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This page contains news and events of the Upper Hudson Library System. To see news and events of the member libraries, please go directly to the libraries' web sites.


Library Director I - Cohoes Public Library, Cohoes, NY

The Cohoes Public Library seeks an enthusiastic, energetic, community invested librarian to serve as Library Director. Working with the Board of Trustees, the City of Cohoes, and local stakeholders, the director provides leadership in providing high quality, 21st Century library services to our diverse community.

Serving a growing population of more than 16,000, the Cohoes Public Library is a municipal public library and a member of the Upper Hudson Library System. The library has a collection of approximately 30,000 print and physical media materials, plus more than 64,000 digital items in a shared system-wide collection on the Overdrive platform. The library’s 2018 circulation totaled 22,880 items and the library provides a variety of programming for all ages.

The director reports to a nine member Board of Trustees and works closely with the City of Cohoes. The director has primary responsibility for the operation and management of the library, collaborates with the Library Board on the annual budget request to the City of Cohoes, and serves as the principle representative of the library in the community. Specific job activities include, but are not limited to: personnel administration; budget oversight; collection development; customer service; program planning and implementation, particularly for children; implementation of technology to enhance library services; and marketing/public relations. The library board also encourages and supports the library director’s participation in regional and statewide professional activities.

The Library Director I position is a Civil Service position. This is a provisional appointment pending Civil Service examination of training and experience. Prior to appointment, the successful candidate will be required to submit a completed Civil Service application.

Minimum qualifications include possession of a Master’s degree in librarianship from a library school accredited by the American Library Association or recognized by the New York State Education Department as following acceptable education practices; AND one year of satisfactory professional library experience. Eligibility for a New York State Public librarian’s certificate at the time of application is required and possession of the certificate is required at the time of appointment.

The Library Director’s annual salary will be $40,000-$45,000 based on the selected candidate’s skills and experience. The generous compensation package also includes health insurance and participation in the New York State Retirement System.

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to the Search Committee via email to directorsearch@cohoespubliclibrary.org.

Application review will begin on May 8, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.


Library Associate
Robert A. Fahr Watervliet Public Library
Part Time 10-20 Hours per week
Job Description

Position Objectives
Under the supervision of the Library Director, the Library Associate performs responsible and varied clerical library services in the circulation of library materials, performs clerical-administrative work, assists patrons in using library services and facilities, and assists with library programs. The Library Associate works as a team player with other associates.

Hours: Works a schedule that includes days, evenings and Saturdays.

Typical Duties:
Duties include the following:

  • Provides friendly, high-quality customer service to library patrons
  • Performs tasks related to opening and/or closing the library
  • Assists library patrons in use of materials
  • Assists with operation of public computer terminals
  • Performs copying, faxing and printing services on an as-needed basis
  • Responds to requests for information and assistance, and refers inquiries to a professional librarian when appropriate
  • Responds to routine questions regarding library rules, hours of operation, events and location of materials
  • Charges and discharges library books, materials, and equipment
  • Inspects returned books, materials and equipment for damage
  • Follows prescribed routine in receiving compensation for overdue, damaged or lost library items
  • Sorts and shelves materials
  • Maintains the book sale area in orderly condition as necessary
  • Assists new patrons in applying for library membership and processes new patron registrations
  • Assists with library programs
  • Oversees the general condition and appeal of the library and its displays
  • Other duties as assigned

Starting Wage: Hourly, TBD based on qualifications
To Apply: Email resume and three references to: director@watervlietpubliclibrary.org
Deadline: Rolling, the position will remain open until filled


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.

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

Albany, NY (June 20) -- The Upper Hudson Library System held its 57th annual celebration of public library service in Albany and Rensselaer Counties at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY on Tuesday, June 19. 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 celebration and awards program."

At the event the following awards were presented:

2017 Library Volunteer of the Year Award

Presented to Ed Languish - Westerlo Public Library

When the Westerlo Public Library had the opportunity to expand into space formerly housing a local museum, Ed Languish stepped up to help. When a generous community benefactor came forward to provide the financial resources to complete the library's transformation, Ed took over. He was the designer, project manager and hands-on constructor for this major renovation project for the library…and he did it all as a volunteer! He guided the library through the design process, helped with grant applications, and assembled the construction team. He not only did the work, but more importantly, he inspired the library to think big and helped demonstrate to the community that dreams can come true.

2017 Library Volunteer of the Year Award

Presented to Jackson Murphy - East Greenbush Community Library

Local celebrity, film critic, NY Emmy award winner, Jackson Murphy has been giving back to his library for the last five years - since he was in high school! Now a college student, he has been responsible for an impressive list of successful library programming for the East Greenbush Community Library, including monthly movie screenings, movie trivia nights, and his signature event, The Day Before the Awards Film Festival. Jackson organizes and presents all of these programs for the library. He brings an experienced and knowledgeable perspective to the discussions and leverages his extensive connections in the film industry to enhance the programs.

2017 Library Trustee of the Year Award

Presented to Kevin Moran, Tina Buonaiuto, David Wheatley, and Tracy Wheatley - Watervliet Public Library

As trustees for the Watervliet Public Library, Kevin, Tina, David and Tracey secured the future of library service in their community by spearheading a campaign that led to a successful public vote on library funding. In the first ever public vote on library funding in the city's history, voters approved a secure annual operating budget of $150,000, almost four times more than the previous annual municipal appropriation. The new budget allowed the library to expand programming for children and adults, increase hours, strengthen broadband/wi-fi capability, and increase library staffing. These trustees, many of who have served for more than a decade, have created a secure future for library service in their community.

2017 Adult Library Program of the Year Award

Presented to the Bethlehem Public Library for "The Federalist Papers"

The Federalist Papers series was created in response to the current fascination with all things related to Alexander Hamilton, the history of the founding of our nation, and the timely concept of checks and balances in government. Supported by a grant from Humanities, NY, the series included four programs with noted humanities scholar Giacomo Calabria, who guided the audience through some of the most important and influential essays from the Federalist canon. The programs were very well attended, with patrons frequently commenting on the timeliness of the discussion. The Federalist Papers series encouraged community members to engage in exactly the kind of civil intellectual discourse that the country's founding fathers envisioned for a free society and also served as a valuable reminder of why and how our government was created in the first place.

2017 Youth and Family Library Program of the Year Award

Presented to the Bethlehem Public Library for "Rubber Ducky Club"

The Rubber Ducky Club is an ongoing educational program for newborns through kindergarten that lets parents and children work together to grow in all of the basic early literacy skills - reading, writing, talking, singing and playing - with fun and prizes along the way! Through the special Rubber Ducky events throughout the year; and at every storytime, activity, or visit to the library; children and their caregivers tracked "early literacy moments" building toward the goal of 1,000 moments before kindergarten. Focused on the many ways young children learn through simple acts of talking, sharing, and reading, the program models early learning in relation to school readiness and lifelong learning. Since its launch in May of 2017, the library has recorded more than 18,000 early literacy moments.

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.

UHLS was also very pleased to honor former NY State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis, who recently passed away. UHLS presented his wife with the UHLS William Meredith Library Advocate Award. The full award citation read as follows:

"As the New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries, Bernard A. Margolis was a true champion of libraries. He provided strong and effective leadership and vision for the New York State Library, the state's 73 library systems, and New York's 7,000 academic, public, school and special libraries. He tirelessly advocated for increased state support of public libraries, resulting in a growth in state funding for public library construction from $14 million to $34 million a year during his tenure. He championed library services for New York's youngest citizens, growing participation in Summer Reading at New York's Libraries to an all-time high of 2.2 million readers in 2017. He fought for increased digital access for all New Yorkers resulting in all of New York's public libraries being able to offer free public internet access and Wi-Fi to all library users. Bernard A. Margolis was 'the voice of libraries' in New York State."

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 tim.burke@uhls.lib.ny.us.

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.

CORE Trustee Training Program now available to all UHLS member libraries

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 trustee.

This program is valuable for all currently serving library trustees regardless of their tenure on their board. There is real added value from having all of a library's trustees share the experience together (common ground understanding of these fundamentals, encouraging mentoring of newer trustees by the "old hands", etc.). UHLS also recommends that the Library Director be included when a member library hosts the program to encourage that same common ground understanding between the Library Board and the Director.

The CORE Trustee Training has been designed to be an "on demand" program that can be conducted at member libraries at a date and time that is most convenient for trustees to come together. Please contact Tim Burke (e-mail - tim.burke@uhls.lib.ny.us or phone - (518) 437-9880 x222) to arrange a session for your library board.







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