I’ve had the opportunity to fill in for our librarian recently.
I love the space, it’s full of light and something about the stacks of books feels homey and comforting.
The library started in Gail Irwin’s basement. Gail was the manager of member services who brought many new programs at Volunteer Calgary to life, but one major piece of her legacy is the library. I’m looking around at the hundreds of resources now and I’m reminded that some pretty great things have humble beginnings.
We have the usual suspects, such as “Best of All” by Linda Graff, or the Volunteer Administration Professional Practice text I mentioned a few weeks ago, but our collection extends beyond volunteer management.
Have you recently had a change in role or taken on a new project? It’s pretty common in our sector to take on new responsibilities and it can feel a bit overwhelming as you get started. The library has resources on fund development, human resources, boards of directors as well as general issues that apply to business and nonprofits alike, books on diversity, sustainability and generational differences in the workplace.
I love keeping up with the Leadership Calgary reading list. Take a look at the latest book club discussion for the current reading selection. This collection is guaranteed to be eye-opening and thought provoking. My favourite? “A Short History of Progress” by Ronald Wright. I’ve read it twice.
Looking for another reason to stop by? You can research new funding opportunities by booking some time with the Canadian Directory of Foundations and Corporations. This week I helped a couple of excited board members search for funding and was pleased to overhear their excitement every time they got a new lead on a possible funder. Make sure you make an appointment to use this resource. Most find they are here for several hours.
Last but not least, our helpful librarian, Valerie White, is a professional. When you call, Valerie can help you narrow your focus and find what you need. Her helpful services include reference questions, to help you prepare for writing in-depth reports or starting a program from scratch.
I love the library, not just for the cozy setting, but for all of the times I’ve felt overwhelmed and was able to find exactly what I needed to feel prepared and confident. And really, isn’t that the ultimate comfort?