Job Opportunities

Jobs Available at FLLS

Currently there are no job openings at the Finger Lakes Library System.

FLLS Internship Opportunities

The Finger Lakes Library System offers opportunities for a college or graduate student seeking internship positions throughout the year. The intern will have the chance to gain a wide range of experiences in a busy public library system.

The intern will work closely with each librarian at the system and assist with tasks including but not limited to: creating marketing materials for social media and the website, join system staff in visits to member libraries, shadow system employees on day-to-day tasks and much more!


  • An interest in library system services.
  • Computer skills are essential including Microsoft Office, social media platforms, website skills and basic problem solving and tech support.
  • Ability to accomplish multiple tasks on a number of concurrent projects.
  • Candidates must have strong communication skills, be well organized, detail oriented, and creative.

Hours & Details:

  • Dates and times of the internship will be determined with the individual. The Finger Lakes Library System is open from 8:00am-4:00pm, however, many staff members work outside these hours.
  • This is an unpaid internship but a great opportunity to receive school credit and build your resume.

To Apply:
All applicants must submit a letter via email outlining their goals, school requirements and timeline for interning to Resume and letters from academic or professional references may be required as well.

Deadline to Apply:

Please email your application materials to:
Kristi Downham
HR Administrator
Finger Lakes Library System
1300 Dryden Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

Jobs Available at Member Libraries & Affiliates

Seymour Public Library Associate

Seymour Public Library has an opening for a part time Library Associate. This is a provisional appointment which will require a successful score on an upcoming Civil Service exam. The salary range is $14.50-$20.00/hour based on experience.


  • Provide excellent customer service by welcoming and registering patrons, issuing library cards, checking out materials and managing patron accounts
  • Assist patrons with locating materials, using computers, or explaining procedures (checking out, logging onto the Internet, making copies, etc.)
  • Provide technical assistance to library patrons downloading digital content from library holdings
  • Check in and process library materials
  • Accept and process payments
  • Provide information regarding library programs, events, and resources
  • Shelve library materials
  • Address patron conduct or safety issues
  • Know and understand the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read Statement and Freedom to View Statement, recognizing that freedom of access is a fundamental tenet of a public library
  • Follow all legal and policy requirements related to patron privacy and custodianship of patron records


  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule that may include a combination of days, evenings and weekends.
  • Must possess excellent customer service skills
  • Must have knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Education Requirements
    • Associates degree with major coursework in Liberal Arts, Library Information Systems, or related field; AND at least one (1) year of full-time paraprofessional library experience or two (2) years of increasingly responsible full-time customer public service experience; OR
    • Completion of a minimum of one (1) year coursework in Liberal Arts, Library Information Systems, or related field; AND at least two (2) years of full-time paraprofessional library experience or three (3) years of increasingly responsible full-time customer public service experience.

Please send resume and references to:

Lisa Carr, Library Director
Seymour Public Library
176-178 Genesee St.
Auburn, NY 13021
Or email:

Newfield Public Library Seeks Full Time Director.

Newfield Public Library is searching for an enthusiastic person to lead the library as the social, educational, and cultural hub of our community. The director will devote special attention to the development of the collection, programs, and environment for the youth and seniors of the community. Working 40 hours per week, with some nights and weekends, the director will develop long – term strategies, relationships, and programs to address the needs and deploy our library, staff, collections, and other assets to support and enrich the library’s community and the lives of those therein.

The Library Director is responsible for the administration of all library functions within the goals, guidelines, and policies established by the Library Board of Trustees.  This responsibility includes the organization and dissemination of information and services through the effective utilization of library resources.  The director is also responsible for the facilities, financial management, and personnel of the library, under the governance and oversight of the board.

The Director is expected to provide a leadership role within the library, the community and the library profession.  The Director serves as the official representative of the library.


General Administration and Management

  • Formulates and recommends policies to the library board
  • Implements library policies and procedures.
  • Submits an annual budget to the library board in a timely way and directs and monitors expenditures
  • Provides monthly financial planning data to the library board to assist in establishing long and short-term financial priorities
  • Looks for new revenue sources, collaborations with other organizations, and profit-centered approaches to services with the business community
  • Orients new trustees and serves as a resource for trustee activities
  • Employs management techniques effectively in directing, planning, organizing, staffing, coordinating, budgeting, and evaluating the library’s operation
  • Directs the maintenance of the library building and grounds and recommends future space needs
  • Establishes and maintains a staff manual of library procedures
  • Demonstrates leadership within the organization: Takes initiative, solves problems, effects change through the action of others, and encourages the development of other staff through a positive work environment

Planning, Organization, and Evaluation

  • Plans, organizes, coordinates, and directs a balanced program of library service to meet the immediate and long-range goals of the library and the community
  • Identifies the standard of excellence for all operations
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of library services in relation to the changing needs of the community
  • Provides for critical review of internal library operation such as acquisitions, circulation, etc.
  • Analyzes data affecting the library’s operation such as legal, physical, and statistical factors
  • Investigates new trends and specific library programs and facilitates testing of new techniques, materials, and equipment to improve the operation of the library

Personnel Management

  • Develops staff job descriptions, recommends and administers personnel policies
  • Defines expectations for staff performance and sets goals for service and programming
  • Works to promote high staff morale
  • Encourages staff professional growth at all levels by supporting participation in professional associations, workshops, seminars, and activities
  • Ensures that staff performance appraisals are done on a regular schedule

Community and Professional Management

  • Recommends and administers public relations programs
  • Represents the library and speaks before community, civic, and other groups regarding the objectives and activities of the library
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other governmental agencies, civic and community groups, schools, and the general public
  • Serves as a model to staff in the sense of professionalism, demonstrating strong professional ethics and keeping informed through professional literature
  • Attends professional and other meetings to maintain contact with other professional and other library-related agencies
  • Participates in professional development opportunities to enhance managerial skills and maintains an awareness of new trends and developments in the library field.

Other duties as required


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Ability to think analytically and to develop new services and programming
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of library records and administrative matter
  • Considerable knowledge of computers and data communications especially in regard to library application
  • Ability to prepare comprehensive reports and presents ideas clearly and concisely in written and oral from
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills, social skills, and adaptability
  • Ability to make administrative decisions, develop policies and supervise staff.
  • Effective interpersonal skills consisting of creative and diplomatic management abilities
  • Ability to motivate, establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, supervisors, volunteers, other community agencies, governmental bodies and the general public
  • Visionary regarding library trends, the impact of changing information technology, and the amount of acceptable risk the board is willing to take in implementing new ideas
  • A desire to meet and serve the community

Application Deadline:

August 7, 2019

Please send cover letter, resumes, and references to:

Board of Trustees

Newfield Public Library

PO Box 154

Newfield, NY 14867



Full- Time


Management – 1 year (preferred)


Associates (Required)

Bachelor’s (Preferred)


$40,000-$47,000 per year, commensurate to experience.


Newfield Public Library seeks to fill our Library Assistant II position.

The ideal candidate is detail-oriented, will create a welcoming presence in the library and enjoys working with patrons of all ages and demographics. This position is part-time (21 hours per week).

Job Description:

The library assistant will perform various duties as assigned by the Library Director (LD). These duties will prioritize activities that enhance library services such as maintenance of the collection, programs, and circulation. The Library Assistant II must be comfortable with Microsoft Office Suite and be able to quickly learn the automated library system software. Hours of work are currently set at Monday through Thursday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Friday 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. The library assistant must be available to attend trainings provided by the Finger Lakes Library System (FLLS) in the mornings and to substitute for other staff members in the evenings.

Responsibilities: In addition to mastering the duties of all of the Library Assistant I staff, the Library Assistant II will have distinct responsibilities as listed below.

Cataloging: Catalog new materials including creating bibliographic & item records.

Collection maintenance: Physical processing of new materials. Run reports on a monthly basis to change the status of new items. Run weeding reports based on circulation statistics, pull books and change their status.

Circulation: Be knowledgeable of all aspects of the automated library system and be able to operate the circulation desk.

Programs (work collaboratively with LD): Assist in development and on-going tasks for programs. Create promotional materials. Communicate new information to volunteers who post to the community sign.

General: Open and close library building, log in to staff computers, OPAC and public computers. Maintain confidentiality in dealing with patron records. Support, promote and implement library policies and procedures. Deal tactfully and courteously with the public.

Areas of job accountability and performance: Perform assigned duties accurately and in a timely fashion. Have excellent computer skills. Observe work hours and demonstrate punctuality. Prioritize tasks and assess needs without direction from supervisor. Exhibit excellent oral and written communication skills. Maintain a professional and service-oriented attitude.

Qualifications: The Library Assistant II must have knowledge of libraries, excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to prioritize tasks, and the physical strength to handle boxes of books. This person must be able to perform assigned duties accurately and in a timely fashion, work independently, and maintain a professional and service-oriented attitude.

Job Type: Part-time – this position is for 21 hours per week. Schedule includes afternoon and evening shifts, as well as occasional morning or weekend trainings and events.

Application Instructions: Priority will be given to applications received prior to July 1, 2019. Please email resume and letter of interest to: or Newfield Public Library, P.O. Box 154, 198 Main Street, Newfield, NY 14867

Note: Newfield Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all federal, state and local laws in its hiring and employment practices.


Watkins Glen Public Library Seeks a Library Director I

This is a civil service job. For more information on this, please go to:

LAST DATE TO APPLY: Applications accepted until position is filled.
SALARY: $43,264 (Potential for higher commensurate with experience)
HOW TO APPLY: Submit Civil Service application to Schuyler County Civil Service, 105 Ninth St.,
Unit 21, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.
VACANCY: At the present time, one full time position is available. The person hired will need to take
a Civil Service Training and Experience exam at a later date and be reachable on the list to gain
permanency in the position.
JOB DESCRIPTION: An incumbent of this position has overall charge of the library and is also a major
provider of professional library services. This may be the only professional position in the library.
Supervision is exercised over other library personnel. Works under general supervision of the Library
Board of Trustees. Does related work as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Possession of a Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS) or a
Master’s of Science in Information Science (MSIS) from a program that is accredited by the American
Library Association or recognized by the New York State Education Department as following accepted
education practices. Two years of satisfactory professional library experience in a library of recognized
standing after having earned an MLS or MSIS Degree is preferred.
State public librarian’s professional certificate at time of application for appointment; possession of
certificate at time of appointment.
Applications are available at or the
Schuyler County Civil Service Office
105 Ninth St., Unit 21, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
(607) 535-8190
Date Issued: August 22, 2019