Internet/Automated Catalog Tutor

Time Commitment

1-3 hours, weekly


To provide instruction for the public in the basic use of the Internet, electronic databases, and the library's online card catalog. In this position, the volunteer teaches basic computer skills to adult learners, including how to navigate the Web and use a Web-based email account. They might also assist students one-on-one or in small groups.

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Chance to meet new people
  • To work in pleasant surroundings
  • To develop new skills
  • Give something back to the community
  • Share your talents
  • Feel needed and valued
  • Enhance your resume
  • Satisfaction from accomplishment

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist the public in learning the basics of what the Internet is, and how to use it
  • Aid the public in learning how to navigate the online library catalog
  • Assist patrons, particularly those with no computer skills, with the basics of how to use a computer

Skills/Abilities/Qualifications Required

  • Excellent oral communication and written skills
  • Ability to work congenially with staff, patrons, and other volunteers
  • Ability to instruct clearly in basic computer use, using the simplest, non-technical language
  • Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions, policies and procedures
  • Ability to exercise patience and understanding in working with both beginners and intermediate computer users of all age groups
  • Ability to commit time and planning to conduct a class or series of classes
  • Requires advanced computer experience, especially in the use of the Internet