A joint event by BayNET and Northern California & Nevada Medical Library Group

The event is a tour of the South Branch of the Stanford Health Library followed by a reception and a moderated program on “Using Volunteers Effectively: Issues and Opportunities.”

In times of tight budgets, libraries are expanding the roles of volunteers, but how do they balance the use of volunteers with the work of paid library professionals? How can we use volunteers most effectively to enhance the services on which our patrons rely? The following panelists will present information about the issues and opportunities they have encountered in working with volunteers in a variety of settings:

  • Nancy Dickenson, Librarian, Stanford Health Library. Stanford Health Library is a consumer health library that is part of a teaching hospital. Tour the library’s South Palo Alto Branch; then hear about some of the innovative ways in which they utilize volunteers.
  •  Jenifer Shurson, Assoc. Human Resources Analyst, Berkeley Public Library. Jenifer Shurson’s field of study is Organizational Psychology. She has been working in Human Resources for approximately ten years, five of which have been with the Berkeley Public Library. As part of her current position, she serves as the volunteer coordinator for Berkeley Public Library.
  • Karen Schneider, Director of Library Services, Cushing Library at Holy Names University, Oakland. Karen Schneider has had a wide range of experience with volunteers in libraries and library organizations, including managing over 100 volunteers while in a previous position as Director at Librarians’ Internet Index. She has published over 100 articles and two books, and also writes a popular blog on librarianship entitled “Free Range Librarian.”
  • Peter Doering, Supervisor, Media Services, Santa Clara County Office of Education. Peter Doering has served as Supervisor, Media Services, for the last ten years at the Santa Clara County Office of Education.  In this role, he provides professional development and library support for their 32 districts, which include 350 schools throughout the county.

In addition to volunteer coordinators, this presentation will be useful to anyone looking for ideas about how to expand their volunteer efforts or how to better utilize the volunteers they already have.  Come for the entire evening or only part of the program.

Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Location: Stanford Health Library, South Palo Alto, Branch, Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Room G106, Palo, Alto, CA


5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Health Library Tour
5:30 – 6:00p.m. Networking Reception
6:00 – 7:30p.m. Program

The event is free for BayNet & NCNMLG members. $5 for all others, Payment (cash or check only) will be taken at the door.

Seating is limited therefore pre-registration is highly recommended. We will confirm your registration and include directions to the Stanford Health Library.