Chemung County Library District

8. ROLE OF VOLUNTEERS IN THE LIBRARY

The Chemung County Library District provides a wide variety of opportunities for volunteers to participate in both routine operations and special programs or projects. The District’s main purpose in running a volunteer program is to enhance its ability to meet its goals and objectives; however, it also seeks to provide rewarding volunteer work to community members and strives to assign tasks that mesh with each volunteer’s particular skills and interests.

Tasks which volunteers may perform include, but are not limited to, shelving and shelf reading, indexing for genealogy department, helping with children’s events, processing new materials, labeling books, mending library materials, processing weeded materials, dusting shelves and simple cleaning tasks.

The District Director will designate the staff responsible for recruitment, orientation, and coordination of volunteers. Those interested in volunteering must submit a Volunteer Application form.  (See APPENDIX H)

The Director’s designee will review all applications, interview volunteer candidates, and negotiate mutually acceptable schedules and duties with those accepted into the volunteer program.Volunteers are expected to commit to a regular weekly scheduleThe District reserves the right to reject volunteer applications and to discontinue volunteer opportunities at the discretion of the Director or designee.

Those individuals who perform at least 40 hours of volunteer service per 6 month period will be extended the following privileges:

  • Exemption from library late fees. Overdue notices will be issued using the same guidelines for overdue materials which staff observes. When a volunteer leaves his or her service at the library, fine policies pertaining to regular library patrons will resume.
  • Free photocopy and print services from microfilm, fiche or Internetwithin reason, generally up to 30 copies per month
  • Free coffee or tea during work breaks
  • Free local telephone calls if necessary while on duty.

As with paid staff, such privileges do not extend to the individual’s family members.

It is customary for the District to hold a Volunteer Recognition event annually.  All regular volunteers who have given service to the library during the previous year are invited to attend.

Approved by the Chemung County Library District Board of Trustees
February 16, 2012

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