Category Archives: Volunteer

Coordinating Volunteers in Public Libraries–peer network

Coordinating Volunteers in Public Libraries:
Innovative Volunteer Management and Engagement Strategies

  • Are you interested in streamlined ways to create a strong volunteer program?
  • Want to learn more about developing sustainable positions and engaging skilled volunteer leaders?
  • Interested in connecting your volunteers with your staff and organization?

The Bay Area Volunteer Managers’ Peer Network invites you to join us for this powerful, interactive seminar. Designed for library and literacy program staff members, the sessions will help both new and experienced volunteer coordinators.
Offered at three locations, you can choose the site and date that works best for you. Each date features the same content. Standard mileage will be reimbursed, and lunch will be provided.
Registration is first registered—first accepted, and space is limited, so sign up early!

Date    Location    Registration Details
Friday, March 2
9 am – 3:15 pm    San Francisco Public Library—Main Library
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco    RSVP to
Include: Name, Library, Position
Monday, April 9
9 am – 3:15 pm    Marina Branch Library—Community Room
190 Seaside Circle, Marina    RSVP at this link:
Marina Seminar
Friday, May 4
9 am – 3:15 pm    San Jose Public Library—
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
150 E. San Fernando Street, San Jose   RSVP at this link:
San Jose Seminar 

The agenda for the seminar, as well as details about parking, reimbursement procedures, lunch and more will be sent once you are registered. We look forward to meeting you at one of the seminars!

Cathy Andrews
Kai Wilson
Jennifer Baker
Joan Young

Successful Volunteer Recruitment Strategies–webinar with Carla Lehn

Successful Volunteer Recruitment Strategies: Capturing the Talent of Baby Boomers and the Generations that Follow

Presenter:  Carla Lehn

Format:  Webinar

Date:  Thursday, February 23, 2012

Start Time:

12 Noon Pacific
1PM Mountain
2PM Central
3PM Eastern

For more information and to participate in the Thursday, February 23, 2012 webinar, go to

  •     Do you ever wonder what motivates volunteers?
  •     Are you wondering where to find talented volunteers?
  •     What projects or programs do you have that will attract them?

Baby boomers and the generations that follow are seeking new ways to use their skills and experience to make a difference in their communities. Your library is uniquely positioned to benefit from these volunteers. This webinar will provide tools, techniques, and models for volunteer engagement.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, attendees will:

  • Understand the potential for engaging high impact, skilled volunteers to assist public libraries.
  • Know how to engage this talent to extend the library’s capacity in the community and to benefit from these new library advocates and supporters.
  • Understand the motivations behind why people volunteer.
  • Be able to create diverse and meaningful skilled volunteer positions that will attract a broad range of community volunteers, especially baby boomers.
  • Plan to implement a variety of successful volunteer recruitment strategies that go far beyond the “Volunteer Here” sign on the Circulation Desk.

This webinar will be of interest volunteer managers, literacy coordinators and other staff or volunteers who engage or manage volunteers in libraries.

This webinar will last approximately one hour. Webinars are free of charge and registration is ONLY done on the day of the event on the WebEx server. No Passwords are required.  For Tips and Registration Information, please go to

If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:

Get Involved!

If you aren’t part of the popular California State Library initiative, Get Involved, you really should be.  At the upcoming CLA conference, there will be some opportunities to hear directly about how libraries are using volunteers in new ways, and a new interest group for volunteer engagement is launching at the conference too!  If you aren’t going to the conference, but you still want the information, you can get all the background you can use on the site’s overview page.  There are also regional interest groups forming now, and one is in the Bay Area!  There are events being planned for next March, so whether you are new to the concept, or an old hand, if you would like to get your library involved, contact PLP and we will get you plugged in.  Also, if you aren’t using Volunteer Match to find your volunteers, you could be!  Contact Carla Lehn at the State Library, and she will even walk you through it.