May 28th 21:00 to 22:00 [GMT (London) Time]
SAN JOSÉ PUBLIC LIBRARY'S PARTNERSHIP WITH EBAY, CALIFORNIA, USA
Jill Bourne, City Librarian, outlines how the Library worked with international corporation eBay to design a new online and app tool for public participation in the traditional Summer Reading Program, and increased involvement to record levels. Jill will describe the process of securing highly skilled volunteers, positioning an organization to attract partners, and the internal assets that are needed to manage these relationships effectively. The app is now being adopted by other U.S. libraries.
BERRIMA HISTORICAL MUSEUM, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA
Harlan Hall, a recently-retired engineer and former General Manager of the Sydney Maritime Museum, initiated and project managed the building of a newly-opened exhibition hall attached to a local historical Museum. Harlan details his own volunteering expertise and impact - as well as that of the 50 or so other volunteers involved, including local professionals and tradespeople. He gives his tips on finding and persuading volunteers and the importance of: using volunteers within a clear business process; freedom for volunteer project managers; understanding what volunteers can/cannot do; measuring and reporting donated time; and training volunteers.
About The New Barn-Raising
The New Barn-Raising is an initiative to encourage the exchange of international best practice around sustaining community and civic assets such as parks, recreation centers, libraries, neighborhood stores, senior centers, museums and theaters. These are places and spaces characterized by a high degree of accessibility, popularity and sense of belonging to 'the people'.
The term New Barn-Raising refers to how different groups (business, citizens, foundations, non-profits groups, politicians, social entrepreneurs, social investors, taxpayers and unions) can all pull together to support assets.