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April 16th, 2014 - Posted in Jobs

Onondaga County Public Library (OCPL)

Syracuse, NY

Job Description:

Onondaga County Public Library (OCPL) is seeking applications for a possible transfer to the position of Librarian 2 (Cataloger).

This position is the one and only cataloger position within OCPL and serves all libraries within the Onondaga County Public Library system. The Job requires the person in this position to work at a desk for most of the day doing very detailed and precise work while making the best decisions on how materials can be found in the catalog. This position works some Saturdays as part of the Technical Services support rotation, and reports to the OCPL Administrator for System and Member Services at Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse, New York 13202.

Position Duties:

General Job duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

Maintaining the overall quality of the Onondaga County Public Library shared system catalog: creates original bibliographic records for items for which no cataloging is available from vendors, including materials unique to Onondaga County in collections throughout the system, uses library standards and best practices, including AACR2 and its successors; does retrospective conversion of bibliographic records to provide better access to/description of those materials unique to OCPL Local History/Genealogy collection; assigns call numbers for sound recordings using ASCR classification scheme and for other materials using the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme, and so on.

Solving problems related to cataloging, and communicating solutions with the entire system

Learning ILS cataloging functions and general support procedures; assists/supports Central, Branch and Suburban Library staff with general ILS problems, and with those specific to the cataloging and item maintenance functions within the ILS. Training other staff in ILS cataloging functions.

Supervising clerical full-time and part-time staff performing copy cataloging, and other cataloging tasks

Maintaining knowledge of current national cataloging and metadata practices, tools, and future directions to ensure that the libraries within OCPL and their patrons benefit from best cataloging and therefore access practices

Maintaining and improving knowledge of online and technical tools to continue to pursue continuously cost-saving efficiencies

May perform other duties as required

In addition, the Librarian 2 position helps support the system’s integrated library system (ILS) by supporting and training the staff throughout the system responsible for creating item records for inclusion in the shared system catalog, and sometimes answering general ILS support questions.

Minimum Qualifications:

To be eligible as a transfer candidate, applicants must hold a competitive class Librarian 2 position (was appointed from a civil service eligible list for the title and has successfully completed probation) within New York State.

Salary & Benefits:

This is a civil service position with excellent benefits and participation in the New York State retirement system.

Salary: $51,144 – $56,605

Hours of Work: typically 9:00am – 5:00pm, M-F, Some Saturdays

Employee Benefits:

How to Apply:

Send a resume and cover letter to by 4/27/14

Contact Information

April 15th, 2014 - Posted in Jobs

New York Chiropractic College

Seneca Falls, NY

Essential Job Functions:

Responsible for the operation of the main library circulation desk. Prepares orders for library materials and processes them upon arrival. Provides information to internal and external patrons as needed. Reports to the Library Director.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

Staffs the main library circulation desk.

Opens the library during regularly scheduled hours.

Retrieves items from the book drops (outside and inside).

Retrieves items from bookshelves.

Re-shelves items to bookshelves.

Shifts items on bookshelves as needed.

Answers questions from NYCC patrons and outside telephone requests.

Checks materials in and out of the library using the Workflows database.

Maintains records on overdue books.

Responsible for communicating with borrowers to have materials returned in cooperation with other library and College staff.

Maintains the library user database.

Guides patrons in using the databases and/or journals lists.

Monitors student printers, replacing toner cartridges and paper as needed.

Delegates appropriate work to work study students.

Compiles statistics on circulation desk activity.

Refers appropriate questions to other library staff.

Acquires new materials for the library

Completes all forms necessary for Purchasing, including all supporting documentation.

Monitors and processes received materials and makes claims when necessary.

Maintains the library capital and expenditure accounts.

Quickly processes invoices as necessary.

Compiles statistics for various reports.

Assists the Technical Services Supervisor to process library materials by noting special acquisition instructions on new items.

Maintain extensive records including standing orders, files of vendors, purchase orders, and paid invoices.

Sorts daily mail receipts.

Performs other duties as needed or directed.


Associate’s degree and at least 4 years of library or related work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with MS Office, Access, Internet, Email.

Working Environment and Conditions:

Sufficient vision, hearing or other powers of observation and communication are essential to permit the employee to read, sort, and shelve library materials, communicate with patrons and co-workers, and maintain patron and information records. The employee must be able to move, shelve and retrieve library materials from high and low settings. Requires stooping, bending, stretching, pushing cartloads of books, supplies, etc. up to 40 lbs., and lifting up to 25 lbs. of books.

Perform assigned duties in a clean, ventilated, lighted and temperature-controlled office environment. Perform duties in a positive, professionally growth-based environment.


Full-Time, Non-Exempt Position, 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 7:45-3:45

Equipment and Tools:

General office equipment.

Computer hardware and software.


Associate degree or equivalent job-related experience. Minimum of two years of library experience. Good organizational and interpersonal skills. Experience using Microsoft Office Word and Excel. Ability to interact with members of the NYCC campus community in a courteous manner.

If you are interested in applying for this position; please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to: the Office of Human Resources, 2360 State Route 89, Seneca Falls, NY 13148, or e-mail your response to:


April 10th, 2014 - Posted in Jobs

Syracuse University Libraries

Syracuse, NY

Job Description:

Under general guidance, utilizes a specialized knowledge of subjects, languages, computer applications, or disciplines that apply to library processes and/or services or provides specialized knowledge of library functions. Utilizes a variety of systems and resources to provide access to library collections, and performs the more complex technical functions requiring proficiency with technical protocols, digital technology, and data manipulation skills. Exercises initiative and independent judgment when providing service or interpreting, analyzing and applying policies and procedures, including those related to fiscal decisions. Routinely analyzes and resolves complex problems that may impact other Library departments or the organization as a whole, and /or external parties and organizations.


37.5 hours per week
Monday-Friday 12:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
All days and hours subject to change



Perform original cataloging or complex copy cataloging and classification for a variety of materials and formats

Identify gaps in policies and procedures and may prepare draft policies and procedures for review

Exercise independent judgment in making financial decisions related to the acquisitions, accounting, and receiving of Library materials

Interact with researchers; negotiate and analyze research questions and determine most appropriate resource(s) to address the question; construct complex research strategies to facilitate patron research

Utilize numerous complex research resources such as online catalogs and databases, finding aids, reference sources, technical manuals, etc. to perform job responsibilities

Develop and manage departmental projects and may identify related staffing needs

Create authority records in Library automated systems

Create and add advanced, complex records to the Library automated systems, e.g. complex holdings records

Create finding aids for archival materials

Represent the Library in donor transactions regarding collections

Interact with researchers and provide consultation on appropriate technologies to accomplish research goals

Track, compile, analyze, and interpret non financial statistics

Apply complex preservation and special conservation treatments

Using independent judgment, select appropriate formats and technologies, perform complex reformatting of items for preservation treatment


Effectively and efficiently process Interlibrary Loan requests in all areas of the ILL process, including lending, document delivery, and borrowing.

Assist with ILL shipping functions, performing quality control checks to ensure proper processing of ILL shipments.

Perform troubleshooting of ILL related issues, including working with library patrons and external libraries to resolve any service issues.

Perform ILL related functions, such as scanning of a variety of media, delivering electronic content, and advanced use of image software and other related software applications.

Coordinate specified tasks in ILL, which may include billing, supplies management, shipping management, or other ILL related duties.

Provide ILL public services in-person, via email, or phone.

Manage circulation service desk at either Bird Library or Carnegie Library for up to 10-15% of total scheduled time.

Provide training to student assistants on Interlibrary Loan functions. Assist with coordination and management of student assistant training program.

Provide student assistant management, including but not limited to: hiring students, organizing student schedules, tracking student work study allotments, and daily direction of work of student assistants.

Assist with coordination of Access Services projects, including providing project management and oversight of student assistants. Projects may include, but are not limited to: shifting, moving collections, data entry quality control, etc.

Assist with special projects as needed, which may include pushing and pulling up to 100 pounds, and lifting repeatedly up to 50 pounds for the majority of a shift.

Participate in Carnegie-Interlibrary Loan-Circulation Working Group activities, such as technical writing, documentation, development of policies and procedures, professional development (as participant and provider), customer service training, and work on other teams as desired or needed.

Participate in Access and Resource Sharing department functions, including participation in departmental policy discussions, professional development, and support of other functional working groups of the department.

Evaluate workflows for improvement and efficiency.

Participate in resolving and tracking patron and ILL service issues using both email and Orange Tracker ticketing system.

Other duties as assigned based on fluctuating needs and workflows of working group and department.


Associate’s degree and at least 4 years of library or related work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with MS Office, Access, Internet, Email.

Job Specific Qualifications

The following knowledge skills and abilities may also be required for a Library Technician IV, depending on the area of assignment:

Proficiency with technical protocols and systems specific to libraries such as MARC, DCRB, HTML, etc.

Digital technology skills

Some experience with the creation of metadata

Data manipulation skills

Ability to set own work objectives under the general guidance of a supervisor; work is checked primarily for quality of results

Some experience with project work

Excellent written communication skills

Pay Range:

$16.268 – $18.076 per hour

To Apply:

For consideration for this position, please complete an online application. Full job description and online application available here:

April 9th, 2014 - Posted in Jobs

New Haven Free Public Library

New Haven, CT


The New Haven Free Public Library ( Board of Directors seeks an exceptional leader to help realize the Library’s strategic goals, create community, and unleash the potential of the city and the library at its heart. The successful candidate will exhibit strong management skills and excellent cultural competencies. The Library Director will work well in a complex environment and be a strong team leader who builds consensus internally and be a passionate advocate who connects the library system externally with a broad mosaic of community stakeholders. The library, with a $5 million annual budget ($4.5 from City appropriations), a strong senior management team and a dedicated staff (52.3 FTEs), provides services and programs through the historic Ives Main Library (on the New Haven Green and adjacent to the Yale campus), four branches and a ReadMobile. The Library Director, working with the board and a related foundation board, will build on fundraising successes of the last decade and secure new financial resources to increase services. The Library will serve as a powerful catalyst for strong neighborhoods, academic success of every school child, and workforce development. For additional details see NHFPL Strategic Plan 2014-2016 (

New Haven is one of America’s most dynamic small cities. The City proper has a population of 130,000. The principal municipality of a metropolitan region on the northern shore of Long Island Sound, it is in close proximity to Boston and New York City, which is accessible by more than 40 daily train connections. New Haven had the largest population growth of any New England city in the 2000-2010 U.S. Census and it has the highest apartment occupancy rate in the nation, with construction of more downtown residential sites underway. Like most communities, New Haven is also home to people with socio-economic challenges – but it has a scale and assets that make connecting residents to opportunity more possible. The local economy has a lot of STEAM – with science, technology, education, arts, and medicine as key drivers. Bioscience is growing, fueled by university research and the presence of Yale-New Haven Hospital, the fifth largest hospital in the U.S. Yale University and five other universities in the region enroll 35,000 students a year. Gateway Community College opened a state-of-the art downtown campus in 2012, three blocks from the main library. New Haven has professional theater, practicing architects, new and classical music concerts, outdoor festivals, and free world-class art museums unmatched by any city of similar size in the country. It also has 376 years of history – seen in its town green and architecture spanning three centuries – and nature is always nearby, with beaches, hiking trails, parks and farms not far from the city center. Such recreational opportunities are beneficial, given that New Haven is also a great restaurant town – from fine dining to the best pizza anywhere. For additional information, visit NHFPL Links (


The Library Director is responsible for the administration of all library functions. The Library Director provides leadership and vision in the creation and administration of a city library system committed to public service that shares, cooperates and collaborates with other educational, cultural and social agencies in the community. The Library Director reports to the Library Board of Directors on policy, strategic planning and fundraising matters and to the Chief Administrative Officer on administrative, personnel and budget issues. The Library Director also leads the Foundation Board of the New Haven Free Public Library (the Library’s fund raising arm). Additional information on the position can be found in the official job description (


A master’s degree in library science, business, non-profit management or other related fields. A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible leadership, management and board governance experience. Five (5) years of which includes experience in administration, working with unions and authority over personnel. This position requires an enthusiastic, service-oriented leader; well-versed in trends and the new technologies. Must have a proven track record in fund raising and development. Previous experience working in a multi-branch system, working within a municipal or county funding structure and reporting to a governing Board are highly desirable.

A combination of training, proven experience and concrete results, which will provide the management, administration and supervisory functions needed to advance the New Haven Free Public Library and be a catalyst for New Haven’s civic renaissance. Residency in the City of New Haven is required within six months of appointment.


The position offers a hiring salary range of $80,000-103,000 (dependent upon experience and qualifications) and an attractive benefits package.

For Further Information:

contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates,, via email or phone. To start the application process, send a meaningful cover letter and resume as Word or pdf attachments to Dan Bradbury,, or Jobeth Bradbury, The position closes May 25, 2014.

March 5th, 2014 - Posted in Jobs

Northern New York Library Network

Potsdam, NY

Job Description:

The Northern New York Library Network seeks a creative librarian to maintain and extend the Network’s core information services. The successful candidate will oversee regional resources such as e-books and the region’s union catalog, assist in the design and implementation of professional development classes, provide technical and digitization assistance to libraries, archives and other cultural organizations, oversee the Network’s public relations and publications programs, and provide outreach and training services to the membership.


ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent; ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively; knowledge of current and emerging technologies in librarianship; interest in the digitization of archival and special collections; excellent presentation and writing skills. New graduates are encouraged to apply.


Salary range $45,000-$50,000 depending upon qualifications; excellent benefits. The Network strongly encourages and supports professional development. Apply to: Northern New York Library Network, Potsdam, NY, by emailing resume and supporting materials to:

Position open until filled.

About Northern New York Library Network:

The NNYLN offices are located in Potsdam, NY, near both the Adirondack Mountains Blue Line and the St. Lawrence River/Thousand Islands region. The Network is a reference and research resources council (3Rs), providing a wide range of services to libraries of all kinds in its seven county service area. The Network collaborates with libraries and systems throughout the state through its membership in the NY 3Rs Association, Inc.

February 27th, 2014 - Posted in Jobs, Uncategorized

St Lawrence County Historical Association

Canton, NY

Job Description:

The St Lawrence County Historical Association, located in Canton, NY, seeks applicants for the Executive Director position who can provide strong leadership for accomplishing the Association’s work to collect, preserve, research, and interpret the history of St Lawrence County.

Founded in 1947 and permanently chartered in 1955, the St Lawrence County Historical Association has continued to grow and features excellent physical facilities. The present facilities include the Silas Wright House, originally belonging to Silas Wright, an important 19th century United States Senator and Governor of New York. The Wright House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a part of the Canton Village Park Historic District. A new “Red Barn” addition to the Silas Wright House was opened in 2001 and provides high quality environmental controls for artifact and archival collections, a new display gallery with excellent space for events, and a new archives patron area. Accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums was awarded in 1982. Additional information regarding the Association can be viewed at the website.

The Executive Director is responsible to the SLCHA Board of Trustees and reports directly to the Board.

Position Duties:

Provide dynamic leadership and administration of all day to day operations including: exhibits, programs, collections, acquisitions, preservation, research, grant proposals, and other activities of the Association
Develop and implement public relations strategies to promote St Lawrence County history and Association events and programs
Serve as representative of the Association to political Bodies, agencies, educational institutions, historical organizations, museums, and all other organizations as necessary
Serve as St Lawrence County Historian and interact with town, village, and city historians of St Lawrence County
Hire and supervise all staff
Oversee maintenance and upkeep of all properties of the Association
Oversee publication of the Association’s periodical The Quarterly, newsletter, and other publications
Oversee financial budget
Provide reports to the Association’s Board of Trustees as specified
Attend the Association’s Board of Trustees monthly meetings and as many committee meetings as possible

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in history, museum studies, or other directly relevant major to the position
Demonstrated thorough knowledge of theory and practices governing the operations of museums
Demonstrated thorough knowledge of theory and practices of archives and management of historical records
Demonstrated through knowledge of conservation/preservation of both artifact and archives collections
Demonstrated knowledge of historical research and accurate sources of historical materials and their use
Good knowledge of financial management, public relations, fund raising and advocacy techniques
Ability to supervise staff in an effective manner
Excellent organizational skills
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Familiarity and comfort with technology, especially computer word processing and spreadsheet software


Master’s degree in Public History, Museum Studies or closely related field, or equivalent long-term experience in a museum with archives setting
At least five years professional experience in a museum and archives setting
Familiarity with databases and technology relevant specifically to museum and archival collections

Salary & Benefits:

Salary range will be $35,000 to $45,000 depending on qualifications and years of experience.

How to Apply:

To be considered, applicants must submit all of the following:

a letter of application that addresses details of both the required and preferred qualifications
a vita or resume
3 letters of recommendation from 3 professional references, along with names and contact information (phone number and email address) for further questions of references from the Search Committee.
The deadline for receipt of all applicant materials is April 15, 2014. Application materials should be sent to:

James Barnes
Chair, SLCHA Search Committee
PO Box 51
Canton, NY 13617

February 13th, 2014 - Posted in Jobs

Charles B. Sears Law Library

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

Job Description:

The University at Buffalo Libraries seek applicants for the position of Student Services Librarian in the Charles B. Sears Law Library. This is a faculty appointment with rank leading to tenure in an academic research-oriented environment. The Charles B. Sears Law Library has a collection of close to 600,000 volumes and volume equivalents and serves the research needs of the University at Buffalo Law School, the University community, surrounding colleges, the local bar and bench, and the general public. The Law School, with approximately 700 JD and LLM students and 50 full-time faculty members, has a strong tradition of interdisciplinary scholarship.

The Student Services Librarian must be available to work evening and weekend reference shifts on a rotating basis. This position reports to the Director of the Law Library.

Position Duties:

The Student Services Librarian develops and coordinates programs and services to enrich the law student experience, promotes library services through student events and social media, oversees the Law Library’s Passport Acceptance Facility, and serves as the library liaison to the Buffalo Law Review, the Moot Court Board and other student organizations at the law school. In addition, the Student Services Librarian assesses students’ research needs and satisfaction with library services annually through surveys and focus groups.

The incumbent provides reference assistance, collaborates with the Head of Collection Management and the Head of the Koren A/V Center to manage the library’s study aids collections, and coordinates the upkeep of existing and the development of new LibGuides. The Student Services Librarian may participate in providing legal research instruction in the Legal Analysis Writing and Research Program and other law school courses.

The incumbent will assist law students with curriculum related projects that involve multimedia productions including video and audio production work. Duties will include teaching the fundamentals of digital video and audio production and editing; presentation of productions; and integration of productions within other media such as the embedding of a video in PowerPoint presentations. If necessary, on-the-job training will be provided for media services responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications:

· A J.D. from an accredited ABA Law School and a Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited institution

· Minimum of 1 year of full-time professional employment in an academic law library

· Sound knowledge of legal systems, legal bibliography, and strong legal research skills

· Demonstrated experience using mobile devices, social networking, and other forms of technology to deliver information services

· Advanced computer skills and the ability to learn new technologies quickly

· Strong and effective interpersonal, oral and written communication, analytical, and organizational skills

· Demonstrated capacity to work effectively and collegially with faculty, students, and staff

· Strong service orientation with the ability to provide exceptional service to a diverse clientele

· Creative capacity to foster and manage change

· Demonstrated ability to meet the University at Buffalo’s promotion and tenure standards in librarianship, research, service, and outreach

Salary & Benefits:

$58,000 minimum, commensurate with qualifications and experience

How to Apply:

All applicants must apply using the UBJobs website
Search for posting number 1400072.

· Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience in their cover letter with specific reference to the minimum qualifications of the position.

· Include contact information for three professional references (names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses) at the end of your cover letter.

· Provide a brief paragraph describing your interest in legal scholarly research and law library professional service. Attach this to your application as “Other Document 1.”

· Candidates invited to interview for the position will be expected to give a short presentation to faculty and staff from the University Libraries and the Law School.

Review of applicants is currently underway. We anticipate that the position will be filled on or before June 1, 2014.