Training Materials

Learn more about best practices in volunteer recruitment and engagement, and how to get the results you need.

NOTE: These are examples from public libraries and should be reviewed and modified to ensure fit with local policies and culture.

Title Keyword Tags Year
Getting it Right! Nine Areas Managers of Volunteers Sometimes Get Wrong
A terrific brief article by Martin Cowling to help us find our way.
Capacity Building 2021
Closed Captioning Volunteer Job List - Cedar Rapids IA
During the global pandemic the Library shifted to sharing more programs online and wanted to ensure the programs were accessible to those who utilize… more
Job Specific Volunteer TrainingCapacity Building virtual, virtual volunteer, remote, closed captioning, COVID-19 2021
Where Do I Go From Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways
Jennifer Bennett, CVA, Senior Manager of Education and Training for VolunteerMatch presented this webinar for the Get Involved Initiative on February… more
Staff TrainingCapacity Building Webinar 2021
Strategies for Attracting Today's Volunteers - DOVIA Sacramento Webinar
This archived webinar was presented by Carla Lehn for DOVIA Sacramento in February 2011. Learning Objectives for the session:
Participants in this… more
Staff TrainingOn-line Volunteer RecruitmentEngaging High Impact Volunteers Recruitment, online recruitment, Volunteer Job Description, Webinar 2021
Volunteer COVID-19 Protocol Training - Huntington Beach CA
Protocol training for volunteers returning to the library during/after COVID-19 pandemic
Volunteer Orientation COVID-19 2021
Addressing Issues of Equity in Volunteerism
A brief article on this important subject with some ideas about where to look and what to do.
Capacity Building diversity, equity, inclusion 2021
Eight Strategies for Creating a More Inclusive Volunteer Program
This 1 hour webinar was offered as part of the Get Involved: Powered By Your Library initiative of the California State Library. It was recorded on… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training inclusive, diversity, equity 2021
Eight Strategies for Creating a More Inclusive Volunteer Program - Infographic
This infographic displays the 8 Strategies for Creating a More Inclusive Volunteer Program that resulted from research done by the Minnesota… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training diversity, equity, inclusion 2021
Eight Strategies for Creating a More Inclusive Volunteer Program - Action Plan
This Action Plan was a handout for a webinar by that title on April 1, 2021. The webinar archive and Infographic handout are also available here… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training inclusion, equity, diversity 2021
Book Drop Helper and Sorter Training Video #1 - Boulder CO
This video was created as a portion of the training for Book Drop Helper and Sorter Volunteers returning to service during COVID-19. The training… more
Job Specific Volunteer Training COVID-19, Book Drop 2020
COVID-19 Safety Protocols Training Powerpoint - Gail Borden PL, IL
This powerpoint was developed by the Gail Borden Public Library in Illinois to as part of its training for volunteers about safety issues and… more
Capacity Building COVID-19 2020
COVID-19 Action Levels for Volunteers - Indianapolis IN
When the Indianapolis Public Library started bringing volunteers back during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, they were prepared with this document for… more
Staff Training COVID-19 2020
Get Involved VolunteerMatch Widget Helps with Recruitment
This 3 minute video shows how the Get Involved: Powered by Your Library initiative VolunteerMatch "widget" works on your website to help recruit… more
VolunteerMatch Tools and Resources Recruitment, online recruitment, widget 2020
Bibliography on Volunteer Engagement
Bibliography and Web Resources on Volunteer Engagement developed by Carla Lehn
Capacity BuildingStaff Training bibliography, Lehn 2020
Book Drop Helper and Sorter Training Video #2 - Boulder CO
This video was created as a portion of the training for Book Drop Helper and Sorter Volunteers returning to service during COVID-19. The training… more
Job Specific Volunteer TrainingCapacity Building COVID-19, Book Drop 2020
Are Young People Replacing Older People as the Key Volunteering Group?
A brief look at volunteering trends and key takeaways during COVID-19.
Baby BoomersCapacity BuildingMillennialsStaff Training COVID-19, generations, Millennials 2020
Moving Forward: Taking Action on Race and Equity
On Nov 19, 2020 the Points of Light Foundation hosted the first conversation in their Listen. Learn. Act to End Racism initiative, in partnership… more
Staff Training equity, inclusion 2020
Free Self-Updating Volunteer Page on Your Website with Paid VolunteerMatch Account
If you are a California Public Library and have a paid VolunteerMatch account provided by the California State Library, another one of the features… more
VolunteerMatch Tools and Resources website, Promote Your Listings 2020
Writing Accurate & Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions
This one hour Get Involved webinar was presented on March 25, 2020 by Jennifer Bennett, CVA, Senior Manager of Education and Training with… more
Engaging High Impact VolunteersCapacity Building Position Descriptions, job descriptions 2020
Homebound Delivery Volunteer Safety Requirements Sign-Off Sheet - Boulder CO
This list of safety requirements was created for Boulder Colorado Homebound Delivery volunteers returning to service during COVID-19. The volunteer… more
Job Specific Volunteer TrainingCapacity Building Homebound, COVID-19 2020