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Position Available: Part-time Teen Services Librarian/Librarian Trainee

The East Greenbush Community Library is currently accepting applications for a part-time Youth Services Librarian to serve tweens and teens. Candidates should be forward-thinking, technologically savvy, and committed to excellent customer service.

Responsibilities for this position include but are not limited to:

  • Developing and maintaining the Teen collection.
  • Creating teen displays and brochures.
  • Planning, publicizing, and conducting teen programming.
  • Providing reference and reader’s advisory to teens, children, and adults.
  • Training and supervising teen volunteers.
  • Performing outreach to local schools and community organizations.
  • Assisting at the Children’s reference desk as needed.

Position is approximately 20 hours per week, including afternoons and Saturday rotation.

$21.75 per hour for Librarian I
$18 per hour for Librarian Trainee

Eligible candidates should either have an MLS from or be currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited library school.

A cover letter, resume and references must be submitted via email to
chattm@eastgreenbushlibrary.org or by mail to:

East Greenbush Community Library
Attn: Molly Chatt
10 Community Way
East Greenbush, NY 12061

Application deadline July 10th, 2015.

Position Available: Part-Time Youth Services Librarian I

The East Greenbush Community Library is currently accepting applications for a part-time Youth Services Librarian to join a dynamic and dedicated team of professionals. Successful candidates should be creative, flexible, and conscientious in handling details.

Responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Providing reference and readers' advisory assistance to children, teens and adults.
  • Planning and conducting storytimes, book clubs, and other programs
    for children.
  • Assisting in all phases of collection development, including acquisitions and weeding.
  • Maintaining awareness of current trends in children’s literature, child
    development, and library technology.
  • Assisting in updating our website and social media outlets.

Position is approximately 16 hours a week, and primarily includes evenings and weekend rotation.

$21.75 per hour

Minimum qualifications:
MLS from an ALA accredited library school
New York State Public Librarian Professional Certificate

A cover letter, resume and references must be submitted via email to
chattm@eastgreenbushlibrary.org or by mail to:

East Greenbush Community Library
Attn: Molly Chatt
10 Community Way
East Greenbush, NY 12061

Application deadline: July 10th, 2015.


Member of the IT Department reporting to the Network Communications Systems Technician and Director

Technology Assistant (Libraries)

  1. Installs and upgrade of software & hardware to all library computers, LAN devices (including servers, switches, hubs and routers) and other peripheral devices.
  2. Set-up and takedown software, hardware and specialized audio-visual equipment for special library programs and provide trouble-shooting assistance during program
  3. Answers routine questions from patrons regarding the library's computers and software
  4. Assist library staff and patrons with mobile devices, wireless network access and other emerging technologies.
  5. Helps patron or staff with hardware or software problems encountered in the library
  6. Runs routine tests and virus checks on LAN and network
  7. Responsible for general cleaning and maintenance of computers and LAN devices
  8. Provide training on hardware, software and peripheral devices for library staff and patrons.
  9. Does routine web site changes
  10. Evaluates new hardware, software and peripheral devices.
  11. Develop and maintain instruction manuals for computers and systems
  12. Gathers, analyzes and tracks data relating to administrative and/or labor management needs.
  13. In the absence and at the instruction of the supervisor performs back up operations and trouble shooting for the library's computer network and telecommunications systems
  14. Other duties as assigned


A. Graduation from a New York State or regionally accredited college or university with at least an Associate's Degree and 6 months of full-time satisfactory experience in a Help Desk/Public Service Desk/User support of operations in a library or Information Services environment; or

B. Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and one year of satisfactory fill-time paid experience in a Help Desk/Public Service Desk/User support of operations in a library or installation services environment.

Please note: All provisional appointees are subject to passing a competitive examination and be reachable on any list established as a result of such an examination.

Please send cover letter and resume.

$32 to $42 commensurate with experience; sick, personal & vacation days; health insurance.


Fax: 518.456.0923

Email: garrettm@guilpl.org


Technology Assistant
Guilderland Public Library
2228 Western Avenue
Guilderland, NY 12084-9701


Grafton Community Library

Grafton, NY 12082

Immediate Opening

Grafton Community Library, a small rural free association library located in eastern Rensselaer County, seeks an energetic, creative individual for the position of Library Director. This is a part-time position scheduled to work 22 hours per week, including some evenings and Saturdays. The position requires a candidate with excellent communication, interpersonal, and computer skills. Experience in library collection and program development, staff and volunteer supervision, and facility management is highly desirable. Fund-raising and grant writing skills will be considered a plus. Preference will be given to the candidate with a degree in library science or a related field, but individuals with relevant experience in lieu of a degree will be considered. Starting salary is $18,500. A copy of the job description is available on the library's website, graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

Please send resumes to the Search Committee at graftonnylib@gmail.com by July 3, 2015.

Position Available

Manager, Adult and Outreach Services - Upper Hudson Library System (Albany, NY)

The Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS) has a challenging opportunity for a creative library professional to join our team. We are a cooperative library system headquartered in Albany, NY, providing services to enhance, support and connect the 29 independent public libraries in New York's Albany and Rensselaer Counties.

Our new colleague will collaborate with UHLS staff and our member libraries to provide System services focusing on:

  • adult services support and continuing education
  • e-content collection growth and management
  • resource sharing services (delivery, inter-library loan, etc.)
  • outreach services

We are looking for a professional who:

  • is passionate about public library service
  • is ready to be a strong leader in helping our member libraries make a difference in their communities
  • understands and seeks to further the important role public library systems play in strengthening library service

You should be able to demonstrate through your skills and experience:

  • the ability to plan and organize multiple priorities effectively and efficiently
  • resourcefulness and creativity as an approach to both relationship building and problem solving
  • the ability to work effectively with other people in a variety of situations
  • a confident and effective public presentation style
  • an awareness of current trends in public library services, especially in digital collections and resource sharing
  • engagement in professional organizations and activities

You must have:

  • an MLS/MSIS degree from an ALA accredited institution; and
  • a New York State Public Librarian's Professional Certificate; and
  • a valid driver's license; and
  • at least 5 years of relevant professional experience working in a public library, two years of which must include supervisory responsibilities.

This is a full-time position with a competitive benefits package, including participation in the NYS Retirement System. The starting salary range for this position will be $58,000-$63,000, depending on experience and qualifications.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references via e-mail to searchcommittee@uhls.org.The review of applications will begin on June 8, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.

For additional information about UHLS, visit www.uhls.org.



The Castleton Public Library is currently seeking applications for a part-time Librarian I for our Youth Services Department.

Rensselaer County Civil Service Commission Official Job Specifications:



The work involves responsibility for entry level professional librarian duties. Employees in this class are expected to learn the specific applications of professional training by the performance of cuties under the supervision of professional librarians in higher level positions. Instructions may be issued at the beginning of each new assignment. Employees in this class are assigned work progressively ore difficult as their experience in the field broadens. Supervision is exercised over clerical personnel in particular tasks. Performs related work as required.

EXAMPLES OF WORK: (Illustrative only)

  • Provides advisory and guidance services to library users
  • Performs original cataloging and classification techniques
  • Answers reference questions for library staff and users
  • Instructs public on the proper use of library resources
  • Performs library work in collection development, including acquisitions, evaluation and selection, discarding, weeding and withdrawal of books and non-book materials
  • Performs on line computer searches of databases
  • Provides training and conduct of on-line searching to users
  • Compiles bibliographies
  • Conducts tours, book talks, multi-media programs, story and picture book hours
  • Serves as a liaison for activities with community groups or other libraries
  • Prepares statistical and/or narrative reports, memorandum and correspondence;
  • Supervises the work of and provides direction and guidance to clerical, paraprofessional and volunteer personnel
  • Schedules the work of library personnel
  • Assists with administering public relations programs
  • Keeps informed of professional developments.


  • Good knowledge of modern principles and practices of library science
  • good knowledge of on-line database systems
  • good knowledge of bibliographical tools and sources
  • working knowledge of modern library organizations, procedures, policies, aims and services
  • ability to read and comprehend written materials
  • ability to carry out assignments; ability to work independently
  • ability to express ideas clearly and effectively both orally and in writing; ability to get along with patrons
  • ability to comprehend user’s needs quickly and accurately
  • ability to perform close detail calculations involving basic arithmetic functions; accuracy
  • skill in the performance of technical library tasks
  • physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Possession of a current New York State Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ACCEPTANCE OF APPLICATIONS: Eligibility for a New York State Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate.

Position Description Specific to Youth Services Department at Castleton Public Library:

The Librarian I, Youth Services Department, is responsible for the direction and management of children’s and young adults’ library services under the direction of the Library Director. She/he works within general library policy to establish procedures and methods to promote library services for youth and to optimize its use by them.

The Librarian supplements her/his education by attending pertinent workshops and courses which will provide professional growth and increased knowledge in the field of librarianship. The Librarian for Youth Services reports to the Director of the Library, shares in developing general library goals and objectives and makes a monthly report to the Director regarding the on-going operations of youth services.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Promotes early literacy development.
  • Creates and presents programs for toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged children, and young adults which promote various aspects of the collection and draw young people into the library.
  • Promotes all aspects of youth services by using such promotional avenues as, social media, community bulletin boards, newsletters, eNewsletters.
  • Analyzes the existing youth collection on a continual basis, making purchases for its continued development and oversees the withdrawal of those materials which are out-of -date, in disrepair or have otherwise outlived their usefulness to the collection.
  • Increases accessibility of the youth collection through compiling booklists and bibliographies, using displays and other promotional activities.
  • Provides readers’ advisory and patron guidance so that library users are able to make optimum use of the collection.
  • Ensures that the children’s and young adult’s areas are organized in such a way as to create a physical and psychological environment that encourages use of the collection, including educational and entertainment activities for both areas.
  • Trains and supervises work/study students and teen volunteers. Actively recruits volunteers.
  • Targets potential sources of additional revenue for the funding of special library programs for young people. Includes the writing of grants and the administration of such from the application process, disbursement, and evaluation.
  • Visits schools and day care centers in the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson and the Town of Schodack to promote library services through book talks, storytelling, and readings.
  • Serves as librarian-in-charge in the absence of the Library Director.
  • Performs other library-related tasks as assigned.


Minimum qualifications: Possession of a current New York State Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate. Preferred qualifications: Experience in an automated library environment, office software, social media and office equipment.

Physical Requirements:
Duties may require intermittent light to moderate physical effort in carrying, lifting, or moving lightweight materials or equipment. Position requires walking or standing approximately half of the time.

Work Schedule:
Part-time position (12-15 hours per week), primarily weekday afternoons/evenings and Saturdays.

Salary: $15.00 per hour

Application information:

Applications are due by April 22, 2015. Applicants can email their cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to director@castletonpubliclibrary.org or mail application documents to:

Castleton Public Library
Attn: Melissa Tacke, Library Director
85 South Main Street, Castleton, NY 12033

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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