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Library volunteerism outcomes: what student volunteers expect

Library volunteerism outcomes: what student volunteers expect Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyse the outcomes of the Library Volunteerism Program of student volunteers in a college library of Mumbai. Design/methodology/approach – The survey and interview method was used to collate the achieved outcomes and expectations of 112 student volunteers who participated in the Library Volunteerism Program. Findings – The Library Volunteerism Program strengthened the library‐student bond. Though the student volunteers felt satisfied about making an important contribution to the organisation, they rarely found it personally fulfilling. The volunteers expected more substantial outcomes and flexibility from the Library Volunteerism Program. Practical implications – The study found that making the volunteerism experience more exciting, challenging and beneficial to the volunteers is essential for developing a long‐lasting and mutually beneficial relationship between the volunteers and the library. The suggested guidelines should allow similar libraries to design an effective library volunteerism program. Originality/value – This is the first paper which discusses library volunteerism outcomes in the college libraries of India. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Management Emerald Publishing

Library volunteerism outcomes: what student volunteers expect

Library Management , Volume 32 (8/9): 13 – Oct 25, 2011

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0143-5124
DOI
10.1108/01435121111187914
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyse the outcomes of the Library Volunteerism Program of student volunteers in a college library of Mumbai. Design/methodology/approach – The survey and interview method was used to collate the achieved outcomes and expectations of 112 student volunteers who participated in the Library Volunteerism Program. Findings – The Library Volunteerism Program strengthened the library‐student bond. Though the student volunteers felt satisfied about making an important contribution to the organisation, they rarely found it personally fulfilling. The volunteers expected more substantial outcomes and flexibility from the Library Volunteerism Program. Practical implications – The study found that making the volunteerism experience more exciting, challenging and beneficial to the volunteers is essential for developing a long‐lasting and mutually beneficial relationship between the volunteers and the library. The suggested guidelines should allow similar libraries to design an effective library volunteerism program. Originality/value – This is the first paper which discusses library volunteerism outcomes in the college libraries of India.

Journal

Library ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 25, 2011

Keywords: Academic libraries; Library volunteers; Student assistants; Volunteering outcomes; Volunteerism; India; Library projects

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