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Volunteer/tūao roles at Out on the Shelves

There are lots of ways to get involved–big and small! Below are some of our current tūao/volunteer opportunities, and if you have an idea about other ways we could grow Out on the Shelves with your help, please e-mail us! We love hearing from young people who are passionate about rainbow reading.

Reading Team
We want Out on the Shelves to be as accurate as possible, and to provide all the information users might need. Some information (bibliographic) is easy to find, but other information (such as identities represented and potential content/trigger warnings) often requires someone to actually read the book and report back.

How it would work: Volunteers join the reading crew and are sent a list of titles we need to gather more information about. You pick out books you have access to, and are comfortable reading, read the books and report back. We’d love if you wrote a review and we’ll send you a form about the book(s) to complete.

Display of rainbow books and flagsSuper Genre Reader
We want to grow and grow the Out on the Shelves database, and we want it to represent the books that young rainbow people in Aotearoa think are awesome!

We see you, we know you’re out there—you have a niche speciality when it comes to rainbow books. Maybe it’s rainbow horror, maybe it’s lesbian fiction, maybe it’s positive trans romance, maybe it’s asexual queer romantic fantasy—whatever it is, we want your super reader brains to help us further flesh out the Out on the Shelves database.

How it works: First, take a look at the Out on the Shelves database. Think about what genre you are passionate about and get in touch. It doesn’t have to be a genre we currently feature–we want Out on the Shelves to grow! We will then send you a form to fill out for each book in your genre collection. It’ll be easy to fill out and help other readers explore your favourite genre of rainbow fiction.  

New Books Volunteer
Do you see a book that’s missing from our database? We want to know about it and we want to add it.

How it works: This is a super simple way to volunteer but it makes a big impact on our database. Check if the book exists in our database, and if not, click this link or e-mail us and we’ll send you a form to fill out about the book. We want the database filled with the voices of rainbow young people across the country, so your words matter.

Volunteer to get in touch with your library
We’ve been in touch with libraries all over Aotearoa, but there’s a chance they missed our e-mail. We’d love for more libraries and schools to host events or take part in our display competition.

How it works: Visit your local library and ask to speak to a librarian, if you feel safe doing so  (lots of libraries let you book time online with a librarian). Let them know about Out on the Shelves (we can send you a blurb of what to say) and tell them some of the ways they could get involved during campaign week. They can order free bookmarks, put together a display of their rainbow books as part of our display competition, and/or host an event. If they are interested and you have the energy/time, you can offer to help organise one of the previously mentioned things. The more libraries and schools know about Out on the Shelves, the more our presence will grow in those places—bringing more rainbow books to young people across the country.

balloons and poster board Out on the Shelves display Accessibility Volunteer
Are you passionate about making the internet more accessible? We are looking for 1 or 2 volunteers who are dedicated to accessible content to help make our website better for everyone. Primarily, we need help adding alt text to all our images on the website. (This is a great CV builder for someone who wants to pursue advocacy work) 

How it works: We will give you a login to our website and a brief e-mail based training on how to add alt descriptions to our images. You will then go through and update the images with appropriate alt text, using a content management system (in our case, wordpress).

Database Volunteer
We have a number of books about which we need to gather data in order to add them to the database. If you are a stickler for details and love finding out useful information and sharing it with other people, this is the role for you. We’ll be able to use the information to make Out on the Shelves bigger and better.

How it works: 
When you sign up, we’ll send you a spreadsheet with 12 titles and instructions on how to complete the spreadsheet. You will then do the research online, double and triple checking that everything is correct, and send the spreadsheet back to us. We’ll then use that information to add more books to the database.