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Tompkins County Public Library – Director

Located in Ithaca, New York, and founded by Ezra Cornell in 1864, Tompkins County Public Library (TCPL) is an award-winning library with a storied history. It serves the nearly 102,000 residents of Tompkins County, as well as library users in Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, and Tioga counties through its role as the Central Library for the Finger Lakes Library System. Fine-free since 2019, TCPL is devoted to inclusion, equity, access, and belonging. Its central vision is to create a library “where everyone can belong and find joy in learning, discovery, and personal growth.”

Location
Residents and visitors alike rank Tompkins County as one of the most livable areas in the United States. Located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York at the southern tip of majestic Cayuga Lake, the county is in an area of dramatic gorges and waterfalls. TCPL sits in the heart of downtown Ithaca, home to Cornell University, Ithaca College, and an eclectic and vibrant local community.

Qualifications
This is a New York State Civil Service position that requires these minimum qualifications:

  • 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.

Highly-qualified candidates will also have:

  • Leadership and management experience in a public library system
  • Experience providing library service to diverse communities including rural populations
  • Continuing education in the field of library service

The board will offer a competitive salary commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. The salary range is $95,000 – $125,000 plus a benefits package with health insurance, retirement contributions, and paid leave.

How to Apply
Visit https://www2.tompkinscountyny.gov/personnel to apply:

  1. On the left side of the screen, choose “Vacancy List.”
  2. Find the TCPL Library Director opportunity to review the full job description.
  3. Select “Apply.”
  4. Create your profile to continue. Complete the application and upload a cover letter and curriculum vitae or résumé and any other supporting documentation you would like us to consider.

Call 607-274-5526 for assistance with any questions or challenges. The Tompkins County Public Library is committed to equity and inclusion. We encourage others with similar values to apply.

Selection Process and Timeline
A selection committee comprised of TCPL trustees, staff, and other stakeholders will be screening applications and conducting interviews. We expect initial interviews to be conducted remotely and final interviews to be conducted in person. Each finalist should plan on a full day of interview activity and interaction. We would like to fill the position no later than October 1, 2022.

Learn More
Learn more by visiting the TCPL website at www.tcpl.org. For questions about TCPL, the library system, the county, the position, and how to apply, email Mary McKeon at mmckeon@tcpl.org or call 607-272-4557 x221.

Seymour Public Library District

Seymour Public Library District has one full-time librarian position and one part-time paraprofessional position available. Located in downtown Auburn, NY, the library is housed in a beautiful historic building undergoing major renovations.

Successful candidates will focus on evolving community needs, possess exceptional interpersonal communication skills, and enjoy building relationships with families and assessing their needs while providing services both inside and outside the library.  

Join us in our work to inspire a love of reading, learning, and discovery.

To apply:  Send resume and cover letter to seymourlibrary@seymourlib.org by April 29, 2022.  

Please note, these are competitive civil service positions for Librarian I and Library Associate.The incumbent will be required to take the appropriate civil service exam associated with the position and must meet the minimum requirements.

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

Library Associate (part-time, includes evening and weekend hours)

This paraprofessional position (20-30 hours/week) assists library customers, provides tech help, and solves problems at the point of need.  Library Associates rotate through several service points that all require excellent customer service skills.  In addition to public-facing service points, Library Associates also work behind the scenes to process ILLs, shelve materials, and develop/prepare displays.  

Requirements for Library Associate position include:

  • 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 for full-time paraprofessional library experience or three (3) years of increasingly responsible full-time customer public service experience.

To apply: Send resume, references, and cover letter to seymourlibrary@seymourlib.org by May 23, 2022.

Please note, this is a competitive civil service position. The incumbent will be required to take the appropriate civil service exam associated with the position and must meet the minimum requirements.

*These exams have not been scheduled yet, and the incumbent will be appointed provisionally until that time. 

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

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