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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.



Library Director, Watervliet Public Library, Watervliet NY

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 watervlietpubliclibrary@outlook.com

The application deadline is Friday, May 20, 2016.



Rensselaerville Library
Job Opening
Youth Services Coordinator


Rensselaerville Library is looking for an energetic, enthusiastic and engaging Youth Services Coordinator to assist children, young adults and families in the use of library materials, equipment and resources, and to conduct programs. This new position reports to the Library Director, but exercises considerable independence in carrying out the duties of the position.

Job Summary:
Under the supervision of the Library Director, the Youth Service Coordinator creates, coordinates, publicizes, and delivers library programs for children, young adults and families. The coordinator assists with children, tween, teen and parenting collections, reference, reader’s advisory, routine computer and internet use questions.

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree with a major or concentration in Education, Library Science, English or related field. One year of professional library experience or other work with children is desired. You will be part of a small staff, so working well with others is critical, be motivated and self-directed enough to work without close supervision. Most importantly, you must be passionate about working with children and their families.

Work Schedule: Six hours per week, hours are flexible based on programming and Library service hours for the week.

Pay Rate: $12 - $13 depending on experience

Application Information: Position information and application materials can be found on our web site at www.rensselaervillelibrary.org/staff.html or at the Library. Submit your completed job application, resume, and a cover letter reflecting your particular strengths for this position by March 25, 2016.



NYS & Local Retirement System Presentation
March 29, 2016 – 10am-12noon
Bethlehem Public Library
Community Room

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 you’re interested in attending the workshop, please notify Tracey McShane at tracey@bethpl.org 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:

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.



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!



CORE Trustee Training Program now available to all UHLS member libraries

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 trustee.

This program is valuable for all currently serving library trustees regardless of their tenure on their board. There is real added value from having all of a library's trustees share the experience together (common ground understanding of these fundamentals, encouraging mentoring of newer trustees by the "old hands", etc.). UHLS also recommends that the Library Director be included when a member library hosts the program to encourage that same common ground understanding between the Library Board and the Director.

The CORE Trustee Training has been designed to be an "on demand" program that can be conducted at member libraries at a date and time that is most convenient for trustees to come together. Please contact Tim Burke (e-mail - tim.burke@uhls.lib.ny.us or phone - (518) 437-9880 x222) to arrange a session for your library board.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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