[Libs-Or] Volunteers - Policy or Procedure

Arlene Weible arlene.weible at state.or.us
Wed Mar 6 11:56:25 PST 2019

Hi Mark:

While the resources list is a bit dated, you may want to check out the "Volunteers in Libraries" web page provided by ALA.

This page has a bullet list of legal issues that should be addressed when using volunteers in library operations. Many of these are covered in general personnel policies, but it is a good idea to make sure that volunteers are explicitly mentioned in local personnel policies.

The State Library also has several books in our Library and Information Science Collection about library volunteers<https://ccrls.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/oslpublic/search/results?qu=Volunteer+workers+in+libraries.>, so you may want to review those as well.


Arlene Weible, MLS
Electronic Services Consultant
Oregon Federal Regional Depository Coordinator
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From: Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Mark Rose
Sent: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 11:22 AM
To: libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
Subject: [Libs-Or] Volunteers - Policy or Procedure

We've used volunteers without a board approved policy for some time. I know that some public libraries have a policy and others not. What aspect of volunteers requires it to be a policy? Is it because they may interact with the public? Is it to exclude them from specific tasks? I'd appreciate hearing why this should be a policy as opposed to a procedure.

Thank you for your consideration of this topic.

Mark Rose
Director, Hermiston Public Library
mrose at hermiston.or.us<mailto:mrose at hermiston.or.us>
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