The purpose of the Aiken-Bamberg-Barnwell-Edgefield Regional Library System's volunteer program is to supplement the work of the regular library staff, enabling the staff to extend more and better service to the public in an efficient, economic manner. The library reserves the right to establish or eliminate volunteer positions at any time, based upon the needs of the library and the overall situation. Even though volunteers are unpaid, it is recognized that the use of volunteers is not always an efficient, economic, or appropriate means to accomplish the library's mission.
There are other factors to be taken into consideration beyond the fact that volunteers do not receive salaries, such as coordination, accountability, availability, and qualification/suitability. There are necessarily some limitations to the appropriateness and effectiveness of using volunteers. One example of a task which is considered inappropriate for volunteers to perform is the operation of the library's automated computer system for circulation and for keying in patron registration information. Only paid staff are allowed to perform this task. These circulation procedures involve extensive training and updating, the use of passwords, and confidentiality of patron and computer system information for which paid staff only can be held accountable.
The following are some illustrative examples of tasks which are considered appropriate for volunteers:
Patron assistance - aiding patrons in the use of the Public Access Catalog and other equipment
General Branch Helper - providing directional assistance to patrons and assisting paid staff with other duties as specified
Shelver/Shelf Reader - placing books on shelves in correct order; checking books already on the shelf for accurate placement
Clerical Assistance - typing, filing, sorting, preparing mailbags, etc.
Special Projects - assisting with special projects which range from half day to several days, depending on the project