Audio Book Reviewer Volunteer


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


900 N StreetSacramento, CA 95814
State Library


Position Description: Reviews recorded audio files in process over the course of a book’s narration, noting pronunciation, omissions, incongruities, and other technical errors. Delivers notation to original recording team for book file revision. [Reviewer may also hold the position of a Monitor- see the position description for Audio Book Monitor Volunteer.]

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Audibly review digital book file from start to finish and/or in sections, referring to print copy for guidance.
  2. Maintain error log for use by narration team.
  3. Familiarize oneself with NLS and BTBL audio production standards to ensure quality.
  4. Exercise sound judgment and tact when providing feedback for improvements to recording by narration team.


  • Excellent command of American English, a broad literary background and knowledge of how to use a dictionary and other reference materials.
  • Self-disciplined, self-motivated and thorough.
  • Technical proficiency with computers and some knowledge of audio books and recording, or ability to learn.

Training and Support Provided: You will be trained to use the equipment, informed of BTBL/NLS standards, and be introduced to staff and volunteers with whom you will be working, and have access to them as needed.

Location Commitment: All studio volunteer opportunities occur on site at BTBL Headquarters, 900 N Street in Sacramento. At this time there are no remote volunteer opportunities, though that could change in coming years.

Time Commitment: Minimum 2-4 hours per week/4-8 hours per month through completion of at least one Talking Book. Volunteer shifts occur during business hours, Monday through Friday 9AM to 5 PM.

Length of Commitment: For consistency, reviewer should complete entire book once begun. Pace of book completion will depend on the pace of the book narration team (progress is usually made by the team at the rate of 10-30 pages per hour). Time will vary with the length and complexity of the book being prepared, but will usually take several months. Reviewer may have more than one book project going at one time.

Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Opportunity to facilitate and contribute to the process of recording books in a format that can be read by print-disabled library patrons in California and nationwide.
  • Meet people who share similar interests.


  • Literacy / Reading
  • Special Needs
  • Program Management
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Storytelling
  • Reading Comprehension

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • 2-4 hours per week/4-8 hours per month through com
  • Volunteer shifts occur during business hours, Monday through Friday 9AM to 5 PM.

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