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JOB OPENING: East Greenbush Community Library

10 Community Way
East Greenbush, New York 12061
Phone: 518-477-7476
Fax: 518-477-6692
www.eastgreenbushlibrary.org

Position: LIBRARY CLERK CIRCULATION

Position Definition:
Provides friendly, high quality customer service to Library clients under the direction of the Head of Circulation. Employees in this classification routinely participate in the following activities: customer service, handling routine circulation functions, collection of fines and fees, searching and updating computer records, shelving, stack maintenance and a variety of other activities.

Required Skills and Abilities:
The ideal candidate will be detail oriented with strong interpersonal skills. The ability to maintain tact and courtesy in a fast paced environment, flexibility in work schedule, the ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions, basic computer skills and a positive work attitude. On the job training is provided under the supervision of higher-level personnel.

Minimum Qualifications:
Possession of a high school or equivalency diploma

Work Schedule:
Part time positions consist of a combination of days and/or evenings and two weekends per month.

Salary: $10.50 per hour

Application information:
Applications available at the Circulation Desk. Applications due by: January 15, 2013
This is a Civil Service position, which requires taking an exam when it becomes available.




Upcoming Workshop

Play at the Library: Creating Early Literacy Spaces That Invite Learning

Pleae note: This workshop was planned originally for November 1 but was postponed because of Hurricane Sandy.

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Schenectady County Public Library (Main)
9:00 (registration at 8:30) -12:00
Directions: www.scpl.org

Libraries have a new understanding of how our role in supporting lifelong learning begins with the very youngest child. Our challenge is to design spaces as well as activities to most effectively support learning for emergent leaders. Play is essential to children's healthy cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. When our early literacy spaces invite play along with reading, we model effective strategies for family literacy.

Come learn how to engineer a play space, incorporate play into existing children's spaces and activities at the library, and select appropriate active toys - on any budget.

Marisa Conner is Youth Services Coordinator for Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL). A primary focus of her work is creating active learning spaces designed to promote early literacy and school readiness in public libraries. Marisa was responsible for developing the learning components for the innovative Storyville installation at BCPL http://bcplstoryville.org.

Click here for a workshop flyer and registration form


 

JOB OPENING: East Greenbush Community Library

10 Community Way
East Greenbush, New York 12061
Phone: 518-477-7476
Fax: 518-477-6692
www.eastgreenbushlibrary.org

Position: LIBRARY CLERK CIRCULATION

Position Definition:
Provides friendly, high quality customer service to Library clients under the direction of the Head of Circulation. Employees in this classification routinely participate in the following activities: customer service, handling routine circulation functions, collection of fines and fees, searching and updating computer records, shelving, stack maintenance and a variety of other activities.

Required Skills and Abilities:
The ideal candidate will be detail oriented with strong interpersonal skills. The ability to maintain tact and courtesy in a fast paced environment, flexibility in work schedule, the ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions, basic computer skills and a positive work attitude. On the job training is provided under the supervision of higher-level personnel.

Minimum Qualifications:
Possession of a high school or equivalency diploma

Work Schedule:
Part time position consists of three evenings and two weekends per month.

Salary: $10.50 per hour

Application information:
Applications available at the Circulation Desk. Applications due by: March 28, 2013
This is a Civil Service position, which requires taking an exam when it becomes available.


 

Dig Into Science!
Easy and Fun Science Programming for Your Library

Thursday, April 18, 2013
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

(check-in and networking begins at 9:00)

Guilderland Public Library
2228 Western Avenue
Guilderland, NY 12084


Find out how you can transform your summer reading program and attract a broader elementary and family audience! This hands-on workshop features activities that are specifically designed for the theme “Dig Into Reading” and have the 4-H flair for science learning that is informal and fun. Participants will receive a “Partnering with 4-H” manual as well as tips and tools that will make putting together and promoting programs a snap!


Two topics will be covered: Ancient Creatures/Dinosaurs and Gardening

Instructors:

Donna Cooke, Cornell’s Garden-Based Learning Program

Kelly Ann Radzik, NYS Library Partnership Coordinator and Resource
Extension Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties.

OPEN to UHLS and MVLS member libraries only: FREE WORKSHOP*

*While this is a free training, there are some library evaluation requirements that you agree to complete by attending this training. Please read the attached sheet. Your attendance equals your agreement.

Each UHLS library sending staff to the training will receive mileage reimbursement and some funding for supplies for science programs. Amount of support will be based on number of libraries participating; expected to be no less than $100.

Deadline for registration is April 15, 2013


Click here for flyer and registration form

This workshop is supported in part by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.


The Friends of the Berne Library are sponsoring an Indoor Miniature Golf Event on Saturday, April 27 at the Berne Sr. Center, 1360 Helderberg Trail in Berne.

Families may golf from 1-4 p.m. and an adult session will be from 6-9 p.m. Suggested donations are $5 per child, $10 per adult, $25 family maximum. Refreshments will be available for purchase. All proceeds are to benefit the new Berne Public Library.



Upper Hudson Library System and CNSE Children's Museum of Science and Technology present

Creating Welcoming Environments for Youth and Families: Learning from The Wakanheza ProjectTM

Monday, May 6, 2013
9:00 Registration and networking; 9:30—12:30 Workshop
East Greenbush Community Library - 10 Community Way - East Greenbush, New York



Wakanheza (Wah-kahn’-juh) means “sacred being” and is the Dakota word for child. The Wakanheza ProjectTM provides tools and strategies for creating welcoming and respectful environments for children, with an emphasis on human interactions. The Wakanheza principles apply to youth of all ages as well as to adults.

Whether you interact with youth and parents/caregivers in a library or museum setting, you will learn techniques to effectively respond to everyday, stressful situations between people and strategies to avert acute situations before they happen.

The Wakanheza ProjectTM has been introduced in over 100 organizations throughout the nation, including museums, faith communities, schools, family service agencies, and libraries.

Presenters:
Mary Fellows is Manager, Youth and Family Services at Upper Hudson Library System, a regional cooperative 29 independent public libraries in Albany, New York.
Sarah Fisk is Director of Education and Museum Experience, CNSE Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CNSE CMOST).


Click here for flyer and registration form.


Position Opening: Assistant Director III, Voorheesville Public Library

Immediate Opening

This is a full-time position, 35 hours per week. The schedule is generally Monday through Friday during business hours but also includes some evening and weekend rotations. The incumbent will have overall responsibility for public services with an individual focus on adult services.

Applicants must meet Albany County Civil Service qualifications for the position. Transfers will be considered. Minimum qualifications are as follows:

Possession of a graduate library degree from a library school located within New York State which is registered by the State Education Department or from a library school program which is accredited by the American Library Association and six (6) years of professional library experience, three (3) of which must have been in a supervisory or administrative capacity.

Letters of application and a resume should be sent to Lynn Kohler, Voorheesville Public Library, 51 School Road, Voorheesville, NY 12186. Emails will be accepted: Lynn.Kohler@voorheesvillelibrary.org Interviews will be conducted until the position is filled. Applications received or postmarked by May 31, 2013 will be given priority. Posting will close June 15, 2013. See http://voorheesvillelibrary.org/library_jobs.asp for the civil service job description.


Immediate Opening for

LIBRARY DIRECTOR, part-time

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 here and on the library’s website, graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

Please send resumes to the Search Committee at graftonnylib@gmail.com by July 31, 2013.



Nassau Free Library Names New Director



Katherine Chansky, new library director at Nassau Free Library, will be taking over from current library director, Patricia Sahr. Patricia is retiring after fifteen years as the Director of the Library. Katherine's most recent job was as Special Collections Reference Librarian for the Rhode Island Historical Society in Providence, Rhode Island where she worked with historic manuscripts and rare books.

Katherine's library background is in local history and adult reference. After earning her MLS at SUNY Albany in 2000 Katherine went on to work on the reference desks of the Saratoga Springs Public Library and the Crandall Public Library in Glens Fall. At Crandall Library she coordinated the writers' series, inviting poets and novelists to give readings in the library. She co-edited a publication of memoirs written by Crandall library patrons. From 2007 to 2011 Katherine was in charge of the Grems-Doolittle Library in Schenectady's historic Stockade District. She worked closely with a dedicated staff of volunteers to catalog important collections of local history and genealogy and set up many programs drawing on historical themes.

Katherine's family has lived in nearby Columbia County for a long time and she still has family in Claverack running a pick your own apple and pear orchard. When she is not in the library she can be found visiting local history sites, local museums, and in warm weather she will be outside gardening or jogging along a country road.

Katherine is looking forward to working with the library staff, volunteers and Friends of the Library on upcoming programs, and collaborating with community partners on special events in Nassau. Katherine believes the library offers everyone in the community free access to information for education and for entertainment. It is a learning lab for young people and a "village well" for adults to socialize and become informed. A good library has, along with books and films, an open door and comfortable chairs. Nassau Free Library offers all this and more. Katherine hopes to continue the excellent service the library already provides. Stop by the Library to say hello and tell us what you like best about the Nassau Free Library.


 

Job opening: Library Director

Guilderland Public Library

Guilderland, NY

The Board of Trustees of the Guilderland Public Library is seeking a dynamic and visionary leader to fill the position of Library Director. The Library Director reports to an eleven member Board of Trustees and manages an annual budget of $3.3M and a staff of 58 employees. The library serves the 36,000 residents of the Guilderland Central School District.

Responsibilities

The Director serves as the chief executive officer of the library, reporting to the 11-member Board of Trustees, and is responsible for pursuing the library's mission, goals, and policies as determined by the Board of Trustees; planning and directing the overall operations and management of the Library; developing long-range plans and strategies; identifying revenue resources; working with the Board to develop the annual operating budget to be presented to voters in the Guilderland Central School District; managing the financial operations of the Library within the established budget; planning, implementing and evaluating library programs and services; proposing new policies as well as updates and revisions to existing policies to the Board for approval; providing effective leadership, management, and development opportunities to the staff; working cooperatively with colleagues in the Upper Hudson Library Association system; and cultivating public support by collaborating and communicating with individuals, civic leaders, and organizations in the community.

Attributes and Skills

  • Demonstrated leadership in strategic planning and personnel management
  • Ability to work collaboratively and build consensus with the Board, staff and community
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to communicate the importance of the library to the community
  • Success working with and reporting to a governing Board and working in a union and civil service environment
  • Strong commitment to maintaining and enhancing a welcoming and excellent customer service oriented environment
  • Enthusiastic and energetic approach to innovation in collection management and programming
  • Ability to motivate and inspire staff
  • Experience dealing effectively with labor unions and contract negotiations
  • Demonstrated success in grant writing
  • Appreciation and utilization of current and emerging technologies and social media
  • Knowledge of New York rules, regulations and policies relating to public library management

Required Qualifications

  • Masters degree in Library Science from an ALA or NYSED accredited library school
  • Possession of or eligibility for New York State Public Librarian's Certificate
  • 7-years post-MLS professional library experience, the bulk of which should be in public libraries, including at least 3 years in an administrative/supervisory role
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, analytical, problem solving, conceptual and project management skills
  • Commitment to providing high-quality public service in an ever-changing public library environment, including familiarity with emerging technologies and social media
  • Extensive public library experience, as well as time spent in a position of authority in personnel management, budgeting, and community relations


Full job description and more information about the Guilderland Public Library may be found at www.guilpl.org

Please submit a cover letter and resume, including names and contact information of three professional references, by September 9, 2013 via email with Word or pdf attachments to Judy Kahn, Search Committee Chair, at search@guilpl.org

Compensation: $80,000 - $95,000 (commensurate with experience and qualifications) plus benefits.

Notes:

  • Positions at Guilderland Public Library are classified by the Albany County Department of Civil Service and as such are subject to the rules and regulation of the agency.
  • This position is classified as Library Director III and is available immediately.
Posted: August 13, 2013



COMMON CORE AND STORYTIME SKILLS WORKSHOP

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2013

Schenectady County Public Library
99 Clinton Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
518-388-4540
Directions: www.scpl.org

About that Common Core: Misconceptions and Reality

Learn what really is changing in schools with the advent of Common Core Standards and how it is affecting our services.

Storytime Skills: If You’re App-y and You Know It

Apps in storytime? Come learn more! We’ll also share terrific ideas on how to spice up your storytimes – with music! - when you’re feeling burned out.

Presenting: Molly Chatt, EGRN, Anne Hicks, Henrietta Public Library, Joyce Laiosa, VOOR, Rose Stuart, EGRN, Mary Fellows, Sue Rokos

Participants may attend only the morning session, only the afternoon session, or the full day.

Registration 9:00 am - 9:30 am

Common Core 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Storytime Skills 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Deadline to register is October 18, 2013

Click here for the flyer and registration form.


Job opening - Troy Public Library - Library Assistant - Circulation

Two positions available, one full time, one part time. This position includes general clerical and patron assistance tasks. The person in this position is supervised by and is responsible to the Head of Circulation. Must enjoy working with people and be computer literate.

Responsibilities include:

Telephone answering
Checking out and clearing library materials
Patron registration
Managing fine and fee collection
Shelving library materials
Answering directional inquiries
Opening and closing the building
Other related duties assigned by the supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: high school diploma or equivalency
Experience: no previous library experience is necessary.

Work Schedule:

Must be able to work flexible hours including evenings & weekends.

Salary: $10.11 per hour

Contact: Virginia Prew, Head of Circulation
Troy Public Library
100 Second Street
Troy, N.Y. 12180
prewv@thetroylibrary.org

This is a civil service. The successful candidates must take an exam when it becomes available.


Now Available - CORE Trustee Training for new Library Trustees

UHLS is now offering sessions of the CORE Trustee Training program for new member Library Trustees and Library Directors and Trustees that were unable to attend their library's CORE program. This program is open to Trustees and Library Directors of all UHLS libraries that have already hosted a CORE session at their library.

We will offer the program 3 times each year on the FIRST THURSDAY in February, June, and October at 6:30pm in the large meeting room at UHLS (28 Essex St. Albany, NY 12206).

The first of these sessions will take place on Thursday, June 7 at 6:30 at UHLS. Please contact Heidi Fuge at UHLS (heidi@uhls.lib.ny.us or 437-9880 x221) to register for the June 7, Oct. 4, or Feb. 7, 2013 sessions.

Please contact Tim Burke at UHLS if you have any questions about the CORE program.

For those libraries who have not scheduled their board's initial CORE program, please contact Tim Burke to arrange a date for the program at your library. The goal of the CORE program is to create a common understanding of the roles, responsibilities, and core values of successful library trustees to ensure that each library is operating from a strong foundation. Please make it a priority to host this program at your library.


 

UHLS CORE Trustee Training Special Session

Everything You Wanted to Know About the Open Meetings and Freedom of Information Laws…But Were Afraid to Ask

Presented by Robert Freeman, Executive Director of the NYS Committee on Open Government

Wednesday, November 20
6:30pm - refreshments/informal Trustee networking
7:00pm - 8:30pm program with q&a

Helderberg Room at the Guilderland Public Library
2228 Western Ave., Guilderland, NY 12084

Bob Freeman will present an overview of the Open Meetings and Freedom of Information (FOIL) Laws as they specifically pertain to public libraries and library boards. The program is designed to be interactive, so please be sure to bring along the questions on open meetings and FOIL from your library. We also encourage you to refer to the Committee on Open Government's website (http://www.dos.ny.gov/coog/) to review the OML in preparation for this program.

There is no charge for this program, but we ask that you please register by contacting UHLS Administrative Manager, Heidi Fuge at (518) 437-9880 x 221 or via e-mail at heidi@uhls.lib.ny.us by Friday, November 15.


 

JOB OPENING: LIBRARY CLERK CIRCULATION

East Greenbush Community Library

Position Definition:
Provides friendly, high quality customer service to Library clients under the direction of the Head of Circulation. Employees in this classification routinely participate in the following activities: customer service, handling routine circulation functions, collection of fines and fees, searching and updating computer records, shelving, stack maintenance and a variety of other activities.

Required Skills and Abilities:
The ideal candidate will be detail oriented with strong interpersonal skills. The ability to maintain tact and courtesy in a fast paced environment, flexibility in work schedule, the ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions, basic computer skills and a positive work attitude. On the job training is provided under the supervision of higher-level personnel.

Minimum Qualifications:
Possession of a high school or equivalency diploma

Work Schedule:
Part time position consists of two evenings a week and two full weekends per month.

Salary: $10.50 per hour

Application information:
Applications available at the Circulation Desk. Applications due by: August 27, 2013
This is a Civil Service position, which requires taking an exam when it becomes available.


Job Opening: Librarian I - Youth Services

Castleton Public Library

Distinguishing Features of the Class:

The Librarian for Youth Services is responsible for the direction and management of children's and young adults' library services under the direction of the Library Director. She/he works within general library policy to establish procedures and methods to promote library services for youth and to optimize its use by them.
The Librarian supplements her/his education by attending pertinent workshops and courses which will provide professional growth and increased knowledge in the field of librarianship. The Librarian for Youth Services reports to the Director of the Library, shares in developing general library goals and objectives and makes a monthly report to the Director regarding the on-going operations of youth services.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Promotes early literacy development.
  • Creates and presents programs for toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged children, and young adults which promote various aspects of the collection and draw young people into the library.
  • Promotes all aspects of youth services by using such promotional avenues as, social media, community bulletin boards, newsletters, eNewsletters.
  • Analyzes the existing youth collection on a continual basis, making purchases for its continued development and oversees the withdrawal of those materials which are out-of -date, in disrepair or have otherwise outlived their usefulness to the collection.
  • Increases accessibility of the youth collection through compiling booklists and bibliographies, using displays and other promotional activities.
  • Provides readers' advisory and patron guidance so that library users are able to make optimum use of the collection.
  • Ensures that the children's and young adult's areas are organized in such a way as to create a physical and psychological environment that encourages use of the collection, including educational and entertainment activities for both areas.
  • Trains and supervises work/study students and teen volunteers. Actively recruits volunteers.
  • Targets potential sources of additional revenue for the funding of special library programs for young people. Includes the writing of grants and the administration of such from the application process, disbursement, and evaluation.
  • Visits schools and day care centers in the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson and the Town of Schodack to promote library services through book talks, storytelling, and readings.
  • Serves as librarian-in-charge in the absence of the Library Director.
  • Performs other library-related tasks as assigned.

Qualifications

The possession of an M.L.S. or M.S.I.S from an ALA-accredited college or university is required. Experience in an automated library environment, office software, social media and office equipment is preferred.

Physical Requirements

Duties may require intermittent light to moderate physical effort in carrying, lifting, or moving lightweight materials or equipment. Position requires walking or standing approximately half of the time.

This is a part-time (12 hours/week) position.

Applicants can email their cover letter, resume, and three references to director@castletonpubliclibrary.org or mail those documents to

Castleton Public Library
attn: Amy Peker
85 South Main Street
Castleton, NY 12033


Bookkeeper Needed

Stephentown Memorial Library seeks a part time bookkeeper for approximately 8-10 hours per month. This independent contractor position includes maintaining the library’s financial transactions in QuickBooks and working with the Board treasurer to oversee bank accounts and create needed reports. Hours are generally at the contractor’s convenience. Preferred qualifications – bookkeeping experience, familiarity with QuickBooks, experience with not-for-profit concerns such as grant fund management and fund accounting. Please submit resume or description of qualifications to Laurenne Teachout, Library Director (director@stephentownlibrary.org), by November 30, 2013.


Job opening: Library Director, Watervliet Public Library

The Watervliet Public Library is seeking an energetic and creative leader with a deep commitment to public library service for the position of Library Director.

A municipal public library serving a user population of 10,000, the Watervliet Public Library is governed by a five-member board of trustees and has a total operating budget of just under $100,000. The Library is currently engaged in the planning phase of a building project for a major addition that will add 1,000+ square feet to the current facility. In the past five years circulation, library visits, and program attendance have all significantly increased. We are looking for a Director to continue this upward trajectory and help us plan for the future.

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 intended to improve library services to the community; budget management; supervision of staff and volunteers; public relations; fund raising; and grant writing.

This is a part-time position working 25-30 hours per week with a salary of $35,000. The position requires an MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited university. The ideal candidate will demonstrate flexibility, excellent communication skills, familiarity with current library technologies, and a positive and professional attitude. Experience in library collection and program development, staff and volunteer supervision, budgeting, and facility management is also highly desirable. Fund-raising and grant writing skills will be considered a plus.

To apply please email a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references to trustees@watervlietpubliclibrary.org

The application deadline is November 29, 2013.


 

 

 

 

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