Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Updated Monday 5/11/2020
Dear Audio-Reader Volunteers,
As plans for “re-opening” are now being formulated for businesses and organiz-ations across the state, I wanted to update you regarding Audio-Reader.
At present, we are NOT planning to open ANY of our studios to volunteers (Lawrence or satellite locations) through July at the earliest.
The current outline for re-opening our studios and offices would involve a possible date in July for limited operations to resume, with staff working from the Audio-Reader offices. This outline would then include opening our studios (including satellites in Kansas and Missouri) to volunteers sometime in August. This phased re-opening will allow us to ensure staff and volunteers can work safely, as the situation with the Covid-19 pandemic continues to evolve. These projected dates are also subject to change, depending on the health & safety situation.
At this time we are not able to estimate when live broadcasts will resume at any locations, but it will be in a later phase of re-opening. Until staff are able to get back into the office and “regular” working conditions, we will continue recording and broadcasting all traditionally live shows.
Audio-Reader understands that everyone has different challenges during this pandemic. We know you may be eager to get back to normal, and keen to resume your Audio-Reader volunteer duties. Your health and safety is out highest priority, and we don’t want anyone to resume volunteering if that puts them at risk or makes them uncomfortable.
Please let Alison (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you have any questions or concerns about returning to read once we have a plan to resume broadcasts.
Thank you for your patience during this difficult time!
A New Way to Work: Reading from Home
In order to keep Audio-Reader services running normally, or as close to normal as we can manage, we are opening up our pool of home readers!
Firstly, we owe a big thank you to our amazing volunteers who have worked with us to take the plunge on home recording so far! We have successfully talked volunteers who have never recorded at home through the process to get them up to speed, learning some new technologies, and as of today, many are picking up regular assignments. Thank you!
Interested to give digital home reading a go? Here are a couple of things to bear in mind, for all prospective home readers:
- Home readers must be existing Audio-Reader volunteers who have passed the reading audition and completed new volunteer orientation. Prospective new volunteers, please visit this page to sign up as a volunteer
- You'll need a quiet place in your house to record
- Access to high-speed internet at home
- Good options for both recording and reading devices (this can either be one good computer, or a phone and another reading device like an iPad)
- Home readers will need to be comfortable with reading their publications from the internet
- Finally, you'll be expected to communicate via email, navigate online platforms like Dropbox and be able to troubeshoot technology issues independently
If you think any of the above sounds like a good fit for you, please email email@example.com for instructions on our Home Reader Survey. This will help us assess which volunteers have what tools available, and how we might work to help you create a home reading option.
Go Further with your Home Recording Setup
Purchase your own affordable "Plug and Play" home studio kit
To date, we have been working with volunteers based on what equipment and technological know-how you already have.
But we have also learned of some handy options that give folks a jump-start to make excellent quality home recordings and build home studios that are comfortable and very effective.
Audio-Technica have a bundle product that includes a microphone, headphones and a handy boom arm, that can all be connected by USB, so audio signal handling is extremely user-friendly.