Services

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

Training

From Opening to Closing

Use our Staff Directory to contact us for a consultation!

Consultant Blogs

STLS Calendar of Learning Opportunities

Archived Learning Videos

View past STLS webinars on our YouTube page!

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

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

Public Service
Collection Development

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

Check out the slides from Book Smarts webinars with STLS Resource Consultant, Lyndsie Guy! 

Looking for more guidance? Check out these professional journals.

Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science 

Digital Survival Skills

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

GCF Learn Free also has some great free resources.

Tech Topics Workshops with Ken Behn

 

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

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

Annual Visual To-Do Calendar Jan – Dec FY

Construction Aid Grants

Outreach Mini-Grants coordinated by Keturah Cappadonia

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 E-Rate questions, please contact Mandy Fleming

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' profile images in circles across the page

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