What's New for July 2012

Still finding that staff aren’t on board with volunteer engagement as much as you’d like?  Check out some common concerns and steps you can take here:  Addressing Common Staff Concerns About Volunteers

Solano County Library’s literacy program provides opportunities for experienced literacy volunteers to serve as Literacy Resource Specialists.

The Yolo County Library and the Yolo County Probation Department have partnered on a project that provides literacy tutoring to youth incarcerated at the Juvenile Detention Facility.  We’ve added the Literacy Tutor, Juvenile Detention Facility volunteer position description, and the volunteer recruitment flyer they use for the project.

Here’s Solano County Library’s volunteer position description for Bi-Lingual Catalog/Internet Docent.
San Francisco Public Library’s Teen Computer Corps connects computer savvy teenagers with senior patrons hoping to improve their basic computer skills.

And some terrific volunteer orientation materials are provided by the Huntington Beach Public Library:  one for volunteers in Circulation and one for those in the Media Center.

Also, those in Southern California should mark your calendars for a free ½ day workshop presented by the Southern California Get Involved Regional Network.  Tuesday, August 28 from 9 am to Noon at the Ontario City Library.  The workshop will focus on “Engaging Highly Skilled Volunteers: The Importance of Policies and Procedures.”  Mileage reimbursement is available.  Register by sending an e-mail to monica.miltko@surfcity-hb.org including name, library, position and phone number.

P.S.  If you’re not a member of the “Get Involved: Powered by Your Library” listserv, you can keep up to date on all things library volunteers by sending an e-mail to clehn@library.ca.gov and requesting to be added.