COVID-19 Story Project Interviewer (Virtual)

Job Description
Are you looking for meaningful opportunities to strengthen your communication skills, engage in intellectual dialogues, and make a lasting contribution to preserve the history of our local community? Arlington Heights Memorial Library is in need for volunteers to collect stories from individuals who live or work in Arlington Heights for the COVID-19 Story Project. The success of the project depends upon the time and passion contributed by volunteer interviewers and writers. Volunteers must complete a required training program via Zoom. The primary responsibilities for this role are:

● Identify interview subjects (age 12 and older) who live, work or volunteer in Arlington Heights
● Conduct 5-10 recorded interview sessions by March 2021
● Assist with interview post-processing
● Preparation work involves inquiring consent from the interviewees, developing a topic outline, customizing interview questions, and making sure a smooth flow and conciseness of the interview content.
● Post-processing work involves completing a post-interview form and writing an abstract of the interview.

The role requires the following skills and/or experience:
● Excellent listening, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills.
● Excellent writing and proofreading skills.
● Excellent organizational skills to ensure all required paperwork is submitted on a timely basis.
● Careful attention to detail and the willingness to work with a style guide.
● Have a reliable internet connection.
● A willingness to learn and use at least one digital recording platform, such as FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, Google Hangout, Microsoft Teams
● Ability to receive and send transcript files via email and to listen to audio mp3 files via iTunes or other software.
● A creative thinker and a curious learner
● An interest in oral history, the arts and humanities
● Previous research or interviewing experience is preferred.
● Bilingual Individuals who can conduct interviews in non-English language and translate the abstract in English are highly desirable.

If you are interested in this position, please complete a Volunteer Interest Form and type "COVID-19 Story Project Interviewer" in the "Job Title" field.
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