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What's New for May 2012 New Resources

We are thrilled to announce the Grand Opening of our new searchable database (we call it the “Clearinghouse”) of all the great resources we currently have stored in the system for your use! -- https://getinvolvedclearinghouse.org -- You’ll find hundreds of professionally taken photos – all with permission from the subjects in the photos -- they are sized for immediate use on your VolunteerMatch postings. Remember, VolunteerMatch research shows that opportunities posted with a picture of a volunteer engaged in the job you’re recruiting for gets 3 times as many “hits” as one without a photo. You can browse all of the photos, or search for a particular one by using some general volunteer job description titles in a Keyword drop down menu on the photos page. You’ll see that you can “Suggest a Resource” – please do!! As you develop more volunteer engagement materials, please use that option to send us more things we can share with everyone.

What's New for April 2012 New Resources

A veritable treasure trove of useful documents from the San Jose Public Library's award-winning Volunteer Engagement Team has been added for April!

Staff Training Syllabus

Volunteer Agreement Checklist

Coordinator of Volunteer Engagement (for a branch or unit)

Tips for Getting Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement

Tips for Collaborating with Unions

Volunteer Practices Continuum

Action Words for Use in Position Description Development

What's New for March 2012 New Resources
Successful Volunteer Recruitment Strategies: Capturing the Talent of Baby Boomers and the Generations that Follow (1 hour archived webinar)

•    Do you ever wonder what motivates volunteers?
•    Are you wondering where to find talented volunteers?
•    What projects or programs do you have that will attract them?

Baby boomers and the generations that follow are seeking new ways to use their skills and experience to make a difference in their communities. Your library is uniquely positioned to benefit from these volunteers. This webinar will provide tools, techniques, and models for volunteer engagement.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:

•    Understand the potential for engaging high impact, skilled volunteers to assist public libraries.
•    Know how to engage this talent to extend the library’s capacity in the community and to benefit from these new library advocates and supporters.
•    Understand the motivations behind why people volunteer.
•    Be able to create diverse and meaningful skilled volunteer positions that will attract a broad range of community volunteers, especially boomers.
•    Plan to implement a variety of successful volunteer recruitment strategies that go far beyond the “Volunteer Here” sign on the Circulation Desk.

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What's New for February 2012 New Resources

One of our sustainability strategies for the Get Involved: Powered by Your Library statewide volunteerism initiative is the development of "Regional Peer Networks." In addition to our statewide efforts, the goal is to facilitate the sharing of library volunteer engagement success stories, resources, ideas and materials among folks in various geographic areas. This will help to sustain current gains, share strategies, and ensure that libraries new to Get Involved are exposed and mentored to achieve their own successes.

The Bay Area Network has scheduled 3 FREE workshops -- San Francisco March 2, Marina April 9 and San Jose May 4. Workshop Flyer with registration and contact information. Lunch and potential for regional travel reimbursement are part of the deal, so check it out! If you can't make it to one of their workshops, at least let them know if you're interested in being kept informed of Bay Area activities.

Bay Area:
Cathy Andrews - Monterey County - andrewscs@co.monterey.ca.us
Jennifer Baker - St. Helena - director@shpl.org
Kai Wilson - San Francisco - kaiwilson@sfpl.org
Joan Young - San Jose - joan.young@sjlibrary.org

The other 3 networks are gearing up too, so if you haven't made contact with them yet, here's how -- and many thanks to ALL these folks who've stepped up to take the lead!

Sacramento Region:
Randi-Kay Stephens- Sacramento - rstephens@saclibrary.org
Gail McGrath- Roseville - gmcgrath@roseville.ca.us

Central Valley:
Sherry Gomez- Kern County - sherry.gomez@kerncountylibrary.org
Elizabeth Finkle- Fresno County - elizabeth.finkle@fresnolibrary.org

Southern California:
Hillary Theyer- Torrance - htheyer@torranceca.gov
Monica Miltko- Huntington Beach - Monica.Miltko@surfcity-hb.org