Volunteers in libraries have been a long standing tradition but recently my review of our policies and practices in this area, as well as a review of state law, have caused me to wonder if we are not balancing on the edge of a dangerous precipice.
State statute 67-20-1 deals with volunteers in government. It seems to indicate that treating volunteers as a fun, casual opportunity that benefits the library is a thing of the past. Volunteers have to be treated like employees. The obligations and responsibilities are significant. Here is the text of this statute for your consideration.