Volunteer Information


The Lake Blackshear Regional Library System welcomes and encourages members of the community to volunteer their time and talents to enrich and expand library services. 

Volunteers are recognized by the public as representatives of the library and are expected to conform to the same work and behavior code as employees.  Volunteers shall have access to staff restrooms, lounge and work areas.   

A volunteer shall be considered as any individual, 17 or older, who assists with work done at the Lake Blackshear Regional Library System, without remuneration.  Exceptions to the age requirement may be made by the Library Director. 

Volunteers under 17 must have written permission from a parent or guardian to volunteer at the library.  Volunteers are selected by the library staff, assigned a supervisor, evaluated, and retained as long as their services are needed.  Both the volunteer and the Lake Blackshear Regional Library System have the right to terminate the volunteer’s association with the Library at any time, for any reason, with or without cause. 

Volunteers may be used for special events or projects, or on a regular basis to assist staff.  Services provided by volunteers will supplement, but not replace, regular services, and volunteers will not be used in place of hiring full- or part-time staff.   

Volunteers do not receive wages or benefits.  Friends of the Library and community service workers work under the same guidelines as other library volunteers. 

Volunteers may apply for paid positions under the same conditions as other outside applicants.  In accordance with labor laws and library policy, paid staff may not volunteer their services to the library except with written permission from the library director. 

The Lake Blackshear Regional Library System will not provide any medical, health, accident or worker’s compensation benefits for any volunteer. 

Volunteers will not be eligible to receive any worker’s compensation benefits for any injuries sustained while functioning as a volunteer.  

Approved by the Board of Trustees of the Lake Blackshear Regional Library System

August 19, 2004


Lake Blackshear Regional Library System
Business Manager Position
The Business Manager is responsible for the overall management of the library system's financial and human resource operations.  This position reports directly to the Library Director.  Responsibilities include full financial accounting and reporting with knowledge of governmental fund accounting and knowledge of human resource management.  This position will also be responsible for the following:  Maintain personnel records, organize and prepare materials for board meetings, arrange meetings, attend board meetings and answer financial questions, prepare annual budget and any adjustments necessary, prepare request for support to funding agencies, prepare requested information for annual audit, maintain and file E-Rate paperwork, maintain fixed assets/inventory for the library system and all other duties required for financial and human resource operations for the library.  This is a full time position with state benefits.
Salary:  Dependent on Experience
Qualifications:  Bachelors degree in accounting or related field, or 4 years bookkeeping/accounting experience, preferably in governmental fund accounting.  Must have computer skills, including high proficiency with Excel worksheets and other Microsoft Office programs, strong oral and written communication skills, excellent organizational skills, ability to maintain accounting records in compliance with state mandated rules and regulations and must respect confidentiality of personnel and other office matters.  Knowledge of Blackbaud Financial Edge accounting software a plus.  Background check/drug screening is required.
To be considered for an interview, applicant must submit the following three documents:
    Lake Blackshear Regional Library System Application
    Cover Letter
    Resume including three professional references.
Lake Blackshear Regional Library applications are available HERE and at all libraries in our library system.  Submit complete package to:  Linda Erkhart, Lake Blackshear Regional Library System, 307 East Lamar Street, Americus, GA  31709 or email to .
Application deadline is Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 5:00pm.




The Lake Blackshear Regional Library (Americus) holds a subscription to BookPage, courtesy of the Sumter County Friends of the Public Library, and keeps current copies at the front desk. These are free to the public. Click here to go to the online BookPage.

Our Mission

The Lake Blackshear Regional Library System's mission is to provide organized access to information through various formats and meet educational, informational, recreational and cultural needs of the citizens of Crisp, Dooly, Schley and Sumter Counties, and to improve efficiency in operations.

The Sumter County Library Board meets at 6:00 PM on the first Tuesday of January, April, July and October at the Lake Blackshear Regional Library.

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