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

NLS Narration Instruction Video

Talking Book Services welcomes volunteers

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. Confidentiality and attention to details are required.

In the Carson City area:

Circulation

Circulation volunteers help us provide library services to patrons by

  • Inspecting books
  • Filing and other clerical duties

 Recording program

Recording volunteers, narrators and reviewers, assist the Recording Program produce books and magazines about Nevada and by Nevada authors.

Narrators:

  • Have a clear and distinct voice
  • Be able to sustain a consistent level of verbal energy over a long period of time
  • Read in a conversational manner
  • Commit to completing a book including time for narration and corrections
  • Able to volunteer two hours per week

Reviewers:

  • Able to listen to a narrator's recording noting when and where errors, mispronunciations and extraneous sounds are made
  • Have good hearing
  • Attention to detail
  • Good concentration skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Able to volunteer two hours per week

From Your Home:

RUB Reviewers (Rating Unrated Books)

Listen to audio books for levels of sex, language and violence.

RUB volunteers:

  • Listen to the book, noting the occurrence of these elements
  • Submit a report in writing, email or by phone
  • OK with any type of book to review
  • Complete in a reasonable length of time
  • Book and player provided