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Job Opening: Library Director

Castleton Public Library (Castleton, NY)

The Castleton Public Library is seeking an experienced, proactive, energetic, and creative leader with a passionate commitment to public library service for the position of Library Director.

The Library Director reports to the Board of Trustees and holds primary responsibility for the overall operation and management of the Library. Duties include, but are not limited to: planning and implementation of library programs and services, fiscal oversight and budget management, supervision of library personnel, and management of the library facility. As an official representative of the library to the greater Castleton Community, the Library Director will demonstrate an enthusiasm for community engagement and the establishment of effective working relationships throughout the community. The ability to work collaboratively with the board of trustees is also necessary.

The Castleton Public Library strives to provide access to information, opportunities for lifelong learning, and a gathering place for the community. A Municipal (Village) Public Library serving a user population of 1,400, the Castleton Public Library has a total annual operating budget of $128,000 and occupies a 1,200 square foot facility with an interior that was just completely renovated.

The minimum qualifications for this position are a Master's Degree in library science or equivalent from a school that is accredited by the American Library Association or recognized by the New York State Education Department; possession of, or eligibility for, a New York State Public Librarian certificate; and at least two years of professional experience that includes some supervisory and administrative experience.

This is a full-time position with a competitive benefits package and a starting salary range of $42,000-49,000, commensurate with experience. This is a Civil Service position and has been classified as "Competitive" by the Rensselaer County Civil Service Commission. The successful applicant will have provisional Civil Service status until such time that an examination is given.

To apply for this position please submit a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three professional references to: Library Director Search Committee at: casteltonsearch@uhls.lib.ny.us

Applications must be received no later than December 22, 2104.


The Altamont Free Library Board of Trustees is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Library Director. We are seeking someone who will continue to build on the Library's mission to serve the greater Altamont community and surrounding rural hill town area. Altamont has a population of approximately 2,000 and is located in the Town of Guilderland (Albany, NY/Capital Region). The Altamont Free Library has just undergone an extensive $1.2 million dollar renovation and relocation into the historic 1897 D & H Train station in the heart of the Village.

Candidates for this position would be expected to have had prior experience working with library personnel, government officials and staff, and community leaders and to have experience with budgeting as well as short- and long-term planning. Candidates should possess strong communication skills as well as interpersonal and supervisory competency.


  • A Master of Library Science degree is strongly preferred. A Bachelor's Degree with a concentration in or major in Library Science or related field is acceptable.
  • Prefer experience with professional library services and computer systems. The Altamont Free Library is a member of the Upper Hudson Library System.

The Library Director is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Library operations, including the supervision of four staff members. Specific employment responsibilities would include programming, budget planning and operation, management and reporting, technology planning and implementation, collection development, and overseeing the maintenance and repair of Library building and equipment. The Library Director is also responsible for overseeing an annual operating budget in excess of $100,000, pursuing grants and other sources of funding, and working with Town of Guilderland, Village of Altamont and Town of Knox officials and others in the community. The Director reports to the Altamont Free Library Board of Trustees.

This is a full-time, flexible position with a competitive benefits package and a starting salary range of $38,000-45,000, commensurate with experience. Please submit a resume, cover letter and the names and contact information for three professional references to: Tracy Russell (Search Committee Chair), at Altamontsearch@uhls.lib.ny.us

Applications must be received no later than November 30, 2014.


Youth & Family Programs Calendar

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.

UHLS Youth Services Blog

Announcing a new UHLS youth services blog! We’re 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.

Here you'll find announcements of training and youth services meetings, YSAC minutes, and other news relevant to your work. We'll continue to use email too as we determine what array of communication tools works best for us.

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 (mary@uhls.lib.ny.us), who can add you as a contributor. Comments, questions, and suggestions for useful content enthusiastically encouraged!





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