Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers and Interns
Instructor: Tatum Preston
Dates: July 1st through 26th, 2019
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
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 leads the research team at CarterBaldwin Executive Search in Roswell, GA. She has extensive leadership experience in both corporate and non-profit libraries. A native of North Carolina, Tatum earned a B.A. in English from Davidson College and an MLIS from the University of Alabama. Prior to joining CarterBaldwin, Tatum served as the Library Director at the Birmingham Museum of Art for ten years, and as a Team Lead at a corporate archival agency with clients including fashion brands, professional sports teams, and Fortune 500 drug companies. Tatum is passionate about training the next generation of library professionals and has hosted over 50 interns during her career.
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.
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