Please Donate Time, Media, Computer Skills or Funds

Updated: Nov 09, 2014

  • The American Nudist Research Library ®, Inc. welcomes donations of any items related to the nudist movement and life. Histories and old captioned pictures are especially prized as are club patches, medallions, name tags and awards. Nudist books, magazines, brochures, videos/movies, art work and other nudist memorabilia additions to the Library collection are gratefully accepted. Monetary donations to help with operating expenses are also gratefully accepted. Private collections of nudist material in estates or institutions would find a wonderful home in the ANRL.

  • ANRL needs a Research Librarian. We are looking for somebody with skills in organizing our library to be more in line with a Research Library. We have a huge archive but need to improve its organization to facilitate searches by researchers and scholars.

Note: The Library has sufficient quantities of some of the most popular magazines. Please Email us before sending your material and verify that we need it.

  • All donations are tax deductible. Donors will receive a receipt for income tax purposes if requested. Please contact the Library to arrange for monetary and tangible donations.

Contact ANRL

  • The Library also seeks contributions of time and energy from volunteers in Central Florida. Seasonal volunteers are very welcome. We need help in the following areas:

  • Today’s top priority items in which we need help include these three things.
    1. Keeping the Lights On - Working in the library
    2. Positions Related to Publicity - Optionally work in your home
    3. Scanning and Archiving - Mostly working in the library
  • In parallel with the three main items but with a lower priority are:
    1. Curation (Organizing Library Archives) - Mostly working in the library
    2. Technical Opportunities - Optionally work in your home
  • Note Items listed in the 5 categories below are not prioritized in importance.




1. Keeping the Lights On - Working in the library
Position Description
Library Greeter Open the door and turn on the light and welcome visitors. You would be given instructions on how the Library works and where things are to be able to answer simple questions. This position is easier than a Librarian as it only involves working with Library visitors.
Librarian Open the door and turn on the light and welcome visitors. In addition to welcoming Library visitors, you would need to know all the procedures outlined in the Library’s Operation Manual.
Surplus Material Coordinator You would keep a database of surplus material, collect donations, process orders and then ship the orders.
General Helper This is “Open-Ended” in nature: We need somebody knowledgeable in all aspects of the Library to fill in as needed for various tasks not specifically outlined above.



2. Positions Related to Publicity - Optionally work in your home
Position Description
Publicity Coordinator You would establish contact with any and all possible Club, Organization or Individual related to the nudist movement and ask them to add a link our Web site on their Web site, add blurbs or notices relating to ANRL to their publications, include ANRL distribution lists for their newsletters or publications and ask if ANRL could link to their Web site. You would work with Library Staff and Board members to wordsmith the blurbs or notices that get sent out. You would update the database of contacts and keep it current.
Organize Special Events This is the 35th Anniversary of ANRL and the 50th Anniversary of the Cove. We want to have one or more Open House events with possible “wine and cheese.” A certain amount of coordination will be involved for successful events. Also, there are several big weekend events at the Cove in which we could setup a table and promote the library. Examples include Nude-A-Palooza and Parrot Head weekend.
Photographer You would either take new pictures or select pictures from our archive and provide them to the Website Administrator to be included in the Website SlideShow or on individual pages.
Write Blurbs Need a continuous steam of blurbs about ANRL for The Bulletin and E-FROG
Maintain ANRL’s Bulletin Board The Bulletin Board is visible to anyone walking past the Library. Current or newsworthy articles should be posted there.
Graphic Artist Our Logo and Banner need to be redesigned. Our web site could use some little graphics here and there to make it more interesting for visitors.


3. Scanning and Archiving - Mostly working in the library
Position Description
Scanner You would sit at the scanning station and scan magazines, books, “Who’s Who” folders, Club Folders, etc. You should be familiar with basic use of computers. You would receive training in scanning skills.
Scan Postcards, Photos and Slides We have several thousand postcards that are in folders. These need to be scanned.
Scan un-bound documents Many documents are not bound and exist in folders. These need to be scanned and could be scanned with a home-scanner, not the big scanner in the library.
Convert VHS Tapes to DVD Many VHS Tapes have already been converted, but we need to make DVDs for all. This is a real-time job because you will be watching each VHS in real-time while converting to DVD. This could easily be done at your home.



4. Curation (Organizing Library Archives) - Mostly working in the library
Position Description
Catalog TOCs for each scanned magazine We are wanting to build a master TOC of all articles. For starters, we’re wanting to pull out .pdf pages which show the TOC for each magazine.
Surplus Video Info Create list of all Videos (VHS and DVD) in the archive and update the list of Surplus Videos. Many of the Surplus Videos have been marked with “Suggested Donation” so the job is getting that information into a list that can be published on our Website.
Organize the collection Many of our documents exist in duplicate and are in the wrong places. We need somebody to sort all that out.
Find replacement pages Many of our Bound Books have missing pages because patrons may have cut them out. We need to replace those with pages from Archive or Surplus Magazines.
Update Suggested Donations Update the listing of Suggested Donations in our database so that we can publish accurate donation info on our web site.
Add new “Who’s” in “Who’s Who” Our folders need to be updated with contemporary figures in the nudist community. You would ask Clubs and Organizations to provide profiles or other information.
Inventory Coordinator You would produce a complete inventory in ANRL’s database of documents and media. We don’t know exactly what’s in our Library, exactly what’s been scanned, exactly what Videos have been converted to DVD, etc. and we’re trying to fix that.
Find books suitable for Surplus or Loan Our collection of Books has duplicates that should be moved to Surplus or “For Loan”



5. Technical Opportunities - Optionally work in your home
Position Description
Prototyping a data archival and retrieval system We are building a huge repository of digital data and need to have a system to efficiently store it and then retrieve it quickly so that it can be used for research.
Post Process Scanned Data The actual scanning of documents takes far less time than the conversion of data to searchable PDF files. We need help with this kind of work.
Web site Designer You could help design a better Web Site. We are currently using Drupal 7 and while that’s working great, changes could be made to provide better page layouts and navigation tools.
Proof Read our Web site Our Web site has a good number of pages and some corrections are needed. You would read the pages and make changes to improve accuracy and avoid redundancy.
Improve structure of our Web site The general structure of the Web site could be improved for a better user experience.
Server Administration You would help design a Server to make Library Media available to remote users, possibly with a VPN, in a very secure way.
Kiosk Design and Support The “Local Kiosk” would be available to ANRL visitors for the purpose of viewing digital data that has been scanned. The Kiosk would utilize a modern computer and modern software. All ports of the computer would be locked to prevent Library visitors from copying anything or sending anything over the Internet. Also, we visualize having “Remote Kiosks” that could be installed in other Libraries and provide the same security as what we’re wanting to build in the ANRL.
OCR “Who’s Who” and “CLUB” Folders None of the “Who’s Who” or “CLUB” folders have been OCR’d to text files. Need to process all .pdf files with ABBYY Fine Reader and create .txt files. Then, need to clean up the .txt files because the OCR process creates some gibberish from unrecognizable content of original files.
Copyright Coordinator You would dig into the copyright laws and then help formulate guidelines for what Library content could be shared, viewed or made available in any way outside the Library. We continually get requests to access our documents on our Web site.
Web site Security We will need tight security if we start to using the Internet to distribute Library Media.
Convert FileMaker Pro 5 to FileMaker Pro 12 The Library’s primary database is very obsolete. We need to upgrade our database FileMaker 12 Pro. We do have one copy of FileMaker 12 Pro for Mac. Since there is no direct migration path, the process would be output CSV and then import CSV.
Database Coordinator You would design a relational database for ANRL using FileMaker Pro 12,. You would design report forms that could be automatically produced by ANRL Staff. You would produce reports that could be displayed on ANRL’s web site.
Researcher Create TimeLines. Possible areas include 1) ANRL History 2) ANRL Leadership 3) AANR Leadership 4) Club and Organization Histories. 5) Add new people in the “Who’s Who” Archive. 6) Update “Who’s Who” folders that have been scanned but are randomly constructed. There are a huge number of little research projects to choose from.
Undefined Areas We are wanting to make the ANRL into a better place to do Research and we need your ideas to help with that.