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On December 6th, 2021, our Learning Ally Production team and volunteers came together for an afternoon of Q&A and conversation. During this meeting, we shared new volunteers opportunities, how to get involved, demonstrated the new audiobook work areas, connected volunteers with staff members, and provided opportunities for volunteers to ask questions and chat with us. We enjoyed seeing so many of you attend live and look forward to having you volunteer with us!
If you'd like to learn more about volunteer opportunities within audiobook production, we encourage you to watch the recording of the event below. To get started volunteering today, browse our available volunteer opportunities.
December 6th, 2021 Volunteer Q&A and Conversation Event:
In our 75 years of existence, Learning Ally has grown and adapted our mission to serve more people in their education journey. We started with a focus on serving blind and visually impaired individuals, expanding the mission to serve people of all ages with learning differences such as dyslexia, and now we are entering the early literacy space. Your generous time and hard work over the years has helped Learning Ally grow and expand our reach to serve more students, massively impacting the literacy problem we face in the United States.
In March 2021 we shared that Learning Ally was making changes to our audiobook production process for the following reasons:
It is important to us to keep our volunteer teams in the know, so we have outlined some majors changes that have happened so far. In addition, we will continue to provide ongoing updates in our Support Center article: Audiobook Community Updates. We encourage you to check this link regularly; we are working to keep information up to date weekly.
Some major changes we have made so far include:
These changes may affect how you currently volunteer with Learning Ally. Again, we encourage you to read the Audiobook Community Updates for the most up to date information on how changes may affect your volunteering. If you would like to browse our current volunteer opportunities, head to the new Individual Volunteer Opportunities page on the Volunteer Portal.
Many of the changes you will see are driven by listening to and responding to the needs of the community, that is the students and educators who use our education solutions. Overall quality and accessibility of our books is essential to student success. That said, we are making it a priority to continuously improve so we can deliver on the promise of equitable access to education for all students.
In addition to changes in our production process, we’ve welcomed five new team members recently. Depending on which volunteer role you serve in, you will likely meet a few of these team members in your volunteering! Stay on the lookout for emails from these team members, as they will be leading all Audiobook Community projects.
We hope this blog post helps put into perspective why Learning Ally is making such a large, organizational change in our production process. Students' needs are at the center of everything we do, and that is the reason why you are seeing so many changes right now. We appreciate your understanding as Learning Ally grows and expands to best meet the needs of all students, ultimately addressing the massive literacy problem we have in the United States. The work you do makes a difference!
As we navigate these changes, it is important to us to remain completely transparent and welcome your thoughts and feedback at all times. You can share your thoughts and ask questions at any time.
Maria Lelie, Volunteer Programs Coordinator