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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.


Position Opening: Voorheesville Public Library - Assistant Director III

Immediate Opening

This is a full-time, 35 hours per week. The schedule is generally Monday through Friday during business hours but also includes some evening and weekend rotations. The incumbent will have overall responsibility for public services with an individual focus on adult services.

Applicants must meet Albany County Civil Service qualifications for the position. Transfers will be considered. Minimum qualifications are as follows:

Possession of a graduate library degree from a library school located within New York State which is registered by the State Education Department or from a library school program which is accredited by the American Library Association and six (6) years of professional library experience, three (3) of which must have been in a supervisory or administrative capacity.

See the full job posting here


Help Wanted Library Aide- Part Time

The Rensselaer Public Library is seeking a part-time Library Aide at $9.50 hr. This person will work 15-20 hours a week with a varying schedule that includes Saturdays. Duties include shelving, running the check-out desk, helping patrons with the computer and copier, and answering the phone. Candidate must have computer skills, strong customer service skills, work well with children, and understand the Dewey Decimal system. Prior library experience strongly preferred. MLS not desired for this position. Send letter describing relevant experience and a Rensselaer County employment application to Rensselaer Public Library- Attn: Jane, 676 East Street, Rensselaer NY 12144, or email to library@rensselaerlibrary.org. (Application available at Rensselaerlibrary.org)


Job Opportunity - Watervliet Public Library
Library Clerk


This position includes general clerical and patron assistance tasks. The person in this position is supervised by and is responsible to the Director of the Watervliet Public Library. Must enjoy working with people and be computer literate. This is a provisional appointment.

See the full job posting here



Job Posting: Guilderland Public Library

Fiscal Officer I: Full-time 35 hr/wk. Responsible for overseeing fiscal management activities and related operations in a moderately sized library. Position involves review and analysis work concerning the fiscal management of program funds and expenditures; all aspects of accounting, AR/AP, financial records for $3M+ budget, some HR duties.

See the full job posting here


Upper Hudson Library System Presents Annual Library Service Awards


Albany, NY (June 26) -- The Upper Hudson Library System presented its library service awards at their 53rd annual dinner at the Century House in Latham, NY earlier this month. UHLS Board President Mary Muller said, "The public libraries in Albany and Rensselaer Counties are changing lives every day and the Upper Hudson Library System highlights this transformative work through our annual awards program."

See the press release and the list of award winners 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.

Position announcement: Library Director
RCS Community Library (Ravena, NY)

The Board of Trustees of the RCS Community Library seeks an energetic, passionate and experienced leader to continue its commitment to quality public library service for the vibrant communities of Ravena, Coeymans, and Selkirk in southern Albany County, NY.

A School District Public Library serving a user population of 14,000, the RCS Community Library is governed by a seven-member elected board of trustees and has a total annual operating budget of $500,000. The Library recently relocated to a newly renovated 9,100 sf facility and is currently engaged in the planning and fundraising process to update the furniture and fixtures for the library. The library's circulation, library visits, and program attendance have all significantly increased since the library opened in its new location. The Board is looking for a Director to continue this upward trajectory and to help lead the library into a new era of community connection.

See full announcement here


Anticipated vacancies due to retirement:

Bethlehem Public Library is currently seeking two creative, enthusiastic and progressive team leaders. The Department Heads will exhibit excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to engage community members and staff in an effort to support the library's mission and commitment to excellent customer service.

We anticipate two vacancies, the Head of Circulation and Technical Services and Head of Adult Services.

The department heads will be expected to apply modern best practices and willingness to explore new service models to improve user experience. The department heads will participate with the library's management team and collaborate regularly with other departments.

See the full announcement here


2014 dates for the CORE Trustee Training for New Library Trustees

UHLS offers regular sessions of the CORE Trustee Training program for new member Library Trustees and Library Directors and Trustees that were unable to attend their library's CORE program. This program is open to Trustees and Library Directors of all UHLS libraries.

We will offer the program quarterly in January, April, July, and October (specific dates to be announced each year). The sessions will start at 6:30pm in the large meeting room at UHLS (28 Essex St. Albany, NY 12206).

2014 sessions:

Wednesday, January 15
Tuesday, April 8
Thursday, July 17
Tuesday, October 7

Please contact Heidi Fuge at UHLS (heidi@uhls.lib.ny.us or 437-9880 x221) to register for the next session.

Please contact Tim Burke at UHLS (tim.burke@uhls.lib.ny.us or 437-9880 x222) if you have any questions about the CORE program.

The goal of the CORE program is to create a common understanding of the roles, responsibilities, and core values of successful library trustees to ensure that each library is operating from a strong foundation. I am proud to report that we have 100% participation in the CORE training from our member libraries. Thank you for your support of this important initiative. Please make it a priority to ensure that all new library trustees have the opportunity to participate in this training program.


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