The United States Geological Survey Library, the largest earth science library in the world, is currently recruiting volunteers to work at the program office in Reston, Virginia. Many historical USGS publications are not yet available online, and many of them are held by few libraries around the world, making them difficult for the public to access. As a result, volunteers are needed to assist the USGS Library with digitizing publications and maps for public access through the USGS Publications Warehouse.
At this time, the number of publications that need to be digitized is high and assistance is needed. Volunteers will learn how to handle fragile/historical documents, scan publications according to archival standards, add citation enhancements, and create enhanced descriptions. It’s possible that roles and responsibilities may change as volunteers gain additional skills.
For this position, an undergraduate degree is highly desired but not required. We are specifically looking for energetic volunteers with experience in sciences, scanning, photo editing, library science, and/or metadata. We are interested in matching tasks to an individual’s particular skills and interests, so additional duties may be available. Volunteer hours are available Monday-Friday, and are especially needed during the day hours (9:30 AM - 4:30 PM). If interested, please email the project coordinator listed above.