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Volunteer

Welcome!  Thank you for your interest in our volunteer opportunities!

We believe in the power of a community library to change lives.  Join us! 

We post available positions as we have openings and when new opportunities are developed.  Keep checking back for new chances to join our committed group of library volunteers!

If you wish to ask a question or learn more about volunteering at the Aloha Community Library, please email Terri Palmer, Library Director, at volunteer@alohalibrary.org.

Current Opportunities

The Aloha Community Library is growing! In addition to our much larger space, we plan to expand our hours of operation, collection, and programming.  To do this, we need volunteers!  The only way we are going to make this plan work is to have a strong cadre of volunteers committed to working in the library.  Please consider donating your time to help us provide high quality library services to the community of Aloha!

  • Time commitment: 2-4 hours per week for a minimum of six months (some positions require working the same shift each week, others are more flexible)
  • Training is required for all positions
  • Successful completion of a background check is required for all volunteers 18 years and older

Adult volunteer positions (18 years and older)

Circulation Assistant (front desk): Check materials out, answer basic reference questions, and perform limited check in at the circulation desk to answer patrons’ account questions. Requires the ability to remember and enforce multiple county-wide and local policies; to provide stellar customer service; to work cooperatively with employees and volunteers; to focus on a computer screen and read special messages; and to problem-solve issues that arise.

Circulation Assistant (back room): Check materials in and organize them for shelving, to be transferred by courier service, or to be repaired. Depending on the time of day, additional duties may include locating items on the shelves to be placed on hold for patrons, unpacking courier deliveries, and shelving items for patrons to pick up.  Requires the ability to remember and enforce multiple county-wide policies; to work cooperatively with employees and volunteers; to focus on a computer screen and read special messages; to bend, stretch, and push heavy carts and bins full of books; and to problem-solve issues that arise.

Adult and teen volunteer positions (14 years and older)

Shelvers: SHELVING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB IN A LIBRARY! If we can’t find what we’re looking for on the shelves, what’s the point?  Join our shelving crew to help ensure that books and movies are returned to the correct places.  Requires the ability to file materials accurately in alphabetical and numerical order; to bend, stretch, and kneel; to push heavy carts and bins full of books; and to provide stellar customer service when shelving in public areas.

Technology Assistants: Answer patrons’ computer, printer, and e-reader questions. Requires the ability to communicate clearly and listen closely to patrons’ questions and comments; to provide stellar customer service; the knowledge of Microsoft products, downloading e-books, and basic Internet skills; and familiarity with the WCCLS online catalog and databases.

 

Opportunities with The Aloha Community Library Association (ACLA)

 

Volunteer Board of Directors Positions

The Aloha Community Library Association (ACLA) opened our non-profit, community volunteer-run library in September, 2012 with a mission to create and grow a library for the community of Aloha, OR, to be a focal point for the community.   We are seeking experienced board members who can provide insight and leadership. Please contact volunteer@alohalibrary.org for more information.

 

Board of Directors (Volunteer, General Board Member)

RESPONSIBILITIES

The board, as a whole, has the responsibility for governing the entire organization. The board is responsible for determining policy in the following areas:  Human Resources, Planning, Finance, Development, Community Relations, Communications, Marketing & Operations.

REQUIREMENTS FOR BOARD SERVICE

  • A demonstrated interest in the organization’s mission and goals.
  • Specific experience and/or knowledge in at least one area: Planning, Finance, Development, Community Relations, Communications, Marketing, or Operations
  • Representative of a key aspect or segment of the population of the community
  • A willingness to expand knowledge or board responsibilities through orientation and ongoing training
  • A willingness to represent the organization in the community
  • Six to ten hours per month, including these activities:
    • 3 – 4 hours’ board meetings (preparation and attendance)
    • 2 – 3 hours’ committee meetings (preparation and attendance)
    • 1 – 3 hours’ special requests
  • A willingness to participate in board fundraising activities and make a financial contribution to the organization to the best of one’s ability