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
The Volunteer Interview: Making the offer . . . or not
This July, 2016 article from Verified Volunteers covers strategies for assessing candidates, how to handle when it's not a good fit, and… more
Volunteer Screening / InterviewingInterviewing Volunteers 2017
Small Library VolunteerMatch Success -- Johnson City TX
In this 4 & 1/2 minute video, Johnson City Texas Library Director, Maggie Goodman, shares her successful experience in posting a need for IT… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact VolunteersOn-line Volunteer RecruitmentVolunteerMatch Tools and Resources rural, small, maker space, LinkedIn, VolunteerMatch 2017
Small Library VolunteerMatch Success Story - Brownwood Texas
In this 2 minute video, Brownwood Texas Library Director, Becky Isbell, shares her successful experience in posting a need for a skilled graphic… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact VolunteersOn-line Volunteer RecruitmentVolunteerMatch Tools and Resources rural, Skilled Volunteers, VolunteerMatch 2017
Volunteers: More Work? or More Work Force? - Idaho Commission for Libraries
This is a 30 minute archived webinar, presented May 15, 2017 by Sheila Winther, Volunteer Coordinator for the Idaho Commission for Libraries. This is… more
Staff Guides for Working with VolunteersCapacity BuildingStaff Training volunteer coordinator 2017
ASCLA Library Accessibility ToolKits
An excellent list prepared by ASCLA of links to resources that can help in a number of areas including: Autism Spectrum Disorders, blind, deaf,… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training disabilities 2017
2016 Arizona Volunteering Report
Arizona State University's Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation's 2016 Summary Report of their survey and focus group… more
Capacity BuildingMillennials Arizona 2016
Checklist to Minimize the Most Common Volunteer Risks
A good basic list of issues to consider and how to approach them.
Capacity BuildingStaff Training Risk Management 2016
Why Company Sponsored Volunteer Programs are Keeping Millennials Happy at Work
What motivates millennials to stay in a job is having an impact on corporate social responsibility.
Volunteer RecruitmentMillennials Millennials, high-impact volunteers, Recruitment 2016
Engaging the Volunteer of the Future
This one-hour webinar by Jennifer Bennett of VolunteerMatch was archived on June 17, 2015:
The age of one-size fits all volunteer engagement is… more
Baby BoomersEngaging High Impact VolunteersMillennialsStaff TrainingVolunteerMatch Tools and Resources 2015
Benefits of Using Skilled Volunteers in the LIbrary
Video clip on this topic from a Get Involved Volunteer Engagement Institute in Oakland California in May 2015. (9 minutes)
Engaging High Impact VolunteersEngaging Staff and Unions 2015
Skills Based Service Engagement Tool
Before getting started on a skills-based volunteer project, there are things you can do to ensure that your organization is ready and that skills-… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact VolunteersStaff Training Skills Based Volunteers 2015
Today's Volunteer: The Shift from Management to Engagement
Video clip on this topic from a Get Involved Volunteer Engagement Institute in Oakland California in May 2015. (9.5 minutes)
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact VolunteersStaff Training 2015
Importance of Meaningful Written Volunteer Job Descriptions
Video clip on this topic from a Get Involved Volunteer Engagement Institute in Oakland California in May 2015. (14 minutes)
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact VolunteersStaff Training 2015
Millenials and Volunteering: Bridging the Generation Gap
Every day my LinkedIn feed and various business magazines are filled with articles about Millennials. Generally, the writer advises the reader on how… more
Millennials Millenials, young volunteers, Recruitment 2015
Volunteer Recruitment
Video clip on this topic from a Get Involved Volunteer Engagement Institute in Oakland California in May 2015. (20.5 minutes)
Volunteer RecruitmentCapacity BuildingEngaging High Impact Volunteers 2015
Basics of Volunteer Orientation & Training
Among the things that make volunteers happy are a good orientation to your organization and basic training. Just getting the volunteer in the door… more
Volunteer Orientation volunteer training, Volunteer Orientation 2015
Success & Sustainability Factors
Video clip on this topic from a Get Involved Volunteer Engagement Institute in Oakland California in May 2015. (17.5 minutes)
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact VolunteersStaff Training Sustainability, retention 2015
Why Don't People Volunteer?
This brief article from PTO today discusses the importance of not only knowing why people volunteer, but why they don't.
Volunteer RecruitmentEngaging High Impact Volunteers Volunteer Recruitment, Motivation 2015
Target Market Success Story: Teen Volunteer
This 5 minute success story is an interview with a library teen volunteer coordinator and one of her awesome teen volunteers talking about what makes… more
Millennials Teen 2015
Target Market Success Story: Volunteers with Full Time Jobs
Ever wonder how and why someone with a full time job would be willing and able to volunteer at the library? Here's a 5 minute video clip of one… more
Engaging High Impact Volunteers 2015