Current Volunteer Opportunities

Studio Reader – On-Site – Immediate Need!

Description: We are in need of volunteer readers with younger sounding voices to match the content being requested. Share your vocal talent with those who are blind, visually impaired or print disabled! Seeking dedicated volunteers to record a variety of texts (instruction manuals, magazines, fiction or non-fiction books, etc.) at our professional recording studio. Qualified individuals will possess superior oratory skills, advanced reading comprehension abilities and the determination it takes to complete projects in a timely manner.

Requirements:

• Adult (18 + Years)
• Strong reading comprehension and language skills are necessary
• Must pass vocal audition (materials will be provided upon application for the position)
• Must be able to sit and read aloud for 80 minutes at a time in our downtown Milwaukee studios
• Must possess a positive attitude and the patience it takes to record an audiobook

Time Commitment: 3 to 5 hours/week on-site
Training: Upon passing the vocal audition, training will be provided at our studios at the Central Library Building in downtown Milwaukee.
Location: At our office in the Central Library Building in downtown Milwaukee.

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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 audiobook

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

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Experienced Braille Transcriber

Description: Enjoy the challenge of transcribing materials into Braille for children and adults who are blind. With your help, children and adults who are blind can lead more productive and independent lives. Transcribe a variety of print materials in Braille such as textbooks, computer manuals, library books and other educational material. Transcribe in Braille short-term requests such as newsletters, children’s books, menus, and playbills. It’s a perfect opportunity for retirees or persons with time to volunteer at home.

Requirements:
• Adult (18 + Years)
• Certification by The Library of Congress will be required for this position.
• Must have a good working knowledge of braille
• 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
• 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 work with you to set this up if you already have a working knowledge of braille but are not yet certified. A transcriber commitment to ABLE after certification is an expectation.
Location: At home, or at our office in the Central Library Building in downtown Milwaukee.