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Job Opening: Librarian I, Youth Services Department (Part-Time)

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

Position Description:

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basis, making purchases for its continued development and oversees the withdrawal of those materials which are out-of-date, in disrepair, or have otherwise outlived their usefulness to the collection.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.

Qualifications:
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 (20 hours per week), primarily weekday afternoons/evenings and Saturdays.

Salary:
$15.26 per hour

Application information:
Applications are due by December 2, 2016. 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

Full announcement, including Rensselaer County Civil Service Commission Official Job Specifications, is here.



Job Opening: Library Aide, Castleton Public Library (Part-Time)

The Castleton Public Library is seeking a part-time Library Aide for approximately 15 hours per week, with a varying schedule that includes weekday afternoons/evenings and occasional Saturdays. Duties include helping customers at the check-out desk, shelving library materials, operating the copier and fax machine, performing routine clerical tasks, and answering the telephone. The ideal candidate for the position has strong customer service skills and basic computer skills. Prior library experience is preferred, but not required. Pay for the position is $10.00 per hour. Send a letter describing relevant experience, along with a Rensselaer County employment application, to Castleton Public Library, 85 S. Main Street, Castleton, NY 12033, Attn: Melissa Tacke, or send as PDF via email to director@castletonpubliclibrary.org (The Rensselaer County employment application is available here. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Rensselaer County Civil Service Commission Official Job Specifications:

Library Aide

Distinguishing Features of the Class: This position involves performing the duties of charging and discharging materials and related ciculation 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:
Charges and discharges library materials;
Sorts and reshleves books and library materials;
Logs in and processes all periodicals and prepares current magazines for shelving, maintains back number stacks and routing;
Maintains files of vertical file material and publisher's catalogs;
Maintains use and acquisition statistics;
Responds to routine questions regarding library rules, hours of operation and location of materials;
Responds to requests from library patrons to assist with research, interlibrary requests and the use of computers and audio-visual equipment;
Typing, filing, and data searches as requested by higher level Library Employee;
Assists in periodic inventory of library materials and AV equipment;
Maintains inventory of supplies and suggests items for acquisition;
Assists in preparation of lists of missing books and books to be discarded;
oversees the general condition and appeal of the library and its displays;
Performs related routein clerical tasks, including changing books, filing cards, writing and forwarding of over-due notices.

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.

ADOPTED: March 25, 1992. CSC MTG.

REVISED: March 18, 2004. CSC MTG.



Upper Hudson Library System Celebrates Public Libraries Making a Difference in Their Communities

The Upper Hudson Library System held its 55th annual celebration of public library service in Albany and Rensselaer Counties at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY on June 8. UHLS Board President Phil Erlich said, "The public libraries in Albany and Rensselaer Counties are changing lives every day and the Upper Hudson Library System celebrates this transformative work through our annual dinner and awards program."

At the event the following awards were presented:

2015 Library Volunteer of the Year Award
Two awards presented

Nancy Bush, Sand Lake Town Library
A volunteer at the Sand Lake Town Library, Nancy recognized a need in the community for free tutoring services for elementary school children. She conceived, organized and has coordinated a tutoring program at the library since 2012. The BEST Program (Bringing Educators and Students Together) brings teachers, teacher aides, and older students together with children in grades 3-10 to help them with homework, study habits, organization skills. In 2015 the program had over 700 participants! In addition to BEST changing the lives of many people - both the students and the tutors, the program participants have developed into an "incredible volunteer force" for the library. When the library recently renovated its main room, it was "Team BEST" that came to the rescue, packing and moving all the books and shelving…and putting it all back when the project was completed!

Holly McKenna, Albany Public Library
As President of the APL Foundation, Holly's leadership has reinvigorated this critical support organization for the library. At the close of 2015, the Foundation has been responsible for raising over $50,000 to support library programs and services. She established the Literary Legends Awards Gala which has become a coveted honor among local authors and has proven to be a "must attend event for the engaged citizens of Albany." With Holly as President, the Foundation has taken a new and exciting path and has developed many creative ways to increase the library's community visibility and build support for the transformative work the library does every day.

2013 Library Trustee of the Year Award
Two awards presented

David Wheatley, Watervliet Public Library
As President of the library's Board of Trustees, he led the library through a major building project that doubled the size of the library. In order to fund the project, David combined two major private gifts from community benefactors with two years of NYS construction grants, and a number of successful community fundraising efforts. Once the funding was in place, he coordinated the construction project and finally, he led the volunteer team that put the library material back into its new home. David's tireless efforts on behalf of his community and his library resulted in the opening of the Julia Fahr Children's Room and the Mary J. O'Brien Reading Room in March of this year.

Ralph Marino, Valley Falls Free Library
As President of the library's Board of Trustees, Ralph has made it a point to keep this "small town library" from thinking about itself with a "small town mindset." He has been a tireless advocate for planning, projects, and grants that will improve library service to everyone in the community - from instituting library delivery service to the homebound, to establishing an endowed fund for new children's material, to his current project to make the library building fully accessible, Ralph is always looking for new ways to make the library relevant in the community. Ralph is also not afraid to roll up his sleeves and put his own "sweat equity" into the library, as evidenced by his work building children's programming furniture, adding wheels to shelving units to create instant mobile shelving, and the project to rebuild the library basement entranceway.

2015 Adult Library Program of the Year Award
Presented to the Guilderland Public Library for their "Hudson Valley Beer: From Hops to Home" Program

This innovative program series was in response to the current interest in beer and beer brewing. Programs in the series included a "Home brewing 101" class, a local historian speaking about the early taverns and hotels of Guilderland, a tasting session of locally brewed craft beers, and a "field trip" to a local craft brewery and cidery. More than 230 community members attended the series with a significant number of new users, many of whom were in the elusive 25-35 yr. old adult male demographic.

2015 Youth Library Program of the Year Award
Presented to the W.K Sanford Town Library (Colonie) for their "Cyber Kids" Program

Originating as a suggestion from the Library's Teen Advisory Group, Cyber Kids is a computer skills workshop for elementary school students which is taught by a "teen tech team" of high school students. The participants use sophisticated software to learn how to code to create their own interactive games, stories, and animations that can be posted on the Cyber Kids website and shared with others online. But the truly unique thing about this program is that it not only provides STEM education for the younger participants, but also gives the older student-teachers an opportunity to learn the power "giving back" and making a difference in someone else's life.


In addition to a framed certificate, each award winner receives a cash award for their home library to help support future community building efforts. "We are so pleased to be able recognize the wonderful things happening in our libraries. They are all making a real and positive difference in their communities every day," said UHLS Executive Director Tim Burke.

In addition, the UHLS Board of Trustees recognized the long and dedicated service of one of its trustees. Mary Alice Molgard of Berne is stepping down from the Board after twelve years of service representing small libraries in Albany County. In addition, for most of that time she also served in the role of Board Treasurer. She was presented with a resolution of appreciation by the UHLS Board and was named UHLS Trustee Emerita. She also received a certificate of thanks from the office of NYS Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, whose district includes the service area of the Berne Public Library.



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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