Other Volunteer Opportunities

While we focus on three main volunteer opportunities here at Bookshare® (scanning, proofreading, and image descriptions), we occasionally have other volunteer opportunities available. Our engineering opportunities can be found on our main Volunteer Overview page, and can be specific to Bookshare or branch out into the various projects of our parent organization, Benetech.

 

Collection Development:

 

These volunteer positions involve an assortment of crucial tasks with Bookshare's Collection Development department, which is responsible for growing our online library of accessible books for people with print disabilities. The following are some tasks that this position might include:  

  • Proofreading textbooks 
  • Assisting with the clean-up of metadata records
  • Conducting inventory checks on books ordered for processing. 

Please note that this position is only available at our Palo Alto, California offices and cannot be done remotely. If you are interested, please send us a brief cover letter and resume through the Contact Us page (and remember to select "Volunteering"). At this time we are not accepting in-house volunteers as we have limited space due to a summer internship.  Please check back in the fall.

 

Marketing and More:

 

Other volunteer opportunities that arise often require more specific skill and experience. These projects range from marketing and outreach (especially to schools and universities) to research and writing. If you are interested in any of these projects, we ask that you send us a resume and brief cover letter explaining your interest and relevant skills through the Contact Us page (and remember to select "Volunteering").

 

Benetech Opportunities:

 

Bookshare’s parent organization, Benetech, has several other projects that can often use volunteers.

 

Martus - the Greek word for "witness" - is Benetech’s information management software, which is used by human rights groups around the world to securely document human rights abuses and create reports that can be used in advocacy efforts.  Miradi - a Swahili word meaning "project" or "goal" - is a user-friendly program that allows nature conservation practitioners to design, manage, monitor, and learn from their projects to more effectively meet their conservation goals.  Martus is currently available in 10 languages, and Miradi is available in 6 languages, but many translations of both are out of date due to funding constraints.  

 

Both programs need tech-savvy translators to do minor to major updates in the following languages:  Spanish, Arabic, French, Nepali, Khmer, Farsi/Dari, Thai, and Russian for Martus, and Spanish, Chinese, Indonesian, Italian, Ukrainian, and Portuguese for Miradi.

 

Please see https://www.martus.org/ and https://miradi.org/ for more information regarding those projects. If you are interested in volunteering with either organization, please send us a brief cover letter and resume through the Contact Us page (and remember to select "Volunteering").