These are the job openings in the region that we have been made aware of. Please contact the offering organization for more detials.

Director – North Country Library System (Watertown, NY)

Take a leadership role and assist public libraries in northern New York State to achieve new levels of innovative service and resource sharing. The North Country Library System seeks a visionary leader responsive to member library and community needs, and skilled in focusing the efforts of a talented staff to be its next Director. NCLS is a cooperative of 65 public libraries covering Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties in New York State. With a $2.2 million budget and 20 FTE staff, NCLS is a member focused organization with a mission to provide collaborative services that strengthen our libraries. NCLS’s recently renovated 14,000 square-foot, solar powered headquarters is situated on a beautiful eleven-acre wooded lot bordering the Black River in Watertown, NY.

The North Country region offers a vibrant blend of outdoor activities, safe, affordable communities and easy access to the advantages of larger cities. Watertown is a growing small city that is a few miles from Lake Ontario and the Thousand Islands region. The Adirondacks, Kingston and Ottawa, Ontario, and Syracuse are all nearby. The area is a recreational playground with numerous opportunities for boating, kayaking, whitewater rafting, hiking, fishing, skiing and much more. The blend of recreation, cultural opportunities, education with six colleges in the area, good schools and one of the lowest costs of living in the state make this a great place to live.

Responsibilities: The System Director, under the general direction of the Board of Trustees, is responsible for the administration of System operations. The Director supervises the department managers and works with the Board, staff and library Directors to align System services with the member libraries’ needs and priorities. For the complete position description, see NCLS Director Responsibilities.

Qualifications: An ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science; the ability to obtain a NY State Public Librarian Certificate; a minimum of eight years post MLS experience, three years in an administrative capacity. Essential abilities and experience include creativity, enthusiasm, superior written and oral communications skills; political acumen; consensus-building skills; experience in recruiting, evaluating and mentoring staff; a thorough knowledge of library trends and best practices; an understanding of innovative library technology; proven success working with and reporting to a governing board.

Salary: The hiring salary range is $85,000 – $100,000 (with placement being dependent on experience and qualifications) and an attractive benefits package.

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To start the application process, submit a cover letter, resume and references to on or before the closing date of October 13, 2017.


Post expires on Friday October 13th, 2017

Library Assistant – Annie Porter Ainsworth Memorial Library (Sandy Creek, NY)

The Annie Porter Ainsworth Memorial Library seeks an organized, dependable, and hard-working Library Assistant.  The applicant should possess good customer service and computer skills, be eager to learn new technology, and perform children’s programming (e.g., Story Hour, Summer Reading Program, etc.) as well as other duties.  The position requires a high school diploma or its equivalent.  Some library experience and knowledge of the Dewey Decimal System is preferred. The position is part-time (16-19 hours per week) with the following schedule: Thursdays 12:00 pm-8:00 pm, Fridays 10:00 am-6:00 pm, and every other Saturday 10:00 am-1:00 pm.


If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, and the phone numbers of two professional references to the address below or email materials to:


The deadline to apply is Friday, September 15th.

Jessica Godfrey, Director
Ainsworth Memorial Library
P.O. Box 69
Sandy Creek, NY 13145



Post expires on Tuesday October 3rd, 2017

Adult Program Coordinator – Potsdam Public Library (Potsdam, NY)

ADULT PROGRAM COORDINATOR – inspiring adults through fun and lifelong learning


PPL’s Adult Program Coordinator is a member of the LIFE (Literacy is for Everyone) Department, and is responsible for planning classes and events (programs) for adults and teens, and cultivating community partnerships. The role requires a collaborative, creative, and organized person who is dedicated to public service.


  • Dream Big: Create and implement a vision and strategic direction for adult programming; plan and implement classes and events
  • Listen: Plan classes and events based on research into current trends and innovations; collect and analyze statistics to evaluate and improve programs
  • Get Out of the Box: Build community partnerships that encourage sustainable and innovative programming; connect target communities with library services
  • Get the Word Out: Promote library programs through electronic newsletter, social media, and traditional media; create eye-catching graphics for web promotion and posters
  • Engage: Regularly contribute blog articles, record podcasts, contribute to the library’s social media, and share your skills by teaching classes
  • Collaborate: Get involved with library projects outside of core responsibilities according to your passions and interests
  • Grow: Learn and apply new work methods, skills and technologies
  • Organize and Communicate: Use Trello and Google Apps to organize programming ideas and plans, and to communicate with library staff


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Strong project development and coordination abilities including organizational and research skills and the ability to manage conflicting priorities
  • Interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate, communicate ideas, generate support, negotiate and resolve conflict
  • Ability to work across a range of projects
  • Graphic design skills, familiarity with Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.
  • Ability to produce quality documents, reports and communications in a variety of formats for both internal and external audiences
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion


  1. Kindness and empathy; treats everyone with courtesy and respect, eye contact, and a smile
  2. Sense of humor
  3. Motivated by creativity and public service
  4. Quick learner
  5. Self-starter; independent
  6. Humility; willingness to seek help and collaborate within a team
  7. Can-do attitude
  8. Enthusiasm; passionate about customer service, intellectual freedom, community, and culture
  9. Professional demeanor; excellent written and oral communication skills
  10. Adept with technology
 To apply, send your resume and cover letter to

Post expires on Sunday September 24th, 2017

Library Media Specialist – Tupper Lake Central School (Tupper Lake, NY)

Job Description:

Contact Tupper Lake Central School District Office for additional information and application requirements at 518-359-3371.

The School Library Media Specialist performs many functions including information specialist, teacher, instructional consultant and library manager.  Specific responsibilities include:

  1. Developing and implementing a program consistent with district standards.
  2. Working with classroom teachers to integrate library skills into the curriculum.
  3. Participating in curriculum development.
  4. Teaching information literacy skills to students.
  5. Encouraging students to be life-long readers and learners.
  6. Building and maintaining a collection which supports the curriculum.
  7. Using interlibrary loan to provide materials not available in the collection.
  8. Preparing and administering the library budget in cooperation with the building principal.
  9. Scheduling, training and supervising clerical staff.
  10. Establishing and implementing procedures for ordering and circulating materials.
  11. Maintaining accurate records of library holdings.
  12. Working cooperatively with the School Library System.
  13. Preparing reports on library use and activities for administrators and board members.

The Library Media Specialist collaborates with teaching staff in the development of student literacy through the administration of the library media & educational technology programs, provides specialized and class instruction to students and teaching staff, and oversees the selection, organization, utilization, and maintenance of library, information, and curriculum resources.

The Library Media Specialist reports to the Principal(s), and works with District curriculum and technical staff to coordinate library and educational technology programs.  The Library Media Specialist interacts daily with students, teachers, parents, administrators, and other district staff.

Qualifications:  School or Library Media Specialist Certification, and a strong background in instructional technology is necessary.

Application Deadline: Still accepting applications

Start Date: 09/05/2017

Post expires on Sunday October 8th, 2017