ISL Volunteer Quarterly: August 2013

ISL Volunteer Quarterly

Recent News & Opportunities for State Library Volunteers

Volunteer Quarterly: August 2013


State Library's Largest Event Relies on Volunteers for Success

On no other day does the State Library count on its volunteers more than the last Saturday of September each year when we host the Indiana Vision Expo - the Midwest's largest trade show for individuals with vision loss. Since 2006, the Vision Expo has connected people with vision loss and their family and friends to assistive technology vendors and low-vision service providers. 


This will be the third year that the State Library has partnered with the Indy VisionWalk.  The two groups are hoping for an event even larger than last year when over 800 people attended the events.


If you are interested in volunteering for the Vision Expo or would like more information, visit the State Library's volunteer webpage.  You can learn more about the Vision Expo at


Volunteer Quarterly Editorial Team:

Daina Bohr: Volunteer Coordinator  

Maggie Ansty: Indiana Talking Books Supervisor 

Drew Griffis: Editor/Design


Contact Us  

Volunteer Services 

Indiana State Library 

315 West Ohio Street 

Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Phone: (317) 232-3689 to request an application.



The Volunteer Quarterly is a publication of the Indiana State Library, distributed quarterly in an electronic format. Past issues are archived in the State Library's Newsroom.


Manuscripts Volunteer Creates Valuable Collection Finding Aids

Alex Meregaglia stands in front of his small exhibit titled, “The Hoosier Line.” This exhibit includes information about the creation of the Monon Railroad in the early 19th century, as well as its 100th anniversary celebration taking place in New Albany, Indiana. It will be available to view in the Manuscripts & Rare Books reading room until the end of September. 

Alex’s last day at the Indiana State Library was July 31, 2013. He will be attending IU-Bloomington this fall and work toward an MLS degree with a specialization in Archives and Records Management. While he worked in Rare Books and Manuscripts this summer, Alex processed and created finding aids for two large collections, including the Indiana Sesquicentennial collection and the James P. Fadely collection. He also created several finding aids for our small collections and provided item-level metadata for our extensive photograph collection.


Open Volunteer Positions @ the State Library

The State Library relies on the efforts of volunteers to provide invaluable services for its programs and collections. Email for a volunteer application. Below are available volunteer opportunities at the State Library.

Position Title: Manuscripts & Rare Books Volunteer
Position Summary:  Processing and creating finding aids to promote access to manuscript collections. 
Major Responsibilities: This position requires processing of manuscript collections, creation of finding aids and guides, and providing research.

Position Title: Federal Documents Project
Position Summary: Ensure the proper maintenance of the collection. 
Major Responsibilities: This project involves discarding and counting federal documents. The candidate will be responsible for providing accurate counts of the number of documents discarded, stamping each item, and then disposing of them.

Position Title: Federal Documents Shifting Project
Position Summary: To move the materials in order to ensure the proper storage and growth of the collection.
Major Responsibilities: This project entails moving federal documents from their current location to a new location in our federal documents room. Volunteers also dust shelves and books as they are placed in their new location.

Position Title: Indiana Voices Reviewer
Position Summary: Assist in recording books and magazines of Indiana interest for the Talking Books program.
Major Responsibilities: Listen for pronunciation, word performance, technical errors, and listen for additions or omissions in the recording.

Position Title: Indiana Voices Monitor
Position Summary: Assist in the recording books and magazines of Indiana interest for the Talking Books program.
Major Responsibilities: Operate the recording equipment during a recording session. Follow the narrator using a second copy of the text. Maintain quality control during the recording session. Volunteer teams with a narrator in one-hour sessions at least once per week.

Position Title: Indiana Voices Clerical Assistant
Position Summary: Perform clerical tasks to support the Indiana Voices program. 
Major Responsibilities: Assist with photocopying, mailings, prepare materials to circulation, and review recorded materials.