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Cortland Free Library Circulation Desk Assistant

We’re looking for an enthusiastic, compassionate, problem-solving, tech-literate, customer-facing Circulation Desk Assistant who is available to work evenings (approx. 4-8 PM) and Saturdays (9 AM-3 PM). Must be confident working in both Adult Services and Youth Services, after a training period. Responsibilities include greeting patrons and making them feel welcome; closing and opening the library during your shift; helping patrons find items, checking out items, and placing items on hold; helping patrons with computers; etc.

Prior library experience including familiarity with Polaris is highly preferred but not required. Starting pay is minimum wage ($13.20/hr.). Some flexibility in hours, max. 20 hours/week. This position starts in May 2022.

To apply, email a brief letter of interest, resume, and 2-3 references to or mail them to 32 Church Street, Cortland NY 13045.

Position:          Circulation Desk Assistant
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Job Summary:  Under the general direction and supervision of the Library Director, Assistant to the Director, or Youth Services Librarian, the Circulation Desk Assistant (CDA) performs a variety of library circulation and clerical procedures with an emphasis on providing excellent customer service to the public.  The CDA is responsible for being able to carry out all routine activities related to the general operation of the Library. Schedule may include evening and weekend hours.

Specific Duties (performed on a daily and as-needed basis)

  • Performs all opening/closing procedures in work area/public areas
    • Turn on/off lights, heating controls
    • Turn on/off all computers/copiers/printers
    • Empty external and internal book drops
    • Print “Request Manager” and prepare items for loan (locate items and route as appropriate);
    • Prepare newspapers for display.
  • Performs all circulation desk duties
    • Check materials in/out/renew materials using automated circulation system;
    • Empty check-in bins, sort library materials for check-in processing;
    • Carry out overdue book procedures, including calculating fees for overdue items and replacement costs, accepting payments, giving correct change to patrons, and recording transactions;
    • Reserve materials;
    • Notify patrons about reserved library materials and retrieve materials for patrons;
    • Carry out interlibrary loan procedures for incoming and outgoing library materials;
    • Re-shelve books, magazines and other library materials according to numeric, alphabetic or alphanumeric sequences;
    • Register new patrons and issue library cards in accordance with procedures;
    • Explain the status of the patron’s card, including fines, delinquencies and expiration dates;
    • Operate a variety of standard office and library machines;
    • Answer phone politely and provide help or take messages as appropriate;
    • Keep statistics as required;
    • To maintain library safety and security, remind patrons of and enforce Library policies;
    • Alert Supervisor or designee of any problems; Notify police in cases of serious discipline, security and safety problems, and complete appropriate reports;
    • Assist with marketing library events and programs;
    • Assist Library Director, Assistant to the Director and Youth Services Librarian with special projects as necessary;
    • Maintain working knowledge of the automated computer system and other hardware and software used in the Circulation Department;
    • Maintain familiarity with Library and Circulation procedures;
    • Attend meetings and training as required or requested.
  • Assists Patrons
    • Assist with accessing information using the resources of the library, online and in the Online Public Access Catalog;
    • Help locate and retrieve library materials within the library, beyond the library facility, and electronically;
    • Assist in placing items on request and with interlibrary loans;
    • Assist in the use of technology including but not limited to computers and computer software, internet access, the Public Access Catalog, microfilm machines, and databases such as Heritage Quest, Consumer Health Complete, and Zinio;
    • Assist with the use of photocopy equipment, fill paper trays and resolve problems;
    • Answer reference questions or direct the person to the librarian.
  • Housekeeping
    • Shelve library materials as needed in Adult Services and Youth Services;
    • Assure accurate library shelving of books and periodicals by shelf reading and re-shelving, as necessary;
    • Keep reading areas and lobbies neat and return all materials to their appropriate place;
    • Straighten library displays and furniture as needed to maintain organized and attractive environment;
    • Dust shelves
    • Shovel light snow from entrance ways; salt walkways in front of entranceways.
    • Perform other tasks as assigned.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

EDUCATION: High school diploma or equivalent; or related experience or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, policies, and procedure manuals; Ability to write routine reports and correspondence;
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.


  • Ability to make change accurately;
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.


  • Ability to type and do data entry using a computer terminal.
  • Proficient with computer basics and ability to learn automated circulation system;
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products;
  • Experience in searching the Internet, databases, and library catalogs.


  • Basic knowledge of general office procedures, including an understanding of filing systems;
  • Ability to use standard office and library equipment;


  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists;
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form;
  • Ability to learn Dewey Decimal system.


  • Present a professional and friendly image of the library;
  • Display tact and courtesy when interacting with co-workers and the public.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job; Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions;

  • The employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel;
  • The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, or crouch; and talk and hear;
  • The employee is occasionally required to sit and climb or balance;
  • The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds and move a cart up to 250 pounds;
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus;
  • Must be able to drive or travel to Ithaca for training;

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 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:

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 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:

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