Volunteer opportunity at the State Library of SA

/ October 17, 2019/ Oral history transcribing

Volunteer opportunity at the State Library of SA

Are you someone with an eye – and ear – for detail?

We are trialling some software over the next 3 months to see if it will help us to provide time-coded transcripts of interviews in the J. D. Somerville Oral History Collection.

If you (or someone you know):

  • can spend 3 to 4 hours for one day a week until Christmas as a volunteer onsite at SLSA;
  • pay close attention to detail and are good at proofreading and editing with a high degree of accuracy;
  • have fair to good computing and keyboard skills;
  • are interested in making the library collection more accessible for everyone;
  • and enjoy listening to oral history

…then we would love to hear from you.

We are establishing a small pool of volunteers who will work at the library to trial using time-coded transcripts generated by voice-to-text software Descript or Trint (http://www.descript.com/transcription? or http://www.trint.com).? This will entail listening to the interviews through headphones while reading the draft transcripts on screen and typing in any amendments.

As this is a trial project, volunteers will be required to keep a log of their work and to answer brief survey questions once a fortnight. This is not to assess the volunteers, but to evaluate the software and its usefulness for our purposes.

We will train participants in using the software and are happy to provide demonstrations for anyone who may be interested in joining the project. The software is intuitive and quite easy to use and it is fun and engaging work.

To apply to participate please complete and return this Expression of Interest. For more information please contact Enid Woodley (enid.woodley@sa.gov.au or phone 8207 7344) or Peter Kolomitsev (peter.kolomitsev@sa.gov.au or phone 8207 7318).

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