Job Opportunities

Library Director – Fred & Harriett Taylor Memorial Library, Hammondsport, NY

Position Available:  Library Director   Full-time/Anticipated start June, 2019        rev.4/22/19

The Board of Trustees of the Fred & Harriett Taylor Memorial Library in Hammondsport, NY seeks an energetic,
innovative and community-oriented director with proven leadership and supervisory skills. The successful candidate should
have the passion, vision and motivation required to lead the library in the “Coolest Small Town in America”.

The library is located in the heart of the Finger Lakes, on Keuka Lake in the historic village of Hammondsport, home to award
winning wineries and two renowned museums.

Chartered in 1938, the library built a beautiful new 10,000 sq. ft. facility in 2007.  As part of the Southern Tier Library System,
the Taylor Library houses over 50,000 materials, serves as a vibrant community learning and enrichment center, offers over 200
adult and children’s programs annually and has a well-established early literacy program for preschoolers and their caretakers.
The library prides itself on providing excellent customer service with free and equal public access to all educational and arts-related
resources and programs.

The Library Director is the chief executive of the library, reporting to a Board of Trustees.

All staff positions (3 part-time) are civil service appointments.


  • Supervising daily operations with an emphasis on high quality customer service
  • Managing 4 part-time and 28 volunteer staff. All paid staff are civil service positions.
  • Planning, resourcing and implementing programs for 21st century learners of all ages
  • Establishing collaborative partnerships with local educational & arts centers
  • Recommending, developing and following policies and procedures
  • Being actively involved in seeking fund raising opportunities and funding sources.
  • Understanding the unique qualities of our community
  • Developing the annual budget

Essential Characteristics:

  • A vision for the future of small public libraries
  • knowledge of library principles, practices and trends through professional development
  • creative program ideas for all age groups
  • commitment to staying well-informed on technology, legal, financial and other relevant library issues
  • ability to use all aspects of technology as it can be creatively applied to library programs and use
  • an understanding of collaborative personnel management
  • ability to analyze data and make decisions, recommendations and prepare reports
  • excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • a passion for the tasks at hand
  • strong customer service skills.


  • Required: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college and 3-5 years of administrative/supervisory experience.
  • Preferred: Master’s Degree in Library Science

Compensation:  Commensurate with experience and skills

To apply:  Send a cover letter and resume via e-mail to: Or, by US Mail to:

Search Committee, Fred & Harriett Taylor Memorial Library, PO Box 395 Hammondsport, NY 14840

Applications will close Friday, May 10, 2019


Library Aide – Watkins Glen Public Library, Watkins Glen, NY

POSITION: Immediate vacancy for Library Aide at Watkins Glen Public Library; 10- 26 hours/week. The position may include evenings and/or weekend hours.

RATE OF PAY: $12-$12.17/hr.

TO APPLY: Complete Civil Service application for employment. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High School Diploma or equivalent

Job Description Library Aide

  1. Create a welcoming atmosphere for patrons.
  2. Work cooperatively and courteously with other staff members to solve problems,achieve common goals, collect statistics, and enhance library service to thecommunity.
  3. Check books and other materials in and out at circulation desk.
  4. Renew materials, record and/or collect fines, and answer patrons’ questions abouttheir record.
  5. Shelve returned books and other materials. Check shelves to make sure they areneat and that books are in order.
  6. Ensure efficient operation of the circulation desk and other library servicesaccording to library policy.
  7. Assist in occasional inventory and weeding of collection.
  8. Assist patrons in finding materials in the collection and needed information onthe Internet.
  9. Maintain periodical display.
  10. Assist in training and supervision of volunteers. This may include setting avolunteer schedule and calling volunteers outside of normal business hours.
  11. Help in organizing the annual Volunteer Recognition event.
  12. Develop relationships with sources of volunteer assistance (i.e. SCSEP, RSVP,FOWL, other community groups.)


Children’s Library Assistant – Watkins Glen Public Library, Watkins Glen, NY

LAST DATE TO APPLY: Until position is filled.                     SALARY: $11.80

HOW TO APPLY:  Submit Civil Service application to Schuyler County Civil Service, 105 Ninth St., Unit 21, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

VACANCYAt the present time, one part-time (15 hours per week) position is available. This is a non-competitive Civil Service title and does not require an exam.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT:  Candidates must have been legal residents of Schuyler or a contiguous (Chemung, Seneca, Steuben, Tompkins and Yates) county for at least one month immediately preceding the date of application.

JOB DESCRIPTIONThe work involves performance of specialized non-librarian duties. It requires aptitude to operate independently within prescribed responsibilities. The work is performed under the general supervision of a Librarian. Related tasks and evening/weekend hours may be required.


Plan, organize and execute children’s programs including:

  • preschool storytime
  • summer reading program
  • outreach to day care providers
  • school visits
  • after school programs
  • outreach to children at WIC centers

Recommend children’s materials to the Director for the library collection;

Work with Director to obtain grant support for innovative parent-child programs;

Communicate with teachers regarding materials wanted and needed by students;

Advise Director regarding appropriate computer software and policies for children;

Attend continuing education programs organized by Southern Tier Library System Children’s Consultant, and incorporate consultant’s expertise into local programming;

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSAssociates degree in Elementary Education or Child Development is preferred.  Preference will also be given to candidates possessing two years of paid or voluntary experience in any of the following: organizing and presenting children’s programs in libraries; publicizing children’s library programs; selecting children’s books for libraries; directing outreach programs for children.

Applications are available at or the

Schuyler County Civil Service Office

105 Ninth St., Unit 21, Watkins Glen, NY  14891

(607) 535-8190


Library Director Opening – Dundee Library, Dundee, NY

Finger lakes rural library seeks dynamic applicant for a management of library services position .

This person must show a comfort with current technology, be aware of future library and publishing trends, use excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both verbal and written.

Must be skilled in sensitivity and effectively respond to and reaching out to members of the community, staff and Board.

Requirements: minimum requirement is a 4 year degree

Salary: $38K-$43K commensurate with education and library experience.

Position available March 16, 2019. Interviewing will start May 1, 2019

Submit resume with references to Trustee President: Mia Clemens,