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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



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, or Kim French,

California, Carla Lehn,

Idaho, Sue Walker,

Texas, Jennifer Peters,

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…

Veterans Community Outreach Specialist…

Veterans Resource Center Volunteer – Ontario…

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


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


What's New for June 2015 New Resources

Management Tools

This month we're focusing on tools to help you create a plan for your program, and hopefully have volunteer services included in your organization's overall strategic plan as well.

Goal Setting Worksheet 

American Diabetes Association Strategic Plan -- includes a volunteerism goal

What's New for May 2015 New Resources

Management Tools

Strategic Volunteer Engagement: A Guide for Nonprofit and Public Sector Leaders

Training Materials

Staff Volunteer Relations Strategies ToolKit

Public Sector Volunteer Engagement – One hour archived webinar

What's New for April 2015 New Resources

Management Tools

VolunteerMatch Recruitment Tool – Making Recommendations to Potential Volunteers

Take Root: Volunteer Management Guidebook

What's New for March 2015 New Resources

Management Tools

12 Key Actions of Volunteer Program Champions: CEOs Who Lead the Way

Best Practice Guidelines for Screening Volunteers: Finding the Right Match

Training Materials

Challenging the Status Quo: Rethinking the Value of Volunteers