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Step 1. Recording Project Overview

Any Canadian public library can borrow and use an Audio Recording Kit (ARK) from NNELS and any person in Canada can volunteer to record an audiobook for NNELS.

With help from your library, you'll have everything you need to record a book: a computer, a space, recording equipment, and good software.

All you need to provide is yourself, some time, and a good book.

1. Recording for NNELS is DIY (Do-It-Yourself).

Unless your partner library offers otherwise, you will need to do most of the work yourself: from engaging the library to finding a book, and then learning to use the recording software and editing and uploading your final book. You may wish to pair up with someone to split up the work, with one person reading and another working the computer, for example, but that is up to you. Many individuals produce and record books on their own, from beginning to end.

Here are the specific things you will need to do:

  1. Make friends with staff at your local library. Only library staff can request an Audio Recording Kit from NNELS. It is also possible to record books if you have your own equipment, you can interpret our instructions for that situation and let us know if you have any questions.
  2. Learn to use the Audacity recording software to create, edit, and complete a recording (we have instructions for you).
  3. Generally be able to follow online instructions, and be able to ask for help in our online discussion forums when you're stuck.
  4. Submit a sample recording and make adjustments to your recording, if necessary.
  5. Record your book, edit it, and then upload it to NNELS.

2. Not all books are recordable.

You might already know which book you want to read, but we have to approve it first. If a book is "commercially-available" (that is, available for purchase somewhere), we are not permitted to make our own recording. Also, many children's books rely on illustrations to tell a story. If the story is heavily dependent on illustrations, it's probably not a great candidate for recording.

Want to know more? We have just the thing: more information about choosing books to record.

3. So many benefits!

Here are some of reasons people have given for recording books for NNELS:

  • to make a book accessible to anyone with a print disability,
  • to record beloved books and so share them with others,
  • to gain experience to put on resumés,
  • to gain confidence with public speaking and reading out loud,
  • to learn new technology skills,
  • to meet new people,
  • to create the possibility of improving a day or changing a life with a story.

How to Sign Up

Questions and Support

The online forums are the best place to get help with a specific recording project, but please contact us if you have any general questions, comments, or suggestions for this website.

Next up: Step 2: Sign up!

public/nnels/recording/1_recording_project_overview.txt · Last modified: 2018/09/03 14:01 by sabina.iseli-otto