Library Volunteers--Worth the Effort!

Library Volunteers--Worth the Effort!

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Faced with ever growing patron demands, tight budgets, and limited personnel, libraries are relying more and more on volunteers to assist the paid staff. But for every professional who qmanagesq volunteers there is a horror story--a qproblem volunteerq who lacked the talent, commitment, team spirit, personality or available time to do the job. How does the busy librarian develop and manage a successful volunteer program? This is the guide to implementing and managing a volunteer program tailored to the needs of the individual library. Issues such as recruitment and placement, training, development, and evaluation, and the qchallengingq volunteer are discussed. Sample applications, advertisements, press releases, job descriptions, and skills and aptitude tests are also included.At this point, a new volunteer may be introduced to the person who will handle the actual training a€” mentor and trainer need not necessarily be the same person. ... some comfort or at least some answers to the many questions about her job that the volunteer is likely to have at first. ... page document, to a few pages of instructions, stapled together and photocopied for each member of the entire crew.

Title:Library Volunteers--Worth the Effort!
Author: Sally Gardner Reed
Publisher:McFarland - 1994-04-01

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