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StoryCorps Volunteers Needed!

Published Date: 
July 24, 2015

Storycorps @your library is Looking For Volunteer Facilitators!

Storycorps@your library is a special Storycorps  program designed to help public libraries across the United States collect the stories of their communities.  This year, Providence Community Library (PCL) became one of just ten library systems nationwide to be selected as pilot sites for the program, which utilizes the popular  Storycorps facilitated interview model (as heard on NPR’s Morning Edition). PCL will record more than 40 Storycorps conversations at its nine locations in 2015 and it needs extra help to make that happen.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Welcome Storycorps participants at interview locations at agreed times (the full interview process may take up to 90 minutes)
  • Complete paperwork associated with the interview process
  • Record conversations on the equipment provided
  • Support interview participants throughout the process, for example suggesting open questions if the conversation “dries up.”
  • Attend an initial training session at which PCL staff will provide a comprehensive overview of the interview process and provide training materials and instruction on how to operate the recording equipment.

For more detailed information about the Facilitator’s role, please consult this guide.

SKILLS REQUIRED

  • Availability to facilitate interviews at agreed interview times at a PCL location (full list of library locations). Most interviews take place during weekday or early evening hours with Saturday appointments possible at some branches. Appointment allocations are subject to individual agreement but Facilitators should be willing to make themselves available for a minimum of 3 hours a week. Interviews continue through early November.
  • College students or recent college graduates, high school students (Grade s 11 or 12) retired individuals, people with an interest in oral history projects, broadcasting, community relations, community history and libraries may all benefit from this program. PCL may provide references and evidence of community service hours where appropriate.
  • Candidates should be patient, flexible, have good social skills and be comfortable with the prospect of listening to conversations between close friends and family members ( and occasionally public figures) discussing a wide range of topics.
  • Facilitators who speak other languages as well as English are very welcome and diversity in all its forms is greatly valued by this program.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Facilitators should be able to master the recording equipment and complete the paperwork unaided.

HOW TO APPLY:

Send your resume and a cover letter telling us why you would make a good Facilitator to storycorps@provcomlib.org