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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.

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.


Library Director III

The East 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 personnel.

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 Master’s 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 Librarian’s professional certificate at time of application; possession of certificate at time of appointment.

Civil Service
The position of Library Director III is a competitive position in Rensselaer County Civil Service, an exam may be required. Salary is commensurate with experience.

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

East Greenbush Community Library
Attn: Search Committee
10 Community Way
East Greenbush, NY 12866

Application deadline June 15, 2015.

Library Director

Nassau Free Library (Nassau, NY)

Search Extended

The Nassau 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 part-time employees.

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: director@nassaufreelibrary.org 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.


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!





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