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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
- adult services support and continuing education
- e-content collection growth and management
- resource sharing services (delivery, inter-library
- 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;
- a New York State Public Librarian's Professional Certificate;
- 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
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 email@example.com.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.
Library Director III
Greenbush Community Library is seeking an experienced, innovative,
energetic and supportive leader who is community minded and has a strong
commitment to public library service for the position of Library Director.
The East Greenbush Community Library serves as a community
center for lifelong learning, with access to a broad range of ideas
and information through traditional and emerging resources to meet the
intellectual, recreational and cultural needs of East Greenbush residents.
The incumbent in this position is chief administrator
in the Library. The work involves carrying out broad policy as determined
by the Library Board of Trustees. Supervision is exercised over the
work of subordinate supervisors, including professional and clerical
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL
CHARACTERISTICS: Comprehensive knowledge of library administration
practices; comprehensive knowledge of modern library organizations,
procedures, policies, aims and services; comprehensive knowledge of
modern principles and practices of library science; thorough knowledge
of applications of computer technology to library operations; ability
to train and supervise library staff; ability to plan and coordinate
the work of others; ability to exercise leadership and motivate others;
ability to evaluate situations, meet people easily and work effectively
with other community groups or government agencies; ability to read
and comprehend library research; ability to express clearly and effectively
both orally and in writing to groups and individuals.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Possession of a Masters
Degree in librarianship from a library school that is accredited by
the American Library Association or recognized by New York State.
A minimum of four(4) years of satisfactory public library experience,
two(2) or more years of which must have been in an administrative capacity
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT FOR ACCEPTANCE OF APPLICATIONS:
Eligibility for a New York State Public Librarians professional
certificate at time of application; possession of certificate at time
The position of Library Director III is a competitive position in Rensselaer
County Civil Service, an exam may be required. Salary is commensurate
A cover letter, resume and references must be submitted via email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
East Greenbush Community Library
Attn: Search Committee
10 Community Way
East Greenbush, NY 12866
Application deadline June 15, 2015.
Free Library (Nassau, NY)
Free Library has extended its search for an experienced, energetic,
and creative leader with a passionate commitment to public library service
for the position of Library Director.
The Library Director reports to the nine member Library 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 Nassau 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 Nassau Free Library strives to provide access to information, opportunities
for lifelong learning, and excellent customer service. A Free Association
Library serving a user population of 4,700, the Nassau Free Library
has a total annual operating budget of $116,000 and has a staff of eight
The minimum qualifications for this position are a Bachelor's Degree;
familiarity with library services; experience working with children;
supervisory experience; strong organizational skills; and community
networking skills. Computer skills and knowledge of information systems
are also required. Course work in library or information sciences and
grant writing experience are preferred.
This is a part-time position for 25-30 hours per week which includes
vacation and paid sick leave. The position has a starting salary range
of $25,000 - $30,000 commensurate with experience.
To apply for this position please submit a resume, cover letter, and
the names and contact information for three professional references
to: email@example.com with the message marked to the attention
of the" Nassau Free Library Search Committee".
The deadline for applications has been extended. Applications must
be received no later than May 15, 2015.
LIBRARIAN I, YOUTH SERVICES DEPARTMENT (PART-TIME)
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:
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:
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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:
- Good knowledge of modern principles and practices of
- 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 users needs quickly and
- 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
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Possession
of a current New York State Public Librarians Professional Certificate.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ACCEPTANCE
OF APPLICATIONS: Eligibility for a New York State Public Librarians
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 childrens 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,
- 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
- Provides readers advisory and patron guidance
so that library users are able to make optimum use of the collection.
- Ensures that the childrens and young adults
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
- Performs other library-related tasks as assigned.
Minimum qualifications: Possession
of a current New York State Public Librarians Professional Certificate.
Preferred qualifications: Experience in an automated library environment,
office software, social media and office equipment.
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.
Part-time position (12-15 hours per week), primarily weekday afternoons/evenings
Salary: $15.00 per hour
Applications are due by April 22, 2015.
Applicants can email their cover letter, resume, and contact information
for three references to firstname.lastname@example.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
There's help online available here.
& Family Programs Calendar
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.
- 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! 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.
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 (email@example.com), who can add you as
a contributor. Comments, questions, and suggestions for useful content