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Volunteer Opportunity, Teen Room, Public Library of Brookline, Brookline, MA

The Public Library of Brookline is looking for a volunteer to help staff our Teen Room every other Friday during the school year.


Volunteers will work an average of 3 hours a week on every other Friday, between 2-5 PM between their start date and June 8, 2018.
Duties will include: providing information to patrons using the teen space, monitoring computer use and troubleshooting basic computer problems, basic shelving, shelf-reading, and familiarizing patrons with the collections and space.  We are seeking enough volunteers to cover the afternoons every other Friday, in three hour shifts, with the potential for other periodic requests for coverage on other days if it fits with the volunteer's schedule. More specific projects can be given if desired, to be determined by the volunteer and the Teen Services librarian. Interns will learn about the daily workings of a public library, specifically in Teen Services, and gain practical experience in staffing a public service desk in a busy public library.
All of our volunteers will need to fill out a CORI form to volunteer here at the library.  We will need a copy of your ID to submit with the form.
If interested, please contact the Teen Librarian Robin Brenner at rbrenner@minlib.net to set up a short interview. 

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Volunteers, Database Services, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA

Title: Database Services Volunteers

Description: Seeking volunteers to help scan record materials and index documents. At New England Historic Genealogical Society we depend on the help of our volunteers to provide the bulk of the data we organize into searchable databases. 

Volunteering can be done from the comfort of your own home, whenever you have time, for individuals interested in indexing. Volunteers are also welcome to come to the NEHGS library to index, as well as scan. Scanning can only be done at the library. Materials can be found on our online platform for indexing records, sign up for the platform is done through our special link. Volunteers must come into the Newbury St location for part of their weekly hours to fulfill criteria for credit or letters of recommendation. 

We currently have 2 major projects: digitizing parish records for the entirety of the Boston Archdiocese, and digitizing the fifth generation of Mayflower Families Through Five Generations books (Mayflower Silver Books). 

Listed below are possible options for volunteers to choose from:

  • Scanning materials for databases
  • Indexing material from sources into Excel spreadsheets OR using the online platform to index material
  • Editing images on the computer
  • May also include other responsibilities organized between the volunteer coordinator and individual based on skill set

Gain experience in:

  • Best practices for handling historical books
  • Interpreting primary source documents
  • Genealogical research
  • Special equipment: flatbed scanner, the Archivist Quill - a dual camera book scanner
  • Learn new computer programs: XnView, Photoshop

Qualifications:

  • Ideal candidate will be reliable and great communicator.
  • Must have computer experience, and ability to learn easy computer programs.
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Preferred: experience reading cursive or interpreting primary source documents.

How To Apply: Please email a Resume and Cover Letter to Bianca Renzoni at Bianca.renzoni@nehgs.org

Apply by: Rolling Application Basis

Salary/Benefits: This is an UNPAID volunteer position. Compensation in the form of community service hours, college credit, letters of recommendation, museum/cultural center reciprocity program in the Boston Area, and limited access to the facilities. 

About this Organization: American Ancestors / New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is America's founding genealogical organization and the most respected name in family history. Established in 1845, American Ancestors / NEHGS is the nation's leading resource for family history research. American Ancestors / NEHGS provides comprehensive family history services through an expert staff, original scholarship, educational opportunities, world-class research center, and awardwinning website, AmericanAncestors.org, to help family historians of all levels explore their past and understand their families' unique place in history.

American Ancestors / NEHGS is a member-based nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing the study of family history in America and beyond, by educating, inspiring, and connecting people through our scholarship, collections, and expertise.

As the flagship genealogical society in the nation, American Ancestors / NEHGS serves more than 225,000 members and millions of online users with more than a billion searchable records on AmericanAncestors.org, and through the assistance of a staff of 90 genealogical experts and nonprofit professionals.

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Volunteer Opportunity, Horn Book Magazine, Boston, MA

One time Volunteer Opportunity:
 
Wednesday 10/24/2017 3-5  people needed to help box up 2000 books that Horn Book Magazine is donating to The Boston Public Schools. Maura O'Toole will be at the office from 9-11, but volunteers can come for as little or as long as they have time for. Horn Book Magazine is located in the Palace Road Building, on the third floor, suite P-311.
 
Please email Maura O'Toole directly at motoole2@bostonpublicschools.org, or come directly to the office at 9. 

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Volunteer Opportunity, Winship Elementary School Library, Brighton, MA

Winship Elementary School's Library is seeking volunteers throughout the 2017-2018 school year. This is a great opportunity to work with children in a library setting and learn about various aspects of circulation systems, whether you want to be a public librarian or school librarian.

Responsibilities:

  • Shelving: placing books back on the shelves according to the Dewey Decimal System or alphabetically by the author's last name

  • Circulation duties: checking books in and out for students using LibraryWorld (our checkout system)

  • Other tasks as they arise: this may include processing new books, adding patrons to the catalog, weeding the collection, creating displays, etc.

Training will be provided to familiarize volunteers with the layout and organizational system of the library as well as the circulation system.

Volunteer hours will occur during normal school hours (9:30am to 4pm).  We would prefer volunteers that can commit to a somewhat regular schedule, such as a couple of hours weekly or monthly. However, we are very flexible. Let us know your schedule, and we can work with you!

In order to volunteer, you must complete a CORI request (background check).  This requires you to fill out a simple form and show the school secretary your ID before working with children. Further instructions will be given once you are scheduled to volunteer.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email Anna Winters at anna.winters@simmons.edu or Aaron Noll at anoll@bostonpublicschools.org.

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Literacy Volunteer Tutor, Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts at the Pollard Memorial Library, Lowell, MA

Would you like to get teaching experience working with adults? Literacy Volunteers of MA at the Pollard Memorial Library in Lowell trains volunteers who provide free, confidential and individualized or small group tutoring to adults in basic literacy and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Literacy volunteers help adults acquire the literacy and English language skills that empower them to realize their goals. By improving their basic skills through tutoring, adults are able be self-sufficient, help their children with homework, read a daily newspaper, enjoy more independence and gain self-confidence.

Our volunteers must attend a 2-hour information session and an 18-hour training before being matched with a student. We ask volunteers to commit to tutoring this student for 2 hours per week for 9 to 12 months. During this time you come to understand the student's strengths and the particular challenges they face, so that you can prepare lessons to match their needs and goals.

Our next ESOL Volunteer Tutor Training begins on Monday, October 23 at 8:45am in Lowell. You must attend a Volunteer Information Session on either Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017 or Thursday, Oct 19,2017. In 2018 we will have provide a Saturday training program.

If you are interested in volunteering now or in the near future, please send an email with a letter of interest.

Email: Carolyn Thompson

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Volunteers, America's Test Kitchen, Boston, MA

America's Test Kitchen is seeking five volunteers from the Simmons MLIS program to help move our collection of over 4,500 cookbooks and magazines from our current home in Brookline to our new home in the Seaport. We are looking for students who can work from 10 am to 3 pm on Thursday, October 5th and/or Wednesday, October 11th.*

 

On October 5th, each volunteer will be assigned a section of the library to inventory, pack, and label. On October 11th, they will be asked to unpack, shelve, and inventory that same section. Volunteers must be able to lift 30 lbs. This job may require bending, kneeling, stretching, climbing stools, and carrying books down a spiral staircase. Preference will be given to candidates who can commit to both days, although students with partial availability are encouraged to apply.

 

Volunteers will be paid $11/hour, and lunch will be provided.

 

Interested candidates should email India Pasiuk at library.intern@americastestkitchen.com with their unofficial Simmons Transcript.

 

*These dates are contingent on the new office space receiving a certificate of occupancy, and may be subject to change.

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Event Volunteers, Brookline Public Library, Brookline, MA

**Brookline Public Library Looking for Event Volunteers**
 

WHAT: The Brookline Public Library is looking for volunteers to help with our 6th Annual Family Fall Fest

 

WHEN: Thursday, October 26th from 2-5pm.

DUTIES: Volunteer for one, two, or three hours to help set up tables, manage the crowd around our face painter, pass out delicious cider, supervise pumpkin painting and gourd bowling, and clean up.

 

CONTACT: Please contact Caroline Richardson, Children's Librarian, by email at crichardson@minlib.net.

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Ushers, Cambridge Public Library Foundation, Cambridge, MA

USHERS NEEDED!

The Cambridge Public Library Foundation is producing their annual event, Dream Big

On Tuesday October 3rd, 2017

We are looking for ushers who can work from 5pm-9pm or 5:30pm-9:30pm for $25/hour.

Please email lina@cplfound.org to apply

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Volunteer Opportunity, Boston Book Festival, Boston, MA

We are looking for volunteers for the Boston Book Festival, and students are welcome to apply. 
 
Any interested parties should fill out this short survey: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eem1y0iqj7p78me1/start.

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Event Volunteers, Brookline Public Library, Brookline, MA

**Brookline Public Library Looking for Event Volunteers**
 

WHAT: The Brookline Public Library is looking for volunteers to help with our 6th Annual Family Fall Fest

 

WHEN: Thursday, October 19th from 2-5pm.

DUTIES: Volunteer for one, two, or three hours to help set up tables, manage the crowd around our face painter, pass out delicious cider, supervise pumpkin painting and gourd bowling, and clean up.

 

CONTACT: Please contact Caroline Richardson, Children's Librarian, by email at crichardson@minlib.net.

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