Upper Hudson
Library System
The Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS) is a cooperative association of twenty-nine autonomous public libraries working together to improve library service for the residents of Albany and Rensselaer Counties. UHLS is one of twenty-three public library systems in New York State.

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Check out the status of the solar array we installed on our building in December 2012.

It gives a lot of information including how much energy is being produced by the array, and what is being saved in environmental impact.

Job Opening: Library Associate - Troy Public Library

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

Read the full announcement here.

Job Opening: Community Relations Coordinator - East Greenbush Community Library

Are you creative, passionate, organized, and diplomatic? We’re looking for bright, new talent to develop and implement all marketing and promotional strategies for the East Greenbush Community Library; a gathering center where all people can come to enrich their lives, be inspired, and discover anything they might want to learn.

The community relations coordinator is a member of the senior management team and works closely with the Director to develop an annual plan of library marketing objectives and activities for community relations and participates in library-wide planning and decision making, and website management.

Event planning and effective communication is a must! You will work closely with the Director and approximately 30+ staff members to plan and implement special promotions and events. As community relations coordinator, you will serve as the liaison to the Friends of the East Greenbush Community Library and assist with fundraising and special event planning.

Read the full announcement here.

Adult Services Librarian (Librarian I)

The East Greenbush Community Library is seeking a dynamic, community-focused individual who is technologically savvy, and works well in a team environment. Equally comfortable providing enthusiastic public service as well as managing library collections. The successful applicant will be engaged and possess a community focused “How can I make this happen” approach. Also required: a superior knowledge of library and technology trends, coupled with excellent reference, readers advisory, technology instruction, collection management skills, and flexibility to embrace new projects and assignments.

Read the full announcement here.

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 a nine-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.

Read the full announcement here.

Upper Hudson Library System and Mohawk Valley Library System present

Middle Childhood Matters: Revitalizing Your Library Service to 6-12 Year Olds

Thursday, November 2, 2017
Guilderland Public Library
10:00 am - 3:30 pm

In 2014, Toronto Public revolutionized its delivery of services to children aged 6-12. With a focus on supporting healthy child development and resiliency, the Library created a research-based framework for middle childhood that transformed its programs, services, and spaces. Join us to learn about this internationally acclaimed model, how it fits into what you’re already doing, and ways to adapt it to strengthen your service to school age children.

Complete information, including registration details: here

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, with a varying schedule that includes weekday afternoons/evenings and occasional Saturdays. Duties include helping customers at the check-out desk, shelving library materials, operating the copier and fax machine, performing routine clerical tasks, and answering the telephone. The ideal candidate for the position has strong customer service skills and basic computer skills. Prior library experience is preferred, but not required. Pay for the position is $10.50 per hour. Send a letter describing relevant experience, along with a Rensselaer County employment application, to Castleton Public Library, 85 S. Main Street, Castleton, NY 12033, Attn: Melissa Tacke, or send as PDF via email to director@castletonpubliclibrary.org (The Rensselaer County employment application is available here). Applications must be received by Monday, August 14.

Read the full announcement here.


UHLS Libraries Get Mobile App

We've got a brand new way to access library resources! Public libraries in Albany & Rensselaer counties now offer an app called UHLS Mobile, available for free in both Android and Apple app stores.

The app features include the ability to search the UHLS catalog; check the status of a library card account; place physical items (such as books, CDs and DVDs) on hold so they can be picked up at the library; discover and access digitally distributed items like ebooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines; and connect users to other information such as library hours and program calendars. The app even can scan the ISBN barcode of any book to see whether our libraries own a copy of a specific title—and place a request for that book right away. Download UHLS Mobile today and take us with you wherever you go this summer!

Full press release is here.


NYS Senator Hugh T. Farley receives the 2017 William Meredith Advocate Award for his extraordinary efforts on behalf of New York’s libraries.

UHLS honored recently retired NYS Senator Hugh T. Farley, presenting him with the UHLS William Meredith Library Advocate Award.

The full award citation is here.

Upper Hudson Library System Celebrates Public Libraries Making a Difference in Their Communities

Albany, NY (June 15) -- The Upper Hudson Library System held its 56th annual celebration of public library service in Albany and Rensselaer Counties at the Albany Country Club in Voorheesville, NY on Wednesday, June 14. UHLS Board President Tara Ricard said, “The public libraries in Albany and Rensselaer Counties are changing lives every day and the Upper Hudson Library System celebrates this transformative work through our annual dinner and awards program.”

Read the full press release here.

Children’s, tween, and teen programs in UHLS libraries are now more accessible than ever! Libraries in Upper Hudson Library System have pooled their programs in one program calendar, available at http://events-ys.uhls.org/. Users can search by date, location, or age categories.

Public libraries offer scores of activities during summer months to interest kids and teens in reading and help them combat “summer learning loss.” Kids who don’t read much over the summer can lose significant skills and return to school behind their peers. The joint program calendar makes finding a fun, free library event in UHLS libraries for children easy for parents.

  • Access the joint youth services program calendar here.
  • See a list of local public libraries here.
  • More about summer learning loss and libraries here.

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