GFO Volunteer Opportunities

Book Cataloging — Enter newly donated and already classified books into the new catalog. We will train you. The perk is being first to see the interesting books coming into the library. You can set your own hours; as little or as much time as you are able to give is a wonderful contribution to the library. Use either the computer in the work room, or we can set up your laptop so you can work anywhere in the library. Contact Sarah Holmes ().

Book Sales — This is an ongoing project, once a week or once a month but day and time are up to you and may fluctuate. Training is provided and procedural “cheat sheets” are available. Once trained, volunteers may work independently on their own schedule. Basic computer skills are all that is needed. Contact Barb Schrag ( or ).

Membership Data Entry — Need detail-oriented person with data entry experience to help 1-3 hours per week processing membership applications. Contact Jane McGarvin ().

Data Extraction — Ongoing projects that could use your help:

  1. Historic Columbian Cemetery extraction project: The GFO has been working on the records of this cemetery. Proofreaders are needed for the extracted records.
  2. Work at the GFO on Multnomah County Marriages, books of newspaper clippings, and books of Oregon biographies. [Excel or Open Office for the worksheets]
  3. Work at home from scanned images of Portland birth ledgers, scrapbooks, obituaries, church cards, or newspaper clippings. [Excel or Open Office required].
  4. Scanning boxes of items so our volunteers at home can do the data extraction. Scanning is easy and training is provided. Contact Loretta Welsh ( or leave a message at the reception desk, ).

Manuscripts — Organize, create finding aids, and scan personal papers and manuscripts donated over the years, to make these collections available to researchers. Once trained, volunteers can work independently to process an entire collection or choose one step, such as organizing or scanning. We are most in need of scanners right now. Contact Nanci Remington ().

Print Shop — An additional person is needed for backup in the print shop to help print brochures, letters, the Bulletin, the Insider, etc. Contact Loretta Welsh ().

Research Assistants/Receptionists — Volunteers are needed to fill critical spots to keep the library open. Some are experienced researchers, some do reception work, some fill both roles. Two volunteers per shift are needed. Options can be one day per week, every other week, or per month. Shifts are 9:30am—1:00pm or 1:00pm-5:00pm. Contact Cathy Lauer ().

If you don’t see a job listed, let us know what you can do. We need your help! Contact Cathy Lauer, Volunteer Coordinator, () or call the GFO reception desk, .