Listed below are the four main tasks our volunteers perform. If you're interested in volunteer opportunities that are both interesting and challenging, please contact us. Volunteers assist in one of four roles.
After completing an Interviewer Workshop, prospective interviewers are assigned to one of the program's interview projects and matched with a prospective interview prospects. Volunteers use the Oral History programs digital equipment and must adhere to the standards as explained in the workshop.
Prospective transcribers are asked to attend our Transcribing and Editing workshop, where they will learn the techniques of transcribing and be introduced to the computer software and hardware used. Transcribing is done at the Library at one of several transcribing stations.
Auditors compare the draft transcript with the actual audio file to insure that the transcriber accurately transcribed the interview.
Once transcribed and audited, each interview is edited with the aim of improving readability while still preserving the substantive accuracy of the interview as well as the narrator's distinctive personality. Therefore, attendance at a Transcribing and Editing workshop is required. Editors are asked to use one of the Library's editing stations.
To volunteer, please see our ALPLM Volunteer page.
For information on the Oral History Program, contact:
Director of Oral History
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
112 North 6th Street
Springfield, IL 62701