Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers

Instructor: Tatum Preston

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs

Price: $175

In this course, students will learn strategies for starting a library volunteer program or enhancing an existing program. Topics will include the reasons for starting a program, aligning library goals with volunteer needs, how to create job descriptions, how to find volunteers, and how to keep them.

Course goals and objectives:

  • Students will analyze and be able to articulate the benefits and costs of volunteer programs, particularly in their own library setting.
  • Students will gain an understanding of the psychology of volunteerism and how it relates to volunteer recruitment and retention.
  • Students will develop a framework for starting or enhancing a volunteer program.
Tatum Preston

Tatum Preston has been a solo librarian at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham, Alabama for 10 years. Tatum holds a BA in English from Davidson College and an MLIS from the University of Alabama, where she has taught a course on Art Librarianship. She is the author of “Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers of All Ages” in the book How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian (Scarecrow Press, 2011). CV

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.