Making the Most of Teen Library Volunteers: Energizing and Engaging Community

by
Becca Bolandauthor

Becca Boland is teen librarian and assistant head of popular materials at the Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich, IL.

Making the Most of Teen Library Volunteers: Energizing and Engaging Community

20200331

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 172
Topics Benefits of Volunteerism;Community Engagement;Learning Types;Levels of Commitment;Project vs. Process Learning;Social Volunteer;Unconventional Volunteer;Volunteers 55 and Older;Volunteer Squads;Children's and Young Adult Services

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Making the Most of Teen Library Volunteers: Energizing and Engaging Community

Author(s): Boland, Becca;
Contributors: Boland, Becca;
Abstract:

When teens volunteer at the library, they gain new skills, make connections, and build their resumes, while libraries benefit from a new generation of advocates. This guide shows librarians how to establish or develop a teen volunteer program.

Advocating a flexible approach, this book speaks to every library, including both public and school libraries. From small libraries with no budget to large libraries with seemingly endless budgets and everything in between, all of the concepts covered can be scaled up or down to meet the needs of the community being served.

The book begins with the big picture, discussing benefits to teens, libraries, and communities; it then reviews volunteer types and volunteer possibilities for teens, including the traditional roles of shelving and programming as well as passion-led projects, programming opportunities, and special initiatives and drives. Specific volunteer roles are described in depth, with instructions for practical applications, and concrete examples and experiences from various types of libraries illustrate principles discussed. Readers will also learn how to establish volunteer partnerships within and outside of the library. The book ends with a discussion of methods for evaluation and assessment.


• Saves librarians time in planning or developing a volunteer program for teens

• Offers flexible strategies and programs that can be adapted to different sizes and types of libraries

• Shows librarians that running a volunteer program doesn't have to be complicated

• Fills a gap in the literature for teen librarians

SortTitle: making the most of teen library volunteers: energizing and engaging community
Keyword(s): Benefits of Volunteerism; Community Engagement; Learning Types; Levels of Commitment; Project vs. Process Learning; Social Volunteer; Unconventional Volunteer; Volunteers 55 and Older; Volunteer Squads; Children's and Young Adult Services
Author Info:
Becca Bolandauthor

Becca Boland is teen librarian and assistant head of popular materials at the Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich, IL.

eISBN-13: 9781440865633
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Print ISBN-13: 9781440865626
Imprint: Libraries Unlimited
Pages: 172
Publication Date: 20200331
Series: Libraries Unlimited Professional Guides for Young Adult Librarians Series