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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.




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