SCL Publishes Policy on Volunteering in Libraries
The Society of Chief Librarians has revised and republished its policy on volunteering.
The Society of Chief Librarians strongly supports volunteering in libraries. The Society firmly believes that volunteers add value to the public library service, as long as all volunteering activity is contained within a professionally managed and delivered framework.
Volunteering is encouraged because it not only benefits volunteers, but also directly increases community engagement, adds value to the services available to customers and contributes to libraries being positioned at the heart of their local communities. Volunteers do become positive advocates for the service and many young volunteers do progress into full time paid employment within either the Library service itself or the wider local authority.
The Society is clear that training and support for volunteers is crucial to a successful volunteering programme.
Please download the full SCL Policy on Volunteering: SCL policy on volunteering
Please download a selection of case studies and suggested job roles: Case studies and job roles.
The SCL Wales policy on volunteering differs from this policy. The full SCL Wales policy on volunteering is being updated and will be posted in September 2012.