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September 1, 2016

The Best! Notes 
Eli Guinnee, Editor, 

The RLRT Scholarship Committee has announced a winner, see below.  Thank you to everyone who applied! 

RLRT Scholarship for NYLA Conference 2016
We received many qualified applicants for the Rural Libraries Round Table scholarship and the committee was really very torn. You are all so amazing!  We might start a fundraising campaign so we can offer more conference scholarships in the future. This year's deserving winner is Kathy Stempel. Kathy is the Assistant Librarian for Youth Services at Berne Public Library. She is committed to actively using all that she learns at conference to serve her community of 2,800. You'll read more about her in her newsletter item in November's The Best!

Congrats to Kathy!  
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This week's stat is: 

25 Years

(Mystery revealed at bottom of page)

The Best Advice!

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This Week's Question:  

Q: I'd like to build a teen area.  What is the best location? And what type of furniture would be ideal?--A Rural Director

Last Week's Q & Reader Answers

Q: I found out that two of my employees have started dating. She is a part time circulation clerk, and he is our reference manager. He does not directly supervise her, but often in the evenings the reference librarian is in charge so there are times when he technically is in charge of her. Is this okay or should I be worried about anything? We have a small staff so it would be hard to schedule them to work different times every day. -- Jo
A:  I use this website for advice on HR issues:  This page talks about employees dating: .  Basically it depends on how much authority he has over her, and advises that employers discourage but not ban dating.  -- Ann Onymous
Disagree with any of the advice above?  Add your two cents here.

The Best! Disclaimer: Advice offered in this column is for entertainment purposes only. Please assume that The Best! readers are not lawyers, and while all The Best! readers are super intelligent geniuses with many years of experience, please nonetheless consult your lawyer or library system on legal issues, HR snafus, policy questions, and other areas in which anonymous comments from strangers might normally be treated with caution.

The Best! NewsNews

Ellington Offers RC Program 


Portville Celebrates Teen Author

Kelley Norek

Anna Wray, winner of the CCLS Teens Write 2016 contest, is shown accepting a gift card and certificate from Portville Free Library children’s librarian Beth Marvin. We are very proud to have a two-time winner in our midst!

Prendergast Library Takes Part in Jamestown Reads


Where are these libraries?

Click to locate featured libraries and find contact info.


*New Opportunities in Red

September 8, 2-3pm—Sustainable Thinking for the Future of Libraries Webinar
   With Rebekkah Smith Aldrich.  Details here.

September 25 - October 1—Banned Books Week
   Resources here. 
October 27-29 @ Fargo, North DakotaARSL Conference 
     The Association for Rural Small Libraries Annual Conference 
November 2-5 @ SaratogaNYLA Annual Conference (Details here)  
     Contact Carole Kupelian,, to sign up for a slot to man the RLRT booth!

The Best! tips 

Thanks to Don Watkins, Blount Library and CCLS Trustee for sending in this tip.  


In an internet deprived area or dealing with a disaster?  Internet-in-a-Box might help.  


Excerpt: Read the full spotlight here.  

MyLibraryNYC Brings City Schools and Libraries Together

Submitted by Asia Bonacci.

In the current economic climate, school and public libraries alike have been encouraged to “do more with less,” making sustainability in programming and initiatives more important than ever. MyLibraryNYC—a partnership between NYC Department of Education and New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Library—is a great example of public library systems working together with school libraries to expand resources available to students and teachers. MyLibraryNYC is now in its fifth year, and while the program started with a large grant from CitiBank, it is through the hard work of program staffers and partners that it has been made sustainable in the long-term.

MyLibraryNYC currently serves 500 schools in the city—almost a third of the total number of schools—and its core services are:

  1. enhanced library privileges including fine-free student and educator library cards ...Read on here.  


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And the mystery stat is...

The World Wide Web just turned 25 Years Old!

See the first web page at it's original location. 
How did people discover new websites before yahoo and google?  Check out the first subject index. 

Tim Berners-Lee's first server
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