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Library Director I, North Greenbush Public Library, Wynantskill, NY
The North Greenbush Public Library in Wynantskill, NY, a Special Legislative District Public Library located in eastern Rensselaer County, seeks an energetic community builder and change agent for the position of Library Director I.
Serving a population of approximately 13,000, the North Greenbush Public Library is governed by an eleven-member elected board of trustees and is a member of the Upper Hudson Library System. The library shares space in the Town of North Greenbush Municipal Building, and enjoys strong community support with over 3,000 cardholders and annual circulation of over 100,000 items. The Board is looking for a Director who can work together with the Trustees, our experienced staff, and an active Friends group to continue the growth of this vibrant community resource.
The Library Director reports to the Board of Trustees and holds primary responsibility for the operation and management of the Library. Along with regular customer service responsibilities, other duties include collection development; service and program planning and management; budget development and management (QuickBooks currently in use); scheduling and supervision of staff and volunteers; public relations, social media, and community outreach; fund raising; and grant writing. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate strong organizational skills and a vision for public library service that engages the community through educational, cultural, and outreach programs and services.
The Library Director I position is a Civil Service position (Rensselaer County Civil Service Commission, RCCSC). A candidate that is on the current RCCSC Certification of Eligibles for Library Director I is eligible to receive a permanent appointment to the position. A candidate that is not on the current Certification of Eligibles will receive a provisional appointment to fill the position until a selection and permanent appointment can be made after competitive examination. Provisional appointees are subject to apply and take the examination when offered, pass, and be reachable on the RCCSC eligibility list.
All candidates for the position are required at the time of appointment to:
The annual salary is $53,000, but may be higher based on the selected candidates skills and experience. The work schedule is 37.5 hours per week, and will include one evening each week. The Library participates in the New York State Retirement System. Employees with 0 - 4 years of service with the Library receive one (1) week paid vacation per calendar year.
Candidates meeting the minimum qualifications are requested to email a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references to email@example.com. A Job Description providing additional information on the North Greenbush Public Library and the responsibilities associated with the position of Library Director is available at https://www.northgreenbushlibrary.org/.
Application review will begin on January 31, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.
Upper Hudson Library System & Mohawk Valley Library System present:
2019 Summer Reading Program Planning Workshop
COUNTDOWN TO LAUNCH
Thursday, February 7, 2019
9:00 am Registration
Colonie Town Library
Whether your Summer Reading Program is a quick orbit or a lengthy trip into deep space, start preparing now for lift-off! Get your checklists ready and come to Mission Control for a day of mission-critical training on goal-driven sustainability, scalability, and flexibility. We will run some simulations, share ideas for exploration, and fuel up for community-centric family summer fun!
UHLS member library staff: $16. All others $50.
Registration deadline: February 4.
flyer for registration information and more details.
Manager, Adult and Outreach Services - Upper Hudson Library System (Albany, NY)
The Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS) has a challenging and exciting opportunity for a creative library professional to join our team. We are a cooperative library system headquartered in Albany, NY, providing services to enhance, support and connect the 29 independent public libraries in New Yorks Albany and Rensselaer Counties.
Our new colleague will collaborate with UHLS staff and our member libraries to provide System services focusing on:
We are looking for a professional who:
You should be able to demonstrate through your skills and experience:
You must have:
This is a full-time position with a competitive benefits package, including participation in the NYS Retirement System. The starting salary range for this position will be $60,000-$65,000, depending on experience and qualifications.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The review of applications will begin on December 19, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.
For additional information about UHLS, visit www.uhls.org.
Library Director, Cheney
Library, Hoosick Falls NY
The Cheney Library in Hoosick Falls, NY, a small, rural free association library located in eastern Rensselaer County, seeks an energetic, creative individual with a strong commitment to community for the position of Library Director.
Serving a user population of approximately 7,000, the
Cheney Library is governed by an eight-member board of trustees and
is a member of the Upper Hudson Library
System. The library is in a historic building surrounded by beautiful
gardens and enjoys strong community support and an active volunteer
base. The Board is looking for a Director to ensure that this small
village with big dreams continues to have an engaged and vibrant
public library to help realize those dreams.
The position is scheduled to work 36 hours per week with a schedule that supports library services, programs, and events. The position requires a Bachelors degree and the ideal candidate will demonstrate flexibility, excellent communication skills, strong technology skills, and an appreciation for the importance of public library service in a small community. Demonstrated experience in library service, staff and volunteer supervision, budgeting, and facility management will also be highly desirable. Fund-raising and grant writing experience will be considered a plus. The Library Directors annual salary will be $30,000 $33,000 based on the selected candidates skills and experience.
To apply please send via e-mail a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references to email@example.com.
Review of applications will begin immediately and
will continue until January 4th, 2019 or until the position is filled.
The Troy Public Library seeks a part-time, temporary Librarian I to provide adult reference and readers' advisory services at our Main Library in downtown Troy. This temporary position will be scheduled for up to 25 hours per week, and may include nights and weekends. This position is to cover maternity leave starting in mid-January 2019 and ending mid-April 2019.
Duties may include: providing reference services, assisting patrons in the use of library materials and technology, answering historical/genealogical research requests, and other tasks as assigned.
Experience working in a public library and familiarity with Sierra ILS is preferred.
Please submit cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also mail these materials to:
Troy Public Library
Preference will be given to applicants who respond by December 27, 2018.
Job opening: Library Associate
Typical work activities include:
Education: Bachelors' degree.
Must be able to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.
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
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.
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 email@example.com or via USPS to Altamont Free Library, P.O. Box 662, Altamont, NY 12009.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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