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News and Events Archive - 2018

Adult Program Swap (flyer)

Topic: Food and Drink Programs
Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018 (SNOW DATE: Thursday, January 25, 2018)
Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: Mohawk Valley Library System | 858 Duanesburg Road, Schenectady, NY 12306


Calling all adult services/programming librarians! Share your best programs at the next tri-system Adult Program Swap. January’s meeting will focus on food & drink programs – bring examples of your best cooking, drinking, food contests, lectures, etc. to share with your peers. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

Download and edit the program information template:


Announcing the 2018 SRP Planning Workshop!


Thursday, February 1, 2018
Snow date: Thursday, February 15, 2018

Schenectady County Public Library
99 Clinton Street
Schenectady, NY 12305 518-388-4000

9:30 am - 3:45 pm; check in beginning at 9:00 am

Whatever you title it, you want your Summer Reading Program to go be a hit that goes platinum! This lively day of training will help you hit the right notes in developing a program that patrons use and enjoy, provides good data to shape future activities, and reinforces your library’s goals.

Registration deadline is January 26, 2018

Register here:

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

Library Director, Berne Public Library, Berne NY

The Berne Public Library Board of Trustees seeks a Library Manager/Director, who is an exceptional leader and who demonstrates commitment to the public library’s excellent service to the local community.

With a dedicated staff of part time employees, volunteers, and an active Friends group, the Berne Public Library is a municipal library serving a small town of about 2,800 residents in Berne, NY. The Berne Public Library is part of the Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS). Berne is located about 25 miles southwest of Albany. Additional information may be found at

RESPONSIBILITIES: The ideal candidate will be an energetic and creative leader and have the skills and experience to plan and implement services and programs, and inspire community support. The Manager reports to the Board of Trustees. Primary responsibilities of this position include:

  • Develop and manage library programs, seeking and responding to input from the community.
  • Project a positive image of the library, with a focus on providing exceptional service.
  • Partner with fellow library directors/managers, community members and organizations.
  • Explore opportunities for additional funding and pursue grants.
  • Perform management duties including outreach, personnel, budgeting, collection development, social media, facilities management, and information services in accordance with policies developed by the Board of Trustees.
  • Work cooperatively with patrons, schools, businesses, municipal entities, Friends, staff and community groups in the area with courtesy, tact, and effective communications.
  • Advise and work closely with the Board on all library matters and keep the Trustees informed of relevant issues.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Completion of sixty (60) credit hours from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university AND one (1) year of professional experience in administering not-for-profit, government, education, human services or library services. Equivalent volunteer work in a library can be substituted for professional experience. Candidates should have experience and/or knowledge of library-driven technology services.

After provisional appointment, the candidate must pass the Albany County Civil Service exam for Library Manager and score in the top three to qualify for permanent appointment.

SALARY: $16.81/hour and contributions to NYS Retirement System

HOURS: 15+ hours per week on a flexible schedule.


Qualified, interested individuals should email a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to the search committee at


Library Advocacy Day

Please find the schedule for UHLS for our participation in the 2018 Library Advocacy Day here. The date is next Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Note that there is additional information on the schedule related to parking, security, transportation, etc.

The UHLS group (we'll be joined by reps from CDLC and some of the local school library systems) will start off from NYLA's "Base Camp" (LOB 120, same place it was last several years for you "advocacy veterans").

Our group will follow the attached schedule throughout the day and people can feel free to "plug in" to the schedule as best fits their own needs and schedule. If you would like to participate in just the meetings with your electeds, or can just make it in the morning, or just the afternoon, or you just want to attend the rally, etc. that's all just fine, because ... any participation makes a difference and all is sincerely appreciated!

All of NYLA's statewide messaging information and materials are available on the NYLA website here.

UHLS will provide packets as "leave behinds" at each meeting from both UHLS and NYLA. We also encourage member library attendees to bring along any material from their library that they want to share as part of our advocacy message. If your library is participating in the "Real People, Real Dollars" project, please bring along those pictures to share at legislative visits (and don't forget to post them in the NYLA Google Drive folder here).

Please share the attached schedule with anyone in your library community who may be interested in attending Advocacy Day - staff, trustees, friends, patrons, etc. all are welcome. If anyone has questions or concerns about Advocacy Day or the UHLS schedule, please have them contact Tim Burke.

The entire NY Library community thanks you in advance for your participation.

East Greenbush Community Library

Seeking enthusiastic and engaging summer reading assistants!

Will assist youth services librarians with implementation of bustling summer reading program (800+ children and teens) during July and August. The summer reading program provides literacy-based activities for youth with various programming for all ages.

Tasks performed will include set up and take down of daily programs, preparation of materials required for events, and helping children during activities. Will also assist with teen volunteer management, maintaining book displays, and other duties as assigned. Programs take place both indoors and outdoors!

General Qualifications: Friendly, outgoing person with strong organization skills and ability to work independently. Experience working with children and teens highly desirable, preference given to applicants with library experience. A minimum education of a bachelor’s degree is preferred. Basic computer skills required, including proficiency in Microsoft Office.

Schedule: 15-20 hours per week, varies during the following operating hours: M-Th, 9-9 pm, Friday, 9-6pm, and Saturday 10-5pm. Must be available to work some evenings and Saturdays.

Salary: $16.50 per hour. This is a grant-funded seasonal position.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, Rensselaer County Civil Service application and three references by email or mail to:

Ms. Molly Chatt, Head of Youth Services
East Greenbush Community Library
10 Community Way
East Greenbush, NY 12061



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