Monday, October 29, 2007

Gain Public Library Experience

Would you like to volunteer for an organization that links your career interest and love of reading and information. Would you like to represent Columbia’s nationally recognized public library? If so, please contact me about a volunteer position at the Richland County Public Library. It only requires a commitment of approximately 3 hours per week. We have a volunteer opportunity in Acquisitions/Collection Management, a department that directs the activities required for a collection of over 1.1 million books and nearly 85,000 nonprint resources.

Acquisitions/Collection Management Volunteer, Main Library,

2-3 hours per week , once or twice weekly during 9-5:30 hours M-Friday

* Routine filing and other clerical duties

* Data entry

* Assist with record maintenance of library materials

* Perform other duties or special projects as needed

As a RCPL volunteer you are able to:

· acquire new skills and gain recognized work experience

* expand your social horizons

* serve in your own community

* keep up with the latest books and library materials

* help, and be appreciated for it

* contribute to the success of the largest, busiest public library system in South Carolina

For additional information on these volunteer opportunities call or email Cathy Dolan.

You may also download a volunteer application from and return the completed application to any RCPL location or to:

Cathy Dolan

Volunteer Coordinator

Richland County Public Library



  1. How do distance education students get library experience? graduate assistantships where they live or online?

  2. great Question:

    One of the best ways to get some library experience is to volunteer. It is a very good way to get your foot in the door.

    As for internships, you can contact your faculty adviser. That is the best way to set up an internship opportunity.