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GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Performs routine building cleaning work; does related work as required

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: This is routine and repetitive manual work calling for the efficient and economical performance of building cleaning and occasional minor maintenance tasks. Cleaning tasks are performed according to a well-established procedure, and maintenance tasks are performed under direct supervision is received from a custodian or other superior. Supervision over the work of others is not a responsibility of employees in this class.

EXAMPLES OF WORK: (Illustrative only):

  • Sweeps and mops floors and stairs;
  • Dusts desks, woodwork, furniture and other equipment;
  • Washes windows, walls, blackboards, sinks and other fixtures;
  • Polishes furniture and metal furnishings;
  • Empties waste baskets, collects and disposes of rubbish;
  • Clears snow and ice from walks;
  • May mow lawns, trim shrubs, rake leaves and perform a variety of other ground-keeping tasks as assigned;
  • Assists in the cleaning of rugs and tile flooring using machines specially designed for cleaning of such surfaces;
  • Delivers packages and messages;
  • Places and removes traffic safety signs;
  • Arranges chairs and tables and other equipment for special use of administration building;
  • Repairs window shades, replaces light bulbs, soap and towels;
  • Paints rooms and equipment and assists in making minor plumbing, carpentry, and electrical repairs;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Working knowledge of building cleaning practices, supplies and equipment; ability to follow simple oral and written instructions; willingness to perform routine cleaning and other manual tasks; ability to get along well with others; thoroughness; dependability; good physical condition.


Up to 20 hr/wk. $14.57/hr. Shifts include day/evening and weekend hours

Please include: 1. Application form - 2. Resume - 3. Cover letter - 4. Three references with contact information

Contact: Lewis Warner 518.456.2400 x 120 or warnerl@guilderladlibrary.org

Maintenance Dept.
Guilderland Public Library
2228 Western Avenue
Guilderland, NY 12084


Job Posting: Youth Services Librarian I (part-time)


The East Greenbush Community Library is currently accepting applications for a part-time Youth Services Librarian to join a dynamic and dedicated team of professionals. Successful candidates should be creative, flexible, and enthusiastic about public service.

Responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Providing reference and readers' advisory assistance to children, teens and adults.
  • Planning and conducting storytimes, book clubs, and other programs for children.
  • Assisting in all phases of collection development, including acquisitions and weeding.
  • Maintaining awareness of current trends in children's literature, child development, and library technology.


Position is 15-20 hours a week, and includes evenings and a weekend rotation.


$23.75 per hour

Minimum qualifications:

  • MLS from an ALA accredited library school
  • New York State Public Librarian Professional Certificate
  • Must be eligible for a provisional appointment as a Librarian I under civil service

Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, Rensselaer County Civil Service application and three professional references to:

Ms. Vicki Bucciantini
Business and Operations Manager
email: search@eglibrary.org
East Greenbush Community Library
10 Community Way
East Greenbush, NY 12061


Position remains open until filled. We will begin reviewing applications on Monday, June 7th.


Albany Public Library
Full Time Available
Senior Library Clerk - Bach

Candidates must currently be in the classification of Senior Library Clerk to apply.

General Statement of Duties:
Under the direction of the Head of Branch Services, performs moderately complex library clerical operations requiring previous library training or knowledge of library techniques. The position involves substantial public contact, assisting patrons with both use of the library collection and general policies and procedures of the library. This class is distinguished from Library Clerk in that tasks performed are more complex, greater independence is exercised and supervision may be exercised over a small staff. A considerable amount of time operating an alphanumeric keyboard is typical. Supervision may be exercised over a small number of Library Clerks, Pages, student assistants and volunteers.

Classification: Senior Library Clerk

Job Description: Provides library policies and procedures information to the public at the circulation desk; Provides guidance to patrons on the use of the library collection; Searches for simple bibliographical data using standard sources, ILS, etc.; Reviews filing and other work of lower-level clerical employees; Maintains department work schedules; Assists in inventories; Compiles data for statistical reports; Performs registrations and circulation activities on computer terminal; Maintains acquisition and/or accession files and lists; Maintains correspondence with and notifies requestors about the status of items ordered when received, backordered or cancelled; Operates an alphanumeric keyboard to produce correspondence, reports and library documentation; Enters and retrieves information in an automated information system; Inspects returned library material for damage; Verifies due date and computes and receives overdue fines; Issues borrowers identification card according to established procedures and explains lending rules; Supervises and assigns work to Library Clerks and Pages; Under supervision of Librarian, enters bibliographic data on computer terminal; Prepares library material for circulation; Performs related work as required.

Required Skills and Abilities: Good knowledge of office terminology, procedures and equipment as applied to library clerical work; Good knowledge of business arithmetic and English; Working knowledge of library services and practices; Ability to support appropriate computer software used in the library environment which includes internet browsers, office automation (word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, database) and multi-media software; Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions; Ability to deal in a personable and friendly manner with the public; Ability to plan and supervise the work of others; Ability to operate an alphanumeric keyboard such as a typewriter, word processor or personal computer at an acceptable rate of speed; Ability to perform close, detail work involving considerable visual effort and strain; Clerical aptitude; Tact and courtesy.

Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from high school or possession of an equivalency diploma and one (1) year of library clerical experience.

Work ScheduleTotal of 37.50 hours per week with some evening and weekend shifts.
Supervisor:Head of Branch Services
Salary:$31,543.48 or current salary with a generous benefit package
Deadline:Until filled
Apply to::Marjorie Reinhart, Human Resources/Finance Manager
Send resume, cover letter and 3 professional references

Albany Public Library is an AA/EO institution and is committed to increasing diversity within its organization.

Library Clerk, part time, Guilderland Public Library

Guilderland Public Library is looking for enthusiastic, customer-service/detail oriented individuals to join our team in our, soon to be, beautiful new library. Responsibilities include working with library patrons of all ages to issue cards, access accounts to deliver or reserve materials, collect payments, and re-shelving materials.

Positions available average 8-15 hours available per week; Schedule includes weekdays or weeknights and weekend shifts on rotation. Pay starting at $13.91 per hour with NY State Retirement.

Please email a cover letter, resume, and two (2) references to Philip Berardi at berardip@guilderlandlibrary.org.


Library Director - Poestenkill Library, Rensselaer County, New York

Due to the retirement of the current director, the Poestenkill Library is looking for a new director. Nestled in the rural, rolling countryside of Rensselaer County (population 4,530), this association library is a valued community resource actively supported by its patrons and the town. Reporting to the library's Board of Trustees and supported by the Friends of Poestenkill Library, the Library Director develops library policies, monitors library services, develops and manages the annual budget of $91,920, creates public relations materials and programming, supervises staff and volunteers, oversees the physical plant, and stays informed of developments in library management.


  • Management of all library services, including circulation (18,808 in 2020), operations and activities consistent with library policies and NYS law
  • Supervision and development of support staff and volunteers
  • Development and evaluation of all library programming
  • Budget preparation in collaboration with the Board, recommendation of policies and goals, and regular communication with the Library Board of Trustees


  • Minimum
    • Two academic years of study at an approved college or university
    • Experience with community outreach or related community work
  • Preferred
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Experience with administration of a library

Employment Type/Salary

  • Part-time--Approximately 20 hours/week with some flexibility based on current library activities
  • $22,500

A full job description and more information about the Poestenkill Library is available on the library website. A letter of interest along with a resume and the names and contact information for three professional references may be emailed to searchcommittee@poestenkilllibrary.org. The deadline for submission is May 30, 2021.

Help Wanted Library Aide- Part Time

The Rensselaer Public Library is seeking a part-time Library Aide. This person will work approximately 16 hours a week including one evening, starting in May. Duties include shelving, running the check-out desk, helping patrons with the computer and copier, and answering the phone. Candidate must have computer skills, strong customer service skills, work well with children, and can do basic online research. Prior library experience preferred. Send letter describing relevant experience and a Rensselaer County employment application to Rensselaer Public Library- Attn: Jane, 676 East Street, Rensselaer NY 12144, or email to director@rensselaerlibrary.org. (Application available at Rensselaerlibrary.org)

Library Assistant/Clerk - Circulation (Troy Public Library)

Part time, some evenings and weekends. This position includes general clerical and patron assistance tasks. The person in this position is supervised by and is responsible to the Head of Circulation. Must enjoy working with people and be computer literate.

Responsibilities include:

Telephone answering
Checking out and clearing library materials
Patron registration
Managing fine and fee collection
Shelving library materials
Answering directional inquiries
Opening and closing the building
Other related duties assigned by the supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: high school diploma or equivalency
Experience: no previous library experience is necessary.

Work Schedule:

Must be able to work flexible hours including evenings & weekends.

Salary: $13.57 per hour

Virginia Wescott, Head of Circulation
Troy Public Library
100 Second Street
Troy, N.Y. 12180

This is a civil service position and appointment is provisional. The successful candidates must take an exam when it becomes available.

CORE Trustee Training Program now available to all UHLS member libraries

UHLS is pleased to announce that our new CORE Trustee Training program is now available for all member library trustees. This program is a 90 minute session that covers the fundamentals of being a library trustee, including roles and responsibilities, NYS minimum library standards, oaths of office, open meetings law, board/director roles, etc. The program also emphasizes the CORE values of Community, Openness, Respect, and Ethics as they relate to the work of a library trustee.

This program is valuable for all currently serving library trustees regardless of their tenure on their board. There is real added value from having all of a library's trustees share the experience together (common ground understanding of these fundamentals, encouraging mentoring of newer trustees by the "old hands", etc.). UHLS also recommends that the Library Director be included when a member library hosts the program to encourage that same common ground understanding between the Library Board and the Director.

The CORE Trustee Training has been designed to be an "on demand" program that can be conducted at member libraries at a date and time that is most convenient for trustees to come together. Please contact Tim Burke (e-mail - tim.burke@uhls.org or phone - (518) 437-9880 x222) to arrange a session for your library board.







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