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Volunteer Opportunities 

Listed are all volunteer opportunities currently open at the Indiana State Library.  Positions will be added regularly as new opportunities arise.

Unless otherwise noted, there is no deadline for volunteer applications.

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Current Positions

Audiobook “Proofreader”
Audiobook Recording Monitor
Clerical Assistant
Collections Processor

Fourth Grade Tour Leader
Newspaper Collection Assistant
Transcriber
 

Audiobook “Proofreader
Indiana Voices

The Indiana Voices program records audio versions of Indiana-related books and magazines and makes the recordings available to the blind and visually impaired through the Talking Books and Braille Library.

Indiana Voices is seeking volunteers to “proofread” new audiobooks by listening to the work in its entirety, comparing the recording to the printed work, and marking discrepancies, mispronunciations, and other errors.  Volunteers must be detail-oriented and have a good “ear” for proofreading.

This position allows volunteers to work at the Indiana State Library or from home.  For in-library proofreaders, shifts are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  At home volunteers can set their own hours, although completed projects must be returned in a timely manner.

To learn more about Indiana Voices, please visit the program’s webpage.

Audiobook Recording Monitor
Indiana Voices

The Indiana Voices program records audio versions of Indiana-related books and magazines and makes the recordings available to the blind and visually impaired through the Talking Books and Braille Library.

Indiana Voices is seeking volunteers to assist in recording audiobooks by monitoring the recording process while following along in a print version of the text, providing pronunciation corrections and quality control.  Volunteers need to be detail-oriented, familiar with basic computer use, able to learn the recording software, and have a good “ear” for pronunciation.  Prior experience with recording equipment is a plus.

This position is flexible, with shifts available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  However, the monitor must be available to work as a team with the reader for at least one hour per week at a consistent time.

To learn more about Indiana Voices, please visit the program’s webpage.

Clerical Assistant
Business Office

The Indiana State Library Business Office is seeking a volunteer to assist with updating and organized files, preparing supply orders, and preparing retained records for long-term storage.

Volunteers must be detail-oriented and able to lift boxes weighing up to 10 lbs.  This position is flexible, with shifts available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Collections Processor
Rare Books and Manuscripts

The Rare Books and Manuscripts Division is seeking a volunteer to process manuscript collections and create finding aids for the collections.  Volunteers may also conduct research to provide background information on collections.

Volunteers must have strong organizational skills and be able to communicate effectively both orally and in written media.  The position is flexible, with shifts available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

To learn more about the Rare Books and Manuscripts Division, please visit their webpage.

Fourth Grade Tour Leader
Indiana Division

The Indiana State Library provides history and architecture tours to fourth graders from around Indiana.  The tour covers the historic 81-year-old Indiana State Library building, including behind the scenes glimpses of the closed stacks, preservation lab, and library vault, which are rarely open to the public.

The tour has a pre-written script for leaders to follow, and training is provided prior to your first tour.  Tour season runs from August 2015 through May 2016, with various times and days each month, so we can accommodate almost any schedule.  Each tour runs 30-45 minutes and requires a total time commitment of 1½-2 hours.  Tours take place on weekdays only.

Volunteers must be comfortable working with late-elementary school-aged children and be capable of a fair amount of walking and climbing multiple flights of stairs, and must be able to pass a background check.

Newspaper Collection Assistant
Indiana Division

The Indiana Division is seeking a volunteer for the Newspaper Collection to assist with a major shifting and rehousing project

Volunteers must be able to lift at least 10 lbs. and must be able to work in a dusty environment.  Gloves, dust masks, and other protective gear will be provided.

For more information on the Newspaper Collection, please visit their website.

Transcriber
Indiana Historical Digital Newspapers Project

The Indiana Historical Digital Newspapers Project is seeking volunteers to correct computer-generated transcriptions of digitized Indiana newspapers, providing more accurate search results for researchers.

Volunteers must be able to follow instructions, be detail-oriented, and have good typing skills.

This position allows volunteers to work from home.  Those who do so must have a computer and a reliable internet connection.

For more information on the Indiana Historical Digital Newspapers Project, please visit the Hoosier State Chronicles blog.

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