Current Volunteer Positions

Passionate about early childhood development?

The State Library is looking for two exceptional volunteers who want to be part of Activity Time on Thursdays or Fridays during school term.

Your role will be to encourage parents and children to participate in early literacy based activities. These activities are designed to build the skills that children need to succeed when they start school. You will also let parents know the importance of continuing with activities like this most days at home. The Story Place caters for young children and, while there are low chairs available, you need to be able to work at their level and crouch, bend or kneel. 


  • Attend a training session before the start of each term or commit to reading the training notes / online training
  • Set up activities in The Story Place
  • Invite children and carers who enter The Story Place to participate in the activities
  • Facilitate and supervise small groups of children and their carers with the activities
  • Create a positive experience for clients
  • Gently remind clients that there are rules that need to be adhered to
  • Ensure The Story Place environment is tidy if time permits
  • Pack away materials at the end of the session
  • Adhere to OSH guidelines 
  • Wear a branded t-shirt and name badge


  • Team player
  • Open to feedback and advice 
  • Organised
  • Reliable and committed
  • Good communicator ability to engage with children and parents
  • WWCC (if you apply as a State Library volunteer you will be reimbursed)
  • Comfortable with people from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds
  • Desirable
  • A background in pre-school teaching or early childhood studies would be an advantage                                                        
  •  The State Library will check references for this position and a six session probation period will apply. 

Volunteer Shifts: 9.30am - 2.30pm Thurs or Fri during school term.

Please email if you are interested in this position, or phone Mary on 9427 3327.


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Text corrections on Trove

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Trove is a collection of databases built with the collaboration of major libraries of Australia and run by the National Library of Australia. It's most well known feature is the digitised collection of pre-1955 Australian newspapers. 

Thousands of newspaper articles have been electronically transcribed and require mistakes to be corrected. Single letters, words, lines or entire articles can be corrected.


1. Go to Trove WA newspapers.

2. Search for newspapers with one of the below titles or another Western Australian publication. 

  • South Western Times 1917-1929
  • Primary producer 1916-1921
  • WA Sportsman 1914-1918
  • Call & WA Sportsman 1918-1920
  • Geraldton Express 1906-1918
  • Bruce Rock Post & Corrigin Guardian 1917-1924
  • Gnowangerup Times 1912-1918
  • Tambellup Times 1912-1924
  • Daily Telegraph & North Murchison Gazette 1918-1920
  • Nungarin Trayning Mail & Kununoppin Advertiser 1917-1922
  • The Westonian 1915-1920
  • The Reformer 1906-1919
  • Fremantle Herald 1913-1915
  • York Advocate 1915
  • Beverley Times 1905-1977
  • The Truth 1903-1931
  • Swan Express 1900-1954
  • Southern Argus & Wagin-Arthur Express 1905-1924
  • Southern Cross Times 1900-1940
  • Moora Herald & Midlands District Advocate 1914-1930
  • Black Range Courier & Sandstone Observer 1907-1915
  • Laverton Mercury 1899-1919
  • Meekatharra Miner 1909-1918
  • Evening Star 1898-1921

3. Select a year within the date range given above. Select a month. Select a date. Select a page. Select an article (advertising can also be corrected).

4. Check to see if there are any errors in the electronically translated text by comparing it to the highlighted article to its right.

5. To correct any errors, click Fix this Text.

6. Sign up, log in or proceed without an account.

7. If you need to move or enlarge the article there are scroll and zoom bars on the bottom right hand side.

8. Click Save to save your changes and continue editing. For long articles it is recommended to save every 10-15 lines.

9. Click Cancel to discard changes made sine the last Save.

10. When you have finished click Save & Exit to save your changes and exit the edit mode.

You can also tag articles by clicking Add Tags. Separate each tag with a coma, leave Public and click Save

All of this work helps make WA content more accessible to the community.



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