JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Library Director III – Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library

The work involves planning, directing, and administering library operations and budgets in accordance with policies determined by the Library Board of Trustees. The Library Director should exhibit working knowledge of 21st century public library trends, emerging technologies, have demonstrated leadership skills, and be able to provide evidence of forward thinking and successful implementation of new ideas. The successful candidate will be capable of developing strong relationships with staff, city leadership and departments, the North Country Library System, the Friends of Flower Library, and the Library Board of Trustees. Additionally, the Library Director is expected to represent the library and publicize its resources and services at community meetings and events.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Comprehensive knowledge of library administration practices; comprehensive knowledge of modern library organizations, procedures, policies, aims, and services; thorough knowledge of modern principles and practices of library science; ability to carry out library policies; ability to prepare the library budget and monitor expenditures; ability to train and supervise library staff; ability to exercise leadership and motivate others; ability to comprehend users’ needs quickly and accurately; ability to evaluate situations, meet people easily, and participate effectively in the cultural and intellectual activities of the community; ability to express ideas clearly and effectively both orally and in writing; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

A full description can be found on the library website at https://flowermemoriallibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Library-Director-Job-Search-advertisement.pdf

Salary range: $68,425-$86,282 depending on experience. Information on benefits can be provided.

How to apply: Applicants must apply to take the Civil Service test. A $15 fee is required to apply. Civil Service test applications and fees are due by February 15th. To apply, go to https://watertown-portal.mycivilservice.com/exams.

Only applicants that have applied and submitted their fee will be eligible to take the test. The online Civil Service test will be from March 1, 2022 to March 31, 2022.

Resumes should also be emailed to [email protected] by March 1st.

Minimum qualifications: An MLS from an ALA accredited school, eligible for certification by the New York State Education Department and six (6) years of professional experience in a library of recognized standing, two (2) or more which must have been in an administrative capacity. Experience in a public library preferred.

More about the library: Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library, Watertown, New York, located near Lake Ontario and the Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence River, is searching for a Library Director III. This administrative position directs a library chartered to serve the city population of 24,000. The Library is the central library for the North Country Library System and provides services and resources for a large part of Jefferson County. Housed in a beautiful, recently restored historic building, Flower Library serves as a regional cultural center for the Watertown area. The Library operates with a budget of $1.2 million and has an annual circulation of 70,000. Flower Library is a vibrant community center, open 55 hours per week, six days per week. This position supervises 11 FTE, including four professional librarians in a union environment. Currently children’s and teen programming has been thriving and adult programming is also growing. The Library has an active genealogy department run by volunteers and an accomplished Friends of the Library organization. The Library also houses one of 35 SUNY Attain Labs which provides free courses in technology skills for community members.

Director – Baudenhausen Reading Room

The Badenhausen Reading Room is currently accepting resumes and seeking highly qualified applicants for the position of Director. Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees, the Director is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Reading Room operations to efficiently and effectively serve the public needs. We are seeking a candidate with strong communication skills and progressively responsible library service. 20 hours a week with schedule to be determined.

Qualifications: Must have completed not less than two academic years of full time study in an approved college or university.

Salary and Benefits: *$17 an hour, 20 hours a week

How to apply: Interested persons should apply by submitting a resume, cover letter and three references to [email protected]. Questions may be directed to the same address. 

About the library: Formally the Badenhausen Library, a branch of the Massena Public Library- the Badenhausen Reading Room was formed by a group of dedicated volunteers from Brasher, Stockholm and Lawrence. The library was originally formed thanks to an ongoing commitment from Dr. D. S. Badenhausen. The library, located in the former Boothe Hardware Store in downtown Brasher Falls, opened its doors on December 11th, 2014. The Badenhausen Reading Room, operating in the same location as the library, opened its doors on January 3rd, 2022. The Reading Room remains a part of the North Country Library System, which allows access to e-resources and materials from 65 libraries across the North Country. For more information on e-resources and accessing books from other libraries, please visit: https://www.ncls.org.

Link to the job on the library’s website: https://badenhausenreadingroom.org/open-director-position/

Part-time Library Aide — Fulton Public Library

The Fulton Public Library is seeking an energetic, flexible, part-time Library Aide to provide the highest level of customer service. The Library Aide will be responsible for conducting basic library materials processing and handling duties, customer service, opening and closing duties, and any other library tasks as assigned.

This is an 18 hour per week position but could include more hours if coverage is needed during the week. 

Schedule:

Monday: 9-5

Friday: 9-5

Saturday: 9-1

Compensation: Starting pay is $13.20 per hour

Duties/Description:

  • Provide customer service and reference assistance at the circulation desk
  • Provide customer service with public computers, fax machine, and copier
  • Perform other tasks in the library as needed.

Requirements:

  • Strong verbal communications skills and customer service orientation
  • High School diploma or GED

Skills and Strengths: 

  • Knowledge of computers and information technology helpful
  • Ability to multi-task and perform changing duties as needed
  • Attention to detail
  • Friendly and approachable manner

To Apply: Please email your resume and letter of interest to [email protected] 

*Strong consideration will be given to candidates that are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.*

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Link to the job on library’s website: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Vh7tjuNXGFNrKsqTJoveHXITPYbS5IVb/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=112181213628856318663&rtpof=true&sd=true

Library Director – Williamstown Library

Job Objective:
Under broad policy guidance and direction from the Library Board, performs professional and administrative duties in planning, developing, implementing and directing public library services for the Williamstown Library. These duties include budget preparation, evaluation, personnel, collection development, community relations and facility maintenance.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
• Administers board policies, makes policy recommendations to board, provides staff support and information to the board.

• Prepares budget for Library Board approval, monitors and approves expenditures as directed by the Library Board, administers gifts, state and federal money.

• Supervises personnel directly or through subordinates; hires and trains employees; assigns and monitors work; evaluates personnel; disciplines employees as necessary.

• Evaluates library services and makes recommendations for improvements; works with elected officials, school officials and civic organizations to develop programs and resolve problems.

• Administers maintenance of library facilities and equipment; works with architects and planners on facility development.

• Reviews and approves selection of all materials for purchase.

• Participates in professional meetings, classes, conferences and workshops.

• Participates in organizational management through the committee process.

• Reads professional materials to update and maintain knowledge and skills.

• Accountable for all activities, programs and services.

• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Thorough knowledge of current trends and developments in the library field.

• Knowledge of and experience with effective participative management techniques.

• Considerable knowledge of management principles and practices.

• Knowledge of supervision, training, and staff utilization principles.

• Thorough knowledge of library reference sources, print and online.

• Considerable knowledge of children’s, young adult and adult literature.

• Considerable knowledge of online automation.

• Working knowledge of public relations procedures.

• Working knowledge of budgetary and accounting processes of the department.

• Ability to plan, organize, supervise, and evaluate the work of employees in diversified library activities.

• Broad experience in collection development and programming.

• Substantial skills related to the organization of people, processes and tools in a public library setting.

• Superior human relations and communication skills.

• Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious working relationships with employees, other agencies, and the general public.

• Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.

• Ability to follow written and verbal communications.

• Ability to develop and carry out program services.

Tools and Equipment Used:
Library computer system; personal computer including internet search engines and the library’s website, word processing and database management software, copy and fax machine, and phone.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education, Experience and Training:
• The library shall employ as director, a person who has completed not less than two academic years of full time study in an approved college or university
• A minimum of five-year experience as a librarian in an increasingly responsible supervisory and/or administrative position
• Substantial experience in public services and dealing with the public.

To Apply:

Applicants should submit applications to Cherie Tietjen, Board President, Williamstown Library, PO Box 4, Williamstown NY 13493

Library Director I – Oswego School District Public Library

The Oswego School District Public Library seeks a creative, dynamic and inspiring new Library Director I.

Founded by Gerrit Smith in 1853, the Oswego Public Library was built in the grand style of Norman castles and opened to the public on June 14, 1857. The library underwent a $6 million renovation from 2004-2008 and has continued serving all area residents from the “Castle on the Hill.” The Oswego Public Library is a national historic landmark and has the distinction of being America’s oldest public library still in its original building.

The Oswego Public Library is a member of the 65-library North Country Library System which maximizes sharing, creativity, and innovation. With an annual operating budget of approximately $1.3 million, the library is supported by an active local Friends of the Library group and plays a central role in the community, serving the 33,000 residents of the Oswego school district community. We are seeking a candidate committed to helping grow our community engagement.

The Oswego Public Library is located in the heart of the City of Oswego, a city of approximately 18,000, located on the shores of Lake Ontario in north-central New York. Known as “The Port City of Central New York,” Oswego is the county seat of Oswego County and home to the State University of New York at Oswego and Oswego Speedway, a nationally known automobile racing facility.

The community offers year-round outdoor activities from boating, kayaking, fishing and sailing to skiing, snowmobiling and hiking, as well as vibrant arts, music and local theater. It is located in close proximity to the Thousand Islands, Adirondacks and Finger Lakes winery regions.

Salary starts at $65,000 for the full time, 40 hour per week Director I.
Benefits include BlueCross BlueShield Platinum health insurance, New York State Retirement, paid holidays, sick leave and vacation.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

A) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered four year college or university with a master’s degree in Library Science, or related field, and two (2) years or its part time equivalent experience in a public or private library;
B) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered four year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Library Science, or related field, completed at least six (6) graduate credits in library science, and four (4) years or its part time equivalent experience in a public or private library;
C) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered two year college or university with a associate’s degree in Library Science, or related field, completed at least six (6) graduate credits in library science, and six (6) years or its part time equivalent experience in a public or private library;
D) An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A), (B), and (C) above.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Eligibility for a NYS public librarian’s professional certificate at time of application. Possession of certificate at time of appointment.
Instructions to Applicants:
Interested individuals meeting the qualifications should submit the following documents:

  1. a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references; and
  2. the Application for Examination or Employment, City of Oswego Department of Personnel form.
    The link for the application form is:
    https://www.oswegony.org/work/application-rev0119
    Please submit all required documents to Interim Director, Edward Elsner
    [email protected]

Call 315-341-5867 for questions about the position.
Call 315-342-8159 for questions about the Application for Examination or Employment.

The Oswego School District Public Library is an equal opportunity employer.

IT Support Specialist – North Country Library System

The North Country Library System (NCLS) is located along the Black River in Watertown, NY. Our mission is to support local libraries and the communities they serve to maximize sharing, creativity, and innovation and improve the lives of North Country residents at home, at work, at school and at play. We do that by providing shared resources and services to 65 member libraries across Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties. NCLS has an opening for an IT Support Specialist to provide support to our IT department.

The IT Support Specialist:

  • Provides physical and remote support for end user hardware and software
  • Configures, installs and deploys end user hardware and software
  • Diagnoses, repairs and replaces end user hardware and software as needed
  • Documents as needed all procedures, settings and inventory
  • Helps configure, install, diagnose and maintain LAN,s, WAN’s and network infrastructure equipment
  • Assists with training end library staff regarding the use of their end user device(s) and software through one-on-one consultations and group instruction
  • Complies with and helps to enforce company standards, policies and procedures
  • Works collaboratively with system staff to support digital projects
  • Helps manage online services software and mobile app technology
  • Occasionally travels to member libraries for consultations
  • Performs other duties in the IT department as needed

Required qualifications: Candidate should have strong knowledge of the use, operation and repair of computers, related peripheral equipment and networking equipment; working knowledge of computer applications; ability to follow oral and written instruction; ability to complete work as scheduled in a timely manner; and a willingness to work a non-standard work schedule. In addition to these characteristics, candidates should also have:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Great attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Strong Knowledge of Windows desktop operating systems, TCP/IP, and Ethernet networks.
  • Familiarity with mobile devices (tablets, e-readers, smartphones, etc.)
  • The ability to communicate complex technical material to users who possess varying levels of technical skills and abilities

Desired qualifications: 

  • Associates degree in an Information Technology field
  • 2 years work experience in the Information Technology field
  • Familiarity with public libraries and the services they provide to their communities.

Annual Salary and Benefits:

Salary is $36,000 – $40,000 based on experience plus generous benefits package that includes membership in the NYS Employee Retirement and supplemental insurance options.

About NCLS

The North Country Library System (NCLS) is one of 23 public library systems in New York State. NCLS is a cooperative system, providing support and consultation to 65 public libraries in Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, and St. Lawrence counties. The NCLS Board of Trustees has nine members: two representatives from each of the four counties and one from the Central or Co-Central Libraries. NCLS is guided and governed by New York State Education Law, Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, and its bylaws. NCLS is an AA/EEO Employer. NCLS has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and to maintaining working and learning environments that are free from all forms of discrimination. Women, individuals with disabilities, veterans and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, employment application (available at https://ncls.org/job-opportunities/) and three references to [email protected] Position will be open until filled, with review of applications to begin December 1, 2021.