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We are in the middle of a museum paradigm shift and a new type of museum volunteer is emerging from the community. Non-profit volunteers are looking for unique and satisfying ways to engage in their communities and museums are primed to offer just the experiences these volunteers are looking for. Here's a practical exploration of the differences between the "then" and "now" volunteers and solid advice on volunteer recruitment, communication, and retention strategies. Kristy Van Hoven and Loni Wellman will help you answer the questions: -What are new volunteers looking for? -What is their motivation? -How can you spot the hidden gems in your local community? -How can you develop a successful relationship with potential volunteers? -How do you keep the museum volunteer motivated and happy? -What can teens, adults and retiring professionals bring to your organization? -How can your museum support a robust and active volunteer program? -How do you reward volunteers and keep them for the long term? and, most importantly, -How can you meet volunteer's needs and still benefit from their work? The Guide highlights successful projects, incentives, and general museum culture which support volunteer activities and includes examples of Volunteer Job Descriptions, Calls for Volunteers, Evaluation forms, as well as volunteer project outlines. Written in a light hearted spirit, Recruiting and Managing Volunteers in Museums: A Handbook to Volunteer Management will engage and inform any professional tasked with developing and managing a volunteer program at their institution. Museums offer an amazing array of volunteer opportunities that help create a greater sense of belonging and purpose for the volunteer. With a growing number of retiring professionals and students looking for professional experiences, now is the time to embark on developing a volunteer program that will thrive in the years to come.

About the Author

Kristy Van Hoven is the Outreach Director for the National EMS Museum and PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. Over the last three years Kristy has worked with the National EMS Museum's Board of Trustees to develop and implement engaging e-volunteer opportunities and community programs that reach their digital audience. In addition to her work with the EMS Museum, Kristy volunteers at a number of local museums in Toronto, Ontario. Loni Wellman is the Volunteer and Special Projects Coordinator at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum. Prior to that, she was the Educational Program Facilitator at the Art & History Museums--Maitland, and Educational Program Manager at the Children's Museum of Memphis. In these positions, Loni has witnessed the changes in volunteerism first hand and has tailored her programs to meet the needs of the new volunteer. Loni has her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Flagler College, and her Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781442262515
ISBN-10: 1442262516
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publication Date: January 7th, 2016
Pages: 146
Language: English
Series: American Association for State and Local History