Volunteers have been the life-blood of libraries. They help us to reach our potential in the communities we serve. We need to think about volunteers as employees. They represent the library. As the employer, we need to make sure we have the right volunteer in the right job. To achieve this we need to write job descriptions for our volunteers. Do you need a web designer? Do you need help with Summer Reading? Do you need help at the circulation desk? Each requires different skills, a different set of responsibilities, and a different time commitment. Write your job descriptions to reflect the need. It is important to interview the potential volunteer and review the needed skills and time commitment and to see if the person will work well with the library team. We also need to give the volunteer the time to say “No” if they feel they do not fit with the job needed. What have been your experiences with volunteer?