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, installation and training
  • Website hosting and maintenance
  • Network, computer 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

For general STLS directorship questions or ideas, contact Brian M. Hildreth, Executive Director

Visit our Director Resources webpage for relevant documents and links.

Member Library Trustees

For Trustee Training and Board Development, contact Brian M. Hildreth.

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

Read back posts of Trustee Tuesday!

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

Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State

Funding for Libraries
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

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

Databases & Research Tools


Our Consultants

STLS Consultants (from left to right): Brian Hildreth, Mandy Fleming, Ken Behn, Keturah Cappadonia, Lorie Brown, Margo Gustina, Erika Jenns

STLS Consultants
From left to right: Brian Hildreth, Mandy Fleming, Ken Behn, Keturah Cappadonia, Lorie Brown, Margo Gustina, Erika Jenns