Training Materials

Learn more about best practices in volunteer recruitment and engagement, and how to get the results you need...

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Tutorial - The Get Involved Widget
Posting the widget on your library's home page will provide a service to your patrons and increase the number of "hits" on your posted VolunteerMatch opportunities. In this 2.5 minute video learn about how it works and how to install it.
Until Tuesday- Book to Action Project- Lodi Public Library
As part of an LSTA grant, Lodi Public Library designed a Book to Action project around the book "Until Tuesday" based on the true story of a wounded warrior dealing with a traumatic brain injury and PTSD and his road to healing and hope through a relationship with his service dog.
Volunteer Assessment and Selection- Jennifer Rackow
As part of a day-long training, Jennifer Rackow helps you assess and select the best candidates to become volunteers in your program. Search for additional training videos from the day on this site.
Volunteer Engagement: Changing Our Volun teer Culture
This Urban Libraries Council article by Joan Young of the San Jose Public Library describes the positive impact on their library of implementing a volunteer engagement strategy throughout their system.
Volunteer Involvement in California Libraries: Best Practices
This is the State Library's 245 page book on Volunteer Involvement for libraries -- author Carla Lehn. Includes Chapters and sample materials on many topics, including: "Why People Volunteer;" "Volunteer Recruitment;" "Keeping Good Volunteers;" "How Does it All Get Done;" and "Dealing with Common Problems in Volunteer Management."
Volunteer Management Guidebook - Hands On Network
Developed by the HandsOn Network to assist in exploring the basics of volunteer management. It is a user-friendly resource for developing volunteer recruiting, retention and recognition strategies, and includes a number of templates and worksheets.
Keywords: Staff Training
Volunteer Management Team, Tips and Strategies- Monrovia Public Library (Part 2)
Don't have a full time volunteer coordinator at your library? In this 3 minute video, learn how Monrovia has engaged high impact volunteers as a "Volunteer Management Team" to ensure that all the important tasks get completed! See also: "Meet the Volunteer Management Team - Part 1" about how Monrovia Public Library uses volunteer leaders to plan, coordinate and support their overall volunteer program.
Volunteer Orientation - Circulation - Huntington Beach
Orientation slides used by Huntington Beach Public Library with volunteers in Circulation.
Volunteer Orientation - Media Center - Huntington Beach
Powerpoint slides used in orientation of Huntington Beach Public Library's Media Center volunteers.
Tags: Shelving
Volunteer Performance Management- Jennifer Rackow
As part of a day-long training, Jennifer Rackow discusses how to hold volunteers accountable for their performance and outcomes. Search for other training videos from the day on this site.