Training Materials

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

NOTE: These are examples from public libraries and should be reviewed and modified to ensure fit with local policies and culture.

Title Keyword Tags Year
Volunteer Ethics & Risk Management: Should You Bring Volunteers In?
This blogpost on ethics and volunteer liability and risk management was prepared by Toby Johnson during the Covid-19 Pandemic of 2020. It serves as… more
Staff Training Risk Management, liability, Liability Waiver 2020
The Ellis Archive - The Susan J. Ellis Foundation
The archive primarily consists of digitized documents from Susan J. Ellis' personal resource library. Focused on Susan’s passion -- the professional… more
Staff Training 2020
Social Media & Blog Content Guidelines for Staff & Volunteers - CMBCL, OR
This document is used by Cedar Mill & Bethany Community Libraries to provide guidelines for staff and volunteers who are assisting with community… more
Engaging High Impact VolunteersJob Specific Volunteer TrainingStaff Training social media, blog 2020
Recognizing Racism in Volunteer Engagement - MAVA
Important food for thought from the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration
Staff TrainingCapacity Building inclusive, racism, Recruitment, diversity 2020
Engaging Pro Bono & Skills-Based Volunteers Webinar
This one hour webinar was presented for a library audience by Jennifer Bennett, CVA, Senior Manager of Education and Training at VolunteerMatch on… more
Engaging High Impact Volunteers Skilled Volunteers, Pro Bono, Webinar 2020
Systemic Exclusion in Volunteer Engagement
The vast majority of managers of volunteers absolutely abhor deliberate acts of racism and want to be more inclusive. Since they don’t engage in… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training racism, inclusive, diversity, Recruitment 2020
Talking Racial Equity? Make Sure You Understand These 17 Words
A good list of terms to be familiar with from Technical.ly
Capacity BuildingStaff Training racism, inclusive, diversity 2020
Fighting Racism Through Diverse and Inclusive Volunteer Engagement Programming (Part 1 of 2)
Thoughts on how to audit your own diversity, equity and inclusion strategy (DEI) in how you engage volunteers from Jerome Tennille, CVA, social good… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training racism, diversity, Recruitment, inclusive 2020
Adopt-A-Shelf Job List - Cedar Rapids Public Library IA
This is the Job List for volunteers who "Adopt-A-Shelf" at the Cedar Rapids Iowa Public Library.  A related document is the Adopt-A-Shelf volunteer… more
Job Specific Volunteer Training Shelving 2020
Volunteer COVID-19 Safety Guidelines - Cedar Rapids IA
General guidelines for volunteers returning to the library during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
Capacity BuildingJob Specific Volunteer Training COVID-19 2020
ESL Conversation Groups Go Online
This is a recording of “ESL Conversation Groups Go Online” a presentation and interactive Zoom call that the California State Library held on May 22… more
Staff TrainingJob Specific Volunteer TrainingCapacity Building ESL, ESL conversation circle, COVID-19 2020
"Holds Hunter" Volunteer COVID-19 Procedure Changes - Cedar Rapids IA
Procedural changes developed for volunteer "Hold Hunters" by the Cedar Rapids Iowa Public Library during 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic.
Capacity BuildingJob Specific Volunteer Training COVID-19 2020
ESL Conversation Groups Go Online - BreakOut Discussion Group Notes
“ESL Conversation Groups Go Online” was a presentation and interactive Zoom call that the California State Library held on May 22, 2020. It's goal… more
Staff TrainingJob Specific Volunteer TrainingCapacity Building ESL, ESL conversation circle, COVID-19 2020
Volunteer Safety Precautions in a Pandemic World - Indianapolis IN
Safety precautions for volunteers returning to the Indianapolis Public Library during 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
Job Specific Volunteer TrainingCapacity Building COVID-19 2020
ESL Conversation Groups Go Online - Tools & Links Provided
“ESL Conversation Groups Go Online” was a presentation and interactive Zoom call that the California State Library held on May 22, 2020. It's goal… more
Staff TrainingJob Specific Volunteer TrainingCapacity Building ESL, ESL conversation circle, COVID-19 2020
Fighting Racism Through Diverse and Inclusive Volunteer Engagement Programming (Part 2 of 2)
Part 2 of thoughts on how to audit your own diversity, equity and inclusion strategy (DEI) in how you engage volunteers from Jerome Tennille, CVA,… more
Staff TrainingCapacity Building racism, inclusive, diversity, Recruitment 2020
ESL Conversation Groups Go Online - Sample Group Meeting Plan
“ESL Conversation Groups Go Online” was a presentation and interactive Zoom call that the California State Library held on May 22, 2020. It's goal… more
Staff TrainingJob Specific Volunteer TrainingCapacity Building ESL, ESL conversation circle, COVID-19 2020
Engagement as a Path to Inclusion and Justice
This brief article from Beth Steinhorn at VQ Strategies outlines 4 questions we can all ask ourselves for developing and implementing a plan that… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training inclusive, racism, diversity 2020
COVID-19 Safety Training - Boulder CO
This overall COVID-19 safety training serves as a portion of the training required for volunteers returning to their duties at the Boulder library.… more
Job Specific Volunteer TrainingCapacity Building COVID-19 2020
Why Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Matter for Nonprofits
This article from the National Council of Nonprofits not only describes the issue, but suggests ways to start making changes, and provides a number… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training racism, diversity, inclusion 2020