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Rensselaer County Civil Service Commission Official Job Specifications:
Distinguishing Features of the Class: This position involves performing the duties of charging and discharging materials and related circulation duties at the circulation desk. Additionally, incumbents sort and reshelve library materials as necessary. Performance of related routine clerical tasks may be required. This work requires no prior knowledge of library work as employees are trained on the job. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Library Director, Librarian, or higher-level library employee. Does related work as required.
Examples of Work:
Full Performance Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics: Ability to acquire a working knowledge of library rules and procedures; ability to understand and carry out written and oral directions; ability to deal in a personable and friendly manner with library patrons; accuracy; tact and courtesy; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from high school or possession of high school equivalency diploma.
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 directors 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:
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.
The Valley Falls Free Library is seeking an energetic and creative leader with a passionate commitment to public library service for the part-time position of Library Director. The library serves a population of 5,804 in the Village of Valley Falls and the Town of Pittstown close to New York's Capital District, the Saratoga Springs area and the Bennington/Manchester, VT region.
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 Village of Valley Falls and the Town of Pittstown, the Library Director will demonstrate an enthusiasm for community engagement and establishing effective working relationships throughout the community.
This is a part time position of 20 hours per week with a starting hourly wage of $15.00. Some administrative duties of the position may be handled off site.
Minimum qualifications: A Bachelor's degree and some experience working in a public library are required. Preference will be given to candidates with a Master's degree in library science or a related field, but individuals with relevant experience in lieu of a Master's degree will also be considered.
Interested applicants should e-mail their resume, cover
letter, and the names and contact information for three professional
references to: ValleyFallsSearch@uhls.lib.ny.us
Application review begins September 15, 2015.
LIBRARY DIRECTOR, part-time (Search Extended)
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
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:
There's help online available here.
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.
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.
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 enthusiastically encouraged!
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
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