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June 26th, 2014 - Posted in Jobs

Opening: Patterson Library Director
Westfield, NY

Job Description
The Board of Trustees of Patterson Library seeks a creative and energetic library director with strong leadership ability to provide quality library service to residents of Westfield and the surrounding communities. The applicant must have a strong vision of how library services will be delivered in the future. Duties include recruiting and overseeing staff to carry out the library’s mission, creating and administering budgets, presenting funding requests, writing grants and raising funds, and developing and sustaining programs and services. The candidate must demonstrate strong cooperative leadership, management and communications skills and be able to work with a Board of Trustees, staff and volunteers, as well as community agencies. Knowledge of computer applications for library management is required.

The library is a privately endowed association library housed in a beautiful and well maintained 105 year old building; it serves 4896 residents and numerous summer visitors. Westfield, in Chautauqua County, is a charming village on the shores of Lake Erie, close to Chautauqua Lake, the nationally renowned Chautauqua Institution, and the village of Fredonia, home of SUNY Fredonia.

Patterson Library is the cultural center of Westfield with one of the most dynamic library programs in Western New York. It offers extensive programming for children and teens, art gallery exhibitions and art classes, local history archives, and adult book and film discussion groups. The library has a wireless network, remote access OPAC, public access computers, local history digital collections, and e-readers. For more information and a virtual tour visit

MLS from an ALA accredited institution.
New York State Public Librarians Professional Certificate.
Successful library experience.
Commitment to professional development as demonstrated by participation in continuing education opportunities.
Commitment to engaging in the Westfield community, ideally as a resident.

Required Personal Abilities:
Values the importance of equal access to books, information and culture in a democracy.
Thinks strategically and is well organized with the ability to schedule time effectively and meet deadlines.
Has the ability to work well with children, adults, the Board of Trustees and members of the community.
Possesses both a broad vision and attention to detail.
Is resourceful, enthusiastic, and flexible and has the ability to motivate others.
Treats others with honesty, empathy and respect.
Is open to creative and innovative solutions.
Communicates clearly in both written and oral form to individuals and groups.
Listens well and seeks to understand.

Salary & Benefits
Salary is commensurate with education and experience with a competitive benefits package.

Please send questions to Susan Scriven at

Review of application begins July 18, 2014.

Apply online at:

June 25th, 2014 - Posted in Jobs
The Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery is seeking an enthusiastic and creative librarian to serve as the Director of the Library.  The Canajoharie Library provides literary, entertainment, and information resources, and promotes the active use of these resources, for recreation, education and community engagement.

The Library is unique in that it is attached to a museum (The Arkell Museum) with a notable collection of American Art. The library and museum have some shared spaces and shared staff– but separate budgets for each of their programs.

Candidates should have a Master’s Degree in library science or equivalent from a school that is accredited by the American Library Association; and must be eligible for or possess a New York State Public Librarian certification; and have at least two years of professional experience that includes some supervisory and administrative experience.

The salary range for this position is $38,000 – $45,000.  Benefits include health insurance and employer contributions to a 403b plan.

Full job description can be found below:

Cover letter, resume, and three references should be submitted to:

Library Director Position
Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery
2 Erie Blvd
Canajoharie, NY 13317


Library Director

The Library Director (LD) administers all library services at the Canajoharie Library and Arkell Museum at Canajoharie.  The LD’s primary responsibilities are the advancement of the institution and the fulfillment of it’s mission, and for all operational and general administrative functioning.  The LD reports directly to the Board of Trustees.


  • Administers library functions in accordance with Library policies and within the confines of the Library Association’s By-laws and applicable local, state and federal laws.
  • Work with the Board of Trustees in planning for library development and financial support.
  • Coordinate and participate with the Board of Trustees in the development and implementation of a strategic plan consisting of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities of the organization.
  • Develop and present an annual operating budget to the Board of Trustees.
  • Oversee the financial operations, accounts, endowments, gifts, and associated records and documentation to assure effective controls are observed and budgets are achieved.
  • Develop and oversee marketing and media strategies and initiatives including wed-based, print, and all other venues for the purpose of advancing the library’s mission.
  • Keep library collection current and organized through collection development and maintenance.
  • Supervise, hire, train, and evaluate staff as outlined in the organizational chart and personnel policy.
  • Conduct staff meetings and encourage continuing education and professional growth of staff members.
  • Develop procedures for and supervise volunteers, and interns in accord with the personnel policy.
  • Coordinate reference assistance, computer use, circulation and other aspects of library public services.
  • Writes and implements library related grants and special projects.
  • Serve library users through the development and maintenance of library programs for all ages.
  • Coordinate institutional technology resources, including all devices on the library network
  • Be active in securing the resources to operate the library and to promote its services.
  • Maintains an active involvement in professional associations
  • Serves as the liaison to library system activities, collections and programs
  • Perform related work as required

Desirable education and experience:

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science or an equivalent program
  • Experience working in a professional position in a library environment with at least 2 years in a supervisory capacity
  • Ability to work with the public through programs and on an individual basis
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally
  • Ability to plan and organize work routines and long range projects
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the staff, Museum Director, Board of Trustees, Board Committees, and the public

June 20th, 2014 - Posted in Jobs

Gainesville Public Library

Gainesville, NY

Job Description:

The Town of Gainesville Public Library is currently accepting resumes for the position of Library Manager. The library is located in Silver Springs, providing library services to the residents of the Town of Gainesville in Wyoming County. It is a member of the Pioneer Library System. The library serves a community of 2,182 people and is open 20 hours, 5 days a week with an annual budget of $60,000 and a staff of two. It has an annual circulation of 13,000. The collection of 17,000 items is fully automated and the library has 5 public access computers.

This is a 20 hour/week position consisting of day, evening and weekend hours.

Position Duties:

The library manager is responsible for carrying out library functions and administrative tasks. This includes, among other duties, hiring and supervision of a part time clerk, oversight of building maintenance and repairs, planning and carrying out library programs, ordering materials, providing reference services, library technology management, community relations, preparing budget for board approval and evaluating the effectiveness of library services. The manager also is expected to attend continuing education workshops and professional meetings.

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum qualifications for the job are a high school diploma or GED and four years of experience working in a public library. Basic computer knowledge is necessary.

Salary & Benefits:

Salary for this position will be determined on education and experience, with a starting base of $10.00 per hour.

How to Apply:

Please send a letter of application and a resume with 3 references to Town of Gainesville Public Library, 10 Church Street, PO Box 321, Silver Springs, NY 14550-0321.

Applications will be accepted from interested, qualified persons until Friday, July 11, 2014.

June 20th, 2014 - Posted in Jobs

Solvay Public Library

Solvay, NY

Job Description:

The Board of Trustees of the Solvay Public Library ( in Solvay, New York, is seeking an individual with a passion for library service to fill the part-time position of Library Director I.  The Solvay Public Library is a municipal library primarily serving the residents of the Village of Solvay and the Town of Geddes with a chartered population of 6,800.  The Library was extensively renovated and expanded in 2006, totaling 11,612 square feet.  The staff consists of two full-time and eighteen part-time employees.  Circulation is approximately 110,000 with 5,000 registered borrowers.  There are eleven computers available for public use.

Position Duties:

The Library Director reports directly to the Library Board of Trustees and the Village of Solvay Board of Trustees.  The Director will serve as the administrator overseeing the daily operations and working closely with activities of the Library.  Duties will include, but not limited to the hiring and supervising of staff; preparing, presenting and overseeing the budget; being actively involved with the collections (mainly the Solvay Process Collection), research and technology; overseeing the maintenance of the building and grounds; and researching and successfully preparing grant applications.  The Director will be expected to maintain an active and visible role within the community and be proactive in regards to pursuing funding sources.

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum qualifications are a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited institution, and the candidate must possess a valid New York State Librarian’s Professional Certificate from the New York State Education Department.  The candidate must have five (5) years of professional library experience (post MLS), at least two (2) years of which shall have been in an administrative capacity.  Appointment will be made provisionally* pending a Civil Service examination to be held at a later date.

In addition, the candidate should have excellent verbal and written communicative skills, a working understanding of current library technology, fiscal knowledge, and the ability to develop, administer, supervise and coordinate the work of the Library and staff.

Salary & Benefits:

Salary offered is $510.00 per week requiring a 24 hour work week.  Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume by Friday, July 11, 2014, and mail to:

How to Apply: 

          Cynthia A. Cook

President – Board of Trustees

Solvay Public Library

615 Woods Road

Solvay NY 13209

Questions can be sent to


* The person appointed as “provisional” is expected take the next available NYS civil service exam (analysis of training & experience) for the title and must be reachable (one of top 3 candidates) on the eligible list to continue the employment.  For more information on provisional appointment, see New York State Civil Service Law §65 or call Onondaga County Personnel Department at (315) 435-3537. The general job specification for this position on which the civil service test are based on is available at