Managing Library Volunteers: A Practical Toolkit (ALA Editions)

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Volunteers play a vital role in successful libraries across the county, and as staffing budgets shrink and change, it is more important now than ever to create and sustain a volunteer program that works to your, advantage. This hands-on guide to recruiting, training, managing, and recognizing library volunteers is packed with ideas that will help you to both start from scratch or reenergize the system you already have. It is a must-have for any size or type of budget-savvy, proactive library. Organized around the time line of the volunteer recruitment process, this practical toolkit covers the gamut of issues from assessing needs to creating policy, whether at a large system or a single branch, public, special, or academic library. Using tested management guidelines, you will learn how to: - Find and recruit top-notch people - Match the volunteers you have with the help you need - Keep these valuable human assets stimulated and satisfied - Adapt proven management guidelines for any library situation Armed with more than 40 forms and real-life examples that you can use and customize, you will have everything you need to increase your services, generate publicity, and build a bridge

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Preston Driggers has worked in private and public sector human resources management for more than 25 years. He is currently Personnel and Risk Manager for the Douglas Public Library District in Colorado. An active participant in the Colorado Libraries Volunteer Managers Council, he also serves as associate faculty member of Regis University where he teaches courses in orginizational behavior, human resources, and the sociology of work. Driggers earned master's degrees in industrial administration and sociology from the University of Illinols and Arizona State University respectively and a doctorate degree in organizational development from Colorado State University. Eileen Dumas is the special services librarian at the Aurora Public Library in Colorado and has worked in volunteer management since 1991. She has been active in local volunteer organizations serving as board member of the Directors of Volunteers in Agencies, as chair of the City of Aurora Volunteer Coodinators Group, and as a member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Since 1998, she has edited the "Volunteer Line" column that runs in Colorado Libraries. Dumas earned a master's degree in library science from Indiana University.

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This book supplements the scanty and not-so-recent literature on managing volunteers in libraries, notably Bonnie McCune and Charleszine "Terry" Nelson's Recruiting and Managing Volunteers in Libraries: A How-To-Do-It Manual (Professional Media, LJ 11/1/95) and Sally Gardner Reed's Library Volunteers Worth the Effort! (Professional Media, LJ 5/15/94). Driggers and Dumas are practicing public librarians who helped organize what is now known as the Colorado Volunteer Managers Council, a group of staff who coordinate and manage volunteer programs in libraries. This volume grew out of the group's discussions and accumulated knowledge. The authors offer practical advice on the many aspects of a library volunteer program, including legal and risk management issues; recruitment, interviewing, and selection; training; recognition; program evaluation; and record keeping. Sample statements, applications, job descriptions, contracts, and other documents are especially useful for comparison or in establishing a coordinated volunteer program. This solid, comprehensive treatment on effective management of volunteers is suitable for most library collections and especially recommended for public libraries. Lyn Hopper, Chestatee Regional Lib., Dawsonville, GA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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