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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.

Job Opening: Library Aide (Part-Time)

The Castleton Public Library is seeking a part-time Library Aide for approximately 10 hours per week, with a varying schedule that includes evenings and Saturdays. Duties include helping customers at the circulation 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 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:
Charges and discharges library materials;
Sorts and reshelves 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 routine 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.

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.

Library Director
Valley Falls Free Library - Valley Falls, NY

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
To the attention of Susan Stover (Search Committee Chair)

Application review begins September 15, 2015.

LIBRARY DIRECTOR, part-time (Search Extended)

Grafton Community Library

Grafton, NY 12082

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. A degree in library science or a related field will be considered a plus, as will fundraising and grant writing skills. 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 September 11, 2015.

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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