Genealogy Center Volunteer

Genealogy Center Volunteer

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Volunteer Job Description

The Genealogy Center Volunteer will have knowledge and experience with genealogy
procedures and practices; should have excellent customer services skills; and may have contact
with the general public in group and individual settings. Hours will vary.

  • Assist staff with collection maintenance including shelving; as well as labeling books and
    filing materials; book repair and preservation.
  • Use and explain genealogy guides, databases and library resources to assist customers
    with genealogy related questions and inquires.
  • Assist with creating tip sheets and/or finding aids for customers to use while studying and
    researching genealogy.
  • Provide assistance and guidance to customers inquiring about genealogy research tools
    and databases.
  • Assist with the planning and presentation of programs and events for all ages, including
    groups to encourage interest in genealogy and genealogy research.
  • Replenish and restock promotional products used to help bring awareness to the
    genealogy collection, resources, services, programs, events and classes.
  • Assist with potential projects including helping to process incoming items, and donations.
  • Share awareness of condition of materials in need of attention, including repair.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills Required:

  • Knowledge of genealogy resources and research routines.
  • Customer service.
  • Comfort interacting with public library customers of all ages and with staff.
  • Flexibility.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Attention to fine detail.
  • Written verbal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work alone.
  • Physical ability to perform volunteer duties.
  • Ability to operate microfilm machines, and other library equipment.
  • Ability to use the library catalog, the internet and electronic databases.

Desired Availability:

  • Ideally able to devote at least 2 hours once a week. Hours as available and scheduled with managers.