Volunteers or Employees: Finding the Right Fit for Teens at the Library
Saturday, January 28, 2023
3:30 PM – 3:50 PM
Location: Morial Convention Center, ShopTalk Area A (LLX Marketplace, Hall J)
Wondering whether you should pay teens as library employees, or engage them as volunteers? You're not alone! The distinctions can be tricky, and there are pros and cons to each. This Shop Talk session explores the types of roles that paid and unpaid teens tend to fill at public libraries and provides guidance on how to decide which teen experience will work best for your library. The presenter will also share her experiences managing paid internships and volunteer programs at the New York Public Library, and will share what she has learned from those experiences. You'll learn practical tips on how to structure volunteer programs and paid teen experiences, the activities that work best for each category, how to fund teen employment if that's the path you choose, the pitfalls to avoid, and finally, the valuable learning opportunities volunteer and paid positions offer to teens.
explain the difference between a teen volunteer and a paid teen library employee.
describe the types of activities and program structures that work best for volunteers versus paid teens.
analyze their library's resources and needs, as well as their teen patrons' interests, to decide whether to create a volunteer or paid experience.
identify the common components of a successful volunteer program or employment experience for teens.