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

Check out the status of the solar array we installed on our building in December 2012.

It gives a lot of information including how much energy is being produced by the array, and what is being saved in environmental impact.


September 1 November 30, 2018

Love to visit libraries? This self-guided tour is for you! Visit as many of our 36 unique libraries as you can in September, October and November as part of the 2018 Upper Hudson Library Expedition!

Road trip to our libraries as a family, or grab your friends and create a team. You might even set up your own Expedition Challenge among friends - who can visit the most libraries?

See full description here.



Thinking Outside:

Linking the World of Books to Nature Through Environmental Programming

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Schenectady County Public Library

For your next program, bring the outside in - or take the library outside!

As more research supports the link between nature and mental and physical health, libraries can help youth and families cultivate a relationship with the natural world. Fostering an interest in nature through collections and programming expands your audience, maximizes your community impact, and supports sustainability.

In this participatory training, you’ll explore strategic partnerships and program design for ideas to engage youth in your library with do-it-yourself nature programming. Come prepared to get a little dirty!

Presenting:

Nathan Keefe, environmental programming leader, incipient librarian, former zoo education director and middle school teacher

For more information and to register, see attached flyer.



Job Opening: Library Aide, Castleton Public Library (Part-Time)

The Castleton Public Library is seeking a part-time Library Aide for approximately 16 hours per week. Schedule generally includes three or four 4-hour weekday shifts per week, plus an occasional 6-hour Saturday shift (once every 4 weeks).

Routine Duties:
Helping customers at the front desk, shelving library materials, operating the copier and fax machine, performing routine clerical tasks, assisting with program preparation, and answering the telephone. Full civil service position description is below.

Qualifications:
The ideal candidate has strong customer service skills, is detail-oriented, and can efficiently use a computer for work tasks. A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Prior library experience is preferred, but not required.

Pay Rate:
$10.50 per hour.

How to Apply:
Send a letter of interest, along with a Rensselaer County employment application (available here), by email to director@castletonpubliclibrary.org, or by mail to Castleton Public Library, 85 S. Main Street, Castleton, NY 12033, Attn: Melissa Tacke. Applications must be received by Friday, October 5.

Read the full announcement here.


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.


Library Director – Petersburgh Public Library, Rensselaer County NY

The Petersburgh Public Library, a municipal library serving a population of approximately 1,500 residents in Eastern Rensselaer County, is accepting applications for the position of Library Director. The Library Director works under the general direction of the Library Board of Trustees and is responsible for day- to-day operations of the library.

The Board is seeking an energetic and book-passionate person with administrative experience. Library experience will be a considered a plus and preference will be given to a Petersburgh resident. The position requires a two year college degree or equivalent.

This is a part-time position working twenty-four hour per week with a starting salary of $21,000 per annum. The position will start November 1, 2018.

Please send a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information for three professional references by the submission deadline of October 15, 2018. Submissions via US mail should be addressed to JOB SEARCH, Petersburgh Public Library, PO Box 250, Petersburgh, NY 12138. Submissions via email should be sent to  jobsearch@petersburghpubliclibrary.org.


Library Director, Voorheesville Public Library - Voorheesville, NY

Voorheesville Public Library seeks a team leader who can work together with an experienced staff, the board, an active friends group, and community groups to make sure that the library understands and meets the needs of the Voorheesville Central School District residents now and in the future.

A school district library serving a population of 7,200 full time residents, the Voorheesville Public Library is located in the Village of Voorheesville and has a voter approved operating budget of $1,179,890. The library is part of the Upper Hudson Library System.

The anticipated start date for the position is October 1, 2018. More information can be found on the library’s website: www.voorheesvillelibrary.org.

To Apply: qualified candidates please send your résumé and cover letter electronically to searchcommittee@voorheesvillelibrary.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Application review will begin on August 20, 2018.



Albany Public Library

Three Temporary Library Assistant Positions Available
Central Branches - East Branches - West Branches

Candidates must meet the minimum qualifications to apply

General Statement of Duties: Under the supervision of the Librarian III at each service location, this employee will provide support for library programming and other related activities.

Classification: Library Assistant (Temporary)

Job Description:

Employees in this classification in the service departments will routinely participate in the following activities:
Provides support in planning and implementation of library programming and related activities. Library assistants are involved with the promotion of library programs and services though displays, planning , conducting and evaluating programs under the supervision of higher- level staff, and providing instructions to the public in the use of library resources and other tasks of a similar nature as necessary. On the job training is provided under the supervision of higher- level staff.

Required Skills and Abilities: This position requires strong interpersonal skills, particularly tact and courtesy in dealing with the public and coworkers, basic computer skills, a working knowledge of general library operations, the ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions, flexibility in work schedule, a good sense of humor, and a positive work attitude. Ability to work as part of a team is a must.

Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree.

Work Schedule: A combination of day, evening and weekend hours averaging 10-13 hours per week from late June- August 2018.

Supervisor: Librarian III

Salary: $17.92 per hour

Deadline: Until filled

Apply to:

Marjorie K. Reinhart, Human Resources & Finance Manager
161 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
reinhartm@albanypubliclibrary.org

Albany Public Library is an AA/EO institution and is committed to increasing diversity within its organization.




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.



Children’s, tween, and teen programs in UHLS libraries are now more accessible than ever! Libraries in Upper Hudson Library System have pooled their programs in one program calendar, available at http://events-ys.uhls.org/. Users can search by date, location, or age categories.

Public libraries offer scores of activities during summer months to interest kids and teens in reading and help them combat “summer learning loss.” Kids who don’t read much over the summer can lose significant skills and return to school behind their peers. The joint program calendar makes finding a fun, free library event in UHLS libraries for children easy for parents.

  • Access the joint youth services program calendar here.
  • See a list of local public libraries here.
  • More about summer learning loss and libraries here.

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Every UHLS library is a hotspot this spring. Check out our shared program calendar to find special events!



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