The Benefits of Volunteering for the Library Learn more about library services Expand your knowledge and skills Meet new people Contribute to your community The knowledge that you are enabling staff to provide improved library services Definitions
A volunteer shall be considered as any individual, 16 years or older, who assists with work done at the Dormann Library, without remuneration. Exceptions to the age requirement may be made by the Library Director.
A student intern shall be considered as any middle school, high school or college student who performs volunteer work. Individual Boy/Girl Scouts working on advanced awards are also classified as student interns.
Role of Volunteers Volunteers are an essential part of the Dormann Library’s service to customers. Volunteers generally provide support services to staff and/or work on special projects. Because we rely upon our volunteers to help provide service, it is essential that a volunteer make a real commitment to the library.
Selection of Volunteers
A volunteer application and interview must be completed before anyone can serve as a volunteer at the library. Volunteers are selected based upon their qualifications and the needs of the library at any given time. While we appreciate every person who wishes to volunteer at the library, opportunities for voluntary work are limited. A criminal background check may be required, depending on the nature of the volunteer position for which the applicant is applying. Members of the Friends of the Dormann Library are not required to apply as library volunteers.
Volunteer Service The library does not compensate volunteers for time spent or expense incurred. Volunteers are expected to complete the training program for the particular function and to take directions from the supervisor who is responsible for their work. Volunteer service should be sufficient in scope and duration to justify the investment of staff time in training and managing the volunteers. Volunteers may be removed by that supervisor if the work performance is not satisfactory after discussion with the library director. Volunteers are bound by all library policies. Service volunteers are recognized by the public as representatives of the library and shall be guided by the same work and behavior codes as employees. They serve with the status of “at-will” and are not employees. Each volunteer shall have a specific paid staff member to whom he or she reports and with whom to discuss problems. Volunteers may not have access to staff-only areas without direct supervision. Volunteers are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of all proprietary or privileged information which they may be exposed to while serving as a volunteer whether this information involves single members of staff, volunteers, patrons, or other persons, or involves the overall business of the library. Failure to maintain confidentiality may result in immediate termination of the volunteer and/or other corrective action
Volunteer Job Description Requirements Willingness to work within the library environment Ability to interact with patrons, library staff and other volunteers in a positive and pleasant manner
Dependability Willingness to follow supervisory direction Willingness to learn and to do the assigned work effectively Willingness to complete any training relating to the assigned work Willingness to be supportive of the library and its policies Skills Ability to follow direction Manual dexterity Physical dexterity Knowledge of alphabetical order and decimals Knowledge of computer operations if applicable to the assigned work duties Attention to detail Organizational ability.
Possible Volunteer Duties Application cards Copy and cut patron application cards.
Book/Bake sale Help the Friends Group with quarterly book/bake sales.
Circulation Desk Greet visitors with a smile and “hello.” Inform them of upcoming activities at the library. If trained, check out/discharge library material. Computer Maintenance Dust keyboards Wash screens
Facilities Maintenance Carpet sweep. Dust book shelves, window sills, and other areas. Recycle. Remove lint from furniture. Remove stains from carpet. Wash tables/chairs. Wash wastebaskets. Wash windows.
Ground Maintenance Pick up any trash found on library grounds and put in dumpster. Pull weeds. Scrape gum off sidewalks. Sweep/shovel sidewalks. Sweep spiders from overhang front/back. Trim shrubs. Wash wastebaskets/cigarette disposals Wash windows.
Library Programs Be a guest reader for story hour. Help with story hour/summer programs. Prepare material for craft projects.
Help with inventory and weeding. Maintain shelves (books/videos/ magazines, etc.) in proper order. Put puzzles together check for missing pieces. Shelve returned books. Wash children’s books. Wash audio tapes