Braille Department Volunteer Scanner/Editor

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Washington Talking Book and Braille Library

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The Braille Department at WTBBL produces braille editions of print books about Washington and the Northwest, and books by Northwest authors. Volunteers trained in braille transcription use direct entry braille software to transcribe a book manually.

Manual braille transcription is a time-consuming process, and a scanner can make a copy of a 300 page book in less than an hour. The resulting scanned file is a Word document that is translated by braille software to braille text in less than a minute. This greatly reduces the time required for manual transcription of a similar amount of print text into braille.

The Braille Department’s goal is to produce braille books that are equal in content and quality to the print edition. While a volunteer transcriber will still be required to edit the translated braille file to correct format, scanning, and translation errors, the new Volunteer Scanner/Editor position will be a major part of streamlining local braille production at WTBBL.

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About Washington Talking Book and Braille Library


2021 9th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121, US

Mission Statement

Washington Talking Book and Braille Library ( WTBBL) provides a free public library service which includes easy access to the informational and reading materials needed by individuals in the State of Washington who are unable to read standard print material.


Talking Books - The Library circulates varied collection of books and magazines on digital audio cartridges. Special digital players needed to use these materials are provided free of charge. Braille - Braille books are available from the Library collection. A special children's collection includes books combining print and braille so that blind and sighted readers may share their reading enjoyment. Large Print - Large print books for readers who cannot easily read conventional-size print are available for browsing and checking out. The Library collections actively promote braille literacy for both adults and children. Special in-house materials have been designed and produced for this purpose. BARD downloads access audio and braille materials to your desktop or smart device. Reference - The Library offers disability focused reference service to patrons and the public. Children's Services - The Orrico children's room has accessible toys and furniture, print-braille infant and toddler books, and video and print parenting resources. Families of infants and toddlers can find information on enriching prebraille literacy skills. Readers 6 to 18 can sign up for the annual by-mail summer reading program.


We'll work with your schedule.


2021 9th AvenueSeattle, WA 98121



  • Administrative Support
  • Data Entry
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Database Administration
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • PC Platform




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • • Recommended 2-3 hour shift for scanning the book and initial reformatting in Word. • Another 2-3 hour shift will be needed in the same week to finish reformatting and a final review of the Word document. • A one year commitment is requested.
  • • Able to use a computer and scanner, which involves repetitive use of hands to turn the pages. • Possess ability to proofread and Word page formatting. • Attentive to detail and consistency.

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