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Recording a Children's Book for NNELS

Welcome! We are so glad you found your way here!

These instructions are written for volunteer narrators who are recording a book in their public library. We also have information specifically for library staff.

Before we get started, we have a special favour to ask. As you work through these pages, we would sure appreciate your keeping an eye on the points of pain or confusion – places where we could make things better, simpler, or clearer. And if you start the recording process, but then stop, we'd love to know where and why. Any feedback you can share with us will improve this project.

All comments and feedback can come straight to us or be posted to the forums once you have an account (all this in good time).

Library Staff

Step-by-Step Instructions

    • Learn about the Audio Recording Kit (ARK) project; decide if this is the project for you.
    • Complete a reader profile form and we'll create an account for you in our online forums, where you'll be able to ask and answer questions.
    • Befriend the people who can help you make this recording happen!
    • Whether you have something in mind or aren't sure where to start, this page will tell you everything you need to know about choosing a book to read out loud.
    • Once you know what you're going to read, it's time to figure how you're going to read it. This is where you'll spend a large part of your time, especially if this is your first recording.
    • This is another step that will need some time and careful attention, especially if you're new to Audacity. You'll learn how to set up this software, use it to record, and then what to do to edit your work and export audio files in their final MP3 format.
    • You must record a sample prior to recording your first book so we know your recording settings and levels are correct. This is a good way of preventing problems with your actual book recording (such as finding out you were reading way too quickly or quietly).
    • The moment you've been waiting for! This is where you actually get to read your book into a microphone and then turn it into a proper audiobook.
    • Final steps! You'll be able to listen to your book from beginning to end, and then you'll send it off to us for posterity. :)

Thank you!

The Audio Recording Kits were purchased with support from the Government of Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability Component.

Ongoing support for this program comes from NNELS, the BC Libraries Co-op, and participating public libraries.

public/nnels/recording/start.txt · Last modified: 2018/08/02 09:05 by sabina.iseli-otto