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News and Events Archive - 2016

Making It Fun, Making It Fit, Making It Manageable: 2016 Summer Planning Workshop

Thursday February 4, 2016

Snow date: Friday, February 5

William K. Sanford Town Library

629 Albany-Shaker Rd.
Loudonville, NY 12211

9:00 am - 9:30 am Registration

9:30 am - 3:45 pm Workshop

(Lunch included)

UHLS & MVLS library members: $16.00 Others: $50.00

For further information and to register, see flyer.

Help Wanted Library Aide- Part Time

The Rensselaer Public Library is seeking a part-time Library Aide at $10 hr. This person will work 10-15 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 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 here.)

Altamont Free Library

Library Assistant

Hours: 12-20 hours per week, including occasional weekend shifts.

Salary: $11-13 per hour depending on experience.

Basic duties include check in and checkout of library materials, filing and shelving of library materials, preparing library materials for circulation and tracking and purchasing library supplies. Over time, the incumbent will assume additional duties including preparing and delivering one weekly story time program and other children’s programs, purchasing children’s library materials, participating in outreach to local schools and day care establishments. Minimum qualifications: High school degree or equivalent, strong written and verbal communication skills, computer fluency. Prior library experience and/or children’s programming experience are highly preferred.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to:

Joseph Burke
Altamont Free Library
PO Box 662
179 Main Street
Altamont, NY 12009

Or email to :

Applications will be accepted until the vacancy is filled.


Librarian I

Exam Announcement: Troy Civil Service Commission
Last date for filing: April 15, 2016

The person in this position provides public service to the community by staffing the reference desk, participating in collection development activities and by teaching and/or coordinating basic computer instruction classes for adults. This position may also involve some clerical work.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Providing reference and reader's advisory service to the public, including assistance with local history and genealogical research
  • Providing computer training to the public and other staff members
  • Performing collection development duties such as selection and weeding of library material
  • Expanding the library's outreach programs to reach members of the community that are currently underserved by the library
  • Supervising clerical staff and volunteers
  • Producing library brochures and bibliographies
  • Keeping informed of professional developments and remaining active in professional organizations.

Must be available for some evening and Saturday hours.

Education: Must have an M.L.S. degree. Eligibility for a New York State Public Librarian's professional certificate at time of application; possession of certificate at time of appointment.

Rensselaerville Library
Job Opening
Youth Services Coordinator

Rensselaerville Library is looking for an energetic, enthusiastic and engaging Youth Services Coordinator to assist children, young adults and families in the use of library materials, equipment and resources, and to conduct programs. This new position reports to the Library Director, but exercises considerable independence in carrying out the duties of the position.

Job Summary:
Under the supervision of the Library Director, the Youth Service Coordinator creates, coordinates, publicizes, and delivers library programs for children, young adults and families. The coordinator assists with children, tween, teen and parenting collections, reference, reader’s advisory, routine computer and internet use questions.

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree with a major or concentration in Education, Library Science, English or related field. One year of professional library experience or other work with children is desired. You will be part of a small staff, so working well with others is critical, be motivated and self-directed enough to work without close supervision. Most importantly, you must be passionate about working with children and their families.

Work Schedule: Six hours per week, hours are flexible based on programming and Library service hours for the week.

Pay Rate: $12 - $13 depending on experience

Application Information: Position information and application materials can be found on our web site at or at the Library. Submit your completed job application, resume, and a cover letter reflecting your particular strengths for this position by March 25, 2016.

NYS & Local Retirement System Presentation
March 29, 2016 – 10am-12noon
Bethlehem Public Library
Community Room

Joe York, a representative from the NYS & Local Retirement System will be at Bethlehem Public Library on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 (10am-12noon) to present information about the retirement system, participation, benefits and services, planning for retirement and how the get the maximum value from your retirement system membership. Question and answer time will be available during and after the workshop.

NYS & Local Retirement System members and non-members are invited to attend.

If you’re interested in attending the workshop, please notify Tracey McShane at or 439-9314 x3004 by March 15, 2016. Please provide your name, organization name and contact information (number and e-mail). There is no fee for attending the presentation.

Library Director, Watervliet Public Library, Watervliet NY

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

A municipal public library serving a user population of approximately 10,000, the Watervliet Public Library is governed by a five-member board of trustees and has a total operating budget of just under $100,000. The Library recently opened a fully renovated and expanded 3,700 sf facility that boasts a dedicated space for youth collections and services, an adult reading room, and a digital learning center. In the past five years circulation, library visits, and program attendance have all significantly increased and with the new facility, the Board is looking for a Director to continue that growth and maximize the positive impact the library has in the community.

The Library Director reports to the Board of Trustees and holds primary responsibility for the operation and management of the Library. Duties include collection, service, and program planning 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 experience will be considered a plus.

To apply please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references to

The application deadline is Friday, May 20, 2016.

Part-Time Librarian I (Programming and Outreach, Adult Services Department)

The East Greenbush Community Library is seeking a dynamic, community-focused individual with a strong interest in programming and outreach. Strong interpersonal and technology skills are a must for outreach and partnerships, as well as running the library monthly film series and yearly film festival. Some volunteer management required. Duties also include adult reference, readers advisory, technology instruction, and collection development. The successful applicant will be engaged, enthusiastic, customer and community focused with a “How can I make this happen” approach. Additionally, the applicant should possess a superior knowledge of library and technology trends, coupled with excellent event management skills and creativity.

This is a part-time, non-benefited position; 18.5 hours per week; $22 per hour.

Typical Schedule:
18.5 hours per week. Typical Schedule: Tuesdays: 8:45 am-1:00 pm; Wednesdays: 1:00-9:00 pm; Fridays: 8:45-4:00 pm. Some flexibility is required in order to sufficiently manage events/programs, which may include other daytime, evening, and/or weekend hours.

Application Instructions:
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Ms. Lois Papp, Head of Adult Services via email: or mail/in-person: East Greenbush Community Library, 10 Community Way, East Greenbush, NY 12061. All applications must be received by Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

Job Opening: Library Associate

The Troy Public Library currently has an opening for a Library Associate to work in the children's room at the Main Library. This position is part time (approximately 24 hours per week). The person in this position is supervised by and is responsible to the head of the Young People's Department.

Typical work activities include:

  • Assists patrons in locating materials in the library
  • Plans and conducts story hour and other children's programs
  • Assists in planning and implementing library exhibits and displays
  • Performs a variety of clerical tasks including data entry, answering telephones, and reading shelves.
  • Provides staffing for the children's room

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: At least two years beyond high school.
Experience: Experience working with children a plus

Work Schedule:

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

Starting salary for this position is $14.31 per hour.

This position is temporary. We anticipate that the position will extend through January 2017.

If you are interested, please respond with your resume by August 5, 2016:

Paul Hicok, Director
Troy Public Library
100 Second St.
Troy, NY 12180


Job Opening: Part time Library Aide at the Rensselaer Public Library

Looking for someone to work Mondays and Tuesdays, with substitute hours possible. $10/hr. Candidate should have library experience (volunteer experience acceptable) and strong customer service skills. Library Aide duties include running circulation desk, computer and fax help, shelving, and answering phone. Please send County Civil Service application to or mail to:

Rensselaer Public Library
676 East Street
Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Position Available: Part-time Tween/Teen Services Librarian

The East Greenbush Community Library is currently accepting applications for a part-time Youth Services Librarian to serve tweens and teens. Candidates should be forward-thinking, technologically savvy, and committed to excellent customer service.

Responsibilities for this position include but are not limited to:

  • Developing and maintaining the Teen collection.
  • Creating teen displays and brochures.
  • Planning, publicizing, and conducting tween/teen programming.
  • Providing reference and reader’s advisory to teens, children, and adults.
  • Training and supervising teen volunteers.
  • Performing outreach to local schools and community organizations.
  • Assisting at the Children’s reference desk as needed.

Salary: $22

Schedule: 18.5 hours per week plus Saturday rotation
Typical Schedule: Wednesdays 12-6pm, Thursdays 1-9pm, Fridays 12-6pm, some Saturdays 10-5. Some flexibility is required in order to sufficiently manage events/programs, which may include other daytime, evening, and or/weekend hours.

MLS from an ALA accredited library school
New York State Public Librarian Professional Certificate

A cover letter, resume and references must be submitted via email to or by mail to:

East Greenbush Community Library
Attn: Molly Chatt
10 Community Way
East Greenbush, NY 12061

Position open until filled.


Digital magazines now available

Upper Hudson Library System is now offering digital magazines via our ebook vendor, OverDrive. Any cardholder at any public library in Albany or Rensselaer Counties can now check out digital magazines.

OverDrive uses the Nook app as its magazine reader, so you will have to set up a Barnes & Noble account and download the Nook app to your mobile device or compatible computer. To read NOOK periodicals, you need one of the following:

You can view the collection here, along with our great selection of ebooks, digital audiobooks and streaming video:

There's help online available here.

Job Opening: Librarian I, Youth Services Department (Part-Time)

The Castleton Public Library is currently seeking applications for a part-time Librarian I for our Youth Services Department.

Position Description:

The Librarian I, Youth Services Department, 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.

Minimum qualifications: Possession of a current New York State Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate. Preferred qualifications: Experience in an automated library environment, office software, social media and office equipment.

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.

Work Schedule:
Part-time position (20 hours per week), primarily weekday afternoons/evenings and Saturdays.

$15.26 per hour

Application information:
Applications are due by December 2, 2016. Applicants can email their cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to or mail application documents to:

Castleton Public Library
Attn: Melissa Tacke, Library Director
85 South Main Street, Castleton, NY 12033

Full announcement, including Rensselaer County Civil Service Commission Official Job Specifications, is here.

Job Opening: Library Aide, Castleton Public Library (Part-Time)

The Castleton Public Library is seeking a part-time Library Aide for approximately 15 hours per week, with a varying schedule that includes weekday afternoons/evenings and occasional Saturdays. Duties include helping customers at the check-out desk, shelving library materials, operating the copier and fax machine, performing routine clerical tasks, and answering the telephone. The ideal candidate for the position has strong customer service skills and basic computer skills. Prior library experience is preferred, but not required. Pay for the position is $10.00 per hour. Send a letter describing relevant experience, along with a Rensselaer County employment application, to Castleton Public Library, 85 S. Main Street, Castleton, NY 12033, Attn: Melissa Tacke, or send as PDF via email to (The Rensselaer County employment application is available here. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Rensselaer County Civil Service Commission Official Job Specifications:

Library Aide

Distinguishing Features of the Class: This position involves performing the duties of charging and discharging materials and related ciculation duties at the circulation desk. Additionally, incumbents sort and reshelve library materials as necessary. Performance of related routine clerical tasks may be required. This work requires no prior knowledge of library work as employees are trained on the job. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Library Director, Librarian, or higher-level library employee. Does related work as required.

Examples of Work:
Charges and discharges library materials;
Sorts and reshleves books and library materials;
Logs in and processes all periodicals and prepares current magazines for shelving, maintains back number stacks and routing;
Maintains files of vertical file material and publisher's catalogs;
Maintains use and acquisition statistics;
Responds to routine questions regarding library rules, hours of operation and location of materials;
Responds to requests from library patrons to assist with research, interlibrary requests and the use of computers and audio-visual equipment;
Typing, filing, and data searches as requested by higher level Library Employee;
Assists in periodic inventory of library materials and AV equipment;
Maintains inventory of supplies and suggests items for acquisition;
Assists in preparation of lists of missing books and books to be discarded;
oversees the general condition and appeal of the library and its displays;
Performs related routein clerical tasks, including changing books, filing cards, writing and forwarding of over-due notices.

Full Performance Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics: Ability to acquire a working knowledge of library rules and procedures; ability to understand and carry out written and oral directions; ability to deal in a personable and friendly manner with library patrons; accuracy; tact and courtesy; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from high school or possession of high school equivalency diploma.

ADOPTED: March 25, 1992. CSC MTG.

REVISED: March 18, 2004. CSC MTG.

Job opening: Fiscal Officer - Guilderland Public Library

Reporting to the director and assistant director, the fiscal officer is responsible for all aspects of the library’s fiscal operations including: the annual budget development process, monitoring budget throughout the year, managing cash flow, managing banking, credit cards, and investments, running payroll (including deductions such as NYS retirement and deferred compensation), accounts receivable, accounts payable, preparing monthly and year-end financial statements, and interfacing with the audit committee and audit firm annually. Manages daily cash receipts and monthly bank reconciliations. Reviews contracts and expenditures, shopping for competitive rates. May supervise a clerical or accounting employee. Works closely with HR department to ensure payroll, deductions and benefits are correctly administered. Attends board meetings to deliver monthly reports. Attends Finance Committee and Audit Committee meetings.

Requires proficiency in accounting software and Excel. Thorough knowledge of accounting procedures and concepts, as well as public finance administration. Ability to meet deadlines and prioritize tasks according to multiple variables; comfortable with heavy workload and complex issues. Must be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all staff. Must demonstrate integrity, accuracy, and attention to detail.

Minimum qualifications: Graduation from a NYS registered college or university with at least a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, public administration, or business administration which included a minimum of 12 credits in accounting and 2 years of professional experience in governmental accounting or fiscal management. Provisional appointee: Positions at Guilderland Public Library are classified by the Albany County Department of Civil Service.  All provisional appointees are subject to a competitive examination and must be reachable on any list established as a result of such an examination.

Salary range $50,000-$70,000, with benefits available. To apply, email a resume and cover letter to

Upper Hudson Library System Celebrates Public Libraries Making a Difference in Their Communities

The Upper Hudson Library System held its 55th annual celebration of public library service in Albany and Rensselaer Counties at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY on June 8. UHLS Board President Phil Erlich said, "The public libraries in Albany and Rensselaer Counties are changing lives every day and the Upper Hudson Library System celebrates this transformative work through our annual dinner and awards program."

At the event the following awards were presented:

2015 Library Volunteer of the Year Award
Two awards presented

Nancy Bush, Sand Lake Town Library
A volunteer at the Sand Lake Town Library, Nancy recognized a need in the community for free tutoring services for elementary school children. She conceived, organized and has coordinated a tutoring program at the library since 2012. The BEST Program (Bringing Educators and Students Together) brings teachers, teacher aides, and older students together with children in grades 3-10 to help them with homework, study habits, organization skills. In 2015 the program had over 700 participants! In addition to BEST changing the lives of many people - both the students and the tutors, the program participants have developed into an "incredible volunteer force" for the library. When the library recently renovated its main room, it was "Team BEST" that came to the rescue, packing and moving all the books and shelving…and putting it all back when the project was completed!

Holly McKenna, Albany Public Library
As President of the APL Foundation, Holly's leadership has reinvigorated this critical support organization for the library. At the close of 2015, the Foundation has been responsible for raising over $50,000 to support library programs and services. She established the Literary Legends Awards Gala which has become a coveted honor among local authors and has proven to be a "must attend event for the engaged citizens of Albany." With Holly as President, the Foundation has taken a new and exciting path and has developed many creative ways to increase the library's community visibility and build support for the transformative work the library does every day.

2015 Library Trustee of the Year Award
Two awards presented

David Wheatley, Watervliet Public Library
As President of the library's Board of Trustees, he led the library through a major building project that doubled the size of the library. In order to fund the project, David combined two major private gifts from community benefactors with two years of NYS construction grants, and a number of successful community fundraising efforts. Once the funding was in place, he coordinated the construction project and finally, he led the volunteer team that put the library material back into its new home. David's tireless efforts on behalf of his community and his library resulted in the opening of the Julia Fahr Children's Room and the Mary J. O'Brien Reading Room in March of this year.

Ralph Marino, Valley Falls Free Library
As President of the library's Board of Trustees, Ralph has made it a point to keep this "small town library" from thinking about itself with a "small town mindset." He has been a tireless advocate for planning, projects, and grants that will improve library service to everyone in the community - from instituting library delivery service to the homebound, to establishing an endowed fund for new children's material, to his current project to make the library building fully accessible, Ralph is always looking for new ways to make the library relevant in the community. Ralph is also not afraid to roll up his sleeves and put his own "sweat equity" into the library, as evidenced by his work building children's programming furniture, adding wheels to shelving units to create instant mobile shelving, and the project to rebuild the library basement entranceway.

2015 Adult Library Program of the Year Award
Presented to the Guilderland Public Library for their "Hudson Valley Beer: From Hops to Home" Program

This innovative program series was in response to the current interest in beer and beer brewing. Programs in the series included a "Home brewing 101" class, a local historian speaking about the early taverns and hotels of Guilderland, a tasting session of locally brewed craft beers, and a "field trip" to a local craft brewery and cidery. More than 230 community members attended the series with a significant number of new users, many of whom were in the elusive 25-35 yr. old adult male demographic.

2015 Youth Library Program of the Year Award
Presented to the W.K Sanford Town Library (Colonie) for their "Cyber Kids" Program

Originating as a suggestion from the Library's Teen Advisory Group, Cyber Kids is a computer skills workshop for elementary school students which is taught by a "teen tech team" of high school students. The participants use sophisticated software to learn how to code to create their own interactive games, stories, and animations that can be posted on the Cyber Kids website and shared with others online. But the truly unique thing about this program is that it not only provides STEM education for the younger participants, but also gives the older student-teachers an opportunity to learn the power "giving back" and making a difference in someone else's life.

In addition to a framed certificate, each award winner receives a cash award for their home library to help support future community building efforts. "We are so pleased to be able recognize the wonderful things happening in our libraries. They are all making a real and positive difference in their communities every day," said UHLS Executive Director Tim Burke.

In addition, the UHLS Board of Trustees recognized the long and dedicated service of one of its trustees. Mary Alice Molgard of Berne is stepping down from the Board after twelve years of service representing small libraries in Albany County. In addition, for most of that time she also served in the role of Board Treasurer. She was presented with a resolution of appreciation by the UHLS Board and was named UHLS Trustee Emerita. She also received a certificate of thanks from the office of NYS Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, whose district includes the service area of the Berne Public Library.




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