Jobs Available at FLLS
Member Services Librarian
The Finger Lakes Library System (FLLS) is accepting applications for the position of Member Services Librarian. FLLS seeks a dynamic and innovative candidate with a passion for helping small and rural libraries grow and succeed within a team-based cooperative library system environment.
About FLLS and Ithaca
The Finger Lakes Library System is a New York State chartered, cooperative public library system serving 33 mostly small and rural public libraries. The system’s mission is to stimulate, coordinate, and strengthen library and information services in Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties, through leadership, education, resource sharing, technology support, advocacy, and a wide variety of consulting and support services for our member libraries. FLLS currently has 16 staff members in our own building, which we completely renovated, expanded and moved into in January 2015.
FLLS is located in Ithaca, NY. Ithaca is a unique, small city in central NY and is known for its beautiful waterfalls, natural trails, numerous artistic and cultural events and venues, restaurants and shopping opportunities, Cornell University, Ithaca College, and close proximity to over 100 area wineries and vineyards. Ithaca was named in the Top 100 Best Places to Live by Livability.com (2018) and #2 Best Small College Town by USA Today (2016).
Member Services Librarian Position Overview
The Member Services Librarian provides support to our 33 member libraries relative to all aspects of public library operations. By providing guidance, advice, and training, this position will help our libraries grow, become more sustainable, and more innovative. The Member Services Librarian helps develop and implement system services, training opportunities, and continuing education opportunities to meet the needs of our member libraries. This person is responsible for collection development, especially with e-content, and overseeing our database collection. The Member Services Librarian also administers the New York State Library’s Family Literacy grant, and provides support for youth summer reading programming.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Works closely with member libraries; develops relationships with directors, staff, and trustees; provides assistance covering a broad range of topics to all member libraries.
- Advises the staff and trustees of member libraries in multiple aspects of library operations, such as policies and best practices, laws and regulations pertaining to public libraries, sustainable funding options, social media, programming, and collection development.
- Answers library information requests, complaints or identified problems promptly and accurately. Travels to our member libraries and municipalities as needed to provide timely assistance.
- Provides library use data to library directors, boards, municipalities, and county legislatures to help them make informed decisions about library issues and funding.
- Works with system staff, member libraries, and trustees to identify training and educational needs of our member libraries and helps develop and implement these trainings at system meetings and workshops, or on location at our member libraries.
- Strengthens our member libraries by assisting in the creation of marketing, promotional and advocacy materials, and social media strategies.
- Acts as the Youth Services and Family Literacy Grant liaison with the New York State Library, including helping to coordinate the youth summer reading program with our member libraries.
- Oversees e-content collection development for FLLS and collects usage data for these platforms for our system and member libraries.
- Helps with the negotiation of database contracts and supplies the system with database usage statistics.
- Contributes to the overall library system marketing to our member libraries and our library system communities including our weekly newsletter, website, social media, and press releases.
Required Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities
- Exhibits resourceful, enthusiastic, flexible, diplomatic and cooperative qualities.
- Knowledge of public libraries, especially rural and small libraries.
- Successful experience in promoting libraries and library services.
- Commitment to providing high-quality service in an ever-changing public library environment.
- Familiarity with emerging library technologies.
- Willing to work a flexible schedule to meet member libraries’ needs.
- Ability to speak and write effectively to a broad range of audiences.
- Ability to formulate questions, analyze problems, and carry out decision-making process.
- Ability to interpret and respond to member libraries’ and trustees’ needs quickly and accurately.
- Works cohesively in a team environment, as well as independently.
- Valid driver’s license required.
Education and Experience
- A Master’s Degree from an ALA accredited library school.
- Two years of post-MLS professional library experience is preferred.
- Eligibility for a New York State Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate.
Salary and Benefits
$50,000+ dependent upon qualifications. New York State Retirement, health insurance, and a competitive benefits package included. The position is 35 hours per week.
How to Apply
Please email a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information of three professional references in .pdf format to Sarah Glogowski, Executive Director, Finger Lakes Library System, at email@example.com. Please state “Member Services Librarian Application” in your subject line. All applications will be acknowledged by return email. Applications received by Friday, May 11, 2018 will receive first consideration.
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.
All applicants must submit a letter via email outlining their goals, school requirements and timeline for interning to firstname.lastname@example.org. Resume and letters from academic or professional references may be required as well.
Deadline to Apply:
Please email your application materials to:
Member Services Librarian
Finger Lakes Library System
1300 Dryden Road
Ithaca, NY 14850