Recruiting and Managing Volunteers for Academic Libraries: Tips and Suggestions for Running Successful Programs

Abstract

Unlike public libraries, academic libraries are not normally seen as organizations that make utilization of volunteers to help. Yet, many academic libraries do indeed use volunteers for special projects, programming such as events, and some day to day operations. Volunteers means dealing with people and it comes with multiple obligations to the library including legal and ethical implications and impacts. This paper will look at the literature that deals with libraries and how they interact with volunteers including literature specific or directly applicable to academic libraries. It will look at legal implications relating to volunteer working conditions, screening, and equal opportunity. It will review reasons people volunteer, recruitment, and how to use that in any academic library volunteer program. It will also examine training and daily management of these volunteers and how to connect volunteer service to library development efforts in fundraising.



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Michael Lorenzen, Western Illinois University, United States

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Conference: IICE2022
Stream: Higher education

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To cite this article:
Lorenzen M. (2022) Recruiting and Managing Volunteers for Academic Libraries: Tips and Suggestions for Running Successful Programs ISSN: 2189-1036 – The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii 2022 Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-1036.2022.5
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-1036.2022.5


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