To achieve the vision and the mission of the Woburn Public Library, we view the active participation of citizens as a valuable resource to the library. The Woburn Public Library utilizes volunteers to enhance public service to the community. Volunteers provide important support services to paid staff and work on special projects. They do not replace paid staff. Volunteers demonstrate that residents appreciate the positive impact of the library on the quality of life in Woburn.
A volunteer is any individual who assists with work done at the Woburn Public Library without remuneration. Volunteers perform services of his or her own free will; volunteers contribute their time, energy, and talents on a regular and reliable basis to the Woburn Public Library.
Volunteer Tasks Include:
A variety of formal and informal means are used to recruit volunteers. Volunteers are selected based upon their qualifications in relation to the needs of the Woburn Public Library at any given time, and based on their ability to commit to a consistent schedule of volunteer hours. Prospective volunteers are required to fill out a Volunteer Application Form. If the prospective volunteer’s skills and availability match the library’s current need, they will be contacted by staff. Applications are kept on file for a period of one year. Volunteers in grades 9-12 may volunteer with parental consent; a parent must sign the Volunteer Application Form. Volunteers aged 18 and older must have a Massachusetts CORI background check completed initially and then every three years by the City of Woburn. CORI paperwork will be filled out during the interview process.
Student Interns are volunteers selected through contacts with area high schools and colleges. A clear description of and timeline for the internship will be developed by the Library and the representative high school or college, and must stress the value of the project for both the student and the Library. Because much staff time will be required, each project must be carefully planned and approved by the Director before the student intern is accepted. A method and schedule for evaluation will be agreed upon between the student intern and the staff member for whom the intern is assisting before the student intern is accepted. Participation in a student internship program shall be considered a privilege which may be revoked at any time by the Woburn Public Library. The student intern may voluntarily withdraw from the internship at any time. The Library does not have paid internships.