Call for Volunteers

The New Orleans Jazz Museum is looking for volunteers to help run its Colonial Documents Transcribathon on October 13, 2018 from 10AM to 10PM. The transcribathon has several interrelated goals and seeks volunteers with different skill sets.

GOALS of the TRANSCRIBATHON

1. INTRODUCE students and community members who are new to French and Spanish paleography, translation, or archival work to these activities.

2. PRODUCE open access transcriptions and translations of the records to help more people search, access, and use this collection for a wide range of research and teaching projects.

3. ENJOY a fun day that includes tours of the collections, invited speakers, music and other activities.

DREAM VOLUNTEERS:

1. Volunteers who can help introduce participants to the collection, to transcription, and to From the Page, the transcription and translation platform we’ll use. These volunteers will need to have some experience or interest in French or Spanish paleography and will need to familiarize themselves with From the Page, the online platform we’ll use to transcribe and translate. The project page (which is in progress) is here: https://fromthepage.com/nolajazzmuseum/nola-jazz-museum-colonial-documents. Volunteers with some experience in teaching or tutoring are especially welcome!

2. Volunteers who have some level of expertise or prior experience with French or Spanish paleography. These volunteers will help us transcribe and translate the records. They will also partner with new transcribers to share their knowledge and expertise.

3. Volunteers who can help welcome participants and direct them to activities of interest. These volunteers will sign in participants, help them with questions, and orient them toward the different transcribathon activity stations.

If you are interested in learning more about this event or in volunteering, please email nolajazztranscribathon@gmail.com to tell us more. We will be delighted to hear from you!

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