Thank you for your interest in volunteering for NNELS. We wouldn't be a network without all the people who make us, and public libraries, happen.
We are currently running 4 audiobook creation projects and encourage you to apply to the project that makes sense for you or your library. Note that the FNIM Voices Project and the Under-Represented Voices project are both paid contract narration opportunities.
The NARRATE! Project is an opportunity for libraries to connect their staff and volunteers with NNELS to record an audiobook. Through this project, NNELS can lend out recording equipment, provide training and guide volunteers in the audiobook recording and narrating process. The final outcomes are accessible audiobooks in the ears of our patrons and upskilled staff and volunteers in the art of recording and narration. If your library is interested in participating in the NARRATE! project please fill out the library sign-up.
Volunteers Home Recording Project
Do you enjoy reading out loud? Have access to a basic home recording set up? Want to help provide accessible audiobooks to people with print disabilities? If yes, then we would love to hear from you! NNELS receives requests from its members every day for human narrated audiobooks and we would love your help in continuing to provide that resource. Don't worry if you have never recorded an audiobook before, we can point you in the right direction for a simple equipment set-up and the skills and tools you'll need to narrate like a pro. If you are interested in volunteering fill out this reader sign-up.
First Nations, Inuit and Métis Voices Project
The First Nations, Inuit and Métis Voices Project aims to produce accessible audiobooks that are both written and narrated by Indigenous people. We are currently inviting First Nations, Inuit and Métis authors and publishers of Indigenous works to apply to this project. Note we are offering recording equipment and training, narrator wages and will publish the works on our platform. To express your interest, please email our Audiobook Project Coordinator. For more information follow this link: First Nations, Inuit and Métis Voices Project
Under-Represented Voices Project
The Under-Represented Voices Project works to ensure that the narrators voicing the texts in our audiobook productions are representative of the protaganists and/or authors identities. We offer training, resources and wages to experienced and amateur narrators that identify as BIPOC +/or LGBTQ2S+ and/or Disabled. To express your interest in narrating as part of the Under-Represented Voices Project, please email our Audiobook Project Coordinator. Please also communicate what identity/ies you feel you can represent. For more information follow this link: Under-Represented Voices Project
Experienced Narrators Project
This project ensures that our patron requests for accessible human narrated audiobooks are delivered. If you have narration and/or acting experience, have a basic home studio set-up and a love of accessible publishing, please email our Audiobook Project Coordinator with a short sample of your work.