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Volume 18-23 | 6.5.18 
Ready to Rock?
The 2018 Explore New York and Libraries Rock! recreational reading lists and bookmarks for the Summer Reading Program are now available:
The reading lists are designed to help libraries promote summer reading as well as reading materials related to the fascinating story and history of New York State. The Explore New York lists and bookmarks are available for download and printing.

The recreational reading lists are librarian-selected titles that celebrate the history, culture, and diversity of New York State.  The lists have been designed by the New York State Library in partnership with the New York State Library Association Youth Services Section and Section of School Librarians.

The accompanying bookmarks are created each year by the New York State Library and designed by the New York State Museum for Summer Reading at New York Libraries. The bookmarks serve as companions to the four Explore New York reading lists and include the 2018 summer reading graphics for this year's slogan of Libraries Rock! The bookmarks are available for printing with titles already listed, as well as in template format so that each library may add their own selection of titles from the reading lists, or highlight titles from their own collections.

Summer Reading at New York Libraries is funded through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, with funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The New York State Library is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department.
MHLS Announcements

Kerstin Cruger, MHLS Library Sustainability Associate & Communications Specialist recently participated in a conversation to increase the availability of environmentally-friendly incentive items for the Summer Reading Program along with several youth services advocates including Sharon Phillips the Statewide coordinator of the Summer Reading at New York Library Program for the New York State Library.
Professional Development
The Library Skills Academy, formerly the Library Assistants Training Program, is coming to Albany at the New York Library Association's headquarters this June:
  • Tuesday, June 5
  • Tuesday, June 12
  • Tuesday, June 19
(all sessions from 9:00 am-4:00 pm)
This program is open to individuals already working, newly hired or for those interested in working in public libraries. To receive a certificate, attendees must complete the entire 18-hour program.
Introduction (Day 1, morning)
An introduction to libraries and library service.  Discussion topics include the history of libraries, the foundational principles of library service, the major types of libraries, the different functional areas of library work, the various jobs and roles in library work, an overview of the current employment landscape in the library field, and a discussion of "hot topics" such as censorship, privacy, rights of access, social media, etc.

Reference Services (Day 1, afternoon)
This component of the training program is an introduction to reference and information services in libraries. Topics include the organization of information, the reference question, and search strategies.  Electronic reference products, trends in reference work, types of reference materials, and library/bibliographic instruction/information literacy, are discussed. The role of the library assistant in this aspect of library service is explored.

Public Services (Day 2)
An introduction to public services in libraries. This section covers access policies and procedures, collection management, customer service, and public relations.

Technical Services (Day 3)
An introduction to technical services in libraries. This section covers technical services policies and procedures, also technical components of general utility across the library.

For more information, including student learning outcomes and registration info: 

YSS Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership Academy (EALA): This 7-month program, created by the Youth Services Section (YSS) of the New York Library Association, is specifically designed for youth services providers who are interested in developing their leadership skills for personal and professional advancement.
The program includes:
  • 3 full day, in-person workshops
    • Community Experience/Marketing
    • Partnerships & Human Resources
    • Budgeting & Presentations
    • 4 live 90-minute webinars
      • Leadership
      • Communication & Presentation Skills
      • Planning & Design for Children & Teen Space
      • Advancement / Mentoring / Team Building
    • Total: 24 hours of continuing education
To learn more about this program or to register:
Scholarships for the EALA program are available through the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association. Applications are due June 30th:
Job Openings
Library Director, Patterson Library
The Patterson Library Board of Trustees seeks a responsible leader who is forward-thinking, proactive, and service minded. Working with an excellent ten-member Board, the successful candidate will look to maintain and enhance established community offerings.

This active 53 hour/week public library has 7 full-time and 20 part-time dedicated and enthusiastic staff members, approximately 15,000 patrons, an annual circulation of 60,000, and extensive programming that draws over 9,000 participants. Patterson is a 501(c)(3) Association Library with 15+ years of voter-approved funding, an operating budget of $930,000, excellent community partnerships and is part of the Mid-Hudson Library System. Owner/operator of a well-maintained building and park facilities, the library averages over 66,500 visits each year.

  • Master's in Library/Information Science from an ALA accredited university
  • Must have or be eligible for the NYS Public Librarian Professional Certificate
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant administrative or management experience
  • Must be able to pass the pre-employment screening requirements
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills; willing and able to make presentations to the public, government entities and the Board
  • A skilled manager of people, budgets, programs, collections, technology, and facilities
Salary: for this 35 hour/week position is commensurate with experience, with benefits available.
Anticipated Start Date: October 1, 2018
To Apply: qualified candidates please send your résumé and cover letter electronically to Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
The Patterson Library is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Library Manager, D.R. Evarts Library (Athens)
The D. R. Evarts Library Board of Trustees seeks a full time Library Manager, who is an exceptional leader and demonstrates commitment to the public library's excellent service.

With a dedicated staff of part time employees, volunteers, and an active Friends group, the D. R. Evarts Library serves a small town of about 3,400 residents in Athens, NY.  D. R. Evarts Library is part of the Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS) and is located 27 miles south of Albany.  Additional information may be found at

RESPONSIBILITIES:  The ideal candidate will have the skills and experience to manage and oversee new and existing services and programs, and inspire community support.  The Manager reports to the Board of Trustees.  Primary responsibilities of this position include:
  • Project a positive image of the library, with a focus on providing exceptional service.
  • Manage library programs for a diverse patron base, seeking and responding to input from the community.
  • Partner with fellow library directors/managers, community members and organizations to offer expanded services and programs.
  • Explore and pursue opportunities for necessary funding and grants.
  • Management duties including outreach, personnel, budgeting, collection development, social media, facilities management, and information services.
  • Work smoothly and cooperatively with patrons, schools, businesses, municipal entities, Friends, staff and community groups in the area.
  • Advise and work closely with the Board on all library matters and keep the Trustees informed.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Minimum of 2 years of college (60 credits)
  • A Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program
  • A minimum of one year Library experience including internships
  • Experience and/or knowledge of library-driven technology services
SALARY: Competitive salary and benefits
HOURS: 35 hours per week on a flexible schedule
DEADLINE:  Open until filled.  Qualified, interested individuals should email a cover letter, résumé , three professional references and transcript to the search committee at
Library Director, Hurley Library
The Hurley Library seeks an enthusiastic individual to be their full-time Library Manager/Director . The Hurley Library is a small public library in the heart of Historic Hurley. It serves a population of about 3,000 people, and since moving into its new building, it is growing rapidly. Our staff consists of a Library Manager, 3 part-time clerks,1 full-time clerk, and a story hour coordinator. The Manager is responsible for overseeing all library functions including: supervision of staff and volunteers, collection development, youth and adult programming, grant writing, providing reference services, readers' advisory, publicizing library services and programs, implementing patron and staff instruction programs, financial responsibilities, and maintaining the library website. Some evenings and weekends may be required.

Minimum Qualifications - Either:
A. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Library Science, Education, English, Public Administration or a closely related field and two (2) years of full-time paid or volunteer experience, or its' part-time equivalent, in a library setting performing duties related to the functions of the library; OR B. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with an Associate's Degree in Library Science, Education, English, Public Administration or a closely related field and four (4) years of full-time paid or volunteer work experience, or its' part-time equivalent, in a library setting performing duties related to the functions of the library; OR C. An equivalent combination of training and experience as described in A and B above.

Preferred Qualifications :
Completed degree in Information Science or Information Science degree candidate, knowledge of computers and automated systems, knowledge of web design, interest in children' s programming, ability to work with all ages, library experience, friendly and outgoing manner. 

Benefits: Sick Days, Vacation Days, and 10 paid Holidays. 
Salary: $35,000 - $40,000 based on education and experience. 
To Apply: Send cover letter, résumé and three references to: OR Hurley Library, PO Box 660, Hurley, NY 12443 Submission Deadline: Monday , June 25, 11:59 pm. This position will be filled on a provisional basis pending the results of a Civil Service examination to be scheduled at a later date.
Part-time weekend librarian, Woo Ju Memorial Library (Carmel)
Woo Ju Memorial Library is a Buddhist library at Chuang Yen Monastery, which is a working monastery with monks and nuns living on the premises, and houses the largest indoor sitting Buddha statue in the Western Hemisphere. The collection emphasizes in Buddhist literature as well as mindfulness material in various formats.

Hours:  6.5 hours per week on Saturday or Sunday, f rom April 1- December 31

Job responsibilities:
  • Provide reference services
  • Maintain a clean and pleasant environment, 
  • Maintain and develop assigned collection,
  • Conduct children story time 
Preferred Qualifications: 
  • MLS / MLIS graduate or in progress, or MLS equivalent experience. 
  • Have children story time experience
  • Know a language other than English
  • Great confidence in general office skills and current cloud storage tools (ex. google drive)
  • Keen interest in Buddhist literature (training will be provided)
Hourly rate: 
This is a part-time position range from $15/per hour - $23/per hour, dependent upon education and experiences. (Vegetarian Lunch Provided)

Please send résumé and references to Attn: Kaity Hsiu
Head of Youth Services, Poughkeepsie Public Library District 
(search re-opened)

The Library District seeks an individual to lead an active and engaged department that focuses on children and teens.  This position is part of the Library District's management team and is responsible for overall planning and implementation of programs and services to patrons through high school as well as participation in Library District outreach and engagement activities.  The selected candidate should have the ability to work a flexible 35-hours per week schedule to potentially include occasional early mornings along with weekly rotating evenings and weekends.
Qualifications:   Candidates must meet minimum qualifications for a Librarian III which includes:
  • ALA MLS recognized by the NYS Department of Education,
  •  Minimum of four (4) years professional library experience following receipt of the MLS,
  • Eligibility for a NYS Public Librarian's Professional Certificate at the time of application for appointment; possession of certificate at time of appointment, and
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to include early mornings, evenings, and weekends
This is a Civil Service appointment, requiring the candidate to be reachable on the Librarian III Certification of Eligibles list as established by the Dutchess County Department of Human Resources.  Current list has been exhausted.
Desired Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Personal Characteristics:   In addition to the above minimum qualifications, the Library District seeks an individual with the following attributes:
  • Demonstrated record of success serving younger patrons,
  • A desire for civic engagement with the local community and a passion to bring the Library District's mission and vision outside the building and to the community at large,
  • Leadership and a willingness to actively participate in the Library District's management team,
  • Willingness to participate in state and national library organizations,
  • Ability to effectively use library data to analyze Library District operations to effect positive change, as needed,
  • Willingness to work with the Library Director in the development of Library District policies and procedures as well as service plan implementation, and
  • Ability to represent the Library District at local events.
About the Poughkeepsie Public Library District:  The Library District ( ) is an independent special library district serving the residents and businesses of the City and Town of Poughkeepsie with a chartered population of 75,000 and an annual budget of $8.1 million.  Having recently completed a $22 million capital improvement plan, the organizational focus will now shift to ongoing service evaluation and development as well as continued community engagement.
Compensation:  This is a Civil Service appointment represented by CSEA.  Minimum salary upon appointment will be $59,875 (Step 1) but could vary depending on experience and qualifications.  35 hour work week.  Standard benefit package applies including medical and NYS Retirement System pension plan.  Other benefits may be elected.  Standard leave package applies.
To Apply:  Interested candidates should apply with cover letter and résumé via email to Library Director Tom Lawrence at .  All applications will kept confidential.  References will be requested of finalists, only.
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