The Amherst Recording Council can always use the help of students of the College. Even if you don't have all the time in the world (or even hardly any time at all), just a little work on transcribing a lecture, or letting us know about an upcoming event can make things a lot easier for us.
The text at right should explain everything you need to know to help us in any of a number of ways. But if your suggestion or offer isn't explicitly discussed at right, or even if you're just too lazy to read everything at right, what's important is that you email us: arc at amherst dot edu.
We can always use help. The few of us who have committed enough to be called official members of this council have classes too, and it can be hard to keep up with what lectures need to be recorded, how to schedule equipment and people to record them, in addition to editing the audio, transcribing the lectures, and finding related links and files. So if you can help with any of this, you can help us, and we'd appreciate your help.
You should help us because you like what we're doing here. Or because you'd like to have your name in the credits here. Or because you'd like to possibly make some money for work you're doing for us.
Recording and Editing
Recording and editing audio require some technical expertise. If you don't have such expertise but would still like to help with this technical aspect of things, you needn't worry -- interest is much more important than technical know-how. That being said, if you do have technical know-how, particularly concerning the editing of audio (Peak, Cubase, or what have you), then we would really, really like your help -- either long term in making and editing recordings, or even just short term teaching us whatever you can about a given piece of software. Email us (arc at amherst dot edu) if you're interested in this and tell us what you'd like to do or can help with.
One of the most time consuming jobs, but one of the most enjoyable, is the process of transcribing lectures that we've recorded. We don't absolutely need full text representations of these talks (that is why we're making the audio recording in the first place), but we think it adds some considerable value. It means that you can search talks for just the parts that you're interested in. It makes pieces of the lectures much easier to quote or otherwise reference from other works, and it also lets people get something from a talk even if they decide that they don't have time to listen to the entire thing.
It can be a lot of fun to transcribe. It makes you really listen to every word of a spoken lecture, and you get your name on the website right after the link to the transcription, so it'll make you famous too. If you're interested in transcribing, email us which lecture you want to transcribe (arc at amherst dot edu). It's important that you email us first so that we can keep track of who is doing which lecture and two people don't end up wasting their time transcribing the same lecture. If you're interested in transcribing a really long event or a number of events for which we need transcripts, we might even be able to pay you for your time. In that case it's even more important we talk to you first -- don't type something up just assuming that we'll be able to find the money to pay you.
Since we already have (ideally) a brief description of each event along with an audio recording and a full text transcript, it's nice to add other files that are related or provide some interest with regard to a given talk or event. If you have pictures of the talk itself, or have found online some particularly interesting site related to the speaker or the topic, let us know and we'll add it to the "Other Files" section of the entry. As always, email us: arc at amherst dot edu.