Thursday, March 27, 2008

From the Director

Today I finished an Internet class entitled Fundamentals of Volunteer Management, sponsored by the Northern States Conservation Center. This is not my first Internet class,and I hope it will not be my last. The instructor, an expert in volunteer training programs, was in Denver. The other students were in Fresno, Cedar Rapids and Peshawabestown MI. This class was a great opportunity not only to learn recent information about museum best practices but a window on other communities and their volunteer programs. Twice a week we logged on to our website for an hour of "chat." Assignments, reading resource materials, and forums completed the rest of the class format. I will be bringing back ideas for the creation of a volunteer handbook, job descriptions, training, recognition, and budgets for our volunteer program.

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