Volunteering and Internships

Volunteers

In order to apply to be a volunteer please download the application document (Microsoft Word) and return it to the Library in person or email it to info@roaringspringlibrary.org!

“Those who can, do; those who can do more volunteer” Unknown.

Individual and corporate volunteers donate thousands of hours of work for the library each year. You too can join our corps of dedicated volunteers! You can make a big difference in the quality of library service in your community by sharing your time and talent. In times of tight budgets volunteers are needed more than ever. Volunteers are not paid- not because they are worthless but because they are priceless. Volunteers enhance and enrich the Roaring Spring Community Library year-round. Volunteers work side by side with staff performing everyday Library activities.

You will be able to . . .

  • acquire new skills and gain recognized work experience
  • expand your social horizons
  • serve in your own neighborhood
  • keep up with the latest books
  • help, and be appreciated for it

Volunteer Opportunities exist in the following areas:

  • Keeper of the Shelves – Include making sure books are in order on the shelf
  • Quicker Picker Uppers – Help keep the library book area neat and in order
  • Green Thumbs – Care of indoor plants and outdoor landscaping Shrub trimming
  • Handyman Helpers – Minor repairs changing light bulbs, touch-up painting, moving furniture
  • Go Green Recyclers – Crush cans, process ink cartridges, prepare cardboard, magazines and books for recycling.
  • Special Projects and Events – Behind-the-scenes clerical tasks and customer service assistance
  • Children’s Story Time Assistants – Assist children’s programming with programming
  • Book Group Volunteers – Coordinate a book discussion group at a Library.

Whether retirees or teens, volunteers help libraries thrive. Volunteers contribute years of experience or youthful enthusiasm to any task and their creativity improves the library. Teens are able to practice real-world skills, while seasoned adults appreciate the opportunity to explore new interests and become part of a social network in their community. No matter how much life experience you bring to the Roaring Spring Community Library, we are richer for all that you do.

 

Our Volunteer Policy

It is the policy of the Roaring Spring Community Library to encourage community-minded people to serve as volunteers. A volunteer is one who performs a service of his or her own free will; who contributes time, energy and talents directly for the library and is not paid by library.

Library Volunteers

  1. Supplement the efforts of the paid library staff.
  2. Serve to encourage citizens to become familiar with their library staff or support fundraising efforts.
  3. Have the opportunity to feel personal satisfaction while performing a valuable service for the community.

Volunteers are recognized by the public as representatives of the library and are expected to comply with all policies of the library. The library staff and its volunteers work together for mutual satisfaction and for the benefit of the library and the community. Volunteers are required to fill out a Volunteer Information Sheet which will be kept on file. All personal information about a volunteer is for internal use only and is confidential.

5 Categories of Volunteers

  1. Adults
  2. Youth (between 11 and 18 years of age)
  3. School related participation through community service requirements and National Honor Society
  4. Special Projects (Internships and Externships)
  5. Court ordered for non-violent offenders only.

Tasks That May Be Performed By a Volunteer

  1. Shelving materials, shelf reading and processing and/or repair of materials.
  2. Assisting staff members with programs and projects including youth programs.
  3. Light cleaning assignments.
  4. Clerical work as assigned and answering the phone.
  5. Working the circulation desk under the supervision of a staff member.

Guidelines for Volunteers

  1. Volunteers will make note of time donated in the Volunteer log.
  2. Volunteers are expected to park in the back lot unless physical disability requires use of handicap parking.
  3. Volunteers who smoke are expected to do so in the back parking lot away from children entering the building.
  4. Volunteers will not be expected to perform any task that staff would not do.
  5. Procedures and requirements for the volunteer may vary depending on the age of the volunteer. Youth volunteer assignments are handled on a case by case basis.
  6. The library will, upon request, provide letters of reference for the volunteer.
  7. Volunteers are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of ALL library information. Failure to maintain confidentiality will result in immediate termination of the volunteer.
  8. Should a volunteer have a grievance with a staff person, another volunteer or a library patron, every attempt will be made to handle the situation through the Director and Board.
  9. The Library reserves the right to terminate the services of the volunteer.
  10. Parental permission with signature is required to permit a person between 11-18 years of age.

***Adopted by R.S.C.L. Board of Directors March 21, 2011****

 

For more information about Teen Volunteers please see this page.

 

Internships

Intern @ Your Library

The R.S.C.L. offers unpaid internships to students across all areas of study. The library places interns in a position that will utilize their skills and meet academic requirements.  Our goal is to create a valuable working experience for each intern.

Internships

Benefits

  • gain work experience in a professional setting
  • observe, network and be mentored by professional staff
  • attain personal goals by developing project items for your portfolio.

Apply

Intern candidates must complete an Internship Application; submit a letter of interest and resume to Michelle A. McIntyre, Director, at mmcintyre@roaringspringlibrary.org.  Applicants will undergo a review process including an interview.

Internship Application (PDF)