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
Can We Reject a Volunteer?
What do you do when someone applies to volunteer and you realize they will not work out? How can we justify rejecting anyone who steps forward and… more
Interviewing VolunteersStaff Training Fire, reject, complaints 2018
You Can't Fire Me, I'm a Volunteer!
This quick read from Blue Avocado focuses on addressing volunteer dissatisfaction points to the right way to handle disgruntled volunteers.
Staff Training Fire, disgruntled 2018
Engaging Volunteers from Diverse and Immigrant Communities
The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) has developed a set of 8 strategies for creating a more inclusive volunteer program at… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training diverse, inclusive, immigrant 2018
New Volunteer Manager's Toolkit
Get Involved Webinar Archived June 27, 2018
New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This one hour webinar, presented by… more
Capacity BuildingInterviewing VolunteersStaff Training 2018
Successfully Managing Library Volunteer Program Changes
What should you do when it’s time to change the policies and procedures that govern or guide the volunteers that work with your organization? How can… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training change management 2018
Revitalizing Library Volunteer Engagement
One hour archived recording of a WebJunction webinar: Library volunteerism is evolving. Gone are the days of looking for tasks to keep your… more
Engaging High Impact VolunteersEngaging Staff and UnionsOn-line Volunteer Recruitment 2018
Rethinking Volunteer Recognition
This 2018 archived Webinar from Verified Volunteers presents research shows that there is a disconnect between what volunteers are seeking in terms… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact Volunteers recognition 2018
Demographic Trends Shaping America and Service
Beth Steinhorn of VQ Strategies takes 2018 Pew Research results and extrapolates them for volunteer engagement professionals by addressing the… more
Capacity BuildingMillennials 2018
Getting Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement
Video clip on this topic from a Get Involved Volunteer Engagement Institute in Oakland California in May 2015. (26.5 minutes)
Engaging Staff and Unions 2018
Gaining Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement
This chart created by Carla Lehn identifies the common reasons that staff are resistant to the idea of engaging volunteers in their work, and… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training staff buy-in 2018
Bibliography on Volunteer Engagement
Bibliography and Web Resources on Volunteer Engagement.
Capacity BuildingStaff Training Baby Boomers, bibliography, Lehn 2018
Where Do I Go From Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways
This one hour archived webinar was presented by Jennifer Bennett from VolunteerMatch on October 24, 2018. It focuses on: How long do volunteers… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact VolunteersStaff Training 2018
Why Should We Pay Attention to Volunteer Trends?
If we could see the coming volunteering trends, we could prepare for them, right? Thirty years ago, were there signs that volunteers wanted more… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact Volunteers trends, corporate 2018
Managing Volunteers: Balancing Risk and Reward
A nonprofit faces a variety of risks when it decides to use volunteers. While none of these risks
should be ignored, few, if any of these risks… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training insurance, Risk Management 2018
Building Capacity: Strategic Volunteer Engagement
In this Points of Light blog post, the point is made that organizations that build a culture of volunteerism, and purposefully embed volunteerism… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training Strategic 2018
Small Library VolunteerMatch Success -- Johnson City TX
In this 4 & 1/2 minute video, Johnson City Texas Library Director, Maggie Goodman, shares her successful experience in posting a need for IT… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact VolunteersOn-line Volunteer RecruitmentVolunteerMatch Tools and Resources rural, small, maker space, LinkedIn, VolunteerMatch 2017
Small Library VolunteerMatch Success Story - Brownwood Texas
In this 2 minute video, Brownwood Texas Library Director, Becky Isbell, shares her successful experience in posting a need for a skilled graphic… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact VolunteersOn-line Volunteer RecruitmentVolunteerMatch Tools and Resources rural, Skilled Volunteers, VolunteerMatch 2017
Volunteers: More Work? or More Work Force? - Idaho Commission for Libraries
This is a 30 minute archived webinar, presented May 15, 2017 by Sheila Winther, Volunteer Coordinator for the Idaho Commission for Libraries. This is… more
Staff Guides for Working with VolunteersCapacity BuildingStaff Training volunteer coordinator 2017
ASCLA Library Accessibility ToolKits
An excellent list prepared by ASCLA of links to resources that can help in a number of areas including: Autism Spectrum Disorders, blind, deaf,… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training disabilities 2017
From Management to Engagement: Skilled Volunteers in Public Libraries
This one hour webinar -- From Management to Engagement: Skilled Volunteers in Public Libraries -- was produced by the Texas State Library, and… more
Engaging High Impact Volunteers Skilled Volunteers 2017