For immediate release | October 11, 2011

Free webinar on engaging a new base of volunteers for public libraries

CHICAGO - Many of the Net Generation can contribute technology and Internet skills but may view local public libraries as community amenities with little relevance. They will volunteer if they can use their expertise to make a difference. Many Baby Boomers are semi-retired, computer literate and actively engaged. They will volunteer if they believe the experience will be intellectually challenging. Find out how you can engage such skill-based library community volunteers in your public library at a free Oct. 19 WebJunction webinar, “Innovative Use of Skill-based Volunteers in Public Libraries,” cosponsored by ALA TechSource.

By tapping into and engaging these "new volunteers," libraries are helping to build vibrant, sustainable community support for their library. The webinar will identify the critical issues and plan of action necessary to engage volunteers, and participants will learn how to develop a volunteer base drawing on the expertise of both the Net Generation and Baby Boomers.

Eileen Dumas and Preston Driggers, co-authors of the ALA Editions book "Managing Library Volunteers" will moderate the webinar. Panelists are Gail Zachariah, head of youth and community services, Keene Public Library (NH); and Sonja Plummer-Morgan, director, Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library (ME). The webinar will be held at 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011. Visit WebJunction to register.

ALA TechSource and ALA Editions are publishing imprints of the American Library Association.

WebJunction promotes learning for all library staff by providing open, affordable online learning communities. Our members access resources, attend programs, take courses, share knowledge and network with others – all in an environment that fosters collaboration and mutual support. Founded in 2003 and based in Seattle, Washington, and Dublin, Ohio, WebJunction is supported in part by OCLC, grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, partners in library service agencies, and the library community.