Is this the precedent we want to set?

July 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm 1 comment

The Charlotte Mecklenburg library system is asking for more volunteers so they can extend their library’s hours of operation.

While I’m all for utilizing volunteers in creative ways (especially in this straitened economy), I worry that letting volunteers staff libraries is a precedent that will start a slide down a slippery slope. Libraries–and everything in them–are already free, right?


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  • 1. Jenifer Daniels  |  July 29, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Thank you for your comments about Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Please note the following:

    a) utilizing volunteers in this manner is a requirement per the draft interlocal agreement between the Library and Matthews, Davidson, Cornelius, Mint Hill and Huntersville
    b) the towns have agreed to assist, if not take a leadership role in recruiting volunteers
    c) this is an experiment that we have great optimism about –however it is dependent upon committed volunteers who are willing and able to give at least 2 hours per week for a six month commitment
    d) rallying, training and managing volunteers of this magnitude for the main purpose of extending library hours is unprecedented in the Library’s history and nationally prior to the recession
    e) most volunteers will not be expected to manage confidential patron records or assist with detailed, specialized information gathering


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