The Potsdam Public Library is searching for a new team member to lead our circulation staff. The role requires a collaborative, tech-fluent, and highly organized person who is dedicated to public service.

Job Duties

  • Most importantly, the Circulation Supervisor will interact with patrons, assisting with everything from routine transactions and basic tech help to obscure reference questions. Other duties include:
  • Directly supervision and training of circulation staff and pages. Training will include topics like customer service, library policies, technology, and basic reference.
  • Creating the desk staff schedule and overseeing the library calendar including our room reservation system.
  • Ensuring that upcoming events are communicated through signage (designed by other staff) and that displays and signs are current.
  • Creating eye-catching book displays with help from librarians and program coordinators.
  • Keeping patron accounts fresh – card renewals and address changes, weeding inactive accounts.
  • Encouraging patrons to return overdue items.
  • Reviewing and updating desk procedures and related forms.
  • Collecting statistics on computer use, door count.
  • Organizing and maintaining order behind the circulation desk.


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Excellent customer service instincts and communication skills
  • Highly organized
  • Connected – monitors texts, emails, social media, news
  • Tech fluent (patron-facing databases, mobile devices, SIRSI, MS Office and Google Suite, Canva, social media)
  • Prior library experience
  • Favorable results on the Civil Service exam

Top 10 Qualities of an Ideal Candidate

  1. Kindness and empathy; treat everyone with courtesy and respect; eye contact, and a smile
  2. Sense of humor
  3. Motivated by creativity and public service
  4. Quick learner
  5. Self-starter; independent
  6. Humility; willingness to seek help and collaborate within a team
  7. Can-do attitude
  8. Enthusiasm; passionate about customer service, intellectual freedom, community, and culture
  9. Professional demeanor; excellent written and oral communication skills
  10. Adept with technology

About Us

The Potsdam Public Library values creativity, sustainability, reading for health and well being, support for quality childcare, compassion, and hospitality. We are committed to providing a positive working environment that is nurturing, and a library environment that is family friendly. We are an equal opportunity employer and actively seek to promote diversity and inclusion.


We look forward to meeting you! Interested applicants should email a resume and cover letter to


Post expires on Tuesday August 20th, 2019