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The Watervliet Public Library is seeking an energetic and creative leader with a strong commitment to public library service for the position of Library Director.
A municipal public library serving a user population of approximately 10,000, the Watervliet Public Library is governed by a five-member board of trustees. The Library recently opened a fully renovated and expanded 3,700 sf facility that boasts a dedicated space for youth collections and services, an adult reading room, and a digital learning center. Library circulation, visits, and program attendance have all significantly increased as the result of the new facility. Building on that success, the community recently voted to substantially increase annual funding for library services. The Board is looking for a Director to continue this growth and maximize the positive impact the library has in the community.
The Library Director reports to the Board of Trustees and holds primary responsibility for the operation and management of the Library. Duties include collection, service, and program planning and management; budget management; supervision of staff and volunteers; public relations and community outreach; fund raising; and grant writing.
The position is scheduled to work 35 hours per week, with predominantly weekday hours and occasional Saturday hours to support library programs and events. The position requires an MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited university AND some post-MLS experience managing a public library or major library services. The ideal candidate will demonstrate flexibility, excellent communication skills, familiarity with current library technologies, and a positive and professional attitude. Demonstrated experience in library collection and program development, staff and volunteer supervision, budgeting, and facility management is also highly desirable. Fund-raising and grant writing experience will be considered a plus. The Library Directors annual salary will be $40,000 $45,000 based on the selected candidates skills and experience.
To apply please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review of applications will begin on Wednesday 9/6/17 and will continue until the position is filled.
Manager, Administration and Finance - Upper Hudson Library System (Albany, NY)
The Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS) is seeking an experienced and dedicated professional to join our team. We are a cooperative public library system based in Albany, NY, primarily funded by New York State with a total staff of 10 FTE. UHLS provides services to strengthen and connect the 29 independent public libraries in New York's Albany and Rensselaer Counties.
This is a full-time position reporting to the Executive
Director and is primarily responsible for the operational administration
of the System's activities in the areas of finance, human resources/employee
benefits, facilities management, and government reporting. The Manager,
Administration and Finance supervises the UHLS Finance Specialist; works
closely with all UHLS staff and assists member libraries; serves as
primary contact with our building tenants; and is a member of the UHLS
This is a full-time position with a competitive benefits package, including participation in the NYS Retirement System. The starting salary for this position will be $55,000.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references via e-mail to email@example.com. The review of applications will begin on Monday, September 11, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.
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.
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.
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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