Training Materials

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

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ESL Conversation Circles - Training Overview
This Prezi slide presentation was developed to help train volunteer ESL Conversation group facilitators. (I found it easier to view on FIrefox than on Internet Explorer. Once it opens, use the arrow to move the "slides."
2013
ESL Conversation Circles Toolkit
This wiki from settlementatwork.org could be useful for staff designing and implementing ESL Conversation Circles, and also for training ESL Conversation Circle volunteers.
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2017
From Management to Engagement: Skilled Volunteers in Public Libraries
This one hour webinar -- From Management to Engagement: Skilled Volunteers in Public Libraries -- was produced by the Texas State Library, and presented by Carla Lehn, and library directors from the small communities of Johnson City and Brownwood Texas, sharing their experiences recruiting and engaging skilled volunteers. You may watch the recording and download the powerpoint and handouts here: https://onlinetraining.tsl.texas.gov/course/view.php?id=34 NOTE: Texas provides CE credit including a printed certificate of completion for viewing the recording and accessing the material.
2017
Gaining Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement
This chart created by Carla Lehn identifies the common reasons that staff are resistant to the idea of engaging volunteers in their work, and suggests some strategies to overcome them.
2018
GenerationOn Projects, Ideas and Resources
Looking for possible library volunteer projects for kids, teens and/or families? Check out GenerationOn's projects and resources to get some ideas. You'll need to set up a free account to access these materials -- the ideas are worth it!
Keywords: Millenials
2018
Getting Management Buy In for Volunteers
Volunteerism consultant Susan Ellis gives tips for staff on steps to take to get management on board with and supportive of the volunteer program.
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2011
Getting Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement
Video clip on this topic from a Get Involved Volunteer Engagement Institute in Oakland California in May 2015. (26.5 minutes)
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2018
Getting Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement - San Jose
Tips for successfully gaining Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement developed by San Jose Public Library.
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2010
Getting Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement Webinar
Jennifer Rackow presents success stories on one of the more difficult challenges libraries have faced – getting buy in from library staff members who are initially resistant to engaging volunteers. (October 2010, 60 minutes) 
2010
Getting Staff on Board- Story Time Conductors
Former Roseville library director Rachel Delgadillo talks about how she worked with her Children's Librarians to overcome their resistance to volunteers in order to expand their library storytime program. (February 2010, 5 minutes)
2010

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