Volunteering is a great way to get practical experience in the library field, especially if you’re not currently working in a library! Not only can you gain familiarity with the day-to-day routines of the library world, it also shows the right attitude towards potential employers. SCALA also relies on service hours to maintain recognition as an organization and receive school funding. Your service not only helps your communities, it also helps us send you to conferences and other professional development opportunities.
Looking to volunteer?
SCALA routinely shares service opportunities via the calendar, blog and Facebook group. We frequently round up groups to assist with local library book sales and special events, such as the William Allen White Book Awards (and sometimes we grab a meal together afterwards)! We also put students in touch with volunteering for conferences. Even if you’re unable to attend the full conference, we usually can broker a deal where you can volunteer for a certain amount of hours and then attend the rest of the day.
Do you have an idea for a service project? Is a library or similar organization in your area in need and you’d like to spread the word? Share a post to the Facebook group or email an officer/representative!
Need to log hours?
Check out the tutorial below! Alternatively, you can email the current President with the details of your service, including: date, time, description, and verification contact.