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Library System. To see news and events of the member libraries, please
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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.
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, youll 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!
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).
How to Apply:
Rensselaer County Civil Service Commission Official Job Specifications:
Distinguishing Features of the Class:
This position involves performing the duties of charging and discharging materials and related circulation duties at the circulation desk. Additionally, incumbents sort and reshelve library materials as necessary. Performance of related routine clerical tasks may be required. This work requires no prior knowledge of library work as employees are trained on the job. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Library Director, Librarian, or higher-level library employee. Does related work as required.
Examples of Work:
Charges and discharges library materials;
Full Performance Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics:
Ability to acquire a working knowledge of library rules and procedures; ability to understand and carry out written and oral directions; ability to deal in a personable and friendly manner with library patrons; accuracy; tact and courtesy; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from high school or possession of high school equivalency diploma.
ADOPTED: March 25, 1992. CSC MTG. REVISED: March 18, 2004. CSC MTG.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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 librarys website: www.voorheesvillelibrary.org.
To Apply: qualified candidates please send your résumé and cover letter electronically to firstname.lastname@example.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
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)
Employees in this classification in the service departments
will routinely participate in the following activities:
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 Bachelors 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
Marjorie K. Reinhart, Human Resources & Finance Manager
Albany Public Library is an AA/EO institution and is committed to increasing diversity within its organization.
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.
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 Yorks libraries.
UHLS honored recently retired NYS Senator Hugh T.
Farley, presenting him with the UHLS William Meredith Library Advocate
Award. The full award citation read as follows:
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.
At the event the following awards were presented:
Presented to Alan Dai - William K. Sanford Town Library (Colonie)
As the creative force behind THREE successful STEM-themed youth programs offered at the library, Alan has devoted countless hours to the library. He developed the Cyber Kids program which teaches coding skills to elementary students. This very popular program has been offered multiple times in the last three years and has graduated 80 kids to date. He created a Teen Techies program for the library that provides teen tech assistance for older adults and has recruited and trained a group teen helpers to insure sustainability of the program. Earlier this year Alan planned and presented a website design program for tweens as a Spring Break program at the library. And all of this was accomplished before he graduated high school!!
2016 Library Trustee of the Year Award
Presented to Antonio Booth - RCS Community Library (Ravena, Coeymans, Selkirk)
Assuming the Presidency of the Board only six months after becoming a Trustee in 2012, Antonio stabilized and then revitalized the RCS Library Board. As the direct result of his strong and decisive leadership, the library was able to relocate to a new facility, conduct a successful bond referendum to purchase the new building, manage a successful Director search, and improve the working relationship with the municipal government all in the span of four years!
2016 Adult Library Program of the Year Award
Presented to the Troy Public Library for Muslim Journeys: An Introduction to Islam
This multi-part program series began with a reading and discussion group at the library co-facilitated by a librarian and a local Imam. The group read and talked about the experiences of Muslims in contemporary American society and sought to foster a broader understanding and a mutual respect among people of different cultures in the Troy community. The second phase of the program was a series of presentations delving into the basic tenants of Islam; a brief history of the religion; and an examination of Islam in the modern world. The capstone session was a visit to a local mosque to observe a prayer service and to participate in a roundtable discussion with members of the Muslim community.
2016 Youth Library Program of the Year Award
Presented to the Albany Public Library for Beat Bots
Beat Bots was a multi part program designed to introduce teens to robotics and the science behind it. Serving a group of 20-40 Albany teens, this program introduced participants to robotics engineering, coding, 3D printing, and mechanical assembly and testing all to create robots that danced! Each participant started with a robotic kit purchased with Legislative grant from Assembly Member Pat Fahy, to build their Beat Bot. Once completed, the teens choreographed dance routines to perform with their Bot. The dance routines were then performed at several public events, allowing the teen designer/dancers to show what they learned about science and about their dance moves!
In addition to a framed certificate, each award winner received a cash award for their home library to help support future community building efforts. We are very pleased to be able recognize the wonderful things happening in our libraries. They are all making a real and positive difference in their communities every day, said UHLS Executive Director Tim Burke.
Antonio Booth, RCS Community Library Board President, presents recently retired NYS Senator Hugh T. Farley with the 2017 William Meredith Advocate Award for his extraordinary efforts on behalf of New Yorks libraries.
UHLS was also very pleased to honor recently retired NYS
Senator Hugh T. Farley, presenting him with the UHLS William Meredith
Library Advocate Award. The full award citation read as follows:
For more information about the award winners, the
Upper Hudson Library System, and the important work done by all of the
public libraries in Albany and Rensselaer Counties, please contact Tim
Burke at (518) 437-9880 x222 or email@example.com.
Childrens, 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 dont 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.
UHLS is pleased to announce that our new CORE Trustee
Training program is now available for all member library trustees. This
program is a 90 minute session that covers the fundamentals of being
a library trustee, including roles and responsibilities, NYS minimum
library standards, oaths of office, open meetings law, board/director
roles, etc. The program also emphasizes the CORE values of Community,
Openness, Respect, and Ethics as they relate to the work of a library
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