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Business Office Assistant Position

  • Position Title: Business Office Assistant
  • Date & Time: Date & Time:  Short-term position. Flexible shifts are available for volunteers during the Library's normal hours of operation Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
  • Position Summary: Candidate gets the opportunity to learn some of the very necessary details on the business side of running a library.
  • Major Responsibilities: Update and organize business office files, label boxes and send retention boxes to storage.
  • Qualifications: Attention to detail and the candidate must be able to lift storage boxes of approximately 10

Federal Document Shifting Project

  • Position Title: Federal Documents Shifting Project
  • Date & Time: Long-term position. Flexible shifts are available for volunteers during the library's normal hours of operation Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
  • Position Summary: To move the materials in order to ensure the proper storage and growth of the collection
  • Major Responsibilities: This project entails moving federal documents from their current location to a new location in our federal documents room.    Volunteer will be responsible for dusting shelves and books as they are placed in their new location.
  • Qualifications: Volunteer must be able to lift 25-50 pounds and move shelving units.      Must be able to work in an environment with dust, noise.  Library experience or student preferred. 
  • Project Completion Date: Fall/Winter 2013

Indiana Historic Digital Newspapers Project

  • Position Title: Indiana Historic Digital Newspapers, Data Correction Assistants
  • Date & Time: Long-term position. Volunteer on-site or virtually from your home computer. .
  • Position Summary: The Indiana State Library is creating an online database of digital images of Indiana’s historic newspapers from our own collection and from the collections of cultural heritage organizations around the state.  Each digital page image has a corresponding computer generated transcription.  Transcriptions need to edited to provide for better keyword searching for users.  Volunteers will register through the online access software and will be able to select the newspaper title and page that they would like to edit.  An image of the newspaper page will appear beside the text box.  Edits will be made directly in the text box on screen.  
  • Major Responsibilities: Data Transcription
  • Qualifications: The ability to follow directions, work independently, attention to detail, accurate, responsible, dependable, and typing skills.
  • Project Completion Date: Ongoing

Indiana Legacy

  • Position Title: Indiana Legacy Databases, Data Entry Assistants
  • Date & Time: Long-term position. Volunteer on-site or virtually from your home computer. .
  • Position Summary: The Indiana State Library is creating an online database based on information taken from areas of our collection, and those from other Indiana Libraries and Historical Societies. The projects include the Indexing obituaries from the Indianapolis Newspapers on microfilm, working with the Marion County Divorces from the Indianapolis Commercial Newspaper, the Picture Index from our Manuscript Collection, Indiana Histories Index, and Court Records Indexes on Microfilm, and more. Virtual volunteers enter information for the database onto a spreadsheet from photocopies of the materials; on-site volunteers will work directly from materials, often microfilm or card catalog drawers.
  • Major Responsibilities: Data entry
  • Qualifications: he ability to follow directions, work independently, attention to detail, accurate, responsible, dependable, and typing skills. Candidate must be able to volunteer at least eight (8) hours per month.
  • Project Completion Date: Ongoing 

Newspaper Section, Indiana Division Shifting Position

  • Position Title: Volunteer for the Newspaper Section
  • Date & Time: Long-term position. Flexible shifts are available for volunteers during the library's normal hours of operation Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
  • Position Summary: To move the materials in order to ensure the proper storage and growth of the newspaper collection.
  • Major Responsibilities: Volunteer will be shifting bound and wrapped newspapers from their current location to a permanent storage area.  Some dusting and re-wrapping will be required. 
  • Qualifications: Volunteer must be able to lift 25-50 pounds and utilize a ladder.   Must be able to work in an environment with dust.  Library experience or student preferred. 
  • Project Completion Date: Spring/Summer 2015

Rare Books & Manuscripts

  • Position Title: Rare Books and Manuscripts Volunteer
  • Date & Time: Long-term position. Flexible shifts are available for volunteers during the library's normal hours of operation Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
  • Position Summary: Processing and creating finding aids to promote access to manuscript collections.
  • Major Responsibilities: This position requires basic processing of manuscript collections and creating finding aids and guides. Additional responsibilities may include providing research.
  • Qualifications: Experience with information technology applications in a library environment; working knowledge of basic Microsoft Office applications. Effective oral and written communication skills; strong organizational skills.
  • Project Completion Date: Ongoing

Talking Book and Braille Library – Indiana Voices

  • Position Title: Reviewer
  • Date & Time: Long-term position. Can be done remotely as a Virtual Volunteer or flexible shifts are available for volunteers during the Library's normal hours of operation Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
  • Project Description: Through the generous support from the Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Foundation the Indiana State Library's Talking Books and Braille Library will focus on recording books and magazine articles with Indiana connections that are otherwise unavailable in an audio format. We have two soundproof recording booths and digital recording equipment. These new materials will enable volunteer narrators to record books and magazine articles with maximum clarity and quality. The Talking Books project will greatly rely on the efforts of volunteers. Talking Books seeks volunteer narrators, monitors, and reviewers to begin production.
  • Position Summary: To help record books and magazines of Indiana interest for the talking Books program which is a part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
  • Major Responsibilities: Listen for pronunciation, word performance, technical errors, and listen for additions or omissions in the recording.
  • Qualifications: Possess a good "ear" for finding mispronunciations and other mistakes in the recording.
  • Project Completion Date: Ongoing

Talking Book and Braille Library – Indiana Voices

  • Position Title: Indiana Voices Monitor
  • Date & Time: Long-term position. Flexible shifts are available for volunteers during the Library's normal hours of operation Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
  • Project Description: Indiana Voices is a program that focuses on recording and circulating Indiana-related books and magazines that are otherwise unavailable in an audio format. The program is funded thanks to a grant from the Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Foundation. Indiana Voices materials are recorded digitally and transferred to a digital talking book cartridge that can be read only by specialized playback machines provided at no cost to patrons of the Indiana Talking Books and Braille Library. Indiana Voices materials are produced in the Ruth Lilly Recording Studio, which currently produces digitally-mastered, high-quality works made standard by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The program relies on the efforts of volunteers who donate their time as narrators, monitors and reviewers to provide quality Talking Books.
  • Position Summary: To help record books and magazines of Indiana interest for the Talking Books program which is a part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
  • Major Responsibilities: Operate the recording equipment during a recording session. Follow the narrator using a second copy of the text. Maintain quality control during the recording session. Must work as a team with the Narrator in a1 hour session at least once per week. <
  • Qualifications: Ability to use a PC and learn new programs. Posses a good "ear" for mispronunciations. Experience with recording equipment a plus.
  • Project Completion Date: Ongoing

Talking Book and Braille Library – Indiana Voices

  • Position Title: Indiana Voices Clerical Assistant
  • Date & Time: Long-term position. Flexible shifts are available for volunteers during the Library's normal hours of operation Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
  • Project Description: Indiana Voices is a program that focuses on recording and circulating Indiana-related books and magazines that are otherwise unavailable in an audio format. The program is funded thanks to a grant from the Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Foundation. Indiana Voices materials are recorded digitally and transferred to a digital talking book cartridge that can be read only by specialized playback machines provided at no cost to patrons of the Indiana Talking Books and Braille Library. Indiana Voices materials are produced in the Ruth Lilly Recording Studio, which currently produces digitally-mastered, high-quality works made standard by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The program relies on the efforts of volunteers who donate their time as narrators, monitors and reviewers to provide quality Talking Books.
  • Position Summary: Perform clerical tasks to support the Indiana Voices program.
  • Major Responsibilities: Assist with photocopying, mailings, prepare Talking Book materials to circulate, and review recorded materials.
  • Qualifications: Basic knowledge of Microsoft applications and ability to learn new PC programs. Must be able to volunteer at least 3 hours per week.
  • Project Completion Date: Ongoing
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