Volunteer Opportunities at Logos


NEEDED: Logos Books Publicity Manager

Logos Books is seeking a special volunteer to serve in a vital role with this non-profit retail outlet. Persons with some combination of backgrounds in art appreciation, public relations, event scheduling, and business experience would be ideal candidates.

Duties involved are episodic and predictable for personal scheduling needs. The Publicity Manager coordinates monthly public displays of ArtAbout presentations at Logos Books. This has been an ongoing event for the past three years, much appreciated by local artists looking for a venue to display their artistic talents. Local musicians often accompany these events as well.

With the support and assistance of past experience of other Logos managers the successful candidate would be responsible for choosing and scheduling artist candidates on particular Friday evenings. Schedules are prepared 90 days in advance to allow artists time to fully prepare. The Publicity Manager arranges the set-up and display of the artwork in specified areas so as to not interfere with normal book sale operations.Set-up includes purchase and display of refreshments for guests. Reimbursement is made promptly for all event-related expenses.

ArtAbout has a standard publicity format given to the Publicity Manager but the successful candidate is encouraged to expand existing publicity efforts.

Ancillary duties include responding to requests for information on ArtAbout and Logos, the occasional press release, and attendance at monthly scheduled meetings of the Logos Steering Committee.

Interested candidates are urged to contact Hank Wyman, hank@davislibraryfriends.org for more information.

NEEDED:  Area Expert, Psychology and/or Philosophy

Logos Bookstore uses volunteer specialists called Area Experts. The job is both intellectually stimulating and enjoyable. AE’s prowl through boxes of sorted books in their particular area of expertise. They pick what they feel are the best books and then prices and displays them on an assigned Logos bookshelf. As the shelf empties the AE fills the voids. If a book does not sell, it’s replaced with another. A price guide is posted, intentionally below market price as we have a constant flow of books being donated. The Area Expert receives a summary monthly report of books sold by category and revenue generated. All revenue generated goes to the local library.

Area Experts are given a lot of discretion how to display their bookshelf to maximize sales and movement of books to the reading public. We recognize and accept that all AE’s have a distinct personality and can be applied to how books are presented to the public. Guidance, support, and monitoring comes from the Acquisitions Manager, he being a former professional bookseller.

The successful candidate will be introduced into the system at their pace and comfort. Individual responsibility and independence is given only when the Philosophy/Psychology Area Expert feels ready for it. Ongoing support and advice is always available from the Acquisitions Manager and other Area Experts. We’re developing a back-up system of experts should a particular AE want to take an extended leave.

We seek an individual with an active mind and a love of books who has an advanced academic background in either discipline of Psychology and Philosophy. The candidate is expected to have both a historical and literary perspective to best display and sell books on these topics.

Hours are flexible, Area Experts have access to the Logos store even when it’s closed. Typically, sorting, selection, and bookshelf display for sale are done weekly to biweekly. AE’s usually find themselves looking forward to their next opportunity to go into the store, check out the delivered books in the back room and the movement of books on shelf display.

Contact Rory Osborne at roryosborne@gmail.com for more information.