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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 Available


The Menands Public Library is seeking a LIBRARY ASSISTANT (EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES).

See the full announcement here

Position Available

Library System Support Associate – Upper Hudson Library System

Are you an effective communicator with strong customer service skills? Are you organized, proficient with MS Office, and able to work both independently and as part of a team? Then please consider joining our staff! Library experience is a plus, but not required—we’ll train a smart, flexible, motivated, and personable individual to work with us to strengthen regional library services from behind the scenes.

The Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS) is a cooperative library system headquartered in Albany, NY. Our mission is to provide services to enhance, support, and connect the 29 public libraries in New York’s Albany and Rensselaer Counties. Our new colleague will report to the Manager, Adult & Outreach Services and deliver effective customer service to system staff and our member libraries, as well as assist with:

  • Professional development programs
  • eContent collections
  • Telecommunications reimbursement (E-rate)
  • Daily operations, including interlibrary loan, delivery support, maintenance of circulating collections and equipment, and maintaining statistical tools

See the full announcement here


Anytime, Anywhere, Anyhow:

Flexible Tween/Teen Makerspaces

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Albany Public Library - Washington Ave Branch

161 Washington Ave, Albany NY


Ferry service from UHLS and MVLS offices available (reservation necessary)

How can you incorporate more “making” into your services to tweens and teens? Join us at Albany Public Library’s Washington Avenue Branch, where a new MakerSpace is offering exciting tools and projects! We’ll get to see and work in the lab, learning hands-on about facilitating a range of projects for tweens and teens. Ideas galore from your peers and beyond . . . whatever the size of your library, you will find inspiration and practical help in making your tween and teen services more appealing!

See the full announcement here

Library Assistant - Part time - Troy Public Library

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. Position open until filled.

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.

Approximately 18 to 25 hours per week

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

Must be able to work flexible hours including evenings & weekends.

Interested Candidates are requested to send their resume to:

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

Job Opening: Library Aide (Part-time), Sand Lake Town Library

The Sand Lake Town Library is seeking a part-time Library Aide for 5 - 10 hours per week, with a varying schedule that includes evenings and weekends. Duties include helping patrons at the circulation desk, shelving library materials, operating the copier and fax machine, and performing routine clerical tasks. The ideal candidate for the position has computer skills and strong customer service skills. Prior library experience is preferred, but not required. Pay for the position is $9.00 per hour.

Send a letter describing relevant experience, along with a Rensselaer County employment application, to:

Sand Lake Town Library
8428 Miller Hill Road
Averill Park, NY 12018
Attn: Melinda Fowler

(The Rensselaer County employment application is available here.)

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Job announcement:
The Brunswick Community Library is in search of a dynamic, positive, high-energy, people-person to fill a part-time Youth Services Clerk position resulting 15-20 hours a week; primarily Thursdays and Saturdays with additional days as needed.

Preferred Requirements:

2-3 years experience working in a public library, or related field, with a primary focus on early literacy and youth services.

See full announcement here

Position Opening: Assistant Director III - Voorheesville Public Library

Immediate Opening

This is a full-time, 35 hours per week position. The schedule is generally Monday through Friday during business hours but also includes evening and weekend rotations. Under the general supervision of the Library Director the incumbent will assist with the management, supervision, and administration of the library to provide maximum services to library patrons in accordance with library policy. He or she will have overall responsibility for public services and an individual focus on adult services. This position includes acting in the capacity of director in the director’s absence.

See full announcement here

Help Wanted Library Aide- Part Time

The Rensselaer Public Library is seeking a part-time Library Aide at $10 hr. This person will work 10-15 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 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 chirgwinj@rensselaerlibrary.org. (Application available here.)

Digital magazines now available

Upper Hudson Library System is now offering digital magazines via our ebook vendor, OverDrive. Any cardholder at any public library in Albany or Rensselaer Counties can now check out digital magazines.

OverDrive uses the Nook app as its magazine reader, so you will have to set up a Barnes & Noble account and download the Nook app to your mobile device or compatible computer. To read NOOK periodicals, you need one of the following:

You can view the collection here, along with our great selection of ebooks, digital audiobooks and streaming video: http://digitalcollection.uhls.org

There's help online available 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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