Current Volunteer Opportunities

Studio Engineer (On-site)

Description:

Share your audio engineering/computer skills with those who are blind, visually impaired or print disabled! Seeking dedicated volunteers to engineer simple recording sessions in our professional studio environment. This entails operating recording software, following along in a text as it is being read, and making minor edits to recorded files, as necessary. Qualified individuals will be proficient computer users, familiar or open to learning simple audio editing techniques in a typical DAW program (such as ProTools, Cuebase or Audacity), comfortable working as a team with our volunteer readers and committed to finishing projects in a timely manner.

Requirements:

• Adult (18+ Years)
• Some experience with digital audio recording/editing preferred
• Must be able to effectively communicate with volunteer readers and guide them through recording sessions as necessary
• Ability to troubleshoot technical problems that may arise during a recording session
• Must possess a positive attitude and the patience it takes to record an audio book

Time Commitment:

Time commitment of 4-6 hours/week at our downtown Milwaukee studios.

Training:

Upon acceptance to the program, training will be provided at our studios at the Central Library Building in downtown Milwaukee.

 

Audiobook Reviewer

Description: Share your love of reading with those who are blind, visually impaired or print disabled! Seeking dedicated volunteers to review our audiobook recordings for errors. This position involves listening to the recording of an audiobook and making note of any errors or possible word mispronunciations. The monitor is supplied with a print copy of the book to follow along in as well as a log sheet to mark the page number and time in the recording when the error occurs. Our engineers use this information to go back and re-record any mistakes in our studios.

Requirements:

  • Adult (18+ Years)
  • Must be able to stay focused on this detail-oriented work
  • Must possess a positive attitude and the patience it takes to monitor an audiobook
  • Strong reading comprehension and language skills are necessary

Time Commitment: 3 to 5 hours/week

Training: Upon acceptance to the program, training will be provided in our studios at the Central Library Building in downtown Milwaukee.

Location: At your home or in our office in the Central Library Building in downtown Milwaukee.

 

Braille Transcriber

Description:

Are you interested in learning something new? Do you like a challenge? Braille is a fascinating code that will keep you interested and challenged.

Requirements:

• Adult (18+ Years)
• A high school diploma or equivalent
• A resident of Milwaukee or Southeast Wisconsin
• Must own a PC and be have basic computer skills – experience with Windows and knowledge of basic file management
• A good knowledge of English
• Able to read standard size print
• Attention to detail and a “perfectionist” attitude
• Strong problem solving skills
• Able to complete training and certification (see below)
• Long-term commitment (at least 12 months)

Time Commitment:

This is an ongoing and long-term commitment. We ask a minimum of 8 hours per week, ongoing, with more time required if Library of Congress certification is necessary.

Training:

Certification by The Library of Congress will be required for this position. We can help you sign up for their online course.

Location:

At home, or at our office in the Central Library Building in downtown Milwaukee.