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
Volunteer Assessment and Selection- Jennifer Rackow
As part of a day-long training, Jennifer Rackow helps you assess and select the best candidates to become volunteers in your program. Search for… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact VolunteersInterviewing VolunteersStaff Training Video, volunteer selection 2009
Union Issues and Staff Resistance
Early in the Get Involved initiative we determined that the two biggest potential internal barriers to moving toward engagement of skilled volunteers… more
Engaging Staff and Unions Unions, Staff Resistance, staff buy-in 2008
Library Tour Guide Manual - Paso Robles, CA
Guidelines and instructions for volunteers leading tours, primarily of school children, through the library.
Job Specific Volunteer Training docent, tour guide, Tour Leader 2007
Volunteer Involvement in California Libraries: Best Practices
This is the State Library's 245 page book on Volunteer Involvement for libraries -- author Carla Lehn. Includes Chapters and sample materials… more
Volunteer RecruitmentEngaging High Impact VolunteersStaff Training Volunteer Recruitment, volunteer coordinator, staff training 1999
Volunteers with Disabilities: ASCLA Tip Sheet
Young people and adults with disabilities may be interested in volunteering at your library. The community as a whole benefits when the library team… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training disabilities 1970
Checking Criminal Histories: Considerations Before You Begin
Thinks to take into consideration as you determine your use of criminal history background checks, including relevant offenses and applicants' rights.
Staff Training background checks, criminal background check
Engaging Pro Bono & Skills-Based Volunteers Webinar Slides
These slides are from the one-hour webinar presented for a library audience by Jennifer Bennett, CVA, Senior Manager of Education and Training at… more
Engaging High Impact VolunteersStaff Training Skilled Volunteers, Pro Bono, Webinar
Pro Bono Project Worksheet - VolunteerMatch
This worksheet was a handout provided during aone-hour webinar entitled Engaging Pro Bono & Skilled Volunteers. It was presented for a library… more
Engaging High Impact VolunteersStaff Training Skilled Volunteers, Pro Bono
Connecting with Today's Volunteers to Transform the Friends of the Library
This one hour webinar was presented in September 2019 by Carla Lehn for the Friends of Libraries section of the New York Library Association.… more
Engaging High Impact VolunteersCapacity BuildingStaff Training Friends of the Library
Teen Summer Volunteer Orientation - Riverside County CA
Sample Teen Volunteer Summer Reading Program orientation agenda
Volunteer OrientationMillennials teen volunteers, Teens