Volunteer with the Texas Talking Book Program’s Volunteer Recording Studio

Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Austin, TX

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In recent years, people are volunteering more than ever. Volunteers are finding out that the benefits are enormous, nLogo Tealking Book Program Helping Texans Read Since 1931.ot only for themselves, but for their whole community.

The Texas Talking Book Program’s Volunteer Recording Studio is seeking volunteers to join their team. Volunteering with the Talking Book Program (TBP) presents an opportunity to produce high quality materials that directly benefit Texans with disabilities. TBP volunteers gain valuable experience in a professional recording environment, receiving training and opportunities that are rarely offered at commercial broadcasting or recording facilities. Volunteers report that they find the process both interesting and rewarding.

There are three positions available in the studio: Reviewer, Monitor and Narrator. All volunteers work together, under the guidance of studio staff, to produce books in digital audio format. A new volunteer can work either as a reviewer or a monitor. The reviewer's job is to ensure a quality recording by checking for errors in narration, unwanted noises from the recording booth and general misrepresentation of the author's intent. The monitor assures that the narrator is reading accurately and that the digital equipment is recording properly. Orientation and training are provided by TBP staff during the initial session and usually take about two hours. A volunteer who has worked in the studio for a minimum of six months (or 40 hours) can audition to be a narrator.

Volunteering is easy and flexible, with hours available on weekends and weeknights. And the generosity of your time makes an invaluable contribution, benefiting the many Texans—and those across the country—who are unable to read standard print. Help bring back the joy of reading by volunteering today.

The Talking Book Program is a free library service to Texans who are unable to read standard print due to a qualifying visual, physical or reading disability. For more information about the program visit www.TexasTalkingBooks.org.

For more information about volunteering contact 512-475-4605 or tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov.


The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides Texans access to the information they need to be informed, productive citizens by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records; and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities. For more information, visit tsl.texas.gov.

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Susan Floyd
Page last modified: December 12, 2019