Purpose: The Markesan Public encourages individuals and groups to volunteer their time and efforts at the Library.

Definition of Volunteer:

A volunteer is a person who performs tasks and services for the Markesan Public Library without receiving financial compensation.
Volunteers may or may not be members of the Friends of Markesan Public Library.
Children under the age of 18 may only work as volunteers with the consent of a parent or legal guardian. Children under the age of 18 may volunteer if the event is in collaboration with another organization, i.e. Girl Scouts, National Honor Society, etc.
Children under the age of 12 must volunteer in the company of a parent or guardian.
Library volunteers support and supplement but do not supplant or replace library staff work.

Volunteer application process:

Volunteers must complete a job application prior to performing reoccurring volunteer work at the library. Application forms may be waived in the case of event volunteers or assisting in a single library program, etc.
Volunteers must possess a skill which is of use to the library.
The library reserves the right to deny volunteer opportunities to any person.
Reading skills are necessary for the majority of library tasks.
Court ordered community service volunteers are accepted at the discretion of the Library Director.
Volunteers will be subject to a background and/or reference check.
The library may inform a volunteer at any time and for any reason that the volunteer may no longer volunteer at the library. The library need not specify a reason.
The volunteer may inform a Library at any time and for any reason that the volunteer will no longer volunteer at the library. The volunteer need not specify a reason.

Volunteer Guidelines:

Record accurately all volunteer time and activity, if needed.
Comply with all library policies and procedures.
Wear appropriate attire.
Behave professionally and reflect a positive customer service attitude toward library customers and employees.
Not distract others by excessive talking, being loud, rowdy, or other inappropriate behavior.
Show up for assigned hours. Perform assigned tasks as requested. Perform tasks correctly.

Supervisor Responsibilities:

Recruit & interview volunteers.
Screen Volunteers by calling references and/or conducting a criminal record check.
Provide orientation, tour, job description & training.
Ensure that volunteers are given appropriate assignments.
Ensure that volunteers are receiving effective and professional supervision.
Keep written records & statistics, as needed.
Plan to recognize and reward volunteers’ completion of assigned tasks and contribution to the library.
Handle evaluations, problems and conflicts.

Approved 12/15/2016