Upper Hudson
Library System
The Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS) is a cooperative association of twenty-nine autonomous public libraries working together to improve library service for the residents of Albany and Rensselaer Counties. UHLS is one of twenty-three public library systems in New York State.



News and Events

Library Director I, North Greenbush Public Library, Wynantskill, NY

The North Greenbush Public Library in Wynantskill, NY, a Special Legislative District Public Library located in eastern Rensselaer County, seeks an energetic community builder and change agent for the position of Library Director I.

Serving a population of approximately 13,000, the North Greenbush Public Library is governed by an eleven-member elected board of trustees and is a member of the Upper Hudson Library System. The library shares space in the Town of North Greenbush Municipal Building, and enjoys strong community support with over 3,000 cardholders and annual circulation of over 100,000 items. The Board is looking for a Director who can work together with the Trustees, our experienced staff, and an active Friends group to continue the growth of this vibrant community resource.

The Library Director reports to the Board of Trustees and holds primary responsibility for the operation and management of the Library. Along with regular customer service responsibilities, other duties include collection development; service and program planning and management; budget development and management (QuickBooks currently in use); scheduling and supervision of staff and volunteers; public relations, social media, and community outreach; fund raising; and grant writing. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate strong organizational skills and a vision for public library service that engages the community through educational, cultural, and outreach programs and services.

Read the full announcement here.



Upper Hudson Library System & Mohawk Valley Library System present:

2019 Summer Reading Program Planning Workshop

COUNTDOWN TO LAUNCH

Thursday, February 7, 2019
(Snow date: February 8, 2019)

9:00 am Registration
9:30 am - 3:45 pm Workshop

Colonie Town Library
629 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, NY 12211
www.colonielibrary.org      518-458-9274

Whether your Summer Reading Program is a quick orbit or a lengthy trip into deep space, start preparing now for lift-off! Get your checklists ready and come to Mission Control for a day of mission-critical training on goal-driven sustainability, scalability, and flexibility. We will run some simulations, share ideas for exploration, and fuel up for community-centric family summer fun!

UHLS member library staff: $16. All others $50.

Registration deadline: February 4.

See attached flyer for registration information and more details.



Position Available

Manager, Adult and Outreach Services - Upper Hudson Library System (Albany, NY)

The Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS) has a challenging and exciting opportunity for a creative library professional to join our team. We are a cooperative library system headquartered in Albany, NY, providing services to enhance, support and connect the 29 independent public libraries in New York’s Albany and Rensselaer Counties.

Our new colleague will collaborate with UHLS staff and our member libraries to provide System services focusing on:

  • adult services support and continuing education
  • digital collection growth and management
  • resource sharing services
  • outreach services

We are looking for a professional who:

  • is passionate about public library service
  • is ready to be a strong leader in helping our member libraries make a difference in their communities
  • understands and seeks to further the important role public library systems play in strengthening library service

Read the full announcement here.



Library Director, Cheney Library, Hoosick Falls NY

The Cheney Library in Hoosick Falls, NY, a small, rural free association library located in eastern Rensselaer County, seeks an energetic, creative individual with a strong commitment to community for the position of Library Director. 

Serving a user population of approximately 7,000, the Cheney Library is governed by an eight-member board of trustees and is a member of the Upper Hudson Library System. The library is in a historic building surrounded by beautiful gardens and enjoys strong community support and an active volunteer base. The Board is looking for a Director to ensure that this “small village with big dreams” continues to have an engaged and vibrant public library to help realize those dreams.
 
The Library Director reports to the Board of Trustees and holds primary responsibility for the operation and management of the Library. Along with regular customer service responsibilities, other duties include collection, service, and program planning and management; budget management; supervision of staff and volunteers; public relations and community outreach; fund raising; and grant writing.

Read the full announcement here.




Position Available

The Troy Public Library seeks a part-time, temporary Librarian I to provide adult reference and readers' advisory services at our Main Library in downtown Troy. This temporary position will be scheduled for up to 25 hours per week, and may include nights and weekends. This position is to cover maternity leave starting in mid-January 2019 and ending mid-April 2019.

Duties may include: providing reference services, assisting patrons in the use of library materials and technology, answering historical/genealogical research requests, and other tasks as assigned.

Experience working in a public library and familiarity with Sierra ILS is preferred.

Please submit cover letter and resume to troyref@thetroylibrary.org. You may also mail these materials to:

Troy Public Library
Attn: Christine Filippelli
100 Second Street
Troy, New York 12180

Preference will be given to applicants who respond by December 27, 2018.



Job opening: Library Associate


The Troy Public Library currently has an opening for a Library Associate to work in the children's room at the Main Library. This position is part time (approximately 24 hours per week). The person in this position is supervised by and is responsible to the head of the Young People's Department.

Typical work activities include:

  • Assists patrons in locating materials in the library
  • Plans and conducts story hour and other children's programs
  • Assists in planning and implementing library exhibits and displays
  • Performs a variety of clerical tasks including data entry, answering telephones, and reading shelves.
  • Provides staffing for the children's room

See the full announcement here.



Recently graduated Librarian?
Experienced library worker needing extra money?

Help Wanted: Part-time Library Aide: Rensselaer Public Library

Gain valuable experience in all aspects of running the circulation and reference department several Saturdays a month. Opportunity for more hours as a substitute for both scheduled and sick leave replacement. Can gain experience in designing and running events, creating displays, innovation in service and procedures, and outreach to the community.

To apply, please complete a Rensselaer County Civil Service form and send it (fax, email, in person) to Jane Chirgwin, Rensselaer Public Library, 676 East Street, Rensselaer NY 12144. Fax #518-462-2819, email: notices@rensselaerlibrary.org


BOOKKEEPING HELP WANTED:

Part-time bookkeeper with proficiency in QuickBooks and other commonly used accounting tools. Applicant should have a minimum of two years of experience with QuickBooks and be familiar with fund accounting, budgeting and the workings of a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Knowledge of public library operations a plus. Approximately 3-4 hours per week for duties such as regular billing, preparation of materials for board meetings and attendance (as requested) at library committee and board meetings, and annual budget planning sessions.

Please send resume, three references and required hourly wage by October 19, 2018 to the attention of Library Board President Christine Carpenter via email to altm_search@uhls.org or via USPS to Altamont Free Library, P.O. Box 662, Altamont, NY 12009.




UHLS Libraries Get Mobile App

We've got a brand new way to access library resources! Public libraries in Albany & Rensselaer counties now offer an app called UHLS Mobile, available for free in both Android and Apple app stores.

The app features include the ability to search the UHLS catalog; check the status of a library card account; place physical items (such as books, CDs and DVDs) on hold so they can be picked up at the library; discover and access digitally distributed items like ebooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines; and connect users to other information such as library hours and program calendars. The app even can scan the ISBN barcode of any book to see whether our libraries own a copy of a specific title—and place a request for that book right away. Download UHLS Mobile today and take us with you wherever you go this summer!

Full press release is here.


 

NYS Senator Hugh T. Farley receives the 2017 William Meredith Advocate Award for his extraordinary efforts on behalf of New York’s libraries.

UHLS honored recently retired NYS Senator Hugh T. Farley, presenting him with the UHLS William Meredith Library Advocate Award.

The full award citation is here.



Upper Hudson Library System Celebrates Public Libraries Making a Difference in Their Communities

Albany, NY (June 15) -- The Upper Hudson Library System held its 56th annual celebration of public library service in Albany and Rensselaer Counties at the Albany Country Club in Voorheesville, NY on Wednesday, June 14. UHLS Board President Tara Ricard said, “The public libraries in Albany and Rensselaer Counties are changing lives every day and the Upper Hudson Library System celebrates this transformative work through our annual dinner and awards program.”

Read the full press release here.



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