News & Events
News 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
spent in schools. When public libraries and schools develop partnerships,
our shared values and unique competencies allow us to create projects that
make a difference! Come learn:

  • What's in it for us: why cooperate with schools
  • Understanding the school environment
  • Strategies for working successfully with schools
  • Overcoming barriers and resolving problems
  • "Possibilities showcase" - a look at many collaborative projects
    for all levels of effort

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

Mohawk Valley Library System & Upper Hudson Library System present

Summer Reading Program Planning Workshop

Thursday March 3, 2011
Schenectady County Public Library
99 Clinton Street, Schenectady

9:00 - 9:30 Registration and networking
9:30 - 3:30 Workshop (lunch included)

Get the jump on summer reading with a day chock-full of good ideas and our
introduction to the 2011 themes:

One World, Many Stories (Children) and You Are Here (Teens)

Program ideas, performer showcase, food, and lots of fun fill the day.
Create and wear your own theme-related costume and win a prize!

UHLS member library staff: $15. All others $45.

Make check payable to Mohawk Valley Library System and mail to Sue Rokos,
MVLS, 858 Duanesburg Road, Schenectady, NY 12306-1095. Registration
deadline: February 25.

See attached flyer for registration form and more details.


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

The Watervliet 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.

Candidate should also have strong communication skills to work with library volunteers, patrons, and to build strong community and school partnerships. Salary begins at $22,000 and is commensurate with experience.

Please send resumes to Board President Beth Capitula at by March 16, 2011. Ms. Capitula should also be contacted if you have any questions or require additional information.

Workshop: Paper Stays Put

UHLS, MVLS, and SALS library staff members are invited to come at no cost to
the workshop next Friday, April 8, given by authors Joe & Jesse Bruchac.
The workshop is part of Riverway Storytelling Festival.

When: Friday, April 8, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Where: Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Avenue

Stories in books and stories shared orally - both are valuable and both have
places in libraries and classrooms. When (and how) do stories move from the
oral tradition of storytelling to the printed page? Storytellers and authors
Joe and Jesse Bruchac explore the challenges of translating oral language to
written language, drawing from their own experiences of creating books from
stories in the American Indian tradition. For librarians, teachers, and
tellers of all levels.

For information on the rest of the festival, see the Riverway website.

To register for Paper Stays Put, please email Mary Fellows at with your name and the UHLS, MVLS or SALS library by
which you're employed.

Throw the Bums Out: A Weeding Workshop for Packrats, Wouldchucks, and the Rest of Us

Weeding is hard. It's time-consuming, intellectually challenging, physically
taxing, and sometimes dirty. That's enough to put weeding last on many a
librarian's To Do list.

Come learn to:

  • Overcome your reluctance to weed
  • Establish practices for keeping up with weeding
  • Make informed decisions about each item in your collection
  • Judiciously dispose of weeded items

Audience: Department heads, frontline staff
Presenters: Jo-Ann Benedetti & Mary Fellows
Date: April 27, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: UHLS
Cost: Free to UHLS, $10 to all others others

Registration deadline is April 22.

Register by contacting Mary Fellows, 437-9880 ext. 228 or

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 York’s 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!

Cohoes Public Library is now loaning E-Book readers to its patrons. For more information contact library director at 518.235.2570 /

We're happy to report that the collection of public domain EPUB eBooks is now ready for you to enjoy from our Digital Collection!

Please note the following:

  • This is a separate collection of eBooks from our main Digital collection.
  • The collection contains over 15,000 titles.
  • You do NOT need to sign in to download the titles.
  • When you hover over a book cover, the available metadata displays.
  • Checkouts from the collection do not count against your regular checkout/lending options.
  • Titles act like "Always Available" titles so there are unlimited simultaneous downloads and downloads do not expire.
  • The collection of eBooks also uses the Adobe Digital Editions software you are currently using.
  • Please refer to the ‘tips’ link at the top of the introduction to the collection for instructions on how to download content.

Workshop: School Savvy: Schools From The Inside

This interactive workshop will provide participants with:

  1. An understanding of contemporary school library culture, politics and
  2. An overview of the structure and evolution of curriculum.
  3. An opportunity to review some of the issues facing schools as they
    develop a summer reading program.
  4. An opportunity to share ideas and best practices for a collaborative
    Summer Reading Program with colleagues.

Links for Workshop

Where: UHLS offices


Tuesday, May 3, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Registration deadline April 29

Friday, May 13, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Registration deadline May 10


Linda Fox has worked as a school library media specialist in public school
libraries locally and in the North Country for 23 years. She is the recently
retired director of the Capital Region BOCES School Library System, where she worked to develop program, curriculum and advocacy with 155+ school library media specialists. In addition, she served at SUNY Albany as an adjunct instructor in both curriculum and administration for school library media specialists from 1992 - 2002.

Cost: Free to UHLS, $15 to all others

Register by contacting Mary Fellows, 437-9880 ext. 228 or

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.

Creating a Sustainable Funding Solution for Your Library
Rebekkah Smith-Aldrich, Coordinator for Library Growth & Sustainability at the Mid-Hudson Library System will present a 2 hour program which is designed to provide an overview of the various funding models for public libraries in NYS, things to consider when determining which model is right for your library, and an outline of the process for moving your library to one of these models. This program is recommended for Trustees and Library Directors of Association and Public (municipal) Libraries in UHLS.

Based on the feedback we received we will host two presentations of this program at UHLS on Tuesday, July 26 at 2:00pm and 6:00pm. Please note - these two programs will cover the same information so there is no need to attend both programs.

Please RSVP to Heidi Fuge at UHLS to register for one of the two 7/26 sessions.

Thanks and I look forward to seeing you on 7/26. Please let me know if you have questions.


Timothy Burke
Executive Director
Upper Hudson Library System
28 Essex Street
Albany, NY 12206
ph. (518) 437-9880
fx. (518) 437-9884

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.
The City of Cohoes is located at the junction of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers in the Capital District. The City has over 15,000 residents and is surrounded by other river communities just above the State Capital of Albany. Cohoes enjoys a strong sense of community and a rich history dating back to the Pre-Colonial era. Centrally located, the city is within close proximity to Albany, Troy, Schenectady, Saratoga, and the Adirondacks.


Job Title: Library Director I
Effective: May 2 , 2011
Reports To: Library Board of Trustees

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.

Compensation: The starting salary is $37,500 with an excellent benefits package.

For further information, please contact Cohoes Public Library Board of Trustees at: Please refer to the Librarian I position with your contact information. Additional information about the Cohoes Public Library may be found at our website: 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, 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)
Plans and implements library programs for patrons of all ages;
Develops the library budget and may do grant administration;
Administers the expenditures of library funds and the collection of library revenues;
Develops long range plans for library service development, evaluating the effectiveness of the library's services and programs in relation to the changing needs of the community;
Recommends new services, policies, and personnel actions to the Board of Trustees for approval;
Supervises the work of library employees;
Administers personnel policies, prepares and/or reviews performance evaluations of staff members, hires support staff;
Prepares state, local and other statistical or narrative reports as needed or required;
Consults with Library System staff in developing, providing and promoting library services;
Performs collection development by choosing library materials in appropriate formats;
Provides reference and reader's advisory services and instruction to library users;
Performs original cataloging and classification and record editing;
Performs on-line database searches and search training;
Administers the purchase of library materials;
Designs and produces public relations and library instruction materials;
Represents the library before governmental agencies and community groups in seeking financial resources for the library;
Supervises the maintenance of library property and recommends repairs, alterations and new construction;
Keeps informed of professional developments through participation in professional organizations, system meetings, workshops, continuing education courses and reading professional materials.

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
@ the Schenectady County Public Library, McChesney Room, 99 Clinton St., Schenectady 12306

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Check-in and Networking
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Workshop program

In August 2011 the web turned 20. In those 20 years the tools and resources for librarians working with teens and tweens have changed dramatically. So too have the ways in which teens and tweens interact with libraries. In this interactive session, led by Linda W. Braun, you'll find out what is and should be happening in services to tweens and teens today and where teens and tweens and libraries are headed tomorrow.

The workshop is free for MVLS and UHLS library staff. Non-MVLS/UHLS per library fee is $25.
For more information contact: Sue Rokos 355-2010 ext. 226/

Register online here.

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.

Are you a detailed and service oriented person? Are you energetic and like working with people? Are you able to multi task in a busy environment? Possess savvy computer skills and have a high school diploma or GED? Run right over to the circulation desk and fill out a job application, because East Greenbush Community Library is looking for you!

Beginning salary is $10.00 an hour. Contact Dawn Geurds, Head of Circulation, for further information. Applications due by Friday October 21, 2011.

Job announcement - Library Director

Immediate Opening for


Grafton Community Library

Grafton, NY 12082

Grafton Community Library, a small rural free association library located in eastern Rensselaer County, seeks an energetic, creative individual for the position of Library Director. This is a part-time position that will be scheduled to work 22 hours per week, including some Saturdays. The position requires a candidate with excellent communication, interpersonal, and computer skills. Experience in library collection and program development, staff and volunteer supervision, and facility management is also highly desirable. 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. Starting salary is $18,000. A copy of the job description is available on the library's website,

Please send resumes to the Search Committee at by November 7, 2011.

Job Announcement: LIBRARY DIRECTOR, part-time

Immediate Opening

Arvilla E. Diver Memorial Library
136 Main Street
Schagticoke, NY 12154

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 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 – Part-time

The Sand Lake Town Library seeks a proactive, organized, service-oriented librarian to fill a part-time position on our staff.

The Assistant Librarian Duties include providing customer service at the circulation desk, compiling statistics for library reports, collection development, programming, and some supervision. In addition, the Assistant Librarian has the responsibility to oversee the daily operation of the Library when the Director is not present. The Assistant Librarian helps foster a professional positive working environment and positive image of the library within the community.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides customer service at the circulation desk
  • Provides readers’ advisory and guidance services to library users
  • Answers reference questions for library staff and users
  • Instructs the public on the proper use of library resources and equipment
  • Assists with collection development, including evaluation and selection, acquisition, weeding and withdrawal of books and non-book materials
  • Provides training to library users on public computers and the conduct of on-line searching
  • Compiles bibliographies
  • Conducts tours, book talks and programs
  • Serves as a liaison for activities with community groups
  • Contacts artists and makes arrangements for art displays
  • Prepares statistical and/or narrative reports and correspondence as required
  • Supervises and provides direction to support staff and volunteers
  • Keeps informed of professional developments
  • Performs other duties, as required in support of library administration

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education: Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from approved ALA institution preferred
  • Certifications: NYS Public Librarian Certificate
  • Relevant Work Experience: Experience in a public library setting preferred. Experience with computer technology.
  • Participation in Rensselaer County Civil Service exams (

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.

Interested candidates please email your resume, a letter of intent for the position you are applying for, and three professional references on/or before December 15, 2011 to

Questions or inquiries regarding this position should be directed to the above e-mail address.

Annual Awards

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:


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 Rural Library Program Award was presented to the Berne Public Library for their Solar Car program. This program reached out to children from 4th to 8th grades and although open to everyone, was primarily of interest to middle-school boys, a group that is traditionally under-served in libraries. The children built and then raced their own model cars powered by solar energy. During the project, the library staff had an opportunity to emphasize the library's resources on alternative energy. The children were encouraged to use these resources and become more familiar with the library.

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.


Tobi Freebern - Rensselaer Public Library
The Upper Hudson Library System salutes Tobi Freebern for her work as a Trustee of the Rensselaer Public Library. Due to her hard work and leadership, the library bloomed. She oversaw the planning of the new facility and was an unflagging advocate for the library. She supported the creation of many new programs including adult computer classes, the Summer Reading Program, and cooperative programs with the local schools. Her vision of a beautiful new library came true and now it is "a gem in the heart of the community."

Her personal commitment to the Rensselaer Public Library and its future is recognized and honored by the Upper Hudson Library System.

Julie Dessloch - RCS Community Library
The Upper Hudson Library System salutes Julie Dessloch for her work as a Trustee of the RCS Community Library. As President of the Library Board, she managed a variety of achievements in a small amount of time. First, she created a survey to test public responses to the library and its activities. Based on the survey responses, she began to recruit trustees for specific skills, advocated for the creation of the Friends Group, and pushed for a more noticeable community presence. The Library began to make progress on all fronts with increasing momentum. Her pragmatic and thoughtful leadership helped the Library Board to take an intelligent look at the future, consider options and approach their community with reasonable goals and expectations.

The Upper Hudson Library System honors her commitment to the RCS Community Library.


Matthew Graff
The Upper Hudson Library System commends Matthew Graff for his volunteer work at the Berne Public Library. He began by helping to weed the juvenile nonfiction collection and then developed a comprehensive weeding policy. Next, he gathered information to assist the Library Board in developing a customized Disaster Plan. His contributions did not stop there: he went on to plan and create a digital archive of local one-room schoolhouses, assisted the staff with the application of software for genealogy records, and presented budget-conscious marketing and programming ideas to the Library Director.

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 commends the Friends of the Poestenkill Library who worked so hard to cover financial gaps in the Library's budget. The Friends Group provided invaluable service to the Library. They organized and ran several vital fundraising events such as the Holiday Lights Annual Appeal, and the Spring and Fall Market Days. However, the value of the Friends Group cannot be measured solely by their fundraising skills; their enthusiasm and dedication to the Library helped to make it all such a success.

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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