I’ve never volunteered at a library, partly because I’m fortunate to work for one! I’ve been on the receiving end of volunteers, though, mostly as an internship supervisor of library students from the local library schools. While I’ve had a couple of non-library-student volunteers, I’ve learned that having library students who have had cataloging class recently, and who are committed a regular schedule for an entire semester because they’re getting academic credit, are an especially good fit. Granted, doing an internship for academic credit is different from volunteering. There’s no pay here in either case, but there’s the extra incentive of the grade, even if it’s Pass/Fail.
I’m hoping to do an internship of my own, but I’m not sure if time will permit extra long-term volunteer gigs, especially since I’m working full-time and going to class on top of that. I did look on the local public library’s website for volunteering opportunities, and the application asks for availability Monday through Friday during morning or afternoon hours. Since I’m working my regular job during those time periods, volunteering there doesn’t seem feasible.
I’m pretty certain I’ll be able to make a library-related internship happen, but since I already have library experience, I’m not sure about straight out volunteer work at this point. Since free time after my library job and classes is short because of studying, an extra volunteer gig at this point would have to be out of the ordinary, and maybe even something non-library related. Every once in a while, a gal needs a change of pace. 🙂