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
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
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
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
Book Drop Helper and Sorter Training - Boulder CO
This powerpoint training was created for Book Drop Helper and Sorter Volunteers returning to service during COVID-19. In addition to this powerpoint… more
Job Specific Volunteer TrainingCapacity Building COVID-19, Book Drop 2020
Book Drop Helper and Sorter Training Video #1 - Boulder CO
This video was created as a portion of the training for Book Drop Helper and Sorter Volunteers returning to service during COVID-19. The training… more
Job Specific Volunteer Training COVID-19, Book Drop 2020
Bibliography on Volunteer Engagement
Bibliography and Web Resources on Volunteer Engagement developed by Carla Lehn
Capacity BuildingStaff Training Baby Boomers, bibliography, Lehn 2020
Book Drop Helper and Sorter Training Video #2 - Boulder CO
This video was created as a portion of the training for Book Drop Helper and Sorter Volunteers returning to service during COVID-19. The training… more
Job Specific Volunteer TrainingCapacity Building COVID-19, Book Drop 2020
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
Homebound Delivery Volunteer Safety Requirements Sign-Off Sheet - Boulder CO
This list of safety requirements was created for Boulder Colorado Homebound Delivery volunteers returning to service during COVID-19. The volunteer… more
Job Specific Volunteer TrainingCapacity Building Homebound, COVID-19 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
Tech Made Easy - Instructional Guides (Includes Zoom)
These new Tech Guides are now available for public use. They contain step-by-step instructions on how to teach seniors, who are often late-tech… more
Capacity BuildingJob Specific Volunteer Training tech coach, tech tutor 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