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Volunteer Opportunities

Listed are all volunteer opportunities currently open at the Indiana State Library.  Positions will be added regularly as new opportunities arise.

Unless otherwise noted, there is no deadline for volunteer applications.

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Volunteer applications are always accepted and will be maintained for at least 6 months. However, volunteer applicants are not guaranteed placement. The Indiana State Library contacts volunteer applicants as openings occur. It is up to the discretion of the library whether or not to contact, accept, and place a volunteer applicant.  Applicants are chosen based on a combination of the applicant’s (1) skills and abilities in combination with the needs of the department the volunteer will serve; (2) ability to pass a background check. The State Library maintains an equal opportunity work place. Like staff, volunteers are chosen and dismissed based on competence and job performance without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, veteran status, familial status, or other non-merit based factors.

Current Positions

Digitization Assistant
Historical Marker Survey Volunteer
Transcriber

Digitization Assistant
Indiana Division

The Indiana Division is seeking volunteers to scan historical State Government Documents.  Volunteers should have experience with a library environment; effective communication skills, both verbal and written; and strong organizational skills. Experience with digitization tools is preferred.

This position is flexible, with shifts available Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4 pm.

To learn more about the Indiana State Library’s digital collections visit Indiana Memory

Historical Marker Survey Volunteer
Indiana Historical Bureau

The Indiana Historical Bureau is looking for volunteers to help survey our Indiana state historical markers. These markers are located in almost all counties of the state. Volunteers would be asked to travel to these markers, photograph them, and send photos electronically to Indiana Historical Bureau staff.

This position is very flexible. Volunteers can survey as many markers as their time allows.

To see a full listing of Indiana’s state historical markers, visit IHB’s marker website.

Transcriber
Indiana Historical Digital Newspapers Project

The Indiana Historical Digital Newspapers Project is seeking volunteers to correct computer-generated transcriptions of digitized Indiana newspapers, providing more accurate search results for researchers.

Volunteers must be able to follow instructions, be detail-oriented, and have good typing skills.

This position allows volunteers to work from home.  A computer and reliable internet connection are required.

There is no need to formally apply for this position.  Interested volunteers can register to transcribe at the Hoosier State Chronicles website.

For more information on the Indiana Historical Digital Newspapers Project, please visit the Hoosier State Chronicles blog.

VOL JL 8-30-2021