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April 21st, 2014 - Posted in Jobs

Olean Public Library

Olean, NY

Job Description:

The Olean Public Library is seeking a full-time Librarian II to run our busy Children’s Department.  Work involves supervising the children’s service staff, developing and directing children’s library programs, and selecting materials for the children’s collection.

Position Duties:

Trains, assigns duties, supervises and evaluates Children’s department staff.
Provides reference and readers’ advisory service at the Children’s reference desk.
Recommends, plans, implements, and promotes new types of services based on patron needs and early childhood development research. Develops and conducts programs, tours, and story times.
Serves as liaison for library services to community groups and other libraries.
Prepares reports of activities in the Children’s department.
Evaluates, selects, and weeds library materials in the juvenile collection, keeping in mind current trends in children’s literature and education.
Writes and implements grants.
Keeps informed of professional developments through participation in professional organizations, library system meetings, workshops, continuing education courses and professional materials.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Masters Degree in Librarianship from a library school that is accredited by the American Library Association;

eligibility for a New York State Public Librarian’s professional certificate at time of application, possession of certificate at time of appointment;

and two (2) years of professional library experience in children’s services.

Supervisory experience preferred.

Knowledge of children’s literature and programming as well as child development

Experience providing early childhood or early literacy programming

Ability to supervise the work of others

Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently

Tact and courtesy in dealing with the public

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Knowledge of computers, software applications and emerging technologies

Salary & Benefits:

12 paid holidays, 22 vacation days, 3 personal days per year, health insurance, and New York State Employee’s Retirement System.

The 2014 hiring range for Librarian II is $37,488 – $39,003.

How to Apply:

This is a civil service competitive title; therefore appointment will be made on a provisional basis only. To be eligible for permanent status, the individual accepting appointment will be required to pass a civil service exam and score among the top three.

Send resume by May 2, 2014 by mail or email to:

Kim Mahar, Assistant Director
Olean Public Library
134 N. 2nd Street
Olean, NY 14760

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 11th, 2014 - Posted in Jobs

Liverpool Public Library

Liverpool, NY

Please view the full description, requirements, compensation, and application instructions here: Library-Director-Job-Spec

Deadline is May 30, 2014

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.

April 9th, 2014 - Posted in Jobs

Saratoga Springs Public Library

Saratoga Springs, NY


SSPL was recently awarded grant funds through ALA for a program known as Smart Investing @ Your Library ( As part of this, the Library intends to hire a part-time “Financial Literacy Coordinator” to coordinate the grant-funded programming, technology, and collection development efforts.

This is an excellent opportunity for an individual enrolled in or graduated from an Information/Library Science program who may be seeking hands-on work in a public library. The position is flexible(15-20 hours/week, lasting for about a year), encourages creativity and independent planning, provides a competitive salary of $27/hour, and permits exposure to all facets of Library public service and programming within a vibrant community setting in the heart of downtown Saratoga Springs.

To Apply:

If interested, please click for more details about this position.

Those wishing to apply should please forward to me a resume, cover letter, and completed Civil Service application (which can be downloaded at at the address below (SSPL is under the jurisdiction of the Saratoga Springs Municipal Civil Service Commission, and all hiring is in accordance with its rules and regulations).