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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.

2019 Library Advocacy Day

Please find the schedule for UHLS for our participation in the 2019 Library Advocacy Day here. Library Advocacy day is scheduled for next Wednesday, February 27, 2019. Please note that there is additional information on the second page of 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 year for those who attended), so that is the meeting spot for the start of the day.

Our group will follow the attached schedule throughout the day, so please feel free to "plug in" to the schedule as best fits your own needs and your own schedule. If you or representatives from your library would like to participate in just the meetings with your electeds, or just some part of the day that fits your schedule, or you just want to attend the rally, etc. that's all just fine...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. UHLS will provide packets as "leave behinds" at each meeting from both UHLS and NYLA. We also encourage you to bring along any material from your library that you want to share as part of our advocacy message.

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.

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 enthusiastic about public service.

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 approximately 8 hours a week, and primarily includes 1 evening per week and every other Saturday.

$23.25 per hour

Minimum qualifications:
MLS from an ALA accredited library school
New York State Public Librarian 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 by email or mail to:
Ms. Molly Chatt, Head of Youth Services
East Greenbush Community Library
10 Community Way
East Greenbush, NY 12061

Position remains open until filled. We will begin reviewing applications on
February 25th , 2019.

Brunswick Community Library

4118 State Highway 2, Troy, NY 12180

Director's Assistant
Hours – Monday-Friday 10-6
Occasional Saturday or after hour program coverage may be requested. Total of 37.5 hours per week.

  • Assists director with paperwork and manages expense receipts.
  • Will go through passport training and process passports during library hours.
  • Helps manage clerical staff.
  • Runs circulation desk. Checks books and laptops in/out.
  • Runs pull list & expired hold list.
  • Answers reference questions and requests materials for patrons.
  • Helps process and catalog new materials.
  • Aids with collection management (weeding old materials & suggestion new materials).
  • Manages rotating collections.
  • Helps shelve books.
  • Maintains displays, posters & flyers.
  • Hosts a weekly children's craft/science activity (STEAM class).
  • Will sub for storytime as needed.
  • Helps at large community events hosted by library.
  • Sends out annual fundraiser acknowledgements.
  • Cleans as needed.
Required Skills:
  • Must possess strong computer skills.
  • Must have excellent customer service skills.
  • Good with children, families, seniors & people with disabilities.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs, reach low shelves & carry books.

  • Previous library experience is preferred, but not necessary.
To apply, please email your resume to with the subject "Director's Assistant".

Brunswick Community Library
4118 State Highway 2, Troy, NY 12180

Library Clerk
Hours: 10-6 every Friday & a few Saturdays per month (7.5-15 hours per week)
Occasional subbing opportunities Monday-Thursday.

  • Checks library materials in and out.
  • Performs basic reference work and requests materials for patrons.
  • Runs pull list & expired hold list.
  • Shelves books and movies.
  • Maintains displays, posters & flyers.
  • Answers phones and helps patrons with questions.
  • Helps at large community events hosted by library.
  • Cleans as needed.
Required Skills:
  • Must possess strong computer skills.
  • Must have excellent customer service skills.
  • Good with children, families, seniors & people with disabilities.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs, reach low shelves & carry books.

  • Previous library experience is preferred, but not necessary.

To apply, please email your resume to with the subject "Library Clerk"

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: $11.75 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, April 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.


Join Us April 11th

If you thought last year was the Greatest Of All Time (G.O.A.T) Teen Service meetup, I hope you're ready for this year's event--it will knock your socks off!

Last year's meetup received such a positive response we are doubling down. Join your teen-serving library colleagues from five states for a FREE day of energizing ideas, problem hacks, and go-to colleagues!

If your job includes a focus on teens, you’re invited!

We'll meet from 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11th at East Greenbush Community Library at 10 Community Way in East Greenbush, NY.

To keep it free, please BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch). We'll provide drinks and dessert!

5 CEU hours

Guest Speaker TBA

More information coming soon.

Click Here for More Information
Click Here to Register

Sponsored by: Mohawk Valley Library System, Southern Adirondack Library System, and Upper Hudson Library System


So, you wanna be a Passport

Acceptance Facility?

A free UHLS informational workshop

Wednesday, April 17th @ 9:00 - 10:00am
Large Meeting Room

Do you want to offer a great service at your library and generate income? Then come to this informational workshop and learn how you can turn your library, (even small libraries with a small staff) into a Passport Acceptance Agency!

You'll leave with a better understanding of:

  • How to become a Passport Acceptance Facility
  • How a library functions as a Passport Acceptance Facility
  • What kind of training/responsibility/time is involved


Kristine Knapp, Customer Service Manager, Buffalo Passport Agency
Natalie Hurteau, Adult and Outreach Services Manager, UHLS

Register Online:

Email Natalie Hurteau for more information:

See the flyer here

Schenectady County Public Library,
Mohawk Valley, Southern Adirondack +
Upper Hudson Library Systems

Adult Program Swap

Calling all Adult Services/Programming librarians! Share your very best program during the Adult Program Swap.

April's meeting theme will be literary programs. Bring us your best book club, author talk, writing program, literary festival, writing contest, open mic, etc.

Register online:

Please fill-out and bring with you the swap form so others can learn from your hard work! Spectators welcome too.

Tues, April 16, 2019 | 9:30-11:30 AM
Town of Ballston Community Library
2 Lawnmar Ln, Burnt Hills, NY

See the flyer here




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