Thursday, October 25, 2007

Volunteer Opportunities at Talking Books at the South Carolina State Library

Talking Books, at the South Carolina State Library, provides library services for the visually impared patrons, and they are looking for some volunteers. As they were kind enough to give us a tour of the Talking Books, we are posting volunteer information on LISSA 2.0 Here's a link to the volunteer section of the Talking Books website. The volunteer application is also on the website.

Their recording program is where they have the greatest need for volunteers. These volunteers will help record and produce recorded books and magazines for our handicapped patrons. All volunteers working with the recording program receive training on how to use specialized digital recording software.

Volunteer Narrators record books and magazines about South Carolina or written by South Carolinians. Narrators must have an acceptable reading style, have a pleasant voice and pass an audition.

Volunteer Monitors operate the recording equipment while the narrator is reading/recording and provides quality control for the recording session.

Volunteer Reviewers check for mistakes in the recorded material and make edits and corrections to the recordings.

Here are some other volunteer positions that we have available right now.

Production Assistants use professional high speed tape duplication equipment to make copies of audio books and magazines that will be added to our collections and circulated to our visually and physically handicapped patrons.

Receptionists greet visitors, answer the phone and route calls to Talking Book Services and other State Library staff.

Book Inspection volunteers check cassette books to ensure that tapes are in good condition, books are complete and all cassettes are rewound before they are mailed to patrons.

Talking Book Services is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm. Almost all volunteer work is done during normal business hours. You can set up a flexibile schedule to work as little or as often as you like. An interview is conducted with each potential volunteer to discuss your interests, experience and time availability. Please contact Naomi Bradey by email or phone if you're interested in volunteering. Her information is as follows:

Naomi Bradey

Volunteer Coordinator

Talking Book Services

South Carolina State Library

P.O. Box 821

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