Covering principles, practical guidelines, and best practices for establishing and operating a successful library volunteer program in any type of library, this is a must-have resource for the 21st-century librarian.
In these tough economic times, librarians must maximize the potential of their volunteer programs. This innovative guide not only provides readers with the practical information they need to recruit, manage, and retain effective volunteers, but also demonstrates how to create a dynamic volunteer program-one that offers purposeful work and emphasizes rewards rather than rules and forms. Illustrated by best practices, this book also offers practical guidelines for evaluating the success of a volunteer program-in terms of the library's benefit, and in terms of the experience from the volunteer's point of view.
- Demonstrates how to succeed with volunteers by providing purposeful work, interactive supervision, and effective training, and by emphasizing fun and rewards rather than forms and rules
- Provides practical guidelines for successfully recruiting, managing, and retaining volunteers
- Speaks to the needs of all types of libraries affected by reduced budgets and staff cuts