Volunteer at the Arizona Talking Book Library

Have fun. Learn something new. Make a difference.

Volunteer reader records a magazine.A volunteer reader and director work together to record a book.

Available Positions

Recording Studio Volunteers

Time commitment: Two-to-four hours once a week for six months or until a book project is completed.

  • Reader records either full-length books or magazines. Reader works alone or with a director.
  • Director operates recording software, follows along in the print text, and gives the reader feedback. The director controls the recording session.
  • Reviewer listens to a recording, compares it to a print copy, and makes written notations if there are any problems.
  • Editor listens to sound tracks and views the wave files. Editors remove extraneous noises, breathing, and pauses.

Digital Machine Repair Specialist

Time commitment: Two-four hours once a week.

  • Learn to repair digital cartridge machines that play talking books.
  • Enjoy the camaraderie of working with a group of volunteers.
  • Some mechanical knowledge is helpful, but not mandatory.
  • Repair group meets in Phoenix.

Outreach Volunteers / Public Speakers

Time commitment: Flexible schedule. Must be able to commit to three events per calendar year.

  • Give talks about Library services to small or large groups.
  • Maintain display booths at community events.
  • Must have transportation.

Ambassadors

Time commitment: Flexible. Individual volunteers structure their own schedule.

  • Make in-person contacts with an individual staff person at any residential or health related organization that has people who could use the talking book service.
  • Deliver information about services and offer the possibility of having a speaker present to a larger group.
  • Must have transportation.

Book Duplication Volunteer

Time commitment: Two-to-three hours once a week for a minimum of three months.

  • Duplicate cartridges to replace lost or damaged parts of talking books.
  • Check dubbed cassettes for sound quality and label book containers.
  • Use high-speed one-to-three duplicator.

Library Aide

Time commitment: Two-to-three hours once a week for a minimum of three months.

  • Provide clerical support to technical services, public services, machines services, and special services staff.
  • Enter data into the computer.
  • Prepare labels and containers for audio books.
  • Inspect and repair recorded books in the mailroom.