News and Events Archive - 2020
the inaugural session of . . .
Upper Hudson Library
Are you brand new to
presenting storytime? Do you have a little on-the-job experience yet
would like to expand your knowledge and have your questions answered?
Come learn the basics of delivering an early literacy storytime in this
intensive yet fun training. Well cover:
- Creating an agenda with good
- Choosing and using books best
suited to your goals and audience
- Early literacy asides and how
to comfortably incorporate them
- Adding music, movement, and
story sharing beyond the book
- Basic management of group dynamics
(kids and adults!)
- What do I do when . . .
For staff and volunteers
of UHLS libraries.
January 12, 2020.
To register: http://bit.ly/StorytimeBootcamp
CE credit: 4.5 hours
Presented by Mary Fellows
and Amy DuBrey, UHLS
See the flyer here
Your Story . . . DISRUPTED!
January 30, 9:30 AM - 3:45 PM
Once upon a time, there was a day
devoted to . . . Plan for your Summer Reading . . . Come learn about
disrupting and then reimagining the key elements of . . . Take home
ideas on making your program all ages and . . . Performer showcase will
. . . Learn from your colleagues . . . Dress in costume (optional) if
youre . . . Hilarious jokes to . . . Learning and fun for all
. . . You!
Registration deadline: January
To register: http://bit.ly/SummerReading2020Disrupted
CE credit: 5.5 hours
See the flyer here.
Search Deadline Extended
LIBRARY DIRECTOR, Part-Time
Grafton Community Library
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 24 hours per week, including some evenings
and Saturdays. The position requires a candidate who is a team leader
who can work together with an experienced staff, the library board,
and local community groups. 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 $20,000. A copy of the job
description is available on the librarys website, graftoncommunitylibrary.org.
Please send resumes to the Search Committee at email@example.com
by February 3, 2020.
Position Available: Part-Time
Youth Services Librarian I
Greenbush Community Library is currently accepting applications
for a part-time Youth Services Librarian to join a dynamic and dedicated
team of professionals. Successful candidates should be creative, flexible,
and enthusiastic about public service.
Responsibilities of this position include
but are not limited to:
- Providing reference and readers' advisory assistance
to children, teens and adults.
- Planning and conducting storytimes, book clubs, and
other programs for children.
- Assisting in all phases of collection development,
including acquisitions and weeding.
- Maintaining awareness of current trends in childrens
development, and library technology.
Position is approximately 8 hours a week, and primarily includes 1 evening
per week and every other Saturday.
$23.75 per hour
MLS from an ALA accredited library school
New York State Public Librarian Professional Certificate
Must be eligible for a provisional appointment as a Librarian I under
Please submit a cover letter, resume, Rensselaer County Civil Service
application and three professional references to:
Ms. Vicki Bucciantini, Business and Operations Manager
or mail: East Greenbush Community Library
10 Community Way, East Greenbush, NY 12061.
Position remains open until filled. We will begin reviewing applications
Monday, February 17th.
Community Library is seeking a
full time Librarian or Library Assistant. Primary duties include:
- Maintaining a network of 12 public computers and managing
- Providing technology assistance to the public, including
teaching one-on-one classes.
- Designing and implementing public programming.
- Providing patron assistance, including circulation
duties, at the front desk.
The best candidates for this position will be flexible
and collaborative, with a willingness to learn new skills and experiment
with new services. The position is FT and offers NYS Retirement System
membership and health insurance, and starts at $40,000/yr. (Candidates
eligible for appointment as a Library Assistant may be considered for
a variant of this position at $35,000/yr.) Typical hours include one
evening each week and one Saturday each month. Hiring is governed by
Albany County Civil Service. Interested candidates should submit a cover
letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
by February 21st. References will be requested of candidates
selected for interviews.
Job Opening: Library Aide, Castleton Public Library
Public Library is seeking a part-time Library Aide. The library
is currently operating on reduced hours of operation, with this position
being scheduled for three 5-hour weekday shifts every other week. When
returning to normal mode of operation, the schedule for this position
generally includes four 4-hour weekday shifts per week, plus an occasional
6-hour Saturday shift (once every 4 weeks).
Helping customers at the front desk, shelving library materials, operating
the copier and fax machine, performing routine clerical tasks, assisting
with program preparation, and answering the telephone. Full civil service
position description is below.
The ideal candidate has strong customer service skills, is detail-oriented,
and can efficiently use a computer for work tasks. A high school diploma
or equivalent is required. Prior library experience is preferred, but
$12.22 per hour.
How to Apply:
Send a letter of interest, along with a Rensselaer County employment
application (available here) by email to email@example.com,
or by mail to Castleton Public Library, 85 S. Main Street, Castleton,
NY 12033, Attn: Melissa Tacke. Applications must be received by Thursday,
Rensselaer County Civil Service Commission Official
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
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.
ADOPTED: March 25, 1992. CSC MTG. REVISED: March 18, 2004. CSC MTG.
LIBRARY DIRECTOR I COHOES PUBLIC LIBRARY,
Public Library seeks an enthusiastic, energetic, community invested
librarian to serve as Library Director. Working with the Board of Trustees,
the City of Cohoes, and local stakeholders, the director provides leadership
in providing high quality, 21 st Century library services to our diverse
Serving a growing population of more than 16,000, the Cohoes Public
Library is a municipal public library and a member of the Upper Hudson
Library System. The library has a collection of approximately 30,000
physical items, plus more than 64,000 digital items in a shared system-wide
collection on the Overdrive platform. In 2019 library circulation totaled
31,800 items and had 37,500 library visits. A variety of programming
for all ages is provided both inside the facility an at community sites.
The library is located in a restored historic building, the former St.
Johns Episcopal Church.
The Director reports to a nine member Board of Trustees and works closely
with the City of Cohoes. The Director has primary responsibility for
the operation and management of the library, collaborates with the Library
Board on the annual budget request to the City of Cohoes, and serves
as principle representative of the library in the community. Specific
job activities include, but are not limited to: personnel administration;
budget oversight; collection development; customer service; program
planning and implementation, particularly for children; implementation
of technology to enhance library services; and marketing/public relations.
The library board encourages and supports the library directors
participation in regional and statewide professional activities.
The Library Director I is a Civil Service position. This is a provisional
appointment pending Civil Service examination of training and experience.
Prior to appointment, the successful candidate will be required to submit
a completed Civil Service application.
Minimum qualifications include possession of a Masters degree
in librarianship from a library school accredited by the American Library
Association or recognized by the New York State Education Department
as following acceptable education practices AND one year of satisfactory
professional library experience. Eligibility for a New York State Public
Librarians certificate at the time of application is required
and possession of the certificate is required at the time of appointment.
The Library Directors annual salary will be $40,000 - $48,000
based on the selected candidates skills and experience. The generous
compensation package also includes health insurance and participation
in the New York State Retirement System.
Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact
information for three professional references to the Search Committee
via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application review will begin on September 15, 2020 and continue
until the position is filled.
When Learning Becomes
School: Supporting Parents Educating Young Children at Home
The pandemic has derailed the schooling plans for many
Millennial parents with young children. How can libraries support parents
who have suddenly become home- or hybrid-school teachers to their children?
Youre invited to register for one or more of a three-part
Session 1: Sept 2, 1:00-2:30
Webinar--Hear from an Expert
Join Deanna McGregor, Homeschool Liaison Librarian, to learn why some
families choose the path of homeschooling, New York State requirements,
available resources, and how libraries can meet multiple literacy needs
of families homeschooling young children.
Session 2: Sept 9, 10:30-12
Webinar with a Panel of Peers
Hear from a varied panel of library colleagues sharing
their unique perspectives as homeschool parents and library service
Session 3: Oct 14, 10:30-12
Webinar Home- and Hybrid-schooling Library Idea Swap
Now that we have a month of the school year under our
belt, what challenges are we facing?
for more information and to register: https://spark.adobe.com/page/Cq7HKim8qw9eT/