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Announcing the 2017 SRP Planning Workshop!

Building a Better Summer Reading Program

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Schenectady County Public Library
99 Clinton Street
Schenectady, NY 12305

9:30 am - 3:45 pm; check in at 9:00 am
Snow date: Friday, February 10, 2017
http://scpl.org 518-388-4000

Registration deadline is February 2, 2017

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/mocpsbN6E0ZLJM1h1

Building a better world starts with Building a Better Summer Reading Program! Join us for a day of learning to construct a summer program that is both functional and attractive - to kids, teens, and families. You’ll leave with many activity and SRP management ideas, a strengthened network of helpful colleagues, and a greater understanding of how to build a better experience for both patrons and staff!

Full day, lunch included: UHLS & MVLS member libraries: $16.00 All others: $50.00

Send checks made payable to MVLS, through delivery or mail to:

Summer Planning Workshop,
Mohawk Valley Library System 858 Duanesburg Road,
Schenectady, NY 12306

Questions? Contact Sue Rokos, MVLS, 355-2010 x226 or Mary Fellows, UHLS, 437-9880 x228

See the flyer for more information


Job opening: LIBRARY DIRECTOR, part-time

Petersburgh Public Library

Petersburgh, NY 12138

Starting Date: April 3, 2107

The Petersburgh Public Library, a small municipal library located in eastern Rensselaer County, seeks an energetic, passionate, experienced person for the position of Library Director. This is a part-time position scheduled to work 20 hours per week. The position requires a candidate with an associate’s degree or equivalent and demonstrated communication, interpersonal, and computer skills. Experience in library collection and program development, staff and volunteer supervision, and familiarity with the library’s service community would be highly desirable. Starting salary is $17,160 per year. A copy of the job description is available on the library’s website at http://www.petersburghpubliclibrary.org/?page_id=15.

Please send resumes to the Search Committee by mail to Job Search, Petersburgh Public Library, P.O. Box 250, Petersburgh, NY 12138 or by email to jobsearch@petersburghpubliclibrary.org by February 15, 2017.


Job opening: Stephentown Memorial Library seeks a qualified project manager specializing in energy efficiency retrofits on older buildings. Duties will include working with the contractor to supervise equipment and materials choices, maintain the project schedule, and identify additional measures to increase HVAC effectiveness. Qualified candidates will have access to testing equipment, a demonstrated ability to conduct and interpret tests, a work history supervising similar projects and all appropriate BPI certifications. References required. Please call Tom at 518-391-8250.


The Guilderland Public Library is looking for someone with strong customer-service skills who's comfortable with computers to join our team. We're looking for a clerk to work Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday mornings and on a four week rotation, weekends. Subbing opportunities are included. Starting pay is $13.00 per hours with optional NYS retirement.

Interested candidates should send a resume to Philip Berardi at berardip@guilpl.org


 

Libraries = Education

Friday, April 7, 9:00 – 12:00

UHLS brings you a thought – provoking speaker that may change how you think about, position, and market your library. “Libraries = Education” is an interactive workshop in which you’ll experience a strategy that has been hailed by Library Journal as “a 21st-century model worthy of study and consideration by every library in America, if not the world.”

You’ll learn the steps to rebrand your library as a key educational institution in your community, helping you gain the respect and funding you deserve, dispel misperceptions about libraries, and heighten your library’s visibility and stature with community members and funders.

Free and open to UHLS member library staff, trustees, and volunteers. Registration required. Register by March 31 by adding your information here or by emailing Heidi Fuge at heidi@uhls.lib.ny.us.

For more information, see flyer.



Job opening: Library Assistant - Circulation - Troy Public Library

Full time, some evenings and weekends. This position includes general clerical and patron assistance tasks. The person in this position is supervised by and is responsible to the Head of Circulation. Must enjoy working with people and be computer literate.

Responsibilities include:

  • Telephone answering
  • Checking out and clearing library materials
  • Patron registration
  • Managing fine and fee collection
  • Shelving library materials
  • Answering directional inquiries
  • Opening and closing the building
  • Other related duties assigned by the supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: high school diploma or equivalency
Experience: no previous library experience is necessary.

Work Schedule:

Must be able to work flexible hours including evenings & weekends.

Salary: $10.53 per hour

Contact:

Virginia Wescott, Head of Circulation
Troy Public Library
100 Second Street
Troy, N.Y. 12180
wescottv@thetroylibrary.org

This is a civil service position and appointment is provisional. The successful candidates must take an exam when it becomes available.


Help Wanted: Part-time Library Aide at the Rensselaer Public Library.

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. Must have library experience (volunteer experience counts). For those without experience, we are also accepting applications for the position of Page.

To apply, email Chirgwinj@rensselaerlibrary.org with resume.



Librarian I (Youth Services)

The Troy Public Library currently has an opening in the Young People's Services Department for a Librarian I (Youth services). This is a full time (35 Hr/wk) entry level professional position which will involve some evenings and weekends. This is a provisional appointment. The successful candidate will need to complete a civil service exam when offered.

Typical Work Activities:

  • Provides reference and readers’ advisory services to children and young adults, including online database searches;
  • Performs collection development by recommending titles for purchase or deletion;
  • Compiles bibliographies
  • Develops and implements library programs for children and young adults;
  • Assists and advises children and their caregivers in their use and evaluation of library materials and information sources;
  • Plans and implements outreach activities for children and their caregivers.

Knowledge and skills required:

The person in this position will need a good knowledge of modern principles and practices of public library service; good knowledge of basic library reference tools and services; good knowledge of child development; good knowledge of literature for children and a working knowledge of commonly used computer software, hand held devices and electronic resources as found in libraries.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in Library Science (MLS) from a school accredited by the American Library Association of recognized by the NYS Education Department.

The annual salary range for this position is $32,845 - $42,644.

Contact:

Carol Roberts
croberts@thetroylibrary.org
Troy Public Library
100 Second Street
Troy, NY 12180



Job Opening - Brunswick Community Library

The Brunswick Community Library is seeking a part-time Library Clerk for approximately 10-15 hours a week, on Wednesdays 10-6pm, 2-3 Saturdays a month 10-6pm and occasional week day coverage.

Duties include helping customers at the check-out desk, shelving materials, operating the fax machine, operating the copier for copies and scanning, and answering the phone.

The ideal candidate has strong customer services skills and basic computer skills. Prior library experience is preferred, but not required. Pay for position is $9.70. Please send a letter describing relevant experience, along with a resume to:

Brunswick Community Library
Attn: Natalie Hurteau
4118 State Highway 2
Troy, NY 12180

Or email attachments to Natalie Hurteau at director@brunswicklibrary.org


Position Available

Manager, Administration and Finance - Upper Hudson Library System (Albany, NY)

The Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS) is seeking an experienced and dedicated professional to join our team. We are a cooperative public library system based in Albany, NY, primarily funded by New York State with a total staff of 10 FTE. UHLS provides services to strengthen and connect the 29 independent public libraries in New York's Albany and Rensselaer Counties.

This is a full-time position reporting to the Executive Director and is primarily responsible for the operational administration of the System's activities in the areas of finance, human resources/employee benefits, facilities management, and government reporting. The Manager, Administration and Finance supervises the UHLS Finance Specialist; works closely with all UHLS staff and assists member libraries; serves as primary contact with our building tenants; and is a member of the UHLS Management Team.

The successful candidate will:

  • hold a Bachelor's Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, Human Resources, or a closely related field; AND have two (2) or more years of related employment experience in a similar work environment;
  • demonstrate the ability to handle tasks independently and manage multiple priorities, deadlines, and reporting cycles;
  • demonstrate excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing;
  • demonstrate a strong commitment to customer service in all interactions with staff, member libraries, vendors, etc. and;
  • project an optimistic, positive, and professional attitude.

    Experience working in a non-profit organization or government agency is a preferred quality.

This is a full-time position with a competitive benefits package, including participation in the NYS Retirement System. The starting salary for this position will be $55,000.

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 Monday, September 11, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

A complete job description for the position can be found here and additional information about the Upper Hudson Library System can found at www.uhls.org.


Library Director, Watervliet Public Library, Watervliet NY

The Watervliet Public Library is seeking an energetic and creative leader with a strong commitment to public library service for the position of Library Director.

A municipal public library serving a user population of approximately 10,000, the Watervliet Public Library is governed by a five-member board of trustees. The Library recently opened a fully renovated and expanded 3,700 sf facility that boasts a dedicated space for youth collections and services, an adult reading room, and a digital learning center. Library circulation, visits, and program attendance have all significantly increased as the result of the new facility. Building on that success, the community recently voted to substantially increase annual funding for library services. The Board is looking for a Director to continue this growth and maximize the positive impact the library has in the community.

The Library Director reports to the Board of Trustees and holds primary responsibility for the operation and management of the Library. Duties include collection, service, and program planning and management; budget management; supervision of staff and volunteers; public relations and community outreach; fund raising; and grant writing.

The position is scheduled to work 35 hours per week, with predominantly weekday hours and occasional Saturday hours to support library programs and events. The position requires an MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited university AND some post-MLS experience managing a public library or major library services. The ideal candidate will demonstrate flexibility, excellent communication skills, familiarity with current library technologies, and a positive and professional attitude. Demonstrated experience in library collection and program development, staff and volunteer supervision, budgeting, and facility management is also highly desirable. Fund-raising and grant writing experience will be considered a plus. The Library Director’s annual salary will be $40,000 – $45,000 based on the selected candidate’s skills and experience.

To apply please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references to wtvtsearch@watervlietpubliclibrary.org.

Review of applications will begin on Wednesday 9/6/17 and will continue until the position is filled.



Library Director, Cheney Library, Hoosick Falls NY

The Cheney Library in Hoosick Falls, NY, a small, rural free association library located in eastern Rensselaer County, seeks an energetic, creative individual with a strong commitment to community for the position of Library Director.

Serving a user population of approximately 7,000, the Cheney Library is governed by a nine-member board of trustees and is a member of the Upper Hudson Library System. The library is in a historic building surrounded by beautiful gardens and enjoys strong community support and an active volunteer base. The Board is looking for a Director to ensure that this “small village with big dreams” continues to have an engaged and vibrant public library to help realize those dreams.

The Library Director reports to the Board of Trustees and holds primary responsibility for the operation and management of the Library. Along with regular customer service responsibilities, other duties include collection, service, and program planning and management; budget management; supervision of staff and volunteers; public relations and community outreach; fund raising; and grant writing.
The position is scheduled to work 36 hours per week with a schedule that supports library services, programs, and events. The position requires a Bachelor’s degree and the ideal candidate will demonstrate flexibility, excellent communication skills, strong technology skills, and an appreciation for the importance of public library service in a small community. Demonstrated experience in library service, staff and volunteer supervision, budgeting, and facility management will also be highly desirable and fund-raising and grant writing experience will be considered a plus. The Library Director’s annual salary will be $30,000 – $33,000 based on the selected candidate’s skills and experience.

To apply please send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references via mail to Lynne Teker, 21939 NY 22, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090; or via email to lynne.teker@gmail.com.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Job Opening: Library Associate - Troy Public Library

The Troy Public Library currently has an opening for a Library Associate to work in the children's room at the Main Library. This position is part time (approximately 24 hours per week) The person in this position is supervised by and is responsible to the head of the Young People's Department.

Typical work activities include:

  • Assists patrons in locating materials in the library
  • Plans and conducts story hour and other children's programs
  • Assists in planning and implementing library exhibits and displays
  • Performs a variety of clerical tasks including data entry, answering telephones, and reading shelves.
  • Provides staffing for the children's room

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Bachelors' degree.
Experience: Experience working with children a plus

Work Schedule:

Must be able to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.

Starting salary for this position is $14.31 per hour.

This is a civil service position and appointment is provisional. The successful candidate must take an exam when it becomes available.

If you are interested, please respond with your resume by November 10, 2017 to:

Paul Hicok, Director
Troy Public Library
100 Second St.
Troy, NY 12180
hicokp@thetroylibrary.org


Upper Hudson Library System and Mohawk Valley Library System present

Middle Childhood Matters: Revitalizing Your Library Service to 6-12 Year Olds

Thursday, November 2, 2017
Guilderland Public Library
10:00 am - 3:30 pm

In 2014, Toronto Public revolutionized its delivery of services to children aged 6-12. With a focus on supporting healthy child development and resiliency, the Library created a research-based framework for middle childhood that transformed its programs, services, and spaces. Join us to learn about this internationally acclaimed model, how it fits into what you’re already doing, and ways to adapt it to strengthen your service to school age children.

Complete information, including registration details: here


 

 

 

 

 

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