and Events Archive - 2011
UHLS and MVLS present:
Where the Boys (and Girls) Are: Developing Effective Partnerships With Schools
The tweens, teens, and kids we see have another life -
and a lot of it is
Presenters: Mary Fellows (Upper Hudson Library System) and Sue Rokos (Mohawk Valley Library System)
Where: William K. Sanford Town Library
When: January 20, 9-12, registration 8:30
Free to UHLS and MVLS; $45 to all others
Register by contacting Mary Fellows, 437-9880 ext. 228 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Mohawk Valley Library System & Upper Hudson Library System present
Summer Reading Program Planning Workshop
Thursday March 3, 2011
9:00 - 9:30 Registration and networking
Get the jump on summer reading with a day chock-full of
good ideas and our
Program ideas, performer showcase, food, and lots of fun
fill the day.
UHLS member library staff: $15. All others $45.
Make check payable to Mohawk Valley Library System and
mail to Sue Rokos,
See attached flyer for registration form and more details.
ANNUAL PROGRAM, TRUSTEE and VOLUNTEER AWARDS PRESENTED
At the June 9, 2010 Annual Meeting, the following Awards were presented:
Erin Apostol, Chair of the Services Committee, presented the Library Program of the Year Award for urban/suburban libraries to the William K. Sanford Town Library for its Japanese Cultural Series Program. The award for rural libraries was presented to the Voorheesville Public Library for its Smalltown Friends Program. The Albany Public Library received Honorable Mention for its Hispanic Heritage Month Program.
E. Apostol also presented the Volunteer of the Year Award, which was given to Michelle Reilly of the Voorheesville Library in recognition of all of her work on behalf of the library.
Jim Reilly, Chair of the Administration Committee, presented the Trustee of the Year Award to Mary Muller of the Troy Public Library.
New Executive Director
At the June 9th Annual Business meeting, the UHLS Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Timothy Burke to the position of Executive Director. The current Executive Director, Philip Ritter, will be retiring on July 30th. Timothy Burke will take over the position on Monday, August 9th.
Our Search Committee had several very good candidates, said Mary Muller, Committee Chair. We chose the best of the best when we selected Timothy Burke.
Job announcement: Part time library director
Public Library is in search of a part-time library director
who can work 25-30 hours per week. The candidate must possess a public
librarian degree/certificate; be energetic, creative, tech savvy and
hard working; and possess strong computer skills. Fund raising and grant
writing are high priorities.
Workshop: Paper Stays Put
UHLS, MVLS, and SALS library staff members are invited
to come at no cost to
To register for Paper Stays Put, please email Mary Fellows
Throw the Bums Out: A Weeding Workshop for Packrats, Wouldchucks, and the Rest of Us
Weeding is hard. It's time-consuming, intellectually challenging,
Come learn to:
Audience: Department heads, frontline staff
Registration deadline is April 22.
Register by contacting Mary Fellows, 437-9880 ext. 228
Handouts and Resources
An Open Letter to HarperCollins from the Upper Hudson Library System (NY)
The Upper Hudson Library System and its member public libraries are strongly opposed to the recent decision by HarperCollins to establish a new e-content licensing policy.
The Upper Hudson Library System, which provides the resource sharing network that connects the collections of the 29 public libraries in New Yorks Albany and Rensselaer Counties, has been providing our users with downloadable e-content for more than five years. As an early adopter of e-content with our partners at Overdrive, we have steadily built our collection of e-content in anticipation of the demand explosion that we knew was coming. When it finally came at the end of 2010 with the proliferation of e-reader and mobile devices, our member libraries immediately began to plan to increase purchases of e-content. And HarperCollins titles would certainly have been a significant part of collection expansion until now.
Read the entire letter here.
Annual Awards Guidelines Available
The guidelines are now available for the annual Awards: Trustee of the Year, Library Program of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Advocate of the Year. The deadline for submitting award nominations is March 18, 2011.
The Program, Trustee and Volunteer Awards recognize outstanding programs and people in the member libraries during 2010. The Advocate Award recognizes an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to library advocacy at the regional, state or national level.
The awards will be presented at the UHLS Annual meeting to be held on Wednesday, June 8th, 2011.
Cohoes Public Library becomes first public library
in the state of NY to offer E-book readers!
We're happy to report that the collection of public
domain EPUB eBooks is now ready for you to enjoy from our Digital
Workshop: School Savvy: Schools From The Inside
Where: UHLS offices
Tuesday, May 3, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Register by contacting Mary Fellows, 437-9880 ext.
Supported by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Upcoming program (For Upper Hudson libraries)
In preparation for the reality of a tax cap UHLS will
be offering a program primarily targeted to the Association/Municipal
libraries in the System to encourage them to consider the concept of
re-chartering their library as a taxing district (school district or
special legislative district). I arranged the program using the feedback
from the targeted libraries, but I wanted to extend an invitation to
all of our member library directors and trustees, should they be interested
in attending this program. See the details below.
Thanks and I look forward to seeing you on 7/26. Please
let me know if you have questions.
Job Announcement: Director, Cohoes Public Library
The Board of Trustees of Cohoes Public Library (founded
in 1899) seeks an energetic, enthusiastic and experienced leader to
continue its commitment to quality public library service for the greater
Cohoes community. The Director will work closely with the nine-member
Board of Trustees, staff and local stakeholders to develop and articulate
a vision for library service, design and implement strategic initiatives,
and administer the service program, facility and space planning, fundraising
and resource development. See Library Director Job Description below
for the complete job description. The Cohoes Public Library is a municipal
library of the City of Cohoes.
Minimum qualifications include possession of a Master's Degree in librarianship from a library school that is accredited by the American Library Association or recognized by the New York State Education Department as following acceptable education practices, and one (1) year of satisfactory professional library experience.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Eligibility for a New York State public librarian's professional certificate at the time of application. Possession of certificate at time of appointment.
This is a provisional appointment pending Civil Service
examination of training and experience. Prior to appointment to this
position, a successful candidate will need to submit a completed Civil
Service Application. Candidate must be an Albany County resident
at the time of appointment, and preference may be given to residents
of the City of Cohoes.
For further information, please contact Cohoes Public Library Board of Trustees at: email@example.com. Please refer to the Librarian I position with your contact information. Additional information about the Cohoes Public Library may be found at our website: http://www.cohoespubliclibrary.org. The electronic submission of applications via e-mail (MS Word format) is encouraged and should include a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Applications may submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to the Board of Trustees at the Cohoes Public Library, 169 Mohawk St., Cohoes, NY 12047 (attention: Librarian I position). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Application review will begin on or about Wednesday, May 18, 2011.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: An incumbent of this position has overall charge of a library and is also a major provider of professional library services. This may be the only professional position in the library. Supervision is exercised over other library personnel. Works under the general supervision of the Library Board of Trustees. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only)
FULL CHARACTERISTICS: Good knowledge of the theories, procedures, materials and sources of library science; good knowledge of library organizations, procedures, policies, aims and services; good knowledge of the applications of computer technology to library operations; good knowledge of library materials and collection development issues; good knowledge of on-line database systems; ability to formulate questions, analyze problems, and carry out decision making process; ability to carry out library policies and procedures; ability to train and supervise library staff; ability to plan and coordinate the work of others; ability to read and comprehend library literature and research studies; ability to interpret and respond to users' needs quickly and accurately and prescribe information or materials accordingly; ability to express ideas clearly and effectively both orally and in writing to groups and individuals; ability to establish effective working relationships with community organizations; tact and courtesy in dealing with staff and public.
The successful candidate should have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, demonstrated leadership ability and the ability to work collaboratively with Board, staff, elected officials and community groups. Although not a requirement, successful experience with grant writing, fundraising and building projects is highly desirable and a plus for all candidates.
MVLS & UHLS present their annual tween/teen workshop:
The Future of Youth Services is Here
The Future of Youth Services is Here: Thursday,
October 13, 2011
This workshop is supported in part by Federal Library Services & Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Job announcement - Library Clerk
East Greenbush Community Library is looking to fill one part-time position for Library Clerk to work at the circulation desk.
The position is for the following:
Must be flexible to work 9am-1pm one day a week
with the day varying each week due to staffing needs. Position also
includes one full weekend a month. More hours will also be available
as a sub to cover vacant shifts. These shifts could be morning, afternoon
or evening hours.
Job announcement - Library Director
Immediate Opening for
Job Announcement: LIBRARY DIRECTOR, part-time
Arvilla E. Diver Memorial Library
The Arvilla E. Diver Memorial Library, a small rural free association library located in northern Rensselaer County, seeks an energetic, independent individual with an entrepreneurial spirit for the position of Library Director. The Library serves the Village of Schagticoke (pop. 650) and the surrounding area and is supported by an annual budget of approximately $40,000. This is a part-time position that will be scheduled to work 25 hours per week. The Director is responsible for the management and supervision of the library and its staff and volunteers; the development and implementation of library programs with emphasis on youth services; and fostering strong relationships between the library and the community. The Library Director reports to the Library Board of Trustees.
The position requires a candidate with excellent communication, interpersonal, and computer skills. Experience in library programming, community outreach, staff and volunteer supervision, and facility management are also highly desirable. Library collection development, fund-raising, and grant writing skills will be considered a plus. Preference will be given to the candidate with a degree in library science or a related field, but individuals with relevant experience in lieu of a degree will be considered. The compensation package for this position equals $17,500 and includes an apartment on the second floor of the library building (including all utilities) along with a salary of $500 per month.
To apply for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to the Search Committee at the above address or on-line to email@example.com. Applications are due by January 7, 2012. All questions regarding the application process should be addressed to the above e-mail address.
Job Announcement: Assistant Librarian
This position is approximately 13 hours/week and
will require flexible work hours including one night per week and some
weekend hours to cover customer service desks.
Questions or inquiries regarding this position should be directed to the above e-mail address.
To see a photo collage of the Annual Meeting click here.
At the Upper Hudson Library System Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 the following awards were presented:
LIBRARY PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR
The Urban/Suburban Library Program Award was presented to the Albany Public Library for their La Mezcla Hispana program. This neighborhood program was developed to meet the needs of the Latin American students in the dual language classes at the Delaware Community School. The program strengthened the library's relationship with the School, expanded other community partnerships, encouraged participation from an under-served population and provided a rich bilingual experience for many children and their families.
The Upper Hudson Library System commends the Albany Public Library for an innovative program that enhanced its services to the community.
The Upper Hudson Library System commends the Berne Public Library for a creative program that drew in an under-served group and created new library users.
LIBRARY TRUSTEES OF THE YEAR:
Tobi Freebern - Rensselaer
Her personal commitment to the Rensselaer Public Library and its future is recognized and honored by the Upper Hudson Library System.
Julie Dessloch - RCS
The Upper Hudson Library System honors her commitment to the RCS Community Library.
LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR:
The Upper Hudson Library System honors Matthew Graff for all that he has done to help the Berne Public Library, its staff and patrons.
Friends of the Poestenkill Library
The Upper Hudson Library System salutes the Poestenkill Friends Group and thanks them for their hard work and dedication to public library services for their community.
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