[Community-service] service at libraries
jfranks at nfbtx.org
Fri May 8 02:49:33 UTC 2015
Some members of our chapter go and read Braille books to the children.
For the past several years we have donated a number of Braille books
to our public libraries and have days where volunteers from the
chapter come in and read too the children and teach them about braille
On 5/7/15, Nella Foster via Community-service
<community-service at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> I volunteer at my local library, but I just lead a book club. I like to
> and I'm good at leading the discussions, so that's what I do.
> Please keep us posted; I would love to hear how you manage other volunteer
> positions in a library.
> Quoting Ashley Bramlett via Community-service
> <community-service at nfbnet.org>:
>> Hi all,
>> Well, since I use the library, I want to give back.
>> Please tell me if you served the library and how you did it.
>> I use the access services branch which houses talking books and I use
>> the other public libraries. You may wonder how or why? After all its
>> print books!
>> The public library has several online databases, and some are accessible.
>> They include online magazines and encyclopedias as well as business
>> in databases like Abi and general one file.
>> I also use the cd and dvd collection. Of course dvds have on screen menus
>> that I have sighted help with at home to set up.
>> The cds have a variety of content. Commercial audio books, music, and my
>> favorite thing, audio lectures from well known scholars and lecturers,
>> what is on the cds. I love the lectures so if I do not want to take a
>> class on a subject, but want to enhance my knowledge on say, music
>> history, I
>> can do that free with the lectures.
>> So my question.
>> Do you think I could help the circulation department?
>> I thought of helping with the english conversation groups for ESL
>> who meet weekly to practice english, but right now it seems like most
>> are for circulation support. The circulation department manages materials
>> which patrons check out or in other words, material which circulates to
>> The description is as follows.
>> May assist with any of the following, or similar tasks: processing
>> book drop and daily delivery of materials; completing customer
>> searching for items to be reserved for library customers; processing
>> periodicals and newspapers. Electronically reports volunteer hours
>> and accurately.
>> That is the description. I know I cannot read call numbers to search for
>> patron reserve requests. But Iâ€™m wondering if I can do something in the
>> databases to clean up records or process records.
>> I do not know what customer maintenance means, so Iâ€™ll ask them.
>> The description is also very vague so I am unclear what exactly the
>> are for processing materials.
>> The duties do not list mending and cleaning books. But if that is
>> circulation staff and volunteers do, I can assist there. Mending simply
>> repairing books with glue and tape if they have minor tears.
>> Thanks for any ideas and encouragement!
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