Skills for the Accidental Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteers—when properly recruited, interviewed, trained, placed, and supported—provide a tremendous source of assistance for libraries and those they serve. Seeing and treating them as your unpaid staff, furthermore, helps create productive, positive resources that further strengthen your connections to your community.
This highly-interactive webinar will explore ways you can match volunteers with library and community needs in ways that produces a winning situation for everyone, and will provide time for participants to share stories about how they successfully incorporate volunteers into their libraries.
Participants, by the time they leave the session, will:
- Be able to demonstrate familiarity with at least three actions they can use to help them effectively recruit, train, and place volunteers in positions that benefit their libraries, their volunteers, and other members of their community
- Identify at least three early warning signs that a volunteer may not be a good match for their libraries—and know how to deal with that realization
- Have at least three resources they can explore to increase their ability to work effectively with volunteers
- For those who want to prime the pump before the session:
“5 Reasons [to] Volunteer in Your Library”
Staffordshire Library; posted on YouTube June 3, 2016
“Finding Good Library Volunteers”
Steve Ericson, “The Mix”; posted on YouTube August 16, 2019