Employment Announcements

Job opportunities currently available throughout the Northern New York Library Network's region: 


(Updated April 22, 2014)
Front Desk Clerk (Ogdensburg) 
Library & Information Technology Technical Services and Systems Librarian (Canton)
Library Director III (Watertown)
Executive Director (Ogdensburg) 
Regional Services Librarian (Potsdam) 

The Ogdensburg Public Library has an opening for a part time (20 hours a week) Library Front Desk Clerk.
The Position - The successful candidate will provide a variety of services in the use of the library to the patrons. Some understanding of basic library service is preferred, and past experience in library work is a bonus. Strong people skills, excellent telephone etiquette and a level of comfort in working with computers are required. The position also requires some evening and Saturday hours.
To Apply - Please submit a resume and 3 references to: Lyn Swafford Executive Director (Interim) 312 Washington Street Ogdensburg, NY 13669. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 9, 2014.
(Posted April 22, 2014) 


Library & Information Technology (LIT) Technical Services and Systems Librarian - St. Lawrence University seeks an innovative and knowledgeable colleague to join a collaborative and dynamic Library & Information Technology (LIT) division as Technical Services and Systems Librarian.  Reporting to the Director of Libraries, this librarian will provide leadership for planning, managing, evaluating, and supporting a range of library technical and systems services and operations.
The Postition - The successful candidate will work well in a collegial and team environment, will possess strong communication, interpersonal and presentation skills, and will have an understanding of the important and evolving role library technical services and systems play in supporting, expanding, and improving access to scholarly resources.  Major areas of focus for this position include managing the integrated library system, overseeing and coordinating technical services operations, keeping current with and exploring technologies which especially impact library technical services and systems, supporting resource description and access activities (cataloging) of staff in a number of library departments, and collaborating with colleagues and staff on Library, LIT, and University committees and working groups.  As a member of the library faculty, this librarian will participate in collection development and have the opportunity to participate in research consultations, bibliographic instruction, and digitization projects.
The Libraries at St. Lawrence support physical and virtual presences, strive to maintain a high level of resourcefulness, responsiveness, and reliability with regard to the academic needs of students and faculty, and proactively seek to engage with students and faculty on existing and emerging educational, learning, and research technologies and initiatives.
Required Qualifications - The successful candidate for this 12 month, full-time position must have an ALA-accredited MLS degree or equivalent. 

  • Significant, demonstrated experience with managing an ILS and technical services.
  • Experience with resource description and access (cataloging) codes and practices.
  • Staff supervisory experience (library assistants and student workers).
  • Experience with training and staff development initiatives.
Desired Qualifications
  • Experience (2 or more years) with the Innovative Interfaces, Inc. ILS (Millennium or Sierra).
  • Experience working with other applications, systems, and tools, for example, MarcEdit, Illiad, OCLC Services, Ebscohost, or Serials Solutions (ProQuest).
  • Experience working with a CMS, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and PHP.
  • Familiarity with trends in scholarly communication.
  • Public services experience in a liberal arts college library.
  • Advanced degree in a subject area.

To Apply - The anticipated start date is August 1, 2014.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume, along with the names and contact information of three references to:  Search Committee, Owen D. Young Library, St. Lawrence University, 23 Romoda Drive, Canton, NY  13617 or send via email to toreilly@stlawu.edu (preferred).
For additional information about St. Lawrence, please visit SLU’s homepage at http://www.stlawu.edu. All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.
(Posted April 15, 2014)  


Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library, Watertown, New York, located in the northern part of the state near Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, is searching for a Library Director III.
The Position - This administrative position directs a library serving a population of 26,000 with a budget of $1.2 million and annual circulation of 170,000. This position supervises 13 FTE, including four professional librarians in a union environment. The work involves planning, directing, and administering library operations and budgets in accordance with policies determined by the Library Board of Trustees. The Library Director should exhibit working knowledge of 21st century public library trends, emerging technologies, have demonstrated leadership skills, and be able to provide evidence of forward thinking and successful implementation of new ideas.
Minimum Qualifications - An MLS from an ALA accredited school, eligible for certification by the New York State Education Department, and six (6) years of professional experience in a library of recognized standing, two (2) or more which must have been in an administrative capacity. Experience in a public library preferred. Salary range: $65,000-$70,000 depending on experience.
To Apply - Applications are due by May 1, 2014. Please see the following websites for more information and to apply: www.flowermemoriallibrary.org    www.watertown-ny.gov/index.asp?nid=667
(Posted March 26, 2014) 


Executive Director, Ogdensburg Public Library - This is an executive position involving
responsibility for planning and directing the operation of the Ogdensburg Public Library under
the general direction of and in conformance with broad policies established by the Library Board
of Trustees. The Executive Director is expected to shape his ongoing supervision of the Library
to conform to the policies established by the Board. Specifically, the Executive Director’s
responsibilities include long-range planning; policy formulation; program development and
analysis; fund raising; governmental and foundation grant application and administration;
publicity and promotional work; budget preparation and administration; employee relations and
contract negotiation and administration; representation of the Library at local, regional and
national meetings; the care, display, circulation, and expansion of the Library’s collection; and
the administration and improvement of the Library’s building and grounds and other physical
assets. The Executive Director plans, directs and supervises a professional, paraprofessional,
technical, maintenance and clerical staff of 7 to 10 individuals.
Examples of Work - (Illustrative only) - Develops and submits to the Library Board of Trustees a long range program for the development and improvement of the library building, library collection, and library programs;
- In conjunction with the Library Board, determines the annual objectives and program emphasis for the Library;
- Investigates sources of funding and prepares grant applications to strengthen the financial
resources of the Library;
- Develops cordial and sympathetic relations with the public and concerned groups and
- Prepares and carries out public fund raising activities and events to support Library programs;
- Develops and administers a volunteer library worker and support group;
- Has charge of efforts to publicize the Library and its programs through a variety of means
including newsletters, press releases, and radio and television announcements;
- Is responsible for the preparation of the annual budget and capital improvement program and for
supervising the maintenance of all necessary financial records and systems;
- Plans and administers the most efficient and cost effective system for expanding, culling,
cataloguing, shelving, lending and circulating the Library’s extensive collection of books,
periodicals, records, tapes, pictures, and primary resource materials;
- Plans and supervises the repair, maintenance and improvement of the Library Building;
- Establishes and supervises approved Library programs and special activities;
- Represents the Library Board in collective bargaining negotiations with the Library staff;
- Represents the Library at various local, regional, and national meetings;
- Prepares agendas for meetings of the Library Board and makes all appropriate arrangements
related thereto;
In accordance with the personnel rules and procedures established by the Library Board, the
Executive Director hires, promotes, evaluates, disciplines, and terminates Library employees.
Required Knowledges, Skills and Abilitites - Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of library administration; knowledge of and ability to utilize public relations techniques; keenly developed administrative skills; ability to meet the public and address groups effectively; ability to plan and coordinate the work of others; ability to conduct an effective employee relations program; ability to participate effectively in the cultural and intellectual life of the community; ability to express oneself clearly and effectively both orally and in writing; openness to new ideas and new ways of doing things; commitment to personal growth and professional development.
Acceptable Experience and Training - Master’s Degree in Library Science, or Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field and a Master’s Degree in Business or Public Administration, and five years of experience in professional library work, two years of which must have been in a supervisory position; or any equivalent combination of experience and training.
Special Requirements - Eligibility for a New York State Public Librarian’s professional certificate at time of application for appointment; possession of certificate at time of appointment.

(Posted March 12, 2014)


Regional Services Librarian - The Northern New York Library Network seeks a creative librarian to maintain and extend the Network’s core information services.  The successful candidate will oversee regional resources such as e-books and the region’s union catalog, assist in the design and implementation of professional development classes, provide technical and digitization assistance to libraries, archives and other cultural organizations, oversee the Network’s public relations and publications programs, and provide outreach and training services to the membership.
Qualifications: ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent; ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively; knowledge of current and emerging technologies in librarianship; interest in the digitization of archival and special collections; excellent presentation and writing skills. New graduates are encouraged to apply.
Compensation: Salary range $45,000-$50,000 depending upon qualifications; excellent benefits. The Network strongly encourages and supports professional development.  
Apply to: Northern New York Library Network, Potsdam, NY, by emailing resume and supporting materials to:  HR@nnyln.org   Position open until filled.
About the Northern New York Library Network: The NNYLN offices are located in Potsdam, NY, near both the Adirondack Mountains Blue Line and the St. Lawrence River/Thousand Islands region.  The Network is a reference and research resources council (3Rs), providing a wide range of services to libraries of all kinds in its seven county service area.  The Network collaborates with libraries and systems throughout the state through its membership in the NY 3Rs Association, Inc.
(Posted March 3, 2014)

If you are a library in the NNYLN's region and have a job vacancy announcement you would like posted here, please send your information, including CLOSING DATE for applications, to Communications Coordinator Pamela Ouimet at pouimet@nnyln.org.

Other sites for library employment information:

NY3Rs Job Listings
Higher Ed Jobs
New York State Civil Service Page
The Chronicle of Higher Education