State library and archive service support

Overview

We connect Tasmanians to learning and information, their history and their communities. We also connect people from around the world to Tasmanian resources.  

Our volunteer program offers a volunteer-friendly environment where volunteers work alongside, and are supported by paid staff to value-add to our collections, services and programs. 

Key responsibilities

Volunteers are involved in activities that enhance and support the work of the State Library and Archive Service including:
  • collection work, such as:

        - data entry of information from historical records

        - sorting ephemera 

        - basic preservation activities 

        - assisting with Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts projects  

  • customer service, such as:
        - providing assistance to clients with computers and tasks
        - assisting family historians in public access facilities.
Volunteers work as part of a team of staff and volunteers, and participate in activities under the direction and guidance of the local Volunteer Coordinator, or other nominated staff members.


Skills, experience and attributes

We look for State Library and Archive volunteers who:
  • have good communication, organisational and listening skills
  • are sensitive, patient and respectful of clients’ needs
  • have basic computer skills including understanding of spreadsheets and online forms
  • can read 19th century handwriting
  • demonstrate care when handling fragile records
  • have an interest in or knowledge of Tasmanian history, family history or art 

Role requirements

Our volunteers must:
  • support our strategic goals and values
  • comply with the Tasmanian State Service Code of Conduct (State Service Act 2000) and our Service Commitment
  • act in our best interests
In addition, you will need a:
Note: Online volunteers do not require the Registration for Working with Vulnerable People or to register as volunteers with us.

Potential benefits

Our volunteers make an invaluable contribution to our programs and services and enrich the lives of many.  Our volunteer base is diverse and includes people of all ages and backgrounds who bring their unique experience, enthusiasm and knowledge to the role.  Many volunteers gain satisfaction by making a positive difference in their local community and learning new skills.