[Community-service] service at libraries

Reyazuddin, Yasmin Yasmin.Reyazuddin at montgomerycountymd.gov
Fri May 8 12:21:41 UTC 2015

Hi Ashley and all 
Many libraries have an information desk. Blind person can work there too. Visitors to the library may need to find a certain section without wondering all over. If you can master the skill of directing people through the different sections of the library, you can do it. 
I volunteered 1 year about 14 years ago at the Library of Congress at their Jefferson building which is right across from the Capital. Museums also have information desks and if you are interested it can be fun. 
I hope this helps. 

Yasmin Reyazuddin 
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Montgomery County Government 
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From: Community-service [mailto:community-service-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Jonathan Franks via Community-service
Sent: Thursday, May 07, 2015 10:50 PM
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Subject: Re: [Community-service] service at libraries

Hello Ashley,
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 and blindness.

Good luck


On 5/7/15, Nella Foster via Community-service <community-service at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Ashley:
> I volunteer at my local library, but I just lead a book club.  I like 
> to read 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.
> Nella
> 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 
>> mostly print books!
>> The public library has several online databases, and some are accessible.
>> They include online magazines and encyclopedias as well as business 
>> journals 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, are what is on the cds. I love the lectures so if I do not 
>> want to take a full 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 
>> speakers who meet weekly to practice English, but right now it seems 
>> like most jobs are for circulation support. The circulation 
>> department manages materials which patrons check out or in other 
>> words, material which circulates to the public.
>> The description is as follows.
>> May assist with any of the following, or similar tasks: processing 
>> returns, book drop and daily delivery of materials; completing 
>> customer maintenance; searching for items to be reserved for library 
>> customers; processing periodicals and newspapers. Electronically 
>> reports volunteer hours promptly and accurately.
>> That is the description. I know I cannot read call numbers to search 
>> for patron reserve requests. But I’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 I’ll ask them.
>> The description is also very vague so I am unclear what exactly the 
>> duties are for processing materials.
>> The duties do not list mending and cleaning books. But if that is 
>> something circulation staff and volunteers do, I can assist there. 
>> Mending simply means repairing books with glue and tape if they have 
>> minor tears.
>> Thanks for any ideas and encouragement!
>> Ashley
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