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Tompkins County Public Library Has An Opening for a Director IV

Library Director IV

Tompkins County Public Library

The Tompkins County Public Library Board of Directors seeks an enthusiastic, visionary, community-minded leader as its next Library Director. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong leadership skills, exhibit a clear vision and commitment to librarianship and community engagement, articulate and advocate the Library’s strategic directions, provide sound fiscal management, promote proactive leadership in technology integration and promote collaborative relationships within the Library and throughout the community.

The Library, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, has an annual budget of $4,004,856 supported by county funding with additional support from the Town of Ithaca, the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Tompkins Public Library. Tompkins County Public Library, chartered to serve the county of 101,950, serves as the Central Library of the Finger Lakes Library System’s 33 libraries in 5 counties. The Library was originally founded by Ezra Cornell in 1864 as the Cornell Library Association and served as the first site of classes, faculty meetings and graduation of Cornell University. The current beautiful 66,747square-foot Library facility is at present undergoing renovations to add a new 21st Century Digital Lab, Makerspace and a new Teen Center as a result of a successful $3.57 million fundraising campaign.  In 2016, the dedicated and award- winning staff (42.41 FTE) provided services to close to 400,000 visitors, circulated 816,517 items, hosted more than 33,200 attendees for programs and offered more than one million online interactions through the library website, the‘TCPL to Go’ library app, catalog, digital collections internet and wireless access. 

Ithaca is located in Tompkins County and the beautiful Finger Lakes region of central New York State, a vital and engaged community that is home to Cornell University, Ithaca College and Tompkins Cortland Community College.  Outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers will find numerous opportunities to hike, bike, ski, enjoy beautiful Cayuga Lake and seek new adventures. The Library is located in the center of a busy and growing downtown that includes a wide variety of restaurants and shops. Tompkins County offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities, a thriving cultural scene and award-winning school systems. 


To learn more, visit Ithaca and Tompkins County, New York


Responsibilities The Library Director has overall responsibility for administration of staff, resources and resource development, long range planning, service delivery, comprehensive programs, government relations, public and community relations, fiscal affairs, personnel and labor relations.  Responsible for leading the Library to respond both positively and rapidly to changing community needs and demographics.  Responsible for organizational development, contract negotiations and staff development. Responsible for fundraising, facilitating and maintaining close working relationships with the Tompkins County Legislature, Tompkins County Public Library Foundation, The Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library, and the City and Town of Ithaca.

Requirements Graduation from an ALA Accredited school or program with a graduate degree in library or information studies and possession of, or eligibility for, a New York State Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate and eight years of satisfactory professional library experience in a library of recognized standing, two years of which must have been in an administrative capacity.

Other preferred qualifications include: experience reporting to a governing board, successful fundraising skills, experience working with budgets, construction and/or renovation experience, and working effectively with government officials and other public constituencies.  

This position is a New York State Civil Service position. See Tompkins County Public Library Director Position Description to review the full position description. 


Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Generous benefits package.


Interested applicants should complete and submit the Tompkins County electronic application and attach a cover letter and resume by April 21, 2017.  This vacancy posting is running in conjunction with the examination announcement.  Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications of the position will be invited to take the online training and experience examination through the NYS website starting June 1, 2017.  If you have any questions about the application or the examination process or need any assistance throughout the process please contact the Tompkins County Department of Human Resources (607) 274-5526

TCPL is an equal opportunity employer.


The Ulysses Philomathic Library Has An Opening For a Library Assistant

The Ulysses Philomathic Library is seeking a part-time Library Assistant for 20 hours per week, including some Saturday and evening hours.

Application Deadline: April 21, 2017

Send cover letter and resume to: Annette Birdsall,  

No phone calls please.

The Ulysses Philomathic Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Librarian Job Description

Please see for the full job description.


Summary of Essential Responsibilities

The library assistant, under the supervision of the Library Director (LD) will be responsible for creating, promoting, implementing, and tracking statistics for the children and tween summer reading programs, and will assist with other library programs throughout the year. The library assistant will provide cataloging and processing services for the library collection and assist with the tracking of memorial and gift books. The position also requires assisting patrons at the circulation desk with general library operations as well as other duties as assigned.


The Library Assistant must have an understanding of libraries, excellent attention to detail, the ability to prioritize tasks, enjoy reading and working with people.  The ideal candidate will be organized, suited to task oriented work, creative, welcoming, and service-oriented. A college education is desired; flexibility and sense of humor are essential.  



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