History Room: If you’re interested in the History Room positions, contact History Room Librarian Cate Mayfield: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Photo Verification Volunteer: We’re seeking a detail-oriented, computer-savvy volunteer to help us work though our historical photo collection. Specific training will be provided.
Desired skills/qualifications: Must be adept at using Microsoft Excel and must be comfortable moving between computer files including Word documents and digitized photo files. Must play close attention to detail and have the ability to perform repetitive, detail-oriented tasks.
2. History Room Docent: HR docents assist patrons in finding books, photos, maps, and other items in the History Room related to Mill Valley and the local area. Examples of duties may include digitizing archival materials to make them available electronically, filing and other clerical work as needed or other projects. This is a great opportunity to become more familiar with our local history. General docent training will be provided, as well as any specific training necessary for special projects.
Desired skills/qualifications: A friendly, welcoming personality and an enjoyment of working with other people are musts. Attention to detail and organizational skills are also important. We’re seeking volunteers who are comfortable using computers and are open to learning new skills.
3. TimeWalk Volunteer: The History Room is partnering with a local resident and entrepreneur who is creating a 3D virtual rendering of downtown Mill Valley through the ages. We are providing research assistance into what various Mill Valley buildings looked like and were used for in 1915 and other years so that the TimeWalk developers can build historically accurate digital models. TimeWalk volunteers will take research ownership of one building/address at a time and will delve into the History Room collection—searching through our photographs, pamphlet files, books, historic newspapers, oral histories and more.
Be part of a fun, unique project that is envisioned to spread to other towns and cities!
Desired skills/qualifications: Must have excellent organizational skills, an enjoyment of research, and a mind for historical “treasure hunting.”
4. Newspaper Clipping Volunteer: We need help photocopying, assigning subject headings, and filing clippings from our local newspapers. Volunteers who assign subject headings will skim over a newspaper clipping and then select a topic from an established list which best describes the topic of the article. Other volunteers may photocopy clippings and file them. Training will be provided and hours are flexible.
Desired skills/qualifications: An affinity for detail and order are desirable for the clipping photocopying and filing. If you enjoy news and can quickly get to the “heart” of a topic, then identify that topic, you’d be ideal for assigning subject headings.