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Library Director I - Cohoes Public Library, Cohoes,
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 librarys 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 directors
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 Masters
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
librarians certificate at the time of application is required
and possession of the certificate is required at the time of appointment.
The Library Directors annual salary will be $40,000-$45,000
based on the selected candidates 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application review will begin on May
8, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.
A. Fahr Watervliet Public Library
Part Time 10-20 Hours per week
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
Duties include the following:
- Provides friendly, high-quality customer service to
- Performs tasks related to opening and/or closing the
- Assists library patrons in use of materials
- Assists with operation of public computer terminals
- Performs copying, faxing and printing services on an
- 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
- Inspects returned books, materials and equipment for
- 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
- 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: email@example.com
Deadline: Rolling, the position will remain open until filled
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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
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
2017 Library Trustee of the Year Award
Presented to Kevin Moran, Tina Buonaiuto, David Wheatley, and Tracy
Wheatley - Watervliet
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
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 email@example.com.
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 titleand 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
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone - (518) 437-9880 x222) to arrange a session for your library