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
ESL Conversation Groups Go Online - Tools & Links Provided
“ESL Conversation Groups Go Online” was a presentation and interactive Zoom call that the California State Library held on May 22, 2020. It's goal… more
Staff TrainingJob Specific Volunteer TrainingCapacity Building ESL, ESL conversation circle, COVID-19 2020
Fighting Racism Through Diverse and Inclusive Volunteer Engagement Programming (Part 2 of 2)
Part 2 of thoughts on how to audit your own diversity, equity and inclusion strategy (DEI) in how you engage volunteers from Jerome Tennille, CVA,… more
Staff TrainingCapacity Building racism, inclusive, diversity, Recruitment 2020
Racial Equity and Inclusion Resources for Volunteer Engagement Leaders
This is a terrific list of links to articles, books, research, podcasts, movies and toolkits on this subject put together by MAVA - the Minnesota… more
Staff TrainingCapacity Building inclusive, inclusion, equity, racism 2020
ESL Conversation Groups Go Online - Sample Group Meeting Plan
“ESL Conversation Groups Go Online” was a presentation and interactive Zoom call that the California State Library held on May 22, 2020. It's goal… more
Staff TrainingJob Specific Volunteer TrainingCapacity Building ESL, ESL conversation circle, COVID-19 2020
Engagement as a Path to Inclusion and Justice
This brief article from Beth Steinhorn at VQ Strategies outlines 4 questions we can all ask ourselves for developing and implementing a plan that… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training inclusive, racism, diversity 2020
The Future of Volunteering: Millennials
This 26 minute webinar was presented by Carla Lehn as the keynote address for the Los Angeles Public Library's annual Friends Symposium on October 23… more
MillennialsCapacity BuildingStaff Training Friends, Friends of the Library, COVID-19, Millennials, Gen Z 2020
COVID-19 Safety Training - Boulder CO
This overall COVID-19 safety training serves as a portion of the training required for volunteers returning to their duties at the Boulder library.… more
Job Specific Volunteer TrainingCapacity Building COVID-19 2020
Why Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Matter for Nonprofits
This article from the National Council of Nonprofits not only describes the issue, but suggests ways to start making changes, and provides a number… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training racism, diversity, inclusion 2020
Virtual Volunteering: A Guide for Nonprofits
This guidebook on virtual volunteering is provided by VolunteerMatch.org
Staff TrainingOn-line Volunteer Recruitment virtual, virtual volunteer 2020
Online Book Sales & Research Training #1: Bookbinding Styles - Mesa AZ
The Mesa Public Library in Arizona utilizes volunteers to support their huge online booksale operation. This Training Outline is one of three shared… more
Job Specific Volunteer TrainingEngaging High Impact Volunteers online booksales 2020
Book Drop Helper and Sorter Training - Boulder CO
This powerpoint training was created for Book Drop Helper and Sorter Volunteers returning to service during COVID-19. In addition to this powerpoint… more
Job Specific Volunteer TrainingCapacity Building COVID-19, Book Drop 2020
How to Recruit New Members for Your Association on Social Media
Some good guidelines for making social media work for you from Nonprofit Tech for Good.
Capacity BuildingOn-line Volunteer Recruitment social media, Recruitment, Friends, Friends of the Library 2020
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
United for Libraries Archived Webinars
During the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, United for Libraries held and archived a number of free webinars to serve the Library Friends, Foundations and… more
Capacity Building Booksales, Bookstore, COVID-19, Friends, Friends of the Library 2020
What Should I Do? (COVID Exposure Flow Chart)
This great flow chart from the Gail Borden Public Library District (Elgin IL) describes steps to take if you, an employee or volunteers has been… more
Staff Training COVID-19 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
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
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