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Library Director - Poestenkill Library, Rensselaer County, New York

Due to the retirement of the current director, the Poestenkill Library is looking for a new director. Nestled in the rural, rolling countryside of Rensselaer County (population 4,530), this association library is a valued community resource actively supported by its patrons and the town. Reporting to the library's Board of Trustees and supported by the Friends of Poestenkill Library, the Library Director develops library policies, monitors library services, develops and manages the annual budget of $91,920, creates public relations materials and programming, supervises staff and volunteers, oversees the physical plant, and stays informed of developments in library management.

Responsibilities:

  • Management of all library services, including circulation (18,808 in 2020), operations and activities consistent with library policies and NYS law
  • Supervision and development of support staff and volunteers
  • Development and evaluation of all library programming
  • Budget preparation in collaboration with the Board, recommendation of policies and goals, and regular communication with the Library Board of Trustees

Qualifications:

  • Minimum
    • Two academic years of study at an approved college or university
    • Experience with community outreach or related community work
  • Preferred
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Experience with administration of a library

Employment Type/Salary

  • Part-time--Approximately 20 hours/week with some flexibility based on current library activities
  • $22,500

A full job description and more information about the Poestenkill Library is available on the library website. A letter of interest along with a resume and the names and contact information for three professional references may be emailed to searchcommittee@poestenkilllibrary.org. The deadline for submission is May 30, 2021.




Help Wanted Library Aide- Part Time

The Rensselaer Public Library is seeking a part-time Library Aide. This person will work approximately 16 hours a week including one evening, starting in May. 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 can do basic online research. Prior library experience preferred. 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 director@rensselaerlibrary.org. (Application available at Rensselaerlibrary.org)



Library Assistant/Clerk - Circulation (Troy Public Library)

Part 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: $13.57 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.



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.org or phone - (518) 437-9880 x222) to arrange a session for your library board.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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