Age-Related Differences in Public Library Volunteers' Motivations for Volunteering
volunteering in public libraries. A 30-item survey instrument, the Volunteer Functions
Inventory (VFI), was completed by 28 volunteers at three branches of the Wake County
Public Library system to determine whether motivations varied according to age.
Although the intent of the study was to compare three age groups of volunteers (under 20
years old, 20 to 55 years old, and over 55 years old), too few surveys were returned to
allow such a comparison. The most surveys were returned from the oldest age group and
results from this group are consistent with past research in that older volunteers tended to
be motivated heavily by their values and far less so by career concerns. Suggestions for
improving future research with public library volunteers are given along with information
on how to improve volunteer outreach and recruitment.
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:surveys volunteers public libraries north carolina
Date of Publication:11/15/2006