Tasks for Library Volunteers
every community is served by a public library. All public libraries engage
volunteers. The common thread of volunteer involvement in libraries is
the board of trustees. After this, the tapestry of engaging volunteers
are just a few ways in which volunteers participate in public libraries:
Straightening and ordering of our shelves
Vertical file clipping
Covering new books
Rotation of paperback collections
Preparation for children's programs
Posting community information brochures
Computer training and orientation
Designing library informational brochures
Inventory medical collections
Inventory telephone directories
Label microfilm - for example, car manuals
Label and organize mail order catalogs
Label and organize periodicals
Label and organize income tax forms
Barcoding - for example, limited access materials
Bookstore/Book sale retail assistance
Maintain spreadsheet databases for various collections
Taxpayer Dollars: Local Government Volunteers Chip-in
face it. One huge benefit to volunteer involvement in local government
is that the contributions of these volunteers save tax payer money. Volunteers
also contribute in ways that allows government professionals to be free
to perform the jobs they are trained to do. In Allen County, Indiana,
volunteers with the Retired Senior Volunteers Program (RSVP) are involved
in a number of ways with local government, thus forming a unique local-national
Over 50 RSVP volunteers donate time two times a year to help at the
Allen County Treasures Office in preparation of the property taxes.
Volunteers prepare tax bills for mailing. Estimated savings to the county:
$75, 000 per year.
A group of RSVP volunteers work with the Fort Wayne Police Department
organizing and cataloging fingerprints in a hard card file for conversion
to an electronic database. These volunteers have received training by
the FBI in fingerprint classification. Volunteers donate over 800 hours
per year. This not only keeps law enforcement costs down but also allows
commissioned police officers who previously performed this work, to
direct their attention back on the streets.
RSVP volunteers in regard to Homeland Security also assist the city
of Fort Wayne and Allen County governments. In this joint effort a volunteer
database is being developed identifying volunteers who have the skills
to assist with local emergencies and crises.
description of this series: "Organizations are successful at
achieving their mission when volunteers and staff are a team. Evaluate
the elements of the relationships in your organization and outline
the strategies to make things better."
FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT VOLUNTEER MANAGERS SEEKS MEMBERS
National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government (NAVPLG)
is an association of administrators, coordinators and directors of volunteer
programs in local government. Its purpose is to strengthen volunteer programs
in local government through leadership, advocacy, networking and information
exchange. NAVPLG is an affiliate of the National Association of Counties
and is seeking affiliate status with the National League of Cities.
Cost is $20 for individuals and $75 for group local government membership.
An affiliate membership is $25 and is intended for those who are not local
government members but may have an interest in the group. There is a quarterly
newsletter, national network, and access to NACo's Volunteerism Project.
For more information contact Robin Popik,
who is a Volunteer Resource Supervisor. She can be reached by phone at
972-941-7114. Be sure to mention you read about this in Volunteer Today.