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News and Events Archive - 2017

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 518-388-4000

Registration deadline is February 2, 2017

Register here:

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

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 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


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

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


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

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 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.


Carol Roberts
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




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