Oral History Shraybers (Field Processors)

Volunteer for this exciting project from home!


The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project announces a new volunteer program: oral history shraybers (field processors). Working from home computers, volunteers will dive into our growing oral history collection, mining interviews for great stories. 


Fill out the application by Tuesday, February 25, 2014 to be considered for our next cohort!



We need your help!  Oral history shraybers can work from any computer with internet access.  The job will include the following steps for each interview:

  1. Watch 1-2 hour video recording, tracking the flow of topics discussed in the interview;
  2. Write a 400-600 word abstract, summarizing the interview content;
  3. Identify interview highlights and “great moments” for possible use on the Book Center’s website or in its publications, noting timecode and writing a brief description for each potential excerpt;
  4. Assign keywords based on a standardized list, allowing for greater access and searchability of interview contents.

Time commitment:

  • Participation in a web-based, live training (3-5 hours over two Sunday sessions, March 23 and April 6, with exact times to be determined based upon participants' timezones) 
  • Commitment to process a minimum of 10 interviews per year (approximately 2-6 hours of processing time per interview), for at least one year
  • Maintenance of regular contact with project staff

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Interest in Jewish stories
  • Basic familiarity with and knowledge of Jewish culture
  • Ability to write a clear and engaging synopsis of each interview
  • Facility with computer word processing, emailing, and accessing websites
  • Access to high-speed internet on your home, office, or shared computer
  • Ability to watch videos on the internet
  • Access to a computer with a webcam for training sessions
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Ability to work independently with low-level supervision by the project staff
  • Successful completion of training

PLEASE NOTE: You do not need to know Yiddish to do this work!  However, any familiarity with Yiddish language, culture, and history is a plus.

Please click on the link below to fill out the online application by February 25, 2014