San José Public Library


Two self-directed groups of volunteer Boomers to plan and conduct new and innovative adult library programs. One group planned and conducted a series of 5 very well attended library programs on sustainable living practices. The other group planned and held a single program event on stroke awareness that was less well attended and that required much more assistance and direction from library staff. Also participated in the State Library's related Get Involved initiative, and leveraged the two projects to begin re-envisioning how staff work with and facilitate volunteers to ensure self-motivated and independently driven volunteer projects. From these experiences, the need for additional staff training on how to specifically work with this new type of engaged, self-directed volunteer was identified. A content expert was hired and, in collaboration with Infopeople, a staff training curriculum entitled Facilitation Skills for Working with Engaged Volunteers was designed.

Grant $13,011

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