ISL Volunteer Quarterly: September 2012

Volunteer @ the State Library

Recent News & Opportunities for State Library Volunteers

Indiana State Library

September 2012

Genealogy & Local History Fair Volunteers

Volunteers Shine at Events throughout Year

State Library volunteers provide essential services that enhance visitors' experiences and promote the Library's collections and services. Point in case, Nikki Schofield and Vanessa D’Amico recently were key team members for the Midwestern Roots 2012 Reception.  Vanessa staffed the registration table while Nikki handed out programs and directed people throughout the Library. After the program, the volunteers spoke with the attendees and answered questions about the event.
Vanessa also represented the Indiana State Library on Hoosier Heritage Day at the Indiana State Fair and Genealogy for Night Owls. At the State Fair, she ran the Plinko and trivia games, and also talked about the State Library with Fair visitors. At Genealogy for Night Owls, Vanessa made sure attendees were signed in, gave them handouts, door prize tickets, and directions to various areas of the building.  
Another great State Library event, the Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair, relied on five volunteers in October of 2011. Georgia Cravey, Amy Patterson, Katie Flege-Friedricks, Brianne Hagen, and Laura Williams contributed in a number of areas, including registration, giving directions around the Library and downtown Indy, as well as assisting with vendor set up. 
We are grateful for our volunteers and their contributions at events like the Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair. If you would like to volunteer for next month's fair, contact

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.

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 second 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 1,000 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
Brianne Hagen - ISL Volunteer

Volunteers Catalog Essential Collections

Recently, the Catalog division of the Indiana State Library relied on three outstanding volunteers to catalogue library materials to professional standards. This method of describing our materials helps patrons see what our library has to offer, both in our Evergreen Indiana catalog, and via Worldcat.
Susanne Wells has helped out with several different projects in the Catalog Division.  She began by doing retrospective conversion of the old federal documents, known by the State Library as the p.d. (public documents) collection to the SuDoc (Superintendent of Documents) classification.  She has also cataloged manuscript collections and several dozen broadsides, which are historic posters.
Brianne Hagen is our expert on cataloguing broadsides.  She has also cataloged large print books for the Talking Book & Braille Library collection, and has assisted in the cataloging of many pamphlets, as well as books in the Indiana Collection.
Vanessa D'Amico - ISL Volunteer
Vanessa D’Amico has worked on multiple projects as a Catalog Division volunteer. She has cataloged many children’s books from our unique Harriet and Richard Thomas collection. She also catalogued many pamphlets in our collection, as well as books in the Indiana Collection.
All three volunteers have catalogued state documents and have aided with the cataloging of both Audio/Visual and digital materials. Many of these digital state documents are available online. All of these tasks have led to more information and descriptions of our collections being available to the public.

Volunteer at the Indiana State Library

The Indiana State Library welcomes those who are interested in sharing their time and talents through volunteering. Volunteering  provides a friendly environment in which volunteers work alongside staff to provide enhanced access to Library collections, services, and programs. 
Volunteers have the satisfaction of helping to complete projects that could not be done without them. Many of the projects involve working with unique historical materials and unusual collections which are held in the Library and provide an opportunity to contribute to the preservation of Indiana history and  enhance access to Indiana's heritage.