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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.

Position Available


The Menands Public Library is seeking a LIBRARY ASSISTANT (EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES). The qualifications for the position are listed here.

Please, send a letter of interest and resume to:

Leonard Zapala, Library Manager
Menands Public Library
4 N. Lyons Ave.
Menands, NY 12204

All employment at the Menands Public Library is overseen by Albany Count Civil Service. All interested candidates most fill out an Albany Civil Service application (ACS-24). There is a $25.00 application fee.

Currently, there is no Albany County Civil Service certified list of candidates for this position. The candidate chosen to fill the open position will be granted provisional status. If the candidate fails to achieve certification from Civil Service, the candidate will forfeit their appointment.

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

This position requires at least one year of post-secondary course work, with preference given to candidates with a Bachelor’s degree; AND

One or more years of experience in a library or office; OR

An equivalent combination of technical training, education, and experience.

This is a full-time position, with a 37.5 hour workweek scheduled between 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday – Friday. The position includes a competitive benefits package and participation in the NYS Retirement System. The salary range for this position is $36,000 to $40,000, depending on experience and qualifications. The job description is viewable here.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references via email to searchcommittee@uhls.org. The review of applications will begin on November 30, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

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!

10:00 am – 10:30 am: Check-in and networking

10:30 am – 3:30 pm: Training

Lunch: Make your ownat home and bring it!

We will provide dessert.


Free to UHLS and MVLS member libraries. Others: $15. CE credit available.

Register by Friday, November 20 and you will receive a package of tween/teen maker supplies at the workshop!

To register, email Mary Fellows at mary@uhls.lib.ny.us. You will receive a confirmation email.

Deadline for Registration: Monday, November 30, 2015

Click here for flyer


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.

General responsibilities include:

  • Forming and maintaining positive working relationships with coworkers, library users and community organizations including the local school district and local preschools.
  • Providing reference and reader's advisory services to all library users
  • Performing on-line database searches and assisting others in such searches
  • Assisting library users with all types of hand-held devices
  • Developing and conducting library tours, outreach, and presentations
  • Evaluating, and selecting of youth library materials
  • Occasionally designing and producing public relations and library instructional materials for outreach or Summer Reading Program
  • Attend professional development workshops
  • Assist with shelving, circulation and regular library duties

Youth Services-specific responsibilities include:

  • Planning and implementing programming with primary focus on youth services (ages 0-8) as well as parents, guardians, and caregivers
  • Advocating for youths both in the library and in the community
  • Being comfortable stepping into already existing youth services programs including Crafternoon, storytime, and Summer Reading Program as well as creating new programming to suit community needs
  • Evaluating and selecting youth materials and parenting materials

Skills, Abilities, Personal characteristics:

  • Knowledge of the Sierra III ILS system
  • Knowledge of and comfort with computer technology, mobile and hand-held devices and on-line
  • Database systems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with all age groups and skill-levels
  • Ability to think critically to understand the needs of library users
  • Ability to function as a team member in the planning and implementation of library projects
  • Ability to work independently
  • Tact and courtesy in dealing with staff, volunteers and the public, especially youth

The ideal candidate will be a friendly, approachable, customer service oriented, forward-thinking individual with an unshakeable positive attitude and a strong belief providing services, with an emphasis on early literacy to the library’s community.

Salary range: $10-12/hr based on qualification and experience

Please email a cover letter, resume and three professional references to Library Director, Natalie Schipano: director@brunswicklibrary.org with the subject heading "Youth Services Librarian Position".

Or mail documents to:

Brunswick Community Library
ATTN: Natalie Schipano
4118 State Highway 2
Troy, NY 12180

Deadline: November 20th, 2015

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.

The Voorheesville Public Library serves a highly educated community of 7,200. Applicants must have a sophisticated understanding of contemporary library services, the ability to work collaboratively with staff, and an appreciation for the immediate impact that libraries can have on a small community.

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.

Letters of application and a resume should be sent to:

Lynn Kohler
Voorheesville Public Library
51 School Road
Voorheesville, NY 12186.

Emails will be accepted: Lynn.Kohler@voorpl.org. Interviews will be conducted until the position is filled. Applications received or postmarked by September 25, 2015 will be given priority. See http://voorheesvillelibrary.org/library_jobs.asp for the civil service job description.

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.

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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