Braille Department Volunteer Scanner/Editor

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Washington Talking Book and Braille Library

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New Braille Transcription Class Forming!
The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL) is starting a new braille transcribing class in October 2017! For more information email, or register at

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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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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