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Library Director, Putnam Valley Library

The Putnam Valley Library, an association library serving a semi-rural community of 12,000 individuals inPutnam Valley, NY, seeks a creative and dynamic Library Director with a passion for community service to oversee all activities and operations of the library.

Essential Responsibilities:

Staff and Operations:

  • Supervise all library services, operations, staff, facilities, and programs
  • Select, train, and evaluate personnel to maintain a strong team environment
  • Develop and maintain the library’s collection in accordance with collection policies and best practices
  • Control expenditures of funds and maintain accurate financial records
  • Supervise the purchase and maintenance of technology to enhance library services
  • Prepare and distribute public relations and marketing materials
  • Prepare annual reports to the state and the community
  • Work on grant writing and facilitate grant award funding

Board of Trustees:

  • Work with the Board in ongoing planning to identify and meet community needs
  • Make policy recommendations to the Board and implement adopted policies
  • Prepare annual budget recommendations for Board approval

Essential Traits:

  • Ability to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for staff and library patrons
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to build relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • A commitment to social justice and fostering an equitable community
  • Knowledge of current trends and developments in the library profession
  • Proficiency with computers, library software, internet and digital communications

Minimum Qualifications: A master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program and experience in library administration.

Salary: $55K-$65K. Position includes some benefits, generous PTO and 12 paid holidays a year. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: trustees@putnamvalleylibrary.org

Director of Community Library Services, Queens Public Library

Queens Public Library is a national and international leader in the delivery of public library service. Our mission is to transform lives by cultivating personal and intellectual growth and by building strong communities. Queens Public Library welcomes innovators and leaders to contribute to a long history and dynamic future of serving the most diverse county in the United States. Queens Public Library is a private, non-profit corporation with 1,700 employees serving 66 locations.

Reporting to the Chief Librarian and Senior Vice President, the Director of Community Library Services develops and implements organizational library service goals to deliver quality public library services.

  • Directly carries organizational program/service goals and initiatives for implementation to approximately 30 community libraries.
  • Directly carries individual community library needs to appropriate Queens Public Library service departments.
  • Leads the team in the successful implementation of the Library’s strategic plan.
  • Sets specific, measurable, achievable, results-oriented, and time bound service and program goals unique to each individual library assigned, within a framework of organizational goals and objectives.
  • Ensures community library managers meet agreed performance targets in all areas, including customer service quality, collection development, and overall operations.
  • Plans, organizes, directs, evaluates, and continuously improves the individual effectiveness of services and programs for each of approximately 30 community libraries.
  • Oversees the use and allocation of staff, budget, and other resources.
  • Ensures effective communication and collaboration between community library staff and all other library departments, as well as with customers and community agencies and groups.
  • Oversees the coordination of renovations, closings and emergency facilities’ needs.
  • Spends at least 50% of time in the field.
  • Interprets, communicates, and reinforces the vision of customer satisfaction and services for the public in alignment with the Library’s mission statement, values, and strategic directions.
  • Motivates, coaches, and mentors staff for successful delivery of high quality customer experience.
  • Leads, coaches, supervises, and manages the performance of the community library managers.
  • Collaborates with the Human Resources Department to identify and recruit new talent to the organization.
  • Encourages the continuous professional development of staff and conducts regularly scheduled performance management plans (PMP’s).
  • Incorporates a racial equity (or DEI) lens into library programs and services.
  • Performs other duties as required.

The schedule for this position will include evenings and Saturdays.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • An ALA accredited Master’s Degree and a New York State Public Librarian’s Certificate required.
  • A minimum of five years of library management experience required.
  • Must be a strategic and innovative thinker with good judgement and ability to problem solve.
  • Demonstrated experience in collection development.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, and exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task.
  • Must be a team player with a collaborative work approach and ability to build relationships both internally and externally required.
  • The ability to lead by example, inspire staff and promote enthusiastic teamwork.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • At least two years of experience with responsibility for multiple public libraries highly preferred.
  • Experience in a large library system, consortium or state library preferred.

TO APPLY: Please send your resume and cover letter to QLcareers@queenslibrary.org and reference “Director of Community Library Services - EXTERNAL” in the subject line. Resumes will only be accepted by email.

The Queens Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Head of User Experience and Community Engagement, Gloversville Public Library

The Gloversville Public Library is seeking applicants for the full-time/Librarian I position of Head of User Experience and Community Engagement. Located in Fulton County, at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, the library serves the residents of the Gloversville Enlarged School District (population 19, 244). The library completed a $9.2 million renovation of its Beaux Arts Carnegie building in 2018.

Responsibilities:

The Head of User Experience and Community Engagement will understand and be able to articulate what a stellar library user experience should be, as well as have the ability to translate that knowledge into practice. Working both behind the scenes and on the front lines, this position bridges the gap between back-end operations and point-of-service implementation. As such, it requires a librarian who can both lead and learn, expanding our reach into the community, while strengthening our foundational core. This position plays a key role in helping the library fulfill its mission by ensuring a welcoming and equitable library experience for all and working to promote user-centered design of library tools, services, and spaces. This position will report to the Library Director and requires a leader who can exercise considerable independence of action and judgement.

Duties:

  • Assess, identify, and address usability and accessibility needs of patrons, onsite, offsite, and online
  • Collaborate with diverse colleagues and community members to conceive of new capabilities and potential solutions for the library to better serve residents and businesses
  • Liaise with community organizations and collaborate with other libraries to share resources and coordinate services
  • Collaborate with the Library Director to identify, design, and implement Outreach Services to the public
  • Assist patrons, as necessary, in using the library’s materials and services
  • Provide training and consultation to staff relating to user experience and usability best practices
  • Oversee Circulation Services and Inter-Library Loan
  • Manage and supervise Information Desk clerks
  • Assist in identifying and pursuing relevant grant opportunities for the library
  • Assist in the submission of the New York State Annual Report

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, or its equivalent, from and ALA-accredited program
  • Eligibility for a New York State Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate at time of application; possession of Certificate at time of appointment
  • Two years of library experience
  • NYS Driver’s License
  • Permanent appointment requires satisfactory completion of a Fulton County Civil Service experience-driven exam, that can be taken while the candidate is working in the position provisionally

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Knowledge of user needs for library services and technology operation
  • Strong interpersonal skills, particularly in liaison and team roles
  • Ability to bridge differences in personal work styles among personnel
  • Supervisory experience, including scheduling, training, and evaluation
  • Project management and time management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking
  • Exceptional customer service skills
  • Experience writing library-related grant applications
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Microsoft Publisher

Hours:
35 hours per week; Some evening hours; Saturdays on rotation

Benefits:
Paid time off available on an annual basis; 100% medical insurance coverage after 3 months

Compensation:
$38,000 - $40,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience

COVID-19 Considerations:
Applicants must be able to follow the library’s COVID-19 health protocols, including being able to tolerate a face covering for the duration of time spent inside the facility.

Instructions:
Applications will be accepted through November 1, 2021. Interested individuals should email a resume and full cover letter to Library Director Valerie Acklin at vacklin@mvls.info.

Adult and Teen Program Coordinator, Town of Esopus Library

The Town of Esopus Library is looking for a creative and motivated person to fill a part-time (25 hours/week) Adult and Teen Programming Coordinator position. The Adult and Teen Programming Coordinator is primarily responsible for planning, marketing, conducting, and facilitating programs for patrons ages 13 – up. The incumbent will coordinate adult events and workshop series, as well as overseeing our ongoing weekly and monthly adult programs. Programs include, but are not limited to, book talks, art and craft classes, history lectures, music, dancing and exercise groups. Our adult programming is vital and diverse, responsive to patrons’ stated needs and preferences. The person in this position will have frequent interaction with the public, requiring a pleasant demeanor and a willingness to engage in conversation. An ability to interact and negotiate with potential presenters and performers is required.

The Adult and Teen Programmer must be technology savvy, and willing to learn and adapt to new and changing technologies. The incumbent will offer innovative Teen programs, and approach Teen sessions with significant energy. This person will also initiate a Teen Volunteer program, collaborating with the Children’s Programmer to create fun and educational volunteer opportunities. They must exhibit flexibility, an attention to detail, and a willingness to work in a dynamic, busy, and changing environment.

The work schedule will be changeable, in order to fulfill all responsibilities of the position. Work hours are predominately afternoons and evenings, and may include Weekends. The incumbent will spend some time at the circulation desk, and will help patrons locate information and items from the collection. They will help patrons with the use of the computers and computer programs. Schedules may change as staffing needs arise.

The Adult and Teen Programmer promotes programs via social media, e-newsletter, websites, email, fliers, and off-site visits to community groups and schools. Detailed records must be kept pertaining to agreements with presenters and performers, as well as for the assessment of programs. This person must be able to work independently, as well as a part of a team. They must be willing to share in some of the more mundane tasks associated with running a library.

This person must be people-oriented, and be able to establish and maintain positive working relationships. They must communicate effectively in both oral and written form with customers and staff, and demonstrate skills in public speaking. The Programmer will engage community partners in activities at the library and in the community.

This is a provisional Civil Service position, and the candidate must meet minimum qualifications. Education and experience requirements: 1) A Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Library Science, English or Communications or closely related field and one year of experience in a library setting or performing duties related to the oversight, coordination and administration of programs for adults and/or teenagers, or 2) An Associates Degree in Education, Library Science, English or Communications or closely related field and 3 years of experience as described in #1, or 3) Graduation from high school and 5 years of experience, as described in #1, or 4) An equivalent combination of training and experience as indicated above.

The salary begins at $15.84 per hour, and includes benefits. Please send a meaningful cover letter, resume and three professional references to: Director, Town of Esopus Library, PO Box 1167, Port Ewen, NY 12466, or email: esopusdirector@gmail.com. This position is open until filled.

Assistant Librarian for Technical Services, Dominican College

Dominican College, located in Rockland County, 20 miles north of New York City, seeks an enthusiastic candidate with a strong orientation toward user-centered service to fill the role of Assistant Librarian for Technical Services.

Reporting to the College's Head Librarian, the Assistant Librarian manages electronic resources and the integrated library system, catalogs library materials in all formats, coordinates all interlibrary loan requests and assists with reference questions. Areas of responsibility include but are not limited to:

  • Manages access to electronic resources
  • Facilitates maintenance, development and technical support for Library software and resources through vendor collaboration
  • Administers basic configuration of SirsiDynix Sirsi integrated library system (ILS)
  • Catalogs and processes library materials in all formats
  • Manages and delivers interlibrary loan services (ILL)
  • Delivers reference service
  • Evaluates collections and materials
  • Assists with outreach
  • Trains and supervises library work study students
  • Provides library instruction, as needed
  • Performs other duties, as assigned

Hours: During the Academic Semesters: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm; hours may vary during exam periods.

Requirements: The successful candidate will have an ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent graduate LIS degree. This individual should have excellent communication, interpersonal and technology skills. Must demonstrate a learner-centered approach to assisting library users. Knowledge of the Dewey Decimal System, OCLC, MARC, RDA for cataloging. Familiarity with ILLiad and DOCLINE. Experience managing an integrated library system and Discovery layer like Ebsco’s EDS. A commitment to developing and maintaining familiarity with current and emerging trends in technical services is essential. Two years of experience, preferably in an academic library and experience in technical services or electronic resource services preferred.

Dominican College is located in Orangeburg, New York approximately 20 miles north of New York City. We are a private institution with approximately 2,000 students and 400 faculty and staff. Our heritage stresses the humanistic value of a Liberal Arts education, a commitment to social justice, and a strong belief in the need for integrity and community engagement, all in the service of preparing students to reach their potential as responsible citizens who enrich the world in which we live.

Qualified candidates should email their cover letter and CV to m.schaub@dc.edu by October 4, 2021.

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Librarian I (Part-Time), Middletown Thrall Library

Middletown Thrall Library is seeking a part –time Librarian I to work approximately 20 hours per week providing reference services to the community in our youth services department.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be in possession of a Master’s degree from an American Library Association accredited M.L.S. or M.S.I. S. program and a NYS Professional Librarian’s Certificate.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have the ability to work a varied schedule to include morning, afternoon, evening and weekend (Saturday) shifts. Applicants must possess strong customer service and technology skills. Knowledge of Sirsi-Dynix Symphony and Spanish language fluency a plus.

COVID-19: Applicants must be willing to follow all of the Library’s COVID-19 health protocols including wearing of proper face covering, maintaining social distancing, and maintaining hand hygiene through the use of gloves, hand sanitizer and frequent hand washing. Daily temperature monitoring and the completion of a daily health questionnaire also required. Applicants must also be willing to participate in sanitizing patron and staff workstations through the use of UV light wands and sanitizing wipes

COMPENSATION: $25.00 per hour (non-negotiable)

Interested applicants please send cover letter electronically to Matt Pfisterer, Library Director at thrall7@warwick.net. No phone calls or paper replies please.

Library Assistant (Part-Time), Hunter College High School Library

Hunter College High School, a grade 7-12 school for intellectually gifted students, seeks a part-time Library Assistant for the 2021-2022 school year. The Library Assistant is responsible for library circulation, the supervision of students, shelving, and some clerical duties. They will work collaboratively with the librarian, teachers, administrators. The job pays $15.61/hour for approximately 20-25 hours/week. Some health benefits after 90 days. To apply, please email cover letter and resume to hchslibrary@gmail.com ASAP and before October 1, 2021.

Qualifications

  • Specifically enjoy working with junior high and high school students.
  • Candidates must possess the ability to establish good working relationships with students, parents, and school personnel.
  • Well organized.
  • Library experience preferred.

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: $15.61 per hour

Schedule:

  • All school days, approximately for 20-25 hours/week. The base schedule is from 10:30AM-4PM, with 1 hour of unpaid lunch.

Education:

  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)

Experience:

  • Working with children: 1 year (Preferred)

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Adult Services Library Assistant (Part-Time, Temporary, 2 positions), Albany Public Library

General Statement of Duties: Works together with other public service employees to provide quality information and customer service to customers of the Albany Public Library. Library employees may be assigned other duties in addition to direct public service.

Classification: Library Assistant - Temporary

Job Description:
Employees in this classification routinely participate in the following activities: assist customers using the public computers including routine computer usage and printing questions; provide directional assistance in the use of library facilities and collections; answer and direct telephone calls; reserve requested materials; and perform various circulation and collection maintenance tasks. In addition to these routine activities, Library Assistants may also be involved with the promotion of library materials through displays, planning and conducting programs under the supervision of higher-level staff in the department, and providing instruction to the public in the use of library resources and other tasks of a similar nature as necessary. On- the-job training is provided under the supervision of higher-level staff.

Required Skills and Abilities:
The ideal candidate for this position will bring a familiarity with library materials for youth and adults, and current library technologies; the ability to perform both independently and as a team member; aptitude for planning and conducting programming; an energetic approach to outreach to community organizations; enthusiasm, courtesy, and a sense of humor in communication with public and staff. This position requires strong interpersonal skills, particularly tact and courtesy in dealing with the public and coworkers, basic computer skills, a working knowledge of general library operations, the ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions, flexibility in work schedule, a good sense of humor, and a positive work attitude. Ability to work as part of a team is a must.

Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with an Associate’s Degree or 60 college credit hours.

Work Schedule: A combination of day, evening and weekend hours totaling 28 hours per week is required. This position is temporary covering an employee’s medical leave. (anticipated to begin 9/27/21 and lasting 8 to 12 weeks)

Supervisor: Head of Central Branches

Salary: $19.11 per hour

Deadline: Until filled

Apply to: Send cover letter, resume and 3 professional references including email addresses:
Human Resources & Finance Manager
161 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
reinhartm@albanypubliclibrary.org

Albany Public Library is an AA/EO institution and is strongly and actively committed to increasing diversity within its organization.

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