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Announcing the 2017 SRP Planning Workshop!

Building a Better Summer Reading Program

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Schenectady County Public Library
99 Clinton Street
Schenectady, NY 12305

9:30 am - 3:45 pm; check in at 9:00 am
Snow date: Friday, February 10, 2017
http://scpl.org 518-388-4000

Registration deadline is February 2, 2017

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/mocpsbN6E0ZLJM1h1

Building a better world starts with Building a Better Summer Reading Program! Join us for a day of learning to construct a summer program that is both functional and attractive - to kids, teens, and families. You’ll leave with many activity and SRP management ideas, a strengthened network of helpful colleagues, and a greater understanding of how to build a better experience for both patrons and staff!

Full day, lunch included: UHLS & MVLS member libraries: $16.00 All others: $50.00

Send checks made payable to MVLS, through delivery or mail to:

Summer Planning Workshop,
Mohawk Valley Library System 858 Duanesburg Road,
Schenectady, NY 12306

Questions? Contact Sue Rokos, MVLS, 355-2010 x226 or Mary Fellows, UHLS, 437-9880 x228

See the flyer for more information


Job opening: LIBRARY DIRECTOR, part-time

Petersburgh Public Library

Petersburgh, NY 12138

Starting Date: April 3, 2107

The Petersburgh Public Library, a small municipal library located in eastern Rensselaer County, seeks an energetic, passionate, experienced person for the position of Library Director. This is a part-time position scheduled to work 20 hours per week. The position requires a candidate with an associate’s degree or equivalent and demonstrated communication, interpersonal, and computer skills. Experience in library collection and program development, staff and volunteer supervision, and familiarity with the library’s service community would be highly desirable. Starting salary is $17,160 per year. A copy of the job description is available on the library’s website at http://www.petersburghpubliclibrary.org/?page_id=15.

Please send resumes to the Search Committee by mail to Job Search, Petersburgh Public Library, P.O. Box 250, Petersburgh, NY 12138 or by email to jobsearch@petersburghpubliclibrary.org by February 15, 2017.


Job opening: Stephentown Memorial Library seeks a qualified project manager specializing in energy efficiency retrofits on older buildings. Duties will include working with the contractor to supervise equipment and materials choices, maintain the project schedule, and identify additional measures to increase HVAC effectiveness. Qualified candidates will have access to testing equipment, a demonstrated ability to conduct and interpret tests, a work history supervising similar projects and all appropriate BPI certifications. References required. Please call Tom at 518-391-8250.


The Guilderland Public Library is looking for someone with strong customer-service skills who's comfortable with computers to join our team. We're looking for a clerk to work Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday mornings and on a four week rotation, weekends. Subbing opportunities are included. Starting pay is $13.00 per hours with optional NYS retirement.

Interested candidates should send a resume to Philip Berardi at berardip@guilpl.org


 

Libraries = Education

Friday, April 7, 9:00 – 12:00

UHLS brings you a thought – provoking speaker that may change how you think about, position, and market your library. “Libraries = Education” is an interactive workshop in which you’ll experience a strategy that has been hailed by Library Journal as “a 21st-century model worthy of study and consideration by every library in America, if not the world.”

You’ll learn the steps to rebrand your library as a key educational institution in your community, helping you gain the respect and funding you deserve, dispel misperceptions about libraries, and heighten your library’s visibility and stature with community members and funders.

Free and open to UHLS member library staff, trustees, and volunteers. Registration required. Register by March 31 by adding your information here or by emailing Heidi Fuge at heidi@uhls.lib.ny.us.

For more information, see flyer.



Job opening: Library Assistant - Circulation - Troy Public Library

Full time, some evenings and weekends. This position includes general clerical and patron assistance tasks. The person in this position is supervised by and is responsible to the Head of Circulation. Must enjoy working with people and be computer literate.

Responsibilities include:

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

Minimum Qualifications:

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

Work Schedule:

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

Salary: $10.53 per hour

Contact:

Virginia Wescott, Head of Circulation
Troy Public Library
100 Second Street
Troy, N.Y. 12180
wescottv@thetroylibrary.org

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


Help Wanted: Part-time Library Aide at the Rensselaer Public Library.

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. Must have library experience (volunteer experience counts). For those without experience, we are also accepting applications for the position of Page.

To apply, email Chirgwinj@rensselaerlibrary.org with resume.



Librarian I (Youth Services)

The Troy Public Library currently has an opening in the Young People's Services Department for a Librarian I (Youth services). This is a full time (35 Hr/wk) entry level professional position which will involve some evenings and weekends. This is a provisional appointment. The successful candidate will need to complete a civil service exam when offered.

Typical Work Activities:

  • Provides reference and readers’ advisory services to children and young adults, including online database searches;
  • Performs collection development by recommending titles for purchase or deletion;
  • Compiles bibliographies
  • Develops and implements library programs for children and young adults;
  • Assists and advises children and their caregivers in their use and evaluation of library materials and information sources;
  • Plans and implements outreach activities for children and their caregivers.

Knowledge and skills required:

The person in this position will need a good knowledge of modern principles and practices of public library service; good knowledge of basic library reference tools and services; good knowledge of child development; good knowledge of literature for children and a working knowledge of commonly used computer software, hand held devices and electronic resources as found in libraries.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in Library Science (MLS) from a school accredited by the American Library Association of recognized by the NYS Education Department.

The annual salary range for this position is $32,845 - $42,644.

Contact:

Carol Roberts
croberts@thetroylibrary.org
Troy Public Library
100 Second Street
Troy, NY 12180



Job Opening - Brunswick Community Library

The Brunswick Community Library is seeking a part-time Library Clerk for approximately 10-15 hours a week, on Wednesdays 10-6pm, 2-3 Saturdays a month 10-6pm and occasional week day coverage.

Duties include helping customers at the check-out desk, shelving materials, operating the fax machine, operating the copier for copies and scanning, and answering the phone.

The ideal candidate has strong customer services skills and basic computer skills. Prior library experience is preferred, but not required. Pay for position is $9.70. Please send a letter describing relevant experience, along with a resume to:

Brunswick Community Library
Attn: Natalie Hurteau
4118 State Highway 2
Troy, NY 12180

Or email attachments to Natalie Hurteau at director@brunswicklibrary.org


Position Available

Manager, Administration and Finance - Upper Hudson Library System (Albany, NY)

The Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS) is seeking an experienced and dedicated professional to join our team. We are a cooperative public library system based in Albany, NY, primarily funded by New York State with a total staff of 10 FTE. UHLS provides services to strengthen and connect the 29 independent public libraries in New York's Albany and Rensselaer Counties.

This is a full-time position reporting to the Executive Director and is primarily responsible for the operational administration of the System's activities in the areas of finance, human resources/employee benefits, facilities management, and government reporting. The Manager, Administration and Finance supervises the UHLS Finance Specialist; works closely with all UHLS staff and assists member libraries; serves as primary contact with our building tenants; and is a member of the UHLS Management Team.

The successful candidate will:

  • hold a Bachelor's Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, Human Resources, or a closely related field; AND have two (2) or more years of related employment experience in a similar work environment;
  • demonstrate the ability to handle tasks independently and manage multiple priorities, deadlines, and reporting cycles;
  • demonstrate excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing;
  • demonstrate a strong commitment to customer service in all interactions with staff, member libraries, vendors, etc. and;
  • project an optimistic, positive, and professional attitude.

    Experience working in a non-profit organization or government agency is a preferred quality.

This is a full-time position with a competitive benefits package, including participation in the NYS Retirement System. The starting salary for this position will be $55,000.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references via e-mail to searchcommittee@uhls.org. The review of applications will begin on Monday, September 11, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

A complete job description for the position can be found here and additional information about the Upper Hudson Library System can found at www.uhls.org.


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. 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. Library circulation, visits, and program attendance have all significantly increased as the result of the new facility. Building on that success, the community recently voted to substantially increase annual funding for library services. The Board is looking for a Director to continue this 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 and management; budget management; supervision of staff and volunteers; public relations and community outreach; fund raising; and grant writing.

The position is scheduled to work 35 hours per week, with predominantly weekday hours and occasional Saturday hours to support library programs and events. The position requires an MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited university AND some post-MLS experience managing a public library or major library services. The ideal candidate will demonstrate flexibility, excellent communication skills, familiarity with current library technologies, and a positive and professional attitude. Demonstrated 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. The Library Director’s annual salary will be $40,000 – $45,000 based on the selected candidate’s skills and experience.

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

Review of applications will begin on Wednesday 9/6/17 and will continue until the position is filled.



Library Director, Cheney Library, Hoosick Falls NY

The Cheney Library in Hoosick Falls, NY, a small, rural free association library located in eastern Rensselaer County, seeks an energetic, creative individual with a strong commitment to community for the position of Library Director.

Serving a user population of approximately 7,000, the Cheney Library is governed by a nine-member board of trustees and is a member of the Upper Hudson Library System. The library is in a historic building surrounded by beautiful gardens and enjoys strong community support and an active volunteer base. The Board is looking for a Director to ensure that this “small village with big dreams” continues to have an engaged and vibrant public library to help realize those dreams.

The Library Director reports to the Board of Trustees and holds primary responsibility for the operation and management of the Library. Along with regular customer service responsibilities, other duties include collection, service, and program planning and management; budget management; supervision of staff and volunteers; public relations and community outreach; fund raising; and grant writing.
The position is scheduled to work 36 hours per week with a schedule that supports library services, programs, and events. The position requires a Bachelor’s degree and the ideal candidate will demonstrate flexibility, excellent communication skills, strong technology skills, and an appreciation for the importance of public library service in a small community. Demonstrated experience in library service, staff and volunteer supervision, budgeting, and facility management will also be highly desirable and fund-raising and grant writing experience will be considered a plus. The Library Director’s annual salary will be $30,000 – $33,000 based on the selected candidate’s skills and experience.

To apply please send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references via mail to Lynne Teker, 21939 NY 22, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090; or via email to lynne.teker@gmail.com.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Job Opening: Library Associate - Troy Public Library

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: Bachelors' degree.
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 is a civil service position and appointment is provisional. The successful candidate must take an exam when it becomes available.

If you are interested, please respond with your resume by November 10, 2017 to:

Paul Hicok, Director
Troy Public Library
100 Second St.
Troy, NY 12180
hicokp@thetroylibrary.org


Upper Hudson Library System and Mohawk Valley Library System present

Middle Childhood Matters: Revitalizing Your Library Service to 6-12 Year Olds

Thursday, November 2, 2017
Guilderland Public Library
10:00 am - 3:30 pm

In 2014, Toronto Public revolutionized its delivery of services to children aged 6-12. With a focus on supporting healthy child development and resiliency, the Library created a research-based framework for middle childhood that transformed its programs, services, and spaces. Join us to learn about this internationally acclaimed model, how it fits into what you’re already doing, and ways to adapt it to strengthen your service to school age children.

Complete information, including registration details: here



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


The Castleton Public Library is seeking a part-time Library Aide for approximately 16 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 $10.50 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 director@castletonpubliclibrary.org (The Rensselaer County employment application is available here). Applications must be received by Monday, August 14.


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 circulation 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 reshelves 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 routine 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: Community Relations Coordinator - East Greenbush Community Library

Are you creative, passionate, organized, and diplomatic? We’re looking for bright, new talent to develop and implement all marketing and promotional strategies for the East Greenbush Community Library; a gathering center where all people can come to enrich their lives, be inspired, and discover anything they might want to learn.

The community relations coordinator is a member of the senior management team and works closely with the Director to develop an annual plan of library marketing objectives and activities for community relations and participates in library-wide planning and decision making, and website management.

Event planning and effective communication is a must! You will work closely with the Director and approximately 30+ staff members to plan and implement special promotions and events. As community relations coordinator, you will serve as the liaison to the Friends of the East Greenbush Community Library and assist with fundraising and special event planning.

Previous library experience not required, but an affinity for our mission is! Library staff is dedicated to anticipating and responding to the evolving needs and expectations of our community and region and enhancing community connections.

Our Core Values:

  • Respect and care: If we’re not treating everyone well, we’re not making anyone feel at home.
  • Do the right thing: Go the extra mile with each other and the public.
  • Get it done: Look for solutions when problems arise, while working with patrons and coworkers.
  • Champions for literacy and reading: At the heard of everything we do.
  • Responsive to community: Community needs drive programs, material selections, and services.

Hourly Wage:
$23.25

Typical Schedule:
25 hours per week. Some flexibility is required; schedule may include daytime, evening, and/or weekend hours. 5 hours daily, Monday-Friday (typically daytime, hours flexible)

Qualifications:

Education:

  • (4) years college with specialization in Public Relations, Marketing, Communications, Graphic Design, Commercial Art, Media Art, or closely related field
    OR
  • (2) years college with specialization in Public Relations, Marketing, Communications, Graphic Design, Commercial Art, Media Art, or closely related field AND (2-5) years of experience in marketing or associated field with graphic design experience in the following areas: Event Planning, Graphic Design, Layout, Communications/Marketing, Grant writing/management (preferred, but not required), and Fundraising experience (preferred, but not required).

Application Instructions:
Please submit a Cover letter, Resume, Rensselaer County Civil Service application and three professional references to:

Ms. Jill Dugas Hughes, Director
search@eastgreenbushlibrary.org
East Greenbush Community Library
10 Community Way, East Greenbush, NY 12061.

Deadline:
Position will remain open until filled. We will begin reviewing applications on October 19, 2017.


Adult Services Librarian (Librarian I)

Description:
The East Greenbush Community Library is seeking a dynamic, community-focused individual who is technologically savvy, and works well in a team environment. Equally comfortable providing enthusiastic public service as well as managing library collections. The successful applicant will be engaged and possess a community focused “How can I make this happen” approach. Also required: a superior knowledge of library and technology trends, coupled with excellent reference, readers advisory, technology instruction, collection management skills, and flexibility to embrace new projects and assignments.

Salary/Benefits:
$44,243 per year with benefits.

Typical Schedule:
37.5 hours per week. Some flexibility is required; schedule may include daytime, evening, and/or weekend hours. The current schedule includes daytime hours with at least one night a week, and participation in the weekend rotation.

Qualifications:
MLS required from ALA accredited school. Possession of a NYS Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate. Must be eligible for a provisional appointment as a Librarian I under civil service.

Application Instructions:
Please submit a Cover letter, Resume, Rensselaer County Civil Service application and three professional references to:

Ms. Elizabeth Putnam, Head of Adult Services
email: search@eastgreenbushlibrary.org

or mail:

East Greenbush Community Library
10 Community Way, East Greenbush, NY 12061.

Deadline:
Position will remain open until filled. We will begin reviewing applications on October 19, 2017.



Libraries ask for your book donations for kids in the U.S. Virgin Islands!

Public libraries throughout Albany and Rensselaer counties are asking for the public’s help in collecting new or gently used books for children in the United States Virgin Islands who lost nearly everything as a result of Hurricanes Maria and Irma. Books of all types for kids from infants through high school are welcomed. Donations to cover shipping costs are also welcomed.

In the recent hurricane ravaging the islands, many families lost most of their possessions. Rensselaer County resident and former EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck was invited to the U.S.V.I. to give her expert guidance on the recovery. She witnessed firsthand the devastation that left many children without homes and possessions.

To help these children and teens, a local library leader asked Enck if books might be provided that the kids could take home to keep. Enck immediately thought of the strong public libraries in her home region. She connected with Margaret Lanoue, a librarian at Guilderland Public Library, who coordinated the effort with Upper Hudson Library System.

"Hurricanes Irma and Maria did major damage in the US Virgin Islands, including destroying many books. Most families still do not have electricity, and struggle with day to day challenges. Your donation of books will help make the holiday season a little bit brighter for the children of the US Virgin Islands," said Enck. “My sincere thanks to the libraries of UHLS for organizing this wonderful effort."

“Books provide comfort, respite, and hope, among other things,” notes Mary Fellows, Upper Hudson Library System Manager of Youth and Family Services. “Kids especially need books when life is hard and there’s little predictability to help them feel safe. Every day, libraries connect kids with books that help them feel secure and valued in the world. Upper Hudson libraries are the perfect places to gather books to help the kids and teens of the U.S.V.I. back to well-being.”

Donations are welcome at these libraries:
- Albany Public Library
- Brunswick Community Library
- Guilderland Public Library
- Nassau Free Library
- RCS Community Library
- Sand Lake Town Library
- Troy Public Library

For more information about this program, please contact Mary Fellows, Manager, Youth and Family Services, Upper Hudson Library System, mary@uhls.ny.us, phone, 518-437-9880 ext. 228



Voorheesville Public Library is seeking a temporary part time Librarian I beginning the first week of January 2018-February 2018. The position is approximately 15 hours weekly. This includes 3 shifts at the information desk with at least one of them being a closing shift as well as a weekend rotation. Depending on library needs additional time may be available.
If you are interested in applying or have further questions please contact Assistant Director, Tracey Pause at 518-765-2791 or tracey.pause@voorheesvillelibrary.org by 11/28/17.



Position Available: Part-Time Youth Services Librarian I

The East Greenbush Community Library is currently accepting applications for a part-time Youth Services Librarian to join a dynamic and dedicated team of professionals. Successful candidates should be creative, flexible, and conscientious in handling details.

Responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Providing reference and readers' advisory assistance to children, teens and adults.
  • Planning and conducting storytimes, book clubs, and other programs for children.
  • Assisting in all phases of collection development, including acquisitions and weeding.
  • Maintaining awareness of current trends in children’s literature, child development, and library technology.

Position is 12-16 hours a week, and primarily includes evenings and weekend rotation.

Salary: $22.25 per hour

Minimum qualifications:
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 chattm@eglibrary.org or by mail to:

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

We will begin reviewing applications on December 11, 2017.


 

 

 

 

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