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Leading into the 2020 elections, Learning Ally recorded a custom project for the state of Montana to assist Blind and Visually Impaired voters in the state --the Montana Voters Information Pamphlet. This was the first year that the State of Montana approached Learning Ally to assist with this resource. The studio that assisted in the past was not available due to COVID. When their contact reached out to us, they were very excited to hear Learning Ally was 100% virtual recording and would be happy to help with their project. This project followed our conventions that are specific for Blind and Visually impaired readers.
Our narrator was Frank Kouri, proof listener was Paul Kurtz, and final editor was Kathi Jensen. Frank and Paul are the dynamic duo, and have been working as a close team on multiple book projects together for this past year. When they were approached about working on this special project, they jumped at the chance. Kathi is one of our stellar proof listeners, and also a member of our final editing core of volunteers.
Frank lives in Anaheim Hills, California and has been volunteering with Learning Ally for over six years. He transitioned to the Virtual Studio from the Hollywood studio, and has over 600 hours of volunteer service.
Paul lives in Athens, Georgia and has been volunteering with Learning Ally for over seven years. He transitioned to the Virtual Studio from the Athens Studio, and has over 975 hours of volunteer service.
Kathi lives in San Marcos, Texas and has been volunteering with Learning Ally for over twelve and a half years. She transitioned to the Virtual Studio from the Austin Studio, and has over 2,600 hours of volunteer service.
Here is a link to recording on the Montana voters site https://sosmt.gov/elections/ballot_issues/2020-2/.
Lisa, our contact in Montana shared, “Your team did an outstanding job, thank you so much! Everyone who has listened in our office has commented on how professional and what a great job you all did…. We appreciated working with you, it was seamless from start to finish. If you are interested, we may have you produce our audio version in 2022, so please let me know if that is a possibility.”
Thank you to this amazing volunteer team for bringing valuable and important voter information to Montana residents!
As our Instructional Production team begins to position ourselves for growth, we are piloting some new opportunities for increased involvement with our volunteers. One of these new pilots includes our Project Guidelines Pilot, known also as “Team Project Site”.
Staff has been working to create our structure and processes to include:
Step by step procedures for creating project guidelines.
Creating a library of Project Guideline templates; organized by publisher.
Training and working closely with volunteers on the creation of our project guidelines.
New structure to our current Project Guidelines.
Thank you to Team Project Site member Susan Wilson, who has been the first brave soul to start this pilot and has been doing great! With Susan’s help, we have already added over twenty new projects to our Upper Instructional Community.
We’d like to welcome new member Kathy Cummings to Team Project Site. She is currently working with Upper Instructional, but will soon be joining the Lower Instructional group.
Here are some great new features in our Project Guidelines to keep an eye out for:
If you are interested in joining our Project Guidelines please reach out to Audrey in your Staff Hangout. Once again, thanks for all you do!!!