A list of jobs and employment opportunities at libraries throughout the Southern Adirondack Library System.


Grafton Community Library

Grafton, NY

Grafton Community Library, a small rural free association library located in eastern Rensselaer County, seeks an energetic, creative individual for the position of Library Director.

This is a part-time position scheduled to work 24 hours per week, including some evenings and Saturdays.

The position requires a candidate who is a team leader who can work together with an experienced staff, the library board, and local community groups. The position requires a candidate with excellent communication, interpersonal, and computer skills.

Experience in library collection and program development, staff and volunteer supervision, and facility management is highly desirable.

A degree in library science or a related field will be considered a plus, as will fundraising and grant writing skills.

Starting salary is $20,000.

A copy of the job description is available on the library’s website,

Please send resumes to the Search Committee at by January 20, 2020.

Librarian II


  • Youth Services Department
  • 3 Month Duration – Extension Possible

General Statement of Duties:

Under the supervision of the Library Director of the Town of Ballston Community Library this position focuses on providing library services to children and teens ages 0-18. Participates in library leadership team.

Job Description:

Provides library service to children, teens and adults, including managing a busy Youth Services room; prepares for and conducts story times and other youth programs; assists in maintaining the department’s collections; promotes use of library materials and services; performs outreach to schools and community agencies as needed; oversees a robust summer reading program; and performs other duties as assigned. Responsible for the library supervision in the absence of the Director and Head of Adult Services Librarian.

Required Skills and Abilities:

Passion for and knowledge of children’s and young adult literature; familiarity with current library technologies; the ability to perform both independently and as a team member; experience in planning and conducting children’s programming; excellent customer service and communication skills; enthusiasm, courtesy, flexibility and a sense of humor.

Preferred Skills:

Knowledge of Polaris integrated library system, WordPress, Evanced/SignUp calendar software, Beanstack Reading Challenge software, and Microsoft Publisher.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Master’s Degree in Librarianship from a library school that is accredited by the American Library Association or registered by the NYS Education Department AND two (2) years of professional library experience.

Special Requirement:

Eligibility for New York State Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate at the time of application for appointment. Possession of certificate at the time of appointment.

Work Schedule: 35 hours a week, including Monday evenings and rotating Saturdays. Expected start of March 2020.
Salary: $25.00/hour
Deadline: Until filled

Please submit cover letter, resume and three professional references to:

Colleen E. Smith, Director
Town of Ballston Community Library
2 Lawmar Lane
Burnt Hills, NY 12027
(518) 399-8174 ext. 301

Mohawk Valley Library System

Position Description: Public Engagement & Education Consultant

A full-time professional position that contributes to making the Mohawk Valley Library System and its member libraries models for public engagement, customer service and community outreach.

General Statement of Duties:

The MVLS Public Engagement and EducationConsultant works with public libraries in Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady and Schoharie counties and with a variety of social service and community agencies in these counties, contributing toward library public services supporting the following public engagement and outreach goals:

  • Members of all population groups recognize the public library as an asset for promoting the public good through education, recreation and collaboration.
  • Members of agencies that serve specialized population groups recognize the library as a valued partner and ally.
  • Community leaders celebrate and advocate for the vital role that the library plays in serving all community populations.

Typical Work Activities (Illustrative Only):

  • Makes frequent visits to member libraries to keep current on needs, activities, and trends
  • Encourages member libraries to identify and remove barriers to library use
  • Helps all member libraries improve customer service
  • Promotes robust community engagement by member libraries
  • Researches, develops and administers grants that promote public engagement goals
  • Initiates and maintains effective working relationships with community agencies, especially those that serve specialized populations
  • Plans and presents training sessions and workshops to member libraries and other groups on outreach, community engagement and customer service topics
  • Cooperates with library systems and other agencies on regional initiatives
  • Participates in regional and statewide library advocacy efforts
  • Plans and administers NYS’sCoordinated Outreach Program, Institutions and Corrections Programs and Adult Literacy Program, including preparing reports and evaluations
  • Coordinates meetings of the Outreach Advisory Council and facilitates its initiatives

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MLS from an ALA-accredited library school and at least two (2) years of relevant experience
  • Track record of developing and maintaining community partnerships
  • Past success developing and delivering engaging presentations, facilitating meetings, and training diverse audiences
  • Excellent verbal, written, and visual communication skills, with the ability to tailor messages to target audiences
  • Demonstrated commitment to customer service and equitable provision of services
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule to meet member libraries’ needs
  • Tact and courtesy in dealing with employees, clients, member libraries, and the public
  • Able to work effectively individually and in a team-based environment
  • Valid NYS driver’s license required


Starting at $56,694 with required education and experience; benefits include health insurance, NYS retirement etc.

The Mohawk Valley Library System is an equal opportunity employer. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for people with disabilities.

Apply by resume to:

EricTrahan, Director, Mohawk Valley Library System, 858 Duanesburg Road, Schenectady, New York 12306. email:

Deadline for Applications: Friday, February 21, 2020