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Skills for the Accidental Volunteer Coordinator

July 1, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT

Volunteers—when properly recruited, interviewed, trained, placed, and supported—provide a tremendous source of assistance for libraries and those they serve. Seeing and treating them as your unpaid staff, furthermore, helps create productive, positive resources that further strengthen your connections to your community. 

This highly-interactive webinar will explore ways you can match volunteers with library and community needs in ways that produces a winning situation for everyone, and will provide time for participants to share stories about how they successfully incorporate volunteers into their libraries.

Participants, by the time they leave the session, will:

  • Be able to demonstrate familiarity with at least three actions they can use to help them effectively recruit, train, and place volunteers in positions that benefit their libraries, their volunteers, and other members of their community
  • Identify at least three early warning signs that a volunteer may not be a good match for their libraries—and know how to deal with that realization
  • Have at least three resources they can explore to increase their ability to work effectively with volunteers

For those who want to prime the pump before the session:

“5 Reasons Volunteer in Your Library”

Staffordshire Library; posted on YouTube June 3, 2016


 “Finding Good Library Volunteers”

Steve Ericson, “The Mix”; posted on YouTube August 16, 2019


Paul Signorelli ~ Biography

Paul, co-author of Workplace Learning & Leadership with Lori Reed and author of the forthcoming Change the World Using Social Media (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020), served as director of volunteer services and staff training for the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) system before becoming an independent writer-trainer-presenter-consultant. While working at SFPL, he helped create and manage the library system’s first staff-run volunteer program. He has, since that time, served as a volunteer with many organizations (including the American Library Association and ATD, the Association for Talent Development); recruited and collaborated with volunteers onsite and online on numerous projects; and continues to volunteer and serve with other volunteers in the Arizona State University ShapingEDU project designed to drive the future of learning in the digital age.

He earned his MLIS through the University of North Texas online program, and also holds a Master of Arts Administration degree from Golden Gate University, in San Francisco; continues to blog at “Building Creative Bridges” (http://buildingcreativebridges.wordpress.com); and can be reached at paul@paulsignorelli.com.

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