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
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
UHLS & MVLS library members: $16.00 Others:
For further information and to register,
Help Wanted Library Aide- Part Time
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
676 East Street
Rensselaer NY 12144
... or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Application available here.)
Hours: 12-20 hours per week, including occasional weekend
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 childrens
programs, purchasing childrens 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 childrens
programming experience are highly preferred.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to:
Altamont Free Library
PO Box 662
179 Main Street
Altamont, NY 12009
Or email to :
Applications will be accepted until the vacancy is filled.
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
Responsibilities may include:
- Providing reference and reader's advisory service to
the public, including assistance with local history and genealogical
- Providing computer training to the public and other
- 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.
Youth Services Coordinator
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
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, readers advisory,
routine computer and internet use questions.
Qualifications: A Bachelors 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 www.rensselaervillelibrary.org/staff.html
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
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 youre interested in attending the workshop, please
notify Tracey McShane at email@example.com
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
Public Library is seeking an energetic and creative leader with
a strong commitment to public library service for the position of Library
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
To apply please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and the
names and contact information for three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org
The application deadline is Friday, May 20, 2016.
Part-Time Librarian I (Programming and Outreach, Adult
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
This is a part-time, non-benefited position; 18.5 hours per
week; $22 per hour.
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.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional
references to Ms. Lois Papp, Head of Adult Services via email: email@example.com
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
Typical work activities include:
- Assists patrons in locating materials in the library
- Plans and conducts story hour and other children's
- Assists in planning and implementing library exhibits
- Performs a variety of clerical tasks including data
entry, answering telephones, and reading shelves.
- Provides staffing for the children's room
Education: At least two years beyond high school.
Experience: Experience working with children a plus
Must be able to work flexible hours including evenings
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
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 Library@rensselaerlibrary.org
or mail to:
Rensselaer Public Library
676 East Street
Rensselaer, NY 12144.
Position Available: Part-time Tween/Teen Services
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 readers advisory to teens,
children, and adults.
- Training and supervising teen volunteers.
- Performing outreach to local schools and community
- Assisting at the Childrens reference desk as
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
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
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
There's help online available here.
Job Opening: Librarian I,
Youth Services Department (Part-Time)
Public Library is currently seeking applications for a part-time
Librarian I for our Youth Services Department.
The Librarian I, Youth Services Department, is responsible
for the direction and management of childrens 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,
- 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
- Provides readers advisory and patron guidance
so that library users are able to make optimum use of the collection.
- Ensures that the childrens and young adults
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
- Performs other library-related tasks as assigned.
Minimum qualifications: Possession of a current New York State Public
Librarians Professional Certificate. Preferred qualifications:
Experience in an automated library environment, office software, social
media and office equipment.
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.
Part-time position (20 hours per week), primarily weekday afternoons/evenings
$15.26 per hour
Applications are due by December 2, 2016. Applicants can email
their cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references
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.
Opening: Library Aide, Castleton Public Library (Part-Time)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
(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
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
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 librarys
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
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 Bachelors 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 Director@guilpl.org.
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
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
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.