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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.


 

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.


 

Position Available - System Support Associate, Youth and Family Services
Upper Hudson Library System, Albany, NY

Would you like to be part of creating a better future for children and teens through strong libraries? Are you a friendly, effective communicator adept at customer service?

If you’re an organized self-starter who works well independently and as part of a team and if you approach work with a sense of humor, we want to hear from you! Library experience is a plus, but not required—we’ll train a smart, flexible individual to work with us to strengthen regional library services from behind the scenes.

The Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS) is a cooperative library system headquartered in Albany, NY. Our mission is to provide services to enhance, support, and connect the 29 public libraries in New York’s Albany and Rensselaer Counties. Our new colleague will report to the Manager, Youth and Family Services and deliver effective customer service to system staff and our member libraries, as well as assist with:

  • Professional development programs
  • Processing review and project materials
  • Rotating library collections
  • Daily operations, including preparing and maintaining circulating collections, kits, and equipment, maintaining statistical reports, etc.

This position requires at least one year of post-secondary coursework, with preference given to candidates with a Bachelor’s degree; AND

One or more years of paid experience working in a library or office; OR

An equivalent combination of technical training, education, and experience.

This is a full-time position, with a 37.5 hour work week scheduled between 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday – Friday. The position includes a competitive benefits package and participation in the NYS Retirement System. The starting salary for this position is $40,000. The job description for this position is posted on our website.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references via email to searchcommittee@uhls.org. The review of applications will begin on November 12, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

For more information about UHLS, visit www.uhls.org.


 

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

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Bachelors' degree.
Experience: Experience working with children a plus

Work Schedule:

Must be able to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.

Salary:

Starting salary for this position is $16.45 per hour.

This is a civil service position and appointment is provisional. The successful candidate must take an exam when it becomes available.

If you are interested, please respond with your resume by November 23, 2018 to:

Paul Hicok, Director
Troy Public Library
100 Second St.
Troy, NY 12180
hicokp@thetroylibrary.org



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.



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.



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 read as follows:

The Upper Hudson Library System salutes Senator Hugh T. Farley for his long and distinguished service to New York State’s library community. As a member of the New York State Senate for more than 40 years, Hugh Farley was a true champion of libraries. He served as both the Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Libraries and the Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries. He sponsored every significant piece of library legislation for the last four decades and his tireless advocacy for library funding has resulted in nearly $3 billion in state library aid, more than $175 million in public library construction aid, and tens of millions of dollars in other grants to libraries. Hugh Farley was “the voice of libraries” in the New York State legislature. The Upper Hudson Library System honors Senator Hugh T. Farley for his extraordinary efforts on behalf of New York’s libraries, which have had an immeasurable impact on the lives of generations of New Yorkers.”



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.”

At the event the following awards were presented:

2016 Library Volunteer of the Year Award

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 York’s 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:

“The Upper Hudson Library System salutes Senator Hugh T. Farley for his long and distinguished service to New York State’s library community. As a member of the New York State Senate for more than 40 years, Hugh Farley was a true champion of libraries. He served as both the Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Libraries and the Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries. He sponsored every significant piece of library legislation for the last four decades and his tireless advocacy for library funding has resulted in nearly $3 billion in state library aid, more than $175 million in public library construction aid, and tens of millions of dollars in other grants to libraries. Hugh Farley was “the voice of libraries” in the New York State legislature. The Upper Hudson Library System honors Senator Hugh T. Farley for his extraordinary efforts on behalf of New York’s libraries, which have had an immeasurable impact on the lives of generations of New Yorkers.”


Along with the awards, the UHLS Board of Trustees recognized the long and dedicated service of two of its trustees. LouAnne Lundgren of Poestenkill is stepping down from the Board after 14 years of service representing small libraries in Rensselaer County. Philip Erlich of Rensselaer is leaving the Board after 23 years of service representing medium size libraries in Rensselaer County. Both were presented with a resolution of appreciation from the UHLS Board and were named UHLS Trustee Emeriti.

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.




Youth & Family Programs Calendar

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.


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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