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NARRATE Pilot Project Guide

NARRATE! Pilot Project Guide
for the National Network of Equitable Library Service (NNELS)

Pilot project coordinator: Pamela Hart

Due to temporary closures of libraries and for the well-being of staff and volunteers the NARRATE! pilot project is only working with library volunteers that are able to work from home. Our current pilot project deadline is June 2020. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the project coordinator.

Step One:

  • Recruit volunteer or volunteers for the project!

Step Two:

  • Librarian or volunteers choose a book from booklist.
  • Make sure that the book is available for lending from your library.
  • Email NARRATE! project coordinator with your choice and she will confirm it hasn’t already been chosen.

Step three:

  • Watch training guides to learn some basic recording and narration skills. Training guides can be found on the NNELS YouTube channel

Step Four:

Step Five:

  • Narrate and record an audiobook!
  • Work from the "formatting information" provided below when recording and exporting your files.
  • We recommend working in 2 hour blocks.
  • Plan for recording time and editing time.
  • Consider working from an ebook to avoid page-turning noise and the tiredness of holding a book.
  • Remember to let yourself move through the learning curve and to pace yourselves!

Formatting information

  • Each chapter or section of the book should be its own audio file:
    • For example: about this digital book, title page, copyright, epigraph, dedication, acknowledgment, chapters, etc.
  • Each audio file should be saved with the following information:
    • Chronologically by number, followed by the title of the section (see image).
    • For example: "02 About This Digital Book.mp3".
  • Record yourself naming each audio file at the beginning of said section; for example, “Chapter one” followed by chapter one.
  • Record the "About this digital book" text after the title page.

Recording details

  • Record and export your files at a 44.1khz sample rate, at 16bit or 24bit (look in the preferences on your recording software, then choose the rate when you're exporting the file at the end).
  • Export and upload your files as MP3 files at 192kbps or higher (choose this when exporting your file after you have finished recording and editing).
  • Record with peaks hitting between minus 6 and minus 12 decibels. Your average levels (RMS) should be between minus 23 and minus 18 decibels (see training videos!).
  • Noise floor shouldn't be higher than minus 60 decibels (record in a quiet room and get the “optimum input recording level” - see training videos!).

Text to be read after title page

About this digital book

This book is from the National Network for Equitable Library Service, or NNELS, and may only be read by or shared with individuals with perceptual disabilities as defined by Canada's Copyright Act.

Any individual with a perceptual disability and a library card is eligible for a NNELS account with full access to our online collection of books in accessible formats.

This book was recorded thanks to support from the Government of Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability Component.

Thank you to our funding and community partners for making this book a part of our collection.

If you experience any problems with this book, have suggestions for how we could improve it, or have any questions about this service, please call or write to us. We love to hear from readers and you can find our contact information through your public library or from our website, N N E L S dot C A. Thank you for reading.

You can contact the project coordinator at any time if you have questions, comments or need support.