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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 14 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, vineyards and breweries.  Ithaca was named in the Top 100 Best Places to Live by Livability.com (2019) 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, copyright, 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 monthly 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

$52,000+ dependent upon qualifications.  New York State Retirement, health insurance, and a competitive benefits package included.  The position is 35 hours per week.  FLLS is currently offering a mixture of in-person and telecommuting for our work week and expects this to continue for 2021.

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 sglogowski@flls.org.  Please state “Member Services Librarian Application” in your subject line.  All applications will be acknowledged by return email.  Applications received by Friday, May 21, 2021 will receive first consideration.

 

Jobs Available at Member Libraries & Affiliates

Seymour Public Library District

Seymour Public  Library District, 176-178 Genesee St., Auburn NY, is accepting applications for the position of Director of Library Experiences (Librarian III) and Director of Communications and Marketing (Public Information Officer). Seymour Library serves as a hub for learning and discovery in our community. When you join our library team, you become part of a dynamic and creative group that works collaboratively to connect our community with new resources, technology, and experiences.

 

Director of Library Experiences

Your Role:

As the Director of Library Experiences, you are an innovator who looks ahead and envisions new ways to better serve our library customers. You are a problem solver who works to meet customer and community needs and proactively resolves concerns, while promoting the library’s brand. You will work with the Leadership Team to coordinate and improve library experiences by developing and managing library services.

In this role, you are responsible for overseeing all aspects of circulation and supervise the Library Experiences team (4 FTEs). You will hire, train, and evaluate all Library Experience staff and develop/oversee ongoing professional development for the department.

This is a 40 hours/week position, evenings and weekends may be required based on scheduling. Please note, this is a competitive civil service position for Librarian III and the incumbent will be required to take the appropriate civil service exam associated to this position. That exam has not been scheduled yet and the incumbent will be appointed provisionally until that time.

For the full job description and qualifications, please visit: www.seymourlibrary.org/jobs-at-the-library

Please email your resume and references to: seymourlibrary@seymourlib.org 

Applications received by Thursday, May 13, 2021 will receive first consideration.

 

Director of Communications & Marketing

 

Your Role:

As the Director of Communication and Marketing, you develop creative ways to promote the library, broaden awareness, and strengthen our brand. You are an integral part of connecting our community with library resources and opportunities. A visionary, who can take in the “big picture” and implement long term planning and direction for this new department.

In this role, you will lead marketing, public relations, and communications for Seymour Library, oversee communications/marketing staff, and work collaboratively with all library departments to produce effective promotional materials.

You are responsible for providing strategic direction for the department including setting goals and objectives. You will develop marketing plans for major projects, including ongoing construction and fundraising efforts, maintain/update the library’s website, and produce major publications such as the annual report to the community.

This is a 40 hours/week position, evenings and weekends may be required based on scheduling. Please note, this is a competitive civil service position for Public Information Officer and the incumbent will be required to take the appropriate civil service exam associated to this position. That exam has not been scheduled yet and the incumbent will be appointed provisionally until that time.

For the full job description and qualifications, please visit: www.seymourlibrary.org/jobs-at-the-library

Please email your resume and references to: seymourlibrary@seymourlib.org 

Applications received by Thursday, May 13, 2021 will receive first consideration.