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Recording in a sound booth
The Recording Production Editor, Connie Corley, records a magazine in the recording booth.

NLS Narration Instruction Video

Talking Books is always happy to welcome new or returning volunteers to help us.

In the Carson City area

Volunteers assist NTBS staff provide library services to Nevada's citizens with print impairment. Opportunities for volunteering are designed to match a volunteer's skills, interests, and schedule. The staff will work with the volunteer to develop a schedule based on the library's operating hours, for on-going commitments, and for one-time projects.

All recording and circulation work is done on site at the library, with the exception of our Rating Unrated Books (RUB) volunteers, who can work from home.

Potential volunteers must fill out a Volunteer Application and sign a Memorandum of Understanding.


Circulation volunteers help us provide library services to patrons by inspecting books, filing and performing other clerical duties. Confidentiality and attention to details are required.

Recording program

Recording volunteers assist the Recording Program produce books and magazines about Nevada and by Nevada authors. The recordings are done in two sound-proof recording booths within the library. The Recording Program Coordinator will schedule an applicant for an interview and booth time. The two volunteer positions available are for narrator and reviewer.

Narrators should have the ability to read with a clear and distinct voice, to sustain a consistent level of verbal energy over a long period of time and to read in a conversational manner. A commitment to complete a book is extremely important; this includes time for narration and corrections. A time commitment of two hours per week is desired and speeds the production process along. In addition to a short interview, narrators will be asked to read a one page story.

Reviewers listen to a narrator's recording noting when and where errors, mispronunciations and extraneous sounds are made. Good hearing, attention to detail, concentration skills and basic computer skills are necessary.

RUB Reviewers

Commercially produced audiobooks added to the collection are not rated by the NLS Collection Development Section for levels of sex, language and violence. This accounts for approximately one third of the titles we receive each year.

Unrated books present difficulties for patrons who do not wish to receive books with one or all of these elements. Therefore, some network libraries have organized to address this issue using volunteers to review and rate these unrated books. This entails listening to the book, noting the occurrence of these elements, and submitting a report in writing, email or phone to us. We then submit this information to update the rating on the title in question.

If you would like to volunteer for this project, contact us to get started. A  title will be assigned. Please note: we do not have any control over what kind of book is assigned.The audio book and player will be provided for this purpose. There are no deadlines other than a reasonable length of time.