Hot Topics Archive

Month Topic Update
What's New for March 2018 New Resources

READINGS

Tips for Gaining Staff Buy-In

Getting Management Buy-In for Volunteers

Volunteer Engagement: Changing Our Volunteer Culture

What Leaders of Volunteers Can Do to Gain Executive Attention

Confidentiality and Other Objections to Volunteers

Collaborating with Unions to Engage Volunteers

VIDEO CLIPS AND ARCHIVED WEBINARS

A Library Director Talks About Staff Buy-In

Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement

Getting Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement

 

 

What's New for February 2018 Forms/Templates #2

Confidentiality Agreement

For more Confidentiality Policy examples – Click Management Tools, then select Keyword: Confidentiality Policies

Emergency Contact Form

Goal Setting Worksheet

Volunteer Exit Interview

Volunteer Exit Clearance Form

Have a form or template you're willing to share? Use the "Suggest a Resource" link on the right to help increase resources in the Clearinghouse.

What's New for January 2018 Forms and Templates #1

Volunteer Job Description Template

Targeted Recruitment Plan

Volunteer Applications
Build your Volunteer Applications by reviewing library examples in this Clearinghouse: Click Management Tools, then select Keyword: Adult Volunteer Applications or Teen Volunteer Applications

Sample Volunteer Reference Check Questions

Sample Volunteer Handbook

For more Volunteer Handbook examples – Click Management Tools, then select Keyword: Volunteer Handbooks

Confidentiality of Customer Records Form

 

What's New for December 2017 New Resources

Focus on Small and Rural Library Successes

Small Library Skilled IT Volunteer Success Story – Johnson City Texas

Small Library Graphic Design Volunteer Success Story – Brownwood Texas

Management Tools

How Changing Our Volunteer Interview Approach Increased Our Retention by 30%

The Volunteer Interview: Making the offer . . . or not

Position Descriptions

Instead of sharing volunteer position descriptions this month, here are some resources to help in hiring staff to coordinate volunteer engagement.

Sample Volunteer Engagement Coordinator Job Description

A Letter to Nonprofits that Want to Hire a Volunteer Manager

 

What's New for November 2017 New Resources

Here are some resources from the Clearinghouse on English as a Second Language services. If you have others to share with colleagues, please submit them by clicking on "Suggest a Resource" in the column on your right.

Volunteer Position Descriptions

ESL Conversation Club Facilitator

ESL Conversation Club Program Coordinator

Facilitator – ESL Conversation Circle

English Language Tutor for K-12 Students

Director, Citizenship Programs

Management Tools

ESL Conversation Club Program Coordinator Interview Questions

Volunteer Agreement: ESL Conversation Club Coordinator

ESL Conversation Club Kit

Training Materials

ESL Conversation Circles - Training Overview

ESL Conversation Circles Toolkit

 

What's New for October 2017 Skilled Volunteers

Management Tools

12 Tips for Engaging Pro Bono Volunteers

Position Descriptions

Public Relations Specialist

Social Media Specialist

Social Media Ambassador

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

EBooks Coach

Job Center Coach

Training Materials

From Management to Engagement: Skilled Volunteers in Public Libraries

Interview with the Volunteer PR Specialist

Interview with the Volunteer Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

Interview with the Volunteer Social Media Specialist

What’s New for September 2017 New Resources

TRAINING
 
In Lieu of Money, Toyota Donates Efficiency
 
Arizona libraries have just joined Get Involved! Here are a few of the first materials shared by our Arizona colleagues:
 
Management Tools
 
Adult Volunteer Application – Buckeye Public Library System
 
Volunteer Guidelines & Procedures - Chandler Public Library 
 
Branch Volunteer Liaison – Yuma County Library District

Teen Volunteer Agreement – Buckeye Public Library System
 
Volunteer Job Descriptions
 
Computer Instructor – Chandler Public Library

Job Center Volunteer – Chandler Public Library

 
 
 

What's New for August 2017 Computer Coach Programs

Volunteer Position Descriptions

Computer Coach – Huntington Beach Public Library

Computer Coach Program Coordinator – Huntington Beach Public Library

Computer Learning Center Coach – Lodi Public Library

Computer Literacy Ambassador – Roseville Public Library

Computer Coaching Team Leader – San Jose Public Library

Training Materials

Computer Coach Training Outline – Huntington Beach Public Library

Computer Coach Program Video – Huntington Beach Public Library

Computer Coach Training Materials from Ohio Online

Management Tools

Computer Coach Flyer #1 – Huntington Beach Public Library

Computer Coach Flyer #2 - Huntington Beach Public Library

Computer Coach Name Badge – Huntington Beach Public Library
 

 

What's New for July 2017 New Resources

Management Tools

The New Volunteer Manager: The First 90 Days

Training Materials

Volunteers: More Work? Or More Work Force? – Idaho Archived Webinar (30 minutes)

2016 Arizona State University Report: Arizona Volunteerism Today and in the Future

Working with Volunteers who have full time jobs (5 minute video)

 

What's New for June 2017 Millennial Volunteers

The Millennial Impact Report Retrospective: Five Years of Trends

Skilled Volunteer Interview: Social Media Specialist (4 minute video clip)

Millennials Want to Make a Serious Impact and You Can Help

Young Generation No Slouches at Volunteering

Why Company Sponsored Volunteer Programs are Keeping Millennials Happy at Work

 

What's New for May 2017 Making the Most of Your VolunteerMatch Account

Getting the Highest Visibility on VolunteerMatch – How to RePost Your Listing  (2.5 minute video)
Keeping your volunteer opportunity near the top of the list in your zipcode is critical to keep it visible to potential volunteers. One of the Premium Tools you have is RePosting – one click brings your opportunity to the top of the search results. You can RePost weekly or even daily if you need to.

Managing Your Volunteer Account(s) – Centralized? By Branch? Or a Combination?
This one-page document describes options for setting up and managing your VolunteerMatch accounts based on how you have structured your volunteer engagement efforts internally.

Why the Widget? 
This is a brief FAQ document about why you want to post the "Get Involved" widget on your library's website for maximum volunteer recruitment opportunities.

To Get the Widget for Your Website – Contact Your State Library:

Arizona, Donna Throckmorton, dthrockmorton@azlibrary.gov or Kim French, kfrench@azsos.gov
California, Carla Lehn, clehn@califa.org
Idaho, Sue Walker, sue.walker@libraries.idaho.gov
Texas, Jennifer Peters, jpeters@tsl.texas.gov

What's New for April 2017 New Resources

Management Tools

How an Old Interview Approach Increased Volunteer Retention by 30%

Training Materials

Volunteer Engagement: Changing Our Volunteer Culture

Why Don’t People Volunteer

 

What's New for March 2017 New Resources

Volunteer Job Descriptions

Veterans Benefits Coach
https://getinvolvedclearinghouse.org/resource/position-descriptions/vet…

Veterans Community Outreach Specialist
https://getinvolvedclearinghouse.org/resource/position-descriptions/vet…

Veterans Resource Center Volunteer – Ontario
https://getinvolvedclearinghouse.org/resource/position-descriptions/vet…

What's New for January 2016 New Resources

Management Tools

3 Ways to Recognize Volunteers
 

Training Materials

Basics of Volunteer Orientation & Training

What's New for December 2015 New Resources

Position Descriptions

Reading Buddies

 

Training Materials

4 Steps to Grow Your Volunteer Program with LinkedIn

Training Resources for Computer Coaches 

What's New for November 2015 New Resources

Management Tools

Recruitment:  Whom We Don’t Ask to Volunteer

Training Materials

Young Generation No Slouches at Volunteering

Millenials and Volunteering: Bridging the Generation Gap

 

What's New for October 2015 New Resources

Management Tools

Recognition: Celebrate Collective Accomplishments, Not Volunteered Time

Volunteer Recognition: Just Say No to Years of Service Awards

Recognition: Exploding the Bid Banquet: An Incendiary Analysis
 

Training Materials

How Talent (Not Money) Will Transform Your Organization
 

What's New for September 2015 New Resources

 

Management Tools

Volunteer Interviews – Traps to Avoid

Poke, Pin and Tag: Using Social Media to Engage Volunteers

 

Training Materials

Skills Based Service Engagement Tool

What's New for August 2015 New Resources

Position Descriptions

Social Media Specialist

Photographer

Training Materials

Brave New World of Engaging Skilled Volunteers

What's New for July 2015 New Resources

Training Materials

Engaging Volunteer Tech Trainers in Public Libraries
 

Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in Your Volunteer Engagement Program

Engaging the Volunteer of the Future