Volunteering at the Library is a great way to help your community! Volunteers have helped set up for events, pulled items to be placed on hold, delivered items to homebound patrons, grown vegetables in the Library garden, reorganized the library, and much more. Look below for current volunteer opportunities and for descriptions of volunteer tasks. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer with the Millis Public Library, please contact Rachel Silverman at rsilverman@minlib.net.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Metadata Collection and Cataloging Volunteer: The position of Collection and Cataloging Volunteer offers individuals the opportunity to the basics of organizational and library science. Volunteers will learn the process of metadata collection and how to formulate item records for future use. Furthermore, volunteers will get hands on training in the field of library science and learn how to manage and organize a collection. Working with archival items, individuals will learn preservation techniques while preserving the past. For those interested in the opportunity to learn about history, archives, libraries, information science, and/or computer technology are encouraged to contact Jared Jacavone at jjacavone@minlib.net

Digital Imaging Editing Volunteer: The position of Digital Imaging Editing Volunteer offers individuals the opportunity to learn more about computer technology and photographic editing. Volunteers will learn to process, convert, and compress images while preserving documents from Millis’ past. Furthermore, volunteers will be exposed to archival preservation techniques and learn some of the basics of digital stewardship and library science. If interested in this opportunity to learn about preservation, history, computer technology, and/or photographic editing contact Jared Jacavone at jjacavone@minlib.net

Bound Material Scanning Volunteer: The position of Bound Material Scanning Volunteer offers individuals the chance to learn about the archival process and the ability to help preserve a piece of a past. Volunteers will learn to operate archival scanning equipment while preserving documents from Millis’ past. Furthermore, volunteers will become familiar with editing software and be taught the proper techniques when handling archival items. If interested in this opportunity to learn about  preservation, history, computer technology, and/or digitization please contact Jared Jacavone at jjacavone@minlib.net

Flatbed Scanning Volunteer: The position of Flatbed Scanning Volunteer offers individuals the chance to learn about the archival process and the ability to help preserve a piece of a past. Volunteers will learn to operate archival scanning equipment while preserving documents from Millis’ past. Furthermore, volunteers will become familiar with editing software and be taught the proper techniques when handling archival items. If interested in preservation, history, computer technology, and/or digitization are contact Jaren Jacavone at jjacavone@minlib.net

Special Project Volunteer: Special project volunteers work on ongoing projects as needed. Hours and responsibilities will vary depending on the project.

Library Shelving Volunteer: Library straighteners are responsible for doing walk-throughs of the Millis Public Library to straighten shelves, pick up stray books and toys, dispose of left-behind trash, as well as doing periodic shelf dusting. Volunteers must be able to bend down to pick objects up off the floor. Straighteners are needed any time between 12-2pm Tuesday-Friday. Volunteers are welcome to pick one or more days of interest.

Door-Stop Delivery Volunteer: Door-stop Delivery volunteers are partnered with homebound patrons in the community to provide them access to library materials. Volunteers are responsible for picking up pre-packed bags of materials for homebound patrons, delivering the bag to the home of the individual, and returning previously dropped off bags of the material to the library. Days and times of pick ups and drop offs will vary, and will depend on the schedule of the volunteer and the patrons to whom they are delivering materials.

Senior Tax Relief Volunteer: For more information about the Tax Work Off Program for Senior Citizens, please contact the Council on Aging.