This page contains news and events of the Upper Hudson Library System. To see news and events of the member libraries, please go directly to the libraries' web sites.
The Watervliet Public Library is seeking an energetic and creative leader with a strong commitment to public library service for the position of Library Director.
A municipal public library serving a user population of approximately 10,000, the Watervliet Public Library is governed by a five-member board of trustees and has a total operating budget of just under $100,000. The Library recently opened a fully renovated and expanded 3,700 sf facility that boasts a dedicated space for youth collections and services, an adult reading room, and a digital learning center. In the past five years circulation, library visits, and program attendance have all significantly increased and with the new facility, the Board is looking for a Director to continue that growth and maximize the positive impact the library has in the community.
The Library Director reports to the Board of Trustees and holds primary responsibility for the operation and management of the Library. Duties include collection, service, and program planning intended to improve library services to the community; budget management; supervision of staff and volunteers; public relations; fund raising; and grant writing.
This is a part-time position working 25-30 hours per week with a salary of $35,000. The position requires an MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited university. The ideal candidate will demonstrate flexibility, excellent communication skills, familiarity with current library technologies, and a positive and professional attitude. Experience in library collection and program development, staff and volunteer supervision, budgeting, and facility management is also highly desirable. Fund-raising and grant writing experience will be considered a plus.
To apply please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org
The application deadline is Friday, May 20, 2016.
Joe York, a representative from the NYS & Local Retirement System will be at Bethlehem Public Library on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 (10am-12noon) to present information about the retirement system, participation, benefits and services, planning for retirement and how the get the maximum value from your retirement system membership. Question and answer time will be available during and after the workshop.
NYS & Local Retirement System members and non-members are invited to attend.
If youre interested in attending the workshop, please notify Tracey McShane at email@example.com or 439-9314 x3004 by March 15, 2016. Please provide your name, organization name and contact information (number and e-mail). There is no fee for attending the presentation.
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:
There's help online available here.
Childrens, 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 dont 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.
Announcing a new UHLS youth
services blog! Were introducing a new way of communicating
about youth services within UHLS. For member library staff serving kids,
tweens, teens ,and families, this blog takes the place of the kids and
teen wikis and adds to the communication tools of youthserv, kidbytes,
and the UHLS website.
You're invited and encouraged to reply to posts. As staff of a member library, you are also invited to create original posts. Just contact Mary Fellows (firstname.lastname@example.org), who can add you as a contributor. Comments, questions, and suggestions for useful content enthusiastically encouraged!
UHLS is pleased to announce that our new CORE Trustee
Training program is now available for all member library trustees. This
program is a 90 minute session that covers the fundamentals of being
a library trustee, including roles and responsibilities, NYS minimum
library standards, oaths of office, open meetings law, board/director
roles, etc. The program also emphasizes the CORE values of Community,
Openness, Respect, and Ethics as they relate to the work of a library
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