Title: Recruiting and Managing Volunteers for Academic Libraries: Tips and Suggestions for Running Successful Programs
Stream: Higher Education
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Michael Lorenzen, Western Illinois University, United States
Although not extensively covered in the library or education literature, academic libraries in higher education have been making use of volunteers for centuries. For a variety of reasons, some individuals wish to give of their time to support the mission of an academic library. They may be students, employees or retirees of the institution, or members of the local community. Regardless of the reason, working with volunteers means working with people and that includes all of the normal rules of managing people in a library with additional considerations also being brought into the mix. This presentation will be broken into several parts. To begin, what exactly does the current literature say about recruiting and managing volunteers in libraries? More specifically, how does it address it in an academic setting? It will then look at legal considerations. In particular, this will review screening of volunteers, the eligibility of volunteers, and their working conditions. The presentation will then review how an academic library would go about finding (and understand the motivation) of volunteers. It will also look at the practicalities in volunteer management. It will conclude with a look at fundraising and library volunteers.
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