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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


Full Time Position Available

Community & Services Support Specialist

Candidates must meet the minimum qualifications. This is a provisional appointment and the incumbent must be reachable after taking the civil service exam to become permanent.

General Statement of Duties
Under the supervision of the Executive Director, this position is charged with supporting the patrons of the library that have been identified as at-risk or in need of community services.

Job Description: The responsibilities of the position include acting as a liaison between library and community agencies such as Homeless and Travelers Aid Society, Code Blue, Neighborhood Associations and other service organizations in the City. The incumbent will monitor and maintain banned patrons lists and facilitate conversations with patrons to alter their behavior so they may receive library services. The incumbent will provide support to staff and patrons concerning various resources throughout the community that would assist the needs of patrons. The incumbent will provide direct observation and monitoring of patron behavior and engage with persons who may be homeless to provide assistance in linking to appropriate services. The incumbent will provide substance abuse information, referral and crisis assistance as needed.

Required Skills and Abilities: In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications for the position, the ideal candidate should have thorough knowledge of the neighborhood and community, library policies and procedures, and good knowledge of personal computers and office equipment. The ideal candidate should have excellent communication skills; display an enthusiastic commitment to customer centered public library service; embrace the opportunity to work with a diverse customer base; and exhibit an innovative and creative approach to problem solving. The ideal candidate should be able to prioritize and multi-task.

Minimum Qualifications: (A) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York registered college or university or one accredited by the NYS Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) and one (1) year of experience working with at risk population or in the social work field; OR
(B) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or one accredited by the NYS Board of Regents to grant degrees with an Associate’s Degree and three (3) years of the experience working with at risk population or in the social work field; OR (C) An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B) above.

Work Schedule: The schedule, totaling 37.5 hours per week, may include days, evenings and weekends.

Supervisor: Executive Director

Salary: $41,500 with a generous benefit package

Deadline: June 4, 2018

Apply to:

Marjorie K. Reinhart
161 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210

Albany Public Library is an AA/EO institution and is strongly and actively committed to increasing diversity within its organization.


Thinking Outside:

Linking the World of Books to Nature Through Environmental Programming

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Schenectady County Public Library

For your next program, bring the outside in - or take the library outside!

As more research supports the link between nature and mental and physical health, libraries can help youth and families cultivate a relationship with the natural world. Fostering an interest in nature through collections and programming expands your audience, maximizes your community impact, and supports sustainability.

In this participatory training, you’ll explore strategic partnerships and program design for ideas to engage youth in your library with do-it-yourself nature programming. Come prepared to get a little dirty!


Nathan Keefe, environmental programming leader, incipient librarian, former zoo education director and middle school teacher

For more information and to register, see attached flyer.

Resources from training

Library Director, Voorheesville Public Library - Voorheesville, NY

Voorheesville Public Library seeks a team leader who can work together with an experienced staff, the board, an active friends group, and community groups to make sure that the library understands and meets the needs of the Voorheesville Central School District residents now and in the future.

A school district library serving a population of 7,200 full time residents, the Voorheesville Public Library is located in the Village of Voorheesville and has a voter approved operating budget of $1,179,890. The library is part of the Upper Hudson Library System.

The anticipated start date for the position is October 1, 2018. More information can be found on the library’s website:

To Apply: qualified candidates please send your résumé and cover letter electronically to Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Application review will begin on August 20, 2018.

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. Schedule generally includes three or four 4-hour weekday shifts per week, plus an occasional 6-hour Saturday shift (once every 4 weeks).

Routine Duties:
Helping customers at the front desk, shelving library materials, operating the copier and fax machine, performing routine clerical tasks, assisting with program preparation, and answering the telephone. Full civil service position description is below.

The ideal candidate has strong customer service skills, is detail-oriented, and can efficiently use a computer for work tasks. A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Prior library experience is preferred, but not required.

Pay Rate:
$10.50 per hour.

How to Apply:
Send a letter of interest, along with a Rensselaer County employment application (available here), by email to, or by mail to Castleton Public Library, 85 S. Main Street, Castleton, NY 12033, Attn: Melissa Tacke. Applications must be received by Friday, October 5.

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.


Position Available - System Support Associate, Youth and Family Services
Upper Hudson Library System, Albany, NY

Would you like to be part of creating a better future for children and teens through strong libraries? Are you a friendly, effective communicator adept at customer service?

If you’re an organized self-starter who works well independently and as part of a team and if you approach work with a sense of humor, we want to hear from you! Library experience is a plus, but not required—we’ll train a smart, flexible individual to work with us to strengthen regional library services from behind the scenes.

The Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS) is a cooperative library system headquartered in Albany, NY. Our mission is to provide services to enhance, support, and connect the 29 public libraries in New York’s Albany and Rensselaer Counties. Our new colleague will report to the Manager, Youth and Family Services and deliver effective customer service to system staff and our member libraries, as well as assist with:

  • Professional development programs
  • Processing review and project materials
  • Rotating library collections
  • Daily operations, including preparing and maintaining circulating collections, kits, and equipment, maintaining statistical reports, etc.

This position requires at least one year of post-secondary coursework, with preference given to candidates with a Bachelor’s degree; AND

One or more years of paid experience working in a library or office; OR

An equivalent combination of technical training, education, and experience.

This is a full-time position, with a 37.5 hour work week scheduled between 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday – Friday. The position includes a competitive benefits package and participation in the NYS Retirement System. The starting salary for this position is $40,000. The job description for this position is posted on our website.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references via email to The review of applications will begin on November 12, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

For more information about UHLS, visit

Library Director – Petersburgh Public Library, Rensselaer County NY

The Petersburgh Public Library, a municipal library serving a population of approximately 1,500 residents in Eastern Rensselaer County, is accepting applications for the position of Library Director. The Library Director works under the general direction of the Library Board of Trustees and is responsible for day- to-day operations of the library.

The Board is seeking an energetic and book-passionate person with administrative experience. Library experience will be a considered a plus and preference will be given to a Petersburgh resident. The position requires a two year college degree or equivalent.

This is a part-time position working twenty-four hour per week with a starting salary of $21,000 per annum. The position will start November 1, 2018.

Please send a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information for three professional references by the submission deadline of October 15, 2018. Submissions via US mail should be addressed to JOB SEARCH, Petersburgh Public Library, PO Box 250, Petersburgh, NY 12138. Submissions via email should be sent to


Now September 1 - December 31, 2018

Love to visit libraries? This self-guided tour is for you! Visit as many of our 36 unique libraries as you can in September, October and November as part of the 2018 Upper Hudson Library Expedition!

Road trip to our libraries as a family, or grab your friends and create a team. You might even set up your own Expedition Challenge among friends - who can visit the most libraries?

See full description here.

Albany Public Library

Three Temporary Library Assistant Positions Available
Central Branches - East Branches - West Branches

Candidates must meet the minimum qualifications to apply

General Statement of Duties: Under the supervision of the Librarian III at each service location, this employee will provide support for library programming and other related activities.

Classification: Library Assistant (Temporary)

Job Description:

Employees in this classification in the service departments will routinely participate in the following activities:
Provides support in planning and implementation of library programming and related activities. Library assistants are involved with the promotion of library programs and services though displays, planning , conducting and evaluating programs under the supervision of higher- level staff, and providing instructions to the public in the use of library resources and other tasks of a similar nature as necessary. On the job training is provided under the supervision of higher- level staff.

Required Skills and Abilities: This position requires strong interpersonal skills, particularly tact and courtesy in dealing with the public and coworkers, basic computer skills, a working knowledge of general library operations, the ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions, flexibility in work schedule, a good sense of humor, and a positive work attitude. Ability to work as part of a team is a must.

Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree.

Work Schedule: A combination of day, evening and weekend hours averaging 10-13 hours per week from late June- August 2018.

Supervisor: Librarian III

Salary: $17.92 per hour

Deadline: Until filled

Apply to:

Marjorie K. Reinhart, Human Resources & Finance Manager
161 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210

Albany Public Library is an AA/EO institution and is committed to increasing diversity within its organization.

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 an eight-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.  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 via e-mail a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references to

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until January 4th, 2019 or until the position is filled.

Position Available

The Troy Public Library seeks a part-time, temporary Librarian I to provide adult reference and readers' advisory services at our Main Library in downtown Troy. This temporary position will be scheduled for up to 25 hours per week, and may include nights and weekends. This position is to cover maternity leave starting in mid-January 2019 and ending mid-April 2019.

Duties may include: providing reference services, assisting patrons in the use of library materials and technology, answering historical/genealogical research requests, and other tasks as assigned.

Experience working in a public library and familiarity with Sierra ILS is preferred.

Please submit cover letter and resume to You may also mail these materials to:

Troy Public Library
Attn: Christine Filippelli
100 Second Street
Troy, New York 12180

Preference will be given to applicants who respond by December 27, 2018.

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: 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 $16.45 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 23, 2018 to:

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




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