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News and Events Archive - 2019

Upper Hudson Library System & Mohawk Valley Library System present:

2019 Summer Reading Program Planning Workshop


Thursday, February 7, 2019
(Snow date: February 8, 2019)

9:00 am Registration
9:30 am - 3:45 pm Workshop

Colonie Town Library
629 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, NY 12211      518-458-9274

Whether your Summer Reading Program is a quick orbit or a lengthy trip into deep space, start preparing now for lift-off! Get your checklists ready and come to Mission Control for a day of mission-critical training on goal-driven sustainability, scalability, and flexibility. We will run some simulations, share ideas for exploration, and fuel up for community-centric family summer fun!

UHLS member library staff: $16. All others $50.

Registration deadline: February 4.

See attached flyer for registration information and more details.

Position Available

Manager, Adult and Outreach Services - Upper Hudson Library System (Albany, NY)

The Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS) has a challenging and exciting opportunity for a creative library professional to join our team. We are a cooperative library system headquartered in Albany, NY, providing services to enhance, support and connect the 29 independent public libraries in New York’s Albany and Rensselaer Counties.

Our new colleague will collaborate with UHLS staff and our member libraries to provide System services focusing on:

  • adult services support and continuing education
  • digital collection growth and management
  • resource sharing services
  • outreach services

We are looking for a professional who:

  • is passionate about public library service
  • is ready to be a strong leader in helping our member libraries make a difference in their communities
  • understands and seeks to further the important role public library systems play in strengthening library service

You should be able to demonstrate through your skills and experience:

  • the ability to plan and organize multiple priorities effectively and efficiently
  • resourcefulness and creativity as an approach to both relationship building and problem solving
  • the ability to supervise staff to maximize capacity and customer service
  • a confident and effective public presentation style
  • an awareness of current trends in public library services, especially in adult services, digital collections and resource sharing
  • a commitment to engagement in professional organizations and activities

You must have:

  • an MLS/MSIS degree from an ALA accredited institution; and
  • a New York State Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate (or be eligible for this certification); and
  • a valid driver’s license; and
  • at least 5 years of relevant professional experience working in a public library, two years of which must include supervisory responsibilities.

This is a full-time position with a competitive benefits package, including participation in the NYS Retirement System. The starting salary range for this position will be $60,000-$65,000, depending on experience and qualifications.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references via e-mail to The review of applications will begin on December 19, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.  

For additional information about UHLS, visit


Library Director I, North Greenbush Public Library, Wynantskill, NY

The North Greenbush Public Library in Wynantskill, NY, a Special Legislative District Public Library located in eastern Rensselaer County, seeks an energetic community builder and change agent for the position of Library Director I.

Serving a population of approximately 13,000, the North Greenbush Public Library is governed by an eleven-member elected board of trustees and is a member of the Upper Hudson Library System. The library shares space in the Town of North Greenbush Municipal Building, and enjoys strong community support with over 3,000 cardholders and annual circulation of over 100,000 items. The Board is looking for a Director who can work together with the Trustees, our experienced staff, and an active Friends group to continue the growth of this vibrant community resource.

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 development; service and program planning and management; budget development and management (QuickBooks currently in use); scheduling and supervision of staff and volunteers; public relations, social media, and community outreach; fund raising; and grant writing. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate strong organizational skills and a vision for public library service that engages the community through educational, cultural, and outreach programs and services.

The Library Director I position is a Civil Service position (Rensselaer County Civil Service Commission, RCCSC). A candidate that is on the current RCCSC Certification of Eligibles for Library Director I is eligible to receive a permanent appointment to the position. A candidate that is not on the current Certification of Eligibles will receive a provisional appointment to fill the position until a selection and permanent appointment can be made after competitive examination. Provisional appointees are subject to apply and take the examination when offered, pass, and be “reachable” on the RCCSC eligibility list.

All candidates for the position are required at the time of appointment to:

  • Hold a Master’s Degree in library science from a library school that is accredited by the American Library Association or registered by the New York State Education Department; and
  • Have at least two (2) years of satisfactory professional library experience in a library of recognized standing, which must include some supervisory and administrative duties; and.
  • Possess a current New York State Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate from the New York State Education Department; and
  • Demonstrate legal residence in Rensselaer, Albany, Washington, Saratoga, or Columbia Counties for at least four months immediately preceding the date of appointment.

The annual salary is $53,000, but may be higher based on the selected candidate’s skills and experience. The work schedule is 37.5 hours per week, and will include one evening each week. The Library participates in the New York State Retirement System. Employees with 0 - 4 years of service with the Library receive one (1) week paid vacation per calendar year.

Candidates meeting the minimum qualifications are requested to email a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references to A Job Description providing additional information on the North Greenbush Public Library and the responsibilities associated with the position of Library Director is available at

Application review will begin on January 31, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.




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