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.

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Writing Accurate & Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions
This one hour Get Involved webinar was presented on March 25, 2020 by Jennifer Bennett, CVA, Senior Manager of Education and Training with… more
Engaging High Impact VolunteersCapacity Building Position Descriptions, job descriptions 2020
Writing Accurate & Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions - Slides
These slides were used in the March 25, 2020 one hour Get Involved initiative webinar: "Writing Accurate & Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact Volunteers job descriptions, Position Descriptions 2020
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
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
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
Online Book Sales & Research Training #1: Bookbinding Styles - Mesa AZ
The Mesa Public Library in Arizona utilizes volunteers to support their huge online booksale operation. This Training Outline is one of three shared… more
Job Specific Volunteer TrainingEngaging High Impact Volunteers online booksales 2020
Want to Write a Volunteer Program Annual Report? Here's How to Start
VolunteerMatch blog guest post by Elisa Kosarin. This post originally appeared on Twenty Hats.
Your volunteers tell a compelling story. It’s time to… more
Capacity Building 2019
Skills Based Volunteering Toolkit - Common Impact
Since 2000, Common Impact has supported nonprofits in effectively utilizing skills-based volunteering to build internal capacity to better serve the… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact Volunteers Skills Based Volunteers 2019
Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook.
This one hour archived webinar was presented by Jennifer Bennett of VolunteerMatch in conjunction with the 4 state Get Involved: Powered by Your… more
Volunteer Handbooks policies, handbook 2019
Walking the Walk: Engage Library Volunteers in your Volunteer Engagement Program
This 1-hour webinar by Jennifer Bennett of VolunteerMatch (recorded on August 29, 2019) focuses attention on how to engage volunteers in the work of… more
Engaging High Impact VolunteersCapacity Building Skilled Volunteers 2019
Do's and Don'ts of Supervising Library Volunteers
This July 2019 article from Public Libraries Online provides an excellent overview of working with volunteers in large and small libraries.
Capacity BuildingStaff Training supervision 2019
Arizona's Buckeye Library Shares it's Experience with Get Involved
In this 6 minute video, Krista Cornish, Buckeye Library's (AZ) Volunteer Engagement Coordinator shares her library's experience and best… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging Staff and Unions 2019
Controlling Complaint Conversations
This quick read provides quick tips to being a better listener and sorting through ‘provable facts’ from emotions and hearsay when a volunteer… more
Staff Training Complaint, problem, unhappy 2019
Beware of These 6 Trends Lurking in Your Volunteer Program
This brief article from November 2019 delineates troubling trends about volunteer engagement programs gleaned from the most recent Volunteer… more
Capacity Building 2019
Shelving with Dewey - Illinois
This 1 hour self-paced course from LibraryU, a program of the Illinois State Library and the regional library systems is archived by WebJunction. It… more
Job Specific Volunteer Training shelve, book shelving, shelver 2019
Recruitment Success Story - Flagstaff Arizona
In this 4 minute video, Claudine from the Flagstaff library talks about her successes in finding a volunteer to serve as her assistant volunteer… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact Volunteers online booksales, Book sale 2019
Volunteer Appreciation Guide
is Volunteer Appreciation Guide is a free resource developed by Wild Apricot to offer tips and advice for volunteer programs just getting started… more
Capacity Building recognition 2019
Bibliography on Volunteer Engagement
Bibliography and Web Resources on Volunteer Engagement.
Capacity BuildingStaff Training Baby Boomers, bibliography, Lehn 2018
VolunteerMatch Re-Posting Tutorial
Reposting is THE MOST IMPORTANT step you can take to get your opportunities noticed on VolunteerMatch. Why? Because VolunteerMatch searches are… more
VolunteerMatch Tools and Resources VolunteerMatch 2018
Revitalizing Library Volunteer Engagement
One hour archived recording of a WebJunction webinar: Library volunteerism is evolving. Gone are the days of looking for tasks to keep your… more
Engaging High Impact VolunteersEngaging Staff and UnionsOn-line Volunteer Recruitment 2018