Save Austin history by volunteering with the Austin History Center! The Austin History Center collects and preserves information about local governments, businesses, residents, institutions, and neighborhoods so that generations to come will have access to our history.
Processing volunteers will arrange and describe archives and manuscripts collections to promote access. Volunteers can expect to work with text materials, photographs, and/or audiovisual material. Required qualifications include experience working with archival resources, experience processing archival resources including familiarity with DACS and EAD (Archival Enterprise I or similar coursework), proficiency with technology, and experience with Microsoft Access.
- Anytime during open hours Tuesday - Friday 10am-6pm, weekends may be possible after 6 months | 2 volunteers needed for a weekly 2 hour shift
Processing volunteers for the Latinx archival collection will re-arrange and describe the PODER Records (People Organized in the Defense of Earth and her Resources) to promote access. Volunteer can expect to work with approximately 40 linear feet of text materials, photographs, and audiovisual material. Required qualifications include experience working with archival resources, experience processing archival resources including familiarity with DACS and EAD (Archival Enterprise I or similar coursework), proficiency with technology, experience with Microsoft Access, and a genuine interest in Latinx history and activism in Austin. This project will require a 1 year commitment.
- Anytime during open hours Tuesday - Friday 10am-6pm, weekends may be possible after 6 months
Collections Volunteers will work with specific parts of these collections to process the materials and to update the records used to track and provide access to them. Volunteers should have experience creating and reading archival finding aids (including EAD) and have strong organizational, research, and writing skills. We have three openings:
- Manuscript Collections
- Family Collections
Volunteers should have proficiency with computers/technology, knowledge of styles (Chicago, MLA) and bibliographic documentation, and experience with archival resources or a specific collection type.
This position requires volunteers to use various office equipment and computers; and to lift, push, or pull up to 40 lbs with or without reasonable accommodation.
Shifts of 2-10 hours per week can be scheduled during open hours (Tues-Sat 10am-6p/Sun 12p-6p) and we ask for a minimum 6 month commitment.Contact the Volunteer Services Division at APL.Volunteers@austintexas.gov or check out other volunteer opportunities at Library.Austintexas.gov/volunteer/opportunities.
- Library Sciences
- Critical Thinking
- Microsoft Office Suite
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 17
- Orientation or Training
- 2-10 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months