ERIC Number: ED354902
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Strategies for Effective Orientation, Training, and Management of Media Center Volunteers.
Dale, Carol A.
The purpose of this practicum was to develop a program for volunteers in an elementary school media center that allowed volunteers to be more independent from the media specialist. Phase I of the program, highlighting school volunteers as Target Group I, included a questionnaire, interviews, delegation of specific tasks, a posted duty roster, an advance scheduling calendar, and a daily time sheet. During that time, the media specialist, with input from the volunteers, developed new procedures and materials, including four complete instructional units, designed to prepared volunteers for maximum efficiency in their work. The main development was a series of videotaped lessons supplemented with information handouts, activity sheets, and pretests, which also served as posttests, and individual progress charts. Four lessons explained basic terminology and the fifth described procedures for a special project. Home volunteers constituted Target Group II, which used a correspondence form of the training program during Phase II. Observations recorded in the media specialist's journal indicated widespread effectiveness of the program. It was concluded that personal factors which arose were often as important to the success of the volunteer program as were the specific organizational strategies implemented. Copies of the training materials produced, graphs of volunteer progress, responses to recruitment efforts, and testimonial letters from volunteers and faculty are included in the appendix, which comprises two-thirds of the document. (KRN)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Practicum Report, Nova University.