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Announcing the UHLS Racial Equity Speaker Series!

Beginning this month, UHLS will host periodic speakers on racial equity issues for library staff. These speakers, from across the country and across the region, were identified by your Antiracism Task Force colleagues as bringing expertise, perspectives, and knowledge worthy of sharing with you.

The first session is coming up quickly, and is presented by a 2021 Library Journal "Mover and Shaker!"

Doing As We Say: The Role of Language in Libraries' Equity Work
Tuesday, July 20, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

What it's about: Language is not merely expressive, but actually plays a role in shaping our thoughts and actions. As such, language can be used to uphold dominant, oppressive cultural and institutional views, and it can also be used to dismantle them. Given that libraries and library work are inextricably interwoven with language, this talk will consider how language underpins ongoing library inequities and discuss ways we can instead use language in support of our efforts to dismantle oppression. Please bring your questions, as we will have plenty of time for discussion.

See the full announcement here.

Watervliet Public Library is in search of a Library Clerk

Watervliet Public Library is looking for a customer service focused, detail oriented person to join our team. Responsibilities include working with patrons of all ages, charging and discharging materials, collecting payments, opening and closing the library, reshelving materials assisting patrons with computer related questions, issuing library cards, answering the telephone and other duties as required.

Position will be between 12 - 20 hours per week.
Must be able to work flexible hours including evening and Saturday hours.

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

Please email cover letter, resume, and 2 letters of reference to Debbie Scott at



GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Performs routine building cleaning work; does related work as required

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: This is routine and repetitive manual work calling for the efficient and economical performance of building cleaning and occasional minor maintenance tasks. Cleaning tasks are performed according to a well-established procedure, and maintenance tasks are performed under direct supervision is received from a custodian or other superior. Supervision over the work of others is not a responsibility of employees in this class.

See the full announcement here.

Introducing Upper Hudson's
Project READY:

Join us for a beginner-friendly, in-depth exploration into antiracism through the lens of library youth services. Project READY: Reimagining Equity & Access for Diverse Youth, begins in late March and concludes in November. All UHLS library staff members, from all areas of service, are welcome to participate in the project.

For more information see our FAQ. Deadline for registration is March 12.

UHLS Statement Condemning Racism
and Pledge to Help Make a Difference

The Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS) unequivocally denounces racism and endorses the
statements made by the New York Library Association (NYLA) and the New York Black Librarians Caucus (NYBLC), the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), the American Library Association (ALA), and all other library allies in their condemnation of violence and racism towards Black people and all people of color.

Acts of racism, violence, and injustice toward one another, particularly toward our communities
of color, are a stark reminder that we must all do our personal best to make our own Upper
Hudson Library System community fair, inclusive, and just. UHLS’ fundamental mission is and
has always been to help our member libraries reach their full potential in providing the most
equitable and positively impactful library service to their communities. A thriving and equitable
public library community benefits us all. To that end, we pledge our resources, creativity, and
our sustained effort to help build true racial and social justice throughout our community.

UHLS Board of Trustees and Executive Director
July 8, 2020

UHLS Information for Library Users

Please check here for regularly updated information for UHLS library users during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes library account information and online resource lists and links.

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UHLS Information for Member Libraries

Please check here for regularly updated information for UHLS member libraries (directors and staff) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes a wide variety of information and links to support member library efforts and activities.

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Library Assistant/Clerk - Circulation (Troy Public Library)

Part 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: $13.57 per hour

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

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

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