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News and Events Archive - 2014

2014 Summer Reading Program Workshop/Unworkshop
Thursday, February 6, 2014
William K. Sanford Town Library
629 Albany-Shaker Road
Loudonville, NY 12211

9:30 – 3:30 (Registration & networking begins at 9:00)

Fizz, Boom, Plan! is our theme for this workshop which will spark many ideas for SRP in your own library! Following last year’s successful unworkshop segments, we’ll again spend some of the day in sessions with topics we’ll choose collaboratively. You will attend and help to create whatever sessions interest you. (We’ll ask you for your topic ideas when we confirm your registration.) Join us for a fun, creative, idea-filled day with your most lively peers!

Flyer and Registration Form (PDF)

Albany Public Library and Upper Hudson Library System Present

Science Discovery: Unraveling the Science Behind “Fizz, Boom, Read!”

February 12, 2014 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM (9:00 check-in and networking) Upper Hudson Library System 28 Essex Street Albany, NY 12206

Presenters from CNSE Children’s Museum of Science and Technology:

Sarah Fisk, Director of Education and Museum Experience

Dawn Baldwin, Museum Educator

Join us for hands-on science! You’ll learn about and replicate science experiments that will add zest to library programs from storytimes to tween programs. Experiment, broaden your knowledge, and have fun while gaining practical applications. Ideas for altering programs for different learning environments and accommodating various types of learners will also be part of your take-away.

Space for this workshop is limited!

Cost: $10.00 (UHLS member library staff only)

Email Mary Fellows ( to register.

Once you receive a confirmation email, you will be requested to send your check.

Flyer and Registration Form

Workshop: Making a Difference in a Life: Customer Service for Teens and Tweens

Thursday April 24, 2014

9:00 a.m. Doors Open

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Workshop

11:30 a.m. Networking Opportunity

Bring a lunch, we’ll provide dessert & drink, and we’ll use the opportunity to discuss whatever you like concerning service strategies for teen/tweens!

Schenectady County Public Library
McChesney Room
99 Clinton Street 12305-2083
Tel: 518-388-4500

They may be Crocs, Uggs, or even Chuck Taylors - but we’re going to walk in the virtual moccasins of a teen and tween to better understand what they need from us. Through improvisation exercises and examples from real life, you will come away with a better understanding of:

  • Tween and teen development
  • Developing your library’s teen/tween service message and attitude
  • Welcoming and supporting diversity

Presenter: Terrie Gifford

Cost: $10 per person.

For more information and to register, click here.

Library Director
Brunswick Community Library (Brunswick, NY)

The Brunswick Community Library is seeking an energetic and creative leader with a passionate commitment to public library service for the position of Library Director.

The Library Director reports to the Board of Trustees and holds primary responsibility for the overall operation and management of the Library. Duties include, but are not limited to; planning and implementation of library programs and services, fiscal oversight and budget management, supervision of library personnel, and management of the library facility. As an official representative of the library to the Brunswick Community, the Library Director demonstrates an enthusiasm for community engagement and establishes effective working relationships throughout the community.

The Brunswick Community Library strives to provide access to information, opportunities for lifelong learning, and a gathering place for the community. A Free Association Library serving a user population of 12,000, the Brunswick Community Library has a total annual operating budget of $175,000, and occupies a beautiful 2,400 square foot facility.

The minimum qualifications for this position are a Master's Degree in library science or equivalent from a school that is accredited by the American Library Association or recognized by the New York State Education Department; a New York State Public Librarian certification; and at least three years of professional experience that includes some supervisory and administrative experience.

This is a full-time position with a competitive benefits package and a starting salary range of $40,000-45,000, commensurate with experience. Please submit a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three professional references to: Carrie Painter (Search Committee Chair), at:

Applications must be received no later than July 11, 2014.

Upper Hudson Library System and Mohawk Valley Library System present:

Beyond a Rainbow Booklist: Serving LGBTQ Youth in Your Library

August 28, 2014

Guilderland Public Library

2228 Western Avenue, Guilderland NY

9:00 am networking, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm workshop

LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc.) youth, like all young people, deserve a library environment that is safe, supportive, and welcoming. This collaborative workshop will provide ideas, strategies and suggested policies that will help us make our libraries places where LGBTQ youth and their families find helpful guides, information, and books that reflect their experience.

The morning session will be a presentation, while the afternoon will focus on booktalks of LGBTQ books for all ages and discussion of LGBTQ literature. You are invited to volunteer to booktalk a non-discussion title. (We’ll provide a selection of book choices for you, and optional coaching. Please indicate on your registration form your interest.)

The booktalking will be followed by two simultaneous book discussions. Please do your very best to read all titles if you are attending one of the book discussions.

Book discussion Group 1: And Tango Makes Three, Drama (Telgemeier). Totally Joe, Ask the Passengers

Book discussion Group 2: Jacob’s New Dress, Better Nate Than Ever, Openly Straight, The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Morning Presenters

Kyle Lukoff is a children’s librarian in an independent school. He has facilitated and provided LGBTQ education for youth and adults in multiple venues, including publications like School Library Journal and at institutions like Columbia University and the Writing Trans Genres conference.

Jackson Radish has presented on trans young adult literature to librarians, teachers, and teens, and contributed a chapter on the subject to Oxford University Press’s Trans Bodies, Trans Selves. He is an editor and book reviewer with a background as a teen librarian.

Flyer and Registration Form


Position announcement: Library Director
RCS Community Library (Ravena, NY)

The Board of Trustees of the RCS Community Library seeks an energetic, passionate and experienced leader to continue its commitment to quality public library service for the vibrant communities of Ravena, Coeymans, and Selkirk in southern Albany County, NY.

A School District Public Library serving a user population of 14,000, the RCS Community Library is governed by a seven-member elected board of trustees and has a total annual operating budget of $500,000. The Library recently relocated to a newly renovated 9,100 sf facility and is currently engaged in the planning and fundraising process to update the furniture and fixtures for the library. The library's circulation, library visits, and program attendance have all significantly increased since the library opened in its new location. The Board is looking for a Director to continue this upward trajectory and to help lead the library into a new era of community connection.

Candidates must possess a Master's Degree in library science or equivalent from a school that is accredited by the American Library Association or recognized by the New York State Education Department; possess or be eligible for a NYS Public Librarian Certification; and have a minimum of five years of professional library experience, including three years of library administration or supervisory experience.

Please note that appointment is provisional, and permanent appointment is contingent upon passing the Albany County Civil Service Exam, Library Director II. Applicants may be eligible for permanent appointment if they have a current or previous permanent civil service appointment as a Library Director II or higher from a certified list within New York State.

This is a full-time position with a competitive benefits package and a starting salary of $60,000. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references to Marie Sturges, Search Committee, RCS Community Library, 95 Main Street, Ravena, NY 12143-1702.

Application deadline: June 20, 2014.

Employment Opportunity - Watervliet Public Library
Library Clerk

This position includes general clerical and patron assistance tasks. The person in this position is supervised by and is responsible to the Director of the Watervliet Public Library. Must enjoy working with people and be computer literate. This is a provisional appointment.

Responsibilities include:

  • Telephone answering
  • Checking out and clearing library materials
  • Patron registration
  • Managing fine and fee collection
  • Shelving library materials
  • Proficiency with computers and MS Office
  • Opening and closing the building
  • Other related duties assigned by the supervisor


  • Education: high school diploma or equivalency
  • Experience: no previous library experience is necessary
  • Must be able to work Thursday and Friday afternoons and some Saturdays
  • Salary: $8.00 per hour to start

Positions to fill: 1 part time - 8 hours per week

Contact: Samantha Fagan, Director

Please email a resume and cover letter to

Help Wanted Library Aide- Part Time

The Rensselaer Public Library is seeking a part-time Library Aide at $9.50 hr. This person will work 15-20 hours a week with a varying schedule that includes Saturdays. Duties include shelving, running the check-out desk, helping patrons with the computer and copier, and answering the phone. Candidate must have computer skills, strong customer service skills, work well with children, and understand the Dewey Decimal system. Prior library experience strongly preferred. MLS not desired for this position. Send letter describing relevant experience and a Rensselaer County employment application to Rensselaer Public Library- Attn: Jane, 676 East Street, Rensselaer NY 12144, or email to (Application available at

Castleton Public Library is getting a new look!

The Castleton Public Library will start work on a 4-6 week interior renovation beginning Saturday, September 13, 2014.

The library will be CLOSED Saturday, September 13 at the start of the renovation and will reopen using the former court at Castleton Village Hall on Monday, September 15 with adjusted hours.

The hours beginning September 15 are:

Monday: 12-8 PM
Tuesday-Wednesday: 1-7 PM
Thursday: 10-6 PM
Friday: 11-5 PM
Saturday: 11-3 PM

Any questions can be directed to Amy by calling the library at 732-0879 or email,

Upper Hudson Library System Presents Annual Library Service Awards

Albany, NY (June 26) -- The Upper Hudson Library System presented its library service awards at their 53rd annual dinner at the Century House in Latham, NY earlier this month. UHLS Board President Mary Muller said, "The public libraries in Albany and Rensselaer Counties are changing lives every day and the Upper Hudson Library System highlights this transformative work through our annual awards program."

See the press release and the list of award winners here

Upper Hudson Library System & Mohawk Valley Library System


Early Literacy Community Asset Analysis & Storytime Management

Thursday, October 2, 2014

William K. Sanford Town Library

629 Albany Shaker Road

Loudonville, NY 12211

Early Literacy Community Asset Analysis

Effectively serving families with young children requires knowing who they are, how they live, which other community services they use, and what they need and want from your library. Whatever size your library, in this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Investigate the assets your community offers to young families
  • Identify strategic stakeholders and potential partners
  • Analyze the knowledge you’ve gained to make your library a more valued and valuable early literacy resource

This training is part of the NYS early literacy initiative Ready to Read At New York Libraries.

Presenters: Mary Fellows, Upper Hudson Library System & Sue Rokos, Mohawk Valley Library System

Storytime Management

Are your story times sometimes hard to manage? Would your activities be better if you weren’t spending so much time managing behaviors? Learn tested techniques and fun activities for calming and managing your young participants (and their parents!) so that everyone can get the most value from the experience.

Presenter: Don Sinton, Stepping Stones Learning Center, Rochester, NY

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

See the flyer and registration form here


Lecture: Life Speeds Up: Robert Fulton and a Changing New York

Sunday, October 5 @ 2:00 PM

East Greenbush Community Library

Mr. Arnold will explore the legacy of Robert Fulton, the creator of the first commercially successful steamboat. His achievement helped catalyze the expansion of steam power into the energy source of the Industrial Revolution. He devised canal locks that were eventually used in Britain, designed the first workable submarine and more. American lives became faster, more bountiful, and more interconnected, thanks to the advent of steam power.

See flyer here


Position Opening: Voorheesville Public Library - Assistant Director III

Immediate Opening

This is a full-time, 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 and references should be sent to Lynn Kohler, Voorheesville Public Library, 51 School Road, Voorheesville, NY 12186. Emails will be accepted: Interviews will be conducted until the position is filled. Applications received or postmarked by September 23, 2014 will be given priority. See for the civil service job description.

Job Posting: Guilderland Public Library

Fiscal Officer I: Full-time 35 hr/wk. Responsible for overseeing fiscal management activities and related operations in a moderately sized library. Position involves review and analysis work concerning the fiscal management of program funds and expenditures; all aspects of accounting, AR/AP, financial records for $3M+ budget, some HR duties.

Minimum qualifications:
Graduation from a New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Public or Business Administration and one (1) year of experience in governmental accounting or fiscal management


Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and three (3) years of experience in governmental accounting or fiscal management

Salary: $32,000 - $34,000 + Benefits

Note: Provisional Appointment. As per Albany County Civil Service, candidate is subject to passing a competitive exam and must be reachable on an established list as a result of such an exam.

Please send resume, proof of degree/transcript and three references postmarked by August 15

Fiscal Officer
Guilderland Public Library
2228 Western Avenue
Guilderland, NY 12084-9701

or send to:

Anticipated vacancies due to retirement:

Bethlehem Public Library serves a dynamic community and is located within the capital region of New York State, near the city of Albany. The library offers a wide range of services, programming and outreach to a community with clear expectations of library service.

We are currently seeking two creative, enthusiastic and progressive team leaders. The Department Heads will exhibit excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to engage community members and staff in an effort to support the library's mission and commitment to excellent customer service.

We anticipate two vacancies, the Head of Circulation and Technical Services and Head of Adult Services.

The department heads will be expected to apply modern best practices and willingness to explore new service models to improve user experience. The department heads will participate with the library's management team and collaborate regularly with other departments.

Requirements: MLS from an ALA accredited program, New York State Public Librarians' Professional Certificate

Special Requirement: Eligibility for Librarian III permanent appointment by Albany County Civil Service. Applicants may be eligible for permanent appointment if they have a current or previous permanent civil service appointment to a Librarian III, Assistant Library Director III, or higher in New York State, or if their names appear on the current Albany County Civil Service Librarian III list of eligibles.

Starting salary: $59,253

Application deadline is May 9, 2014
Interviews expected to begin on May 12, 2014
Anticipated start date: July 1 - July 31, 2014

Send cover letter, resume and application to:

Tracey McShane
Personnel Administrator
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave.
Delmar NY 12054


Applications are available at Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY or by accessing our website at

2014 dates for the CORE Trustee Training for New Library Trustees

UHLS offers regular 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.

We will offer the program quarterly in January, April, July, and October (specific dates to be announced each year). The sessions will start at 6:30pm in the large meeting room at UHLS (28 Essex St. Albany, NY 12206).

2014 sessions:

Wednesday, January 15
Tuesday, April 8
Thursday, July 17
Tuesday, October 7

Please contact Heidi Fuge at UHLS ( or 437-9880 x221) to register for the next session.

Please contact Tim Burke at UHLS ( or 437-9880 x222) if you have any questions about the CORE program.

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. I am proud to report that we have 100% participation in the CORE training from our member libraries. Thank you for your support of this important initiative. Please make it a priority to ensure that all new library trustees have the opportunity to participate in this training program.


The Altamont Free Library Board of Trustees is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Library Director. We are seeking someone who will continue to build on the Library's mission to serve the greater Altamont community and surrounding rural hill town area. Altamont has a population of approximately 2,000 and is located in the Town of Guilderland (Albany, NY/Capital Region). The Altamont Free Library has just undergone an extensive $1.2 million dollar renovation and relocation into the historic 1897 D & H Train station in the heart of the Village.

Candidates for this position would be expected to have had prior experience working with library personnel, government officials and staff, and community leaders and to have experience with budgeting as well as short- and long-term planning. Candidates should possess strong communication skills as well as interpersonal and supervisory competency.


  • A Master of Library Science degree is strongly preferred. A Bachelor's Degree with a concentration in or major in Library Science or related field is acceptable.
  • Prefer experience with professional library services and computer systems. The Altamont Free Library is a member of the Upper Hudson Library System.

The Library Director is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Library operations, including the supervision of four staff members. Specific employment responsibilities would include programming, budget planning and operation, management and reporting, technology planning and implementation, collection development, and overseeing the maintenance and repair of Library building and equipment. The Library Director is also responsible for overseeing an annual operating budget in excess of $100,000, pursuing grants and other sources of funding, and working with Town of Guilderland, Village of Altamont and Town of Knox officials and others in the community. The Director reports to the Altamont Free Library Board of Trustees.

This is a full-time, flexible position with a competitive benefits package and a starting salary range of $38,000-45,000, commensurate with experience. Please submit a resume, cover letter and the names and contact information for three professional references to: Tracy Russell (Search Committee Chair), at

Applications must be received no later than November 30, 2014.

Job Opening: Part-time accounts clerk

The RCS Community Library has an opening for a part-time accounts clerk. The position averages 4 hours a week and has flexible, day time hours and the option of NYSERS membership. Pay is $15 an hour. Knowledge of Quickbooks is required, experience with modified accrual accounting is preferred. For full job description, click here.

A resume and letter of interest should be submitted to We are looking to fill this position by early January.




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