Volume XII, Issue 4, July 2012

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As practitioners in the field of volunteer engagement, we are all intimately familiar with the extraordinary impact volunteers have on our diverse communities. We have a privileged front row seat to witness all of the amazing things volunteers do – from the hands-on work of building healthy... Read more
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As corporations jump on the volunteering bandwagon, nonprofits find themselves trying to manage the influx. Not surprisingly, they’re finding themselves a little frustrated as well. Businesses have a habit of making seemingly unreasonable requests of nonprofits when it comes to setting up the ideal... Read more
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Before my explorations into the world of business and personal productivity, I worked as a volunteer manager at the University of Birmingham (UK) and was involved in a few different volunteer programs as a volunteer, leader, employee and founder. I then led a small charity called Student... Read more
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Points of View is moving into new territory. For the past 12 years, I have written this quarterly essay with Steve McCurley, who recently retired. But I have no desire to change the title of this feature to “Point” of View. The plural "Points" has always mattered. So we will do some experimenting... Read more
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In 2004 and again in 2010, Along the Web explored the topic of volunteers in arts, heritage and culture.  In this issue, we revisit that sector to look at volunteers’ input that relates specifically to public library services. Whether funded by governments, philanthropists, donors or private... Read more
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Think for a moment about how you currently access information on a day-to-day basis to discover what’s happening within your field of work, at your child’s school or local sports club. How do you access news, seek opinions and look up the obscure name of a band or a book you’ve forgotten? What... Read more
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During 2011, a small group of volunteer managers in the UK responded to an invitation to be part of a project that would ultimately allow them to develop new skills, extend their networks and create a team of ‘Volunteer Management Champions.’ The goal was to help create a ‘buzz’ about the volunteer... Read more
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How do we measure and express the impact of volunteers to a variety of audiences? One common method consists of reporting the number of hours that volunteers have served. Another is placing a monetary value on those hours to put them in context to the other resources received by the organization.... Read more