Aboard! Request an Orientation to STLS: Margo Gustina.

Handbook for New Library Directors in New York State (MHLS)

Director’s Councils & Associations has a list of upcoming meetings and past documents to help you get acquainted with system-wide library discussion.

Requirements for Meeting Minimum Public Library Standards

2015 Annual Statistical Report (.pdf document)

OSC Audit findings 2014 (.pdf document)

Coming soon to this section:

  • Compliance Calendar
  • Ultra Simple Planning Model

Member Library Trustees

For Trustee Training and Board Development, contact Margo Gustina.

For tax cap filing and referendums, contact Brian M. Hildreth.

Visit our Member Library Trustee webpage for documents & resources curated just for you!

Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State

Library Trustees Association of New York State


Funding for Libraries

Contact Brian M. Hildreth for consultation on taxes, grants, and securing sustainable funding.

Construction Aid Grants

Outreach Mini-Grants coordinated by Al Oliveras

Library Budget Votes

Coming soon to this section:

  • Compliance Calendar
  • Foundation for Southern Tier Library Grants
  • Tax Caps, Tax Freezes, and Your Community

Friends Groups

For consultation on how to start or grow your library’s Friends group, contact Brian M. Hildreth.

United for Libraries Resources for Friends Groups

Libraries Need Friends toolkit (ALA)


IT & Online Library Catalog

Information Technology


For consultation on the following topics,
contact Ken Behn:

  • Filtering – how it works
  • Software Licensing and TechSoup
  • IT Planning for the future
  • Purchasing and vendors
  • Public Access Computers 101
  • Onsite Hardware Support – what STLS does and does not do

Workflows, ILS, & Digital Collections

Marketing for Freegal:

For music for young children– A Poster (11X17) and Bookmarks (double sided; 4 per page)

For consultation and training on WorkFlows or STARCat, contact Mandy Fleming.

Databases & Research Tools


Our Consultants

    • Ken Behn