Hot Topics Archive
|Hot Topic for August 2020||More COVID -19 Ideas and Protocols||
|2nd Hot Topic For July 2020||Re-Opening the Library to Volunteers During COVID-19||
*NOTE: We have added a COVID-19 tag to the Get Involved Clearinghouse – if you just want an overview of what’s specifically here on that topic, type COVID-19 into the search box above.
|Hot Topic for July 2020||Diverse and Inclusive Volunteer Engagement||
|Hot Topic for June 2020||Engage Virtual Volunteers While We Shelter in Place – TEEN EDITION||
Austin Public Library Teen Virtual Volunteer Program
When the Austin Public Library closed for the corona virus there was concern about the need to keep staff busy during telework, so Stephanie designed teen volunteer assignments to function more like a teen program that would create supervision opportunities for staff.
Here are the virtual volunteer positions she created for teens:
More Teen Ideas:
|2nd Hot Topic For May 2020||Engage Virtual Volunteers While We Shelter in Place - Part 3||
Many thanks to our library friends around the country who are sharing their COVID-19 plans and materials!
Sample Volunteer Re-Engagement Surveys:
Ideas for Summer and Re-Opening Volunteer Roles:
|Hot Topic for May 2020||Engage Virtual Volunteers While We Shelter in Place - Part 2||
Here are some more ideas for keeping current volunteers engaged and/or expanding services:
And some current volunteer job descriptions could be amended to describe service provided on an online platform:
Please consider sharing your materials at the link below to be added to the Clearinghouse to keep others from having to re-invent the wheel!
|Hot Topic for April 2020||Engage Virtual Volunteers While We Shelter in Place||
Need to find ways to keep your current volunteers engaged? Or just need different kinds of help during this uncertain time? Consider Virtual Volunteers – they do work for you from home!
Could you use a graphic designer, researcher, writer, translator, proofreader, or video editor? Those opportunities can be posted on VolunteerMatch and marked “virtual” rather than “one location.” VolunteerMatch has also added to each volunteer opportunity posting a chance for you to answer this question: “Is this opportunity helping your organization respond to the COVID-19 crisis?” When you answer yes, your posting will get visibility in additional ways.
Here are some more resources to get you started:
|What’s New for March 2020||New Resources||
|What's New for February 2020||Online Book Sales||
The Mesa Public Library in Arizona has an amazing online booksale operation. In Fall 2019 we had the opportunity to tour it, and talk to staff and volunteers. Many thanks to Janice Dell, CVA, Mesa's Volunteer Coordinator who welcomed us and shared her materials, and to Jeffrey Stoffer, Mesa's THINKspot Librarian, who created the video.
This 10 minute video will give you an idea about how it works and how you might get started.
And a series of 3 parts of their training for the project:
|What's New for January 2020||New Resources||
|What's New for December 2019||New Resources||
New Volunteer Job Descriptions
Also New This Month: New Maker Space Photos
|Hot Topic for November 2019||Archived Webinars||
|What's New for October 2019||New Resources||
|What's New for September 2019||Recognition, Part 2||
|What's New for August 2019||New Resources|
|What's New for July 2019||Recognition||
|What's New for June 2019||New Tools Shared by Libraries||
Many thanks to these libraries who recently shared materials for us to share with you! Please send us yours in the “Share Your Materials” box below.
|What's New for May 2019||Return on Investment (ROI)||
California's Get Involved Regional Leaders develop networking and training events for library volunteer engagement coordinators in their regions across the state. They decided a tool was needed for library volunteer programs to determine their Return on Investment, and then share that data both internally and externally in the form of an attractive but brief infographic that could also be used as a program's annual report. They developed this ROI worksheet to be used by individual libraries to create the data for the infographic, and included sample infographics.
Feel free to download and use this worksheet for yourself, and if you're interested in using one of the infographics, there are 3 templates with minor variations that can be found for your use here:
And 3 different library examples using the templates here:
|What's New for April 2019||Millennial Volunteers||
|What's New for March 2019||New Resources||
NOTE: Please share your materials - volunteer job descriptions, handbooks, policies & training materials - with us for the Clearinghouse. Just click on "Suggest a Resource."