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388 SE 6th AveMinnesota Braille and Talking Book LibraryFaribault, MN55021
The studio narrator reads aloud print material to record digital books and magazines for library users. The narrator conveys the intent and style of the author for each recording bringing the work to life for the listener.
The narrator partners with a studio monitor. The monitor listens to the narrator as they record. Following the text of the work, the monitor detects any errors and controls the recording process.
On average, one book takes 10 to 15 one-hour recording sessions plus 1 to 2 hours of editing to complete.
Narrators are selected following an audition at the library. If a potential volunteer is not selected as a narrator, they may still volunteer as a studio monitor or audio reviewer.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
A pleasant voice with clear, distinct and readily understandable diction
Attentive to detail
Comfort working in a small enclosed space
Ability to pre-read the material prior to recording
Ability to rehearse for pronunciation and phrasing
Ability to reflect the author’s intent and style
Ability to accurately pronounce words and learn alternative pronunciations
Be willing to accept correction and make necessary changes
Complete at least one recording in its entirety including post-recording edits
Studio is open Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library (MBTBL), located in Faribault, provides direct library service to pre-school age children to seniors with visual, physical and reading disabilities for whom conventional print is a barrier to reading. Narrators read local interest books aloud to create talking books.
Reading / Writing
Verbal / Written Communication
Literacy / Reading
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
Must be at least 18
Multiple sessions, in one hour increments
We ask that you finish any project you start. Studio is open Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.