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Pamela Dunning <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 10 Aug 2021 13:59:48 -0400
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I can say from experience that volunteers can be a blessing but are usually
a curse. I have delt with the person who decided to go play golf instead of
cover lunches for staff, the person who brings in their laptop and want to
show everyone videos of the grandkids, the person who thinks they are here
to talk to the patrons while they are looking for books... The list goes on
and on and on. I, also, feel that by using a volunteer to fill in as a
librarian is devaluing the training and knowledge that staff have worked
very hard to develop. I don't ever want to make them feel that I believe I
can replace them with anyone new walking in the door. That would be a real
morale buster.

Just my two cents, Pam

Pam Dunning, Director
Wiscasset Public Library
21 High Street
Wiscasset, ME 04578

-----Original Message-----
From: Maine Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
Behalf Of Karen Eger
Sent: Monday, August 9, 2021 10:33 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [MELIBS-L] Guidance on library volunteers

Hi Michelle,

Your patrons will not have a full service library on the day the volunteers
staff it.  To me, this is a bottom line.  The volunteers won't ever have the
information that you and your other staff person have, and therefore the
service will be incomplete at best and unhelpful at worst.   Access to the
building and collection is very important yes, but so is what you do to
assist your folks. I think it leads to devaluing the public library as a
resource in your community.

Karen McCarthy Eger
Library Director

South Berwick Public Library

27 Young Street
South Berwick, ME 03908


From: Maine Libraries Discussion List <[log in to unmask]> on behalf
of Michelle Raymond <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, August 6, 2021 12:37 PM
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [MELIBS-L] Guidance on library volunteers


I have many concerns and questions running through my head and can't seem to
get them in any kind of order. So, I am throwing out the basic information
and seeing what I learn.

The library has two part time paid employees covering Monday through Friday,
which consists of 31 hours open to the public. The library board is
considering having volunteers open and run the library an extra day.

Any guidance, thoughts, or comments on this are most welcome.


Fort Kent Public Library
1 Monument Square
Fort Kent, ME 04743
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