Blog Posts by sue.walker

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Volunteer Management Opportunity

Are you looking for ways to expand the use of volunteers in your library? Libraries across the nation are successfully recruiting highly skilled volunteers to implement projects and programs that the library staff could never take on by themselves.  An additional benefit is often the volunteers bring in their friends and families and become library advocates when they unders

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Health Benefits of Volunteering

The following blog from Eileen Cunniffe outlines interesting facts about the health benefits of volunteering-to both the volunteers and the organizations in which they volunteer.

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Who volunteers in Idaho?

"People in my community don't use the computer to look for volunteer positions" is a frequent comment heard about recruiting volunteers online via VolunteerMatch.

Talking Book Service Postal Carrier of 2012

Photo of James Nef, Talking Book Service Postal Carrier of 2012

Idaho's Talking Book Service (TBS) provides audio and Braille books and magazines to approximately 3400 users statewide.  All materials, including players, are delivered to the user and returned to the TBS via Free Postage for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

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Volunteering from a Librarian's Perspective

At the PNLA conference last week, I participated in the "Volunteers Build Communities" volunteering opportunity at the Boys and Girls Club of Ada County.

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Need a Job? Volunteer!

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently published a report that supports the connection between volunteering and finding a job.

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Health Insurance Literacy

Provisions of the Affordable Healthcare Act continue to go into effect.  Effective in January 2014, Americans without health care coverage are required to enroll for health insurance.  Much confusion exists about the law's requirements and how they affect users.  Fortunately, libraries can help users bridge the information gap through the Health Insurance Literacy partnership.

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Idaho's Mid-Life Adult Advisory Committee at Work

The 8 members of the Mid-Life Adult Advisory Committee represent public libraries from all areas of the state.  Their willingness to experiment with new ideas and share their successful (and even their not so successful) activities is providing a wealth of information for programming for the 50-65 year audience. At a recent meeting, committee members shared ideas and discussed differe

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Getting Staff On-Board with Volunteer Engagement

Building a successful volunteer program requires staff to understand the many ways volunteers can support the library.  There are many reasons staff may not initially support the idea of using volunteers: too little time to train and manage them, perceived volunteer unreliability, and an assumption that volunteers can perform alimited number of tasks are just a few reasons.&

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Court Ordered Volunteers: Good or Bad Idea?

A useful blog summarizing the pros and cons (no pun intended) of using court ordered volunteers to participate in community service.  A couple points that stood out to me: