5 Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Five Things Naomi Novik Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy.

As part of our 10th anniversary celebrations, we have a special retrospective Five Things this month. Today’s post is with Naomi Novik, one of the founders of the OTW, a past board member, and a current staffer with the Accessibility, Design, & Technology Committee. The following is an interview transcript which has been edited for length and clarity.

What was the first year of the OTW like? What do you remember most from it?

I don’t remember the high points as well, I find that over time what I remember are the problems. In the beginning there was a lot of work we had to do to reassure people about what we were trying to do, such as that they weren’t going to get into [legal] trouble, that there would be ways to give people control over their stories. The other piece that first year is that some people expected to see something 5 minutes after we formed! You know, where is the Archive? But it all takes time, there were a lot of growing pains you have when you’re putting things together from scratch that the OTW has been left with. But my philosophy is to do the thing if you have the momentum, and it’s better to have done something that was not perfect than to not have anything done at all.

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OTW election news: make your voice heard

2016 OTW Elections Candidates Announcement

Candidates Announcement

The Organization for Transformative Works is pleased to announce the following candidates for the 2016 Election (in alphabetical order by given name):

  • James Beal
  • Kristina Busse
  • Priscilla Del Cima

Because we have 2 seats to be filled and 3 candidates, the 2016 election will be contested—that is, the members of OTW will vote on which candidates fill the seats.
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5 Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Five Things Aline Carrão Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today’s post is with Aline Carrão, who volunteers as a member of OTW’s Board

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

As a board member my job is to take a big picture look at the OTW, keeping in mind our mission and goals, and make sure we are moving in the right direction and using our resources the best way we can.

This means focusing our work on possible failure points and areas that need a new structure, as well as keeping in touch with our volunteer base the best we can, and keeping up a steady flow of conversation with the committee chairs. In this way we can work with them to find solutions to the problems that arise and get a better picture of the committees’ goals, their progress and possible issues.
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