As a small non-profit library with limited resources, we are always grateful when people are able to spare some time to assist. We can use help in the following areas:
Volunteering at the library:
Our newsletter mailing is a big job – but many hands make light work! Volunteers for this job would be required for a two to three hour session up to four afternoons per year. Duties include collating, folding, sealing and labeling. Afternoon tea is provided.
Books and other materials added to the collection are labelled and covered by volunteers who attend the library weekly. Training is provided for skills in this area. Time commitment is entirely up to the individual.
Some volunteers with technological, library or administrative experience carry out scanning of the PMI archives, data entry, bibliographic searching and periodical audit duties. Volunteers with library skills and experience assist us with maintenance of our holdings on the Libraries Australia database. If you are interested in any of these tasks, or if you have any particular skills that you would like to use or develop, we look forward to receiving your expression of interest in volunteering at the PMI.
Volunteering at home:
Do you like to keep fit by going for walks around your local area? If so, and you live within the greater metropolitan area of Melbourne, why not take a batch of PMI pamphlets with you for delivery to mailboxes in your local area? The size of the batch is up to you and delivery of even a small batch will help us spread the word about the library.
Creating a basic index
There are many small books in the library which would be much more useful to researchers if they contained a basic index. If you would be interested in creating an index for a book, an information sheet of basic guidelines will be provided to help you.
Benefits of Volunteering
There’s a range of ways you can benefit from volunteering:
- Contributions noted in the PMI newsletter and volunteers listed in the PMI Annual Report
- Subscription fee and overdue fees waived for the following calendar year (on completion of the 15th hour of volunteer service on premises or one indexing project)
- A job reference or statement of work experience, if required
- Knowing that you are making a valuable contribution to a community owned, non-profit library service and a living part of Victoria’s heritage
How to Volunteer at the PMI
Simply complete the form below and the Volunteer Coordinator will be in contact with you.