We have another virtual event for those who can't join us in person on the 21st: http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/web-discussions.html A webinar for a general audience hosted by the Library of Congress's General Reading Room staff.
Hi Victoria- Not sure if you got my response through email. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the session at the Van Ness library. I have an appointment that afternoon that won't end until close to the start time of the meeting. I would be happy to have people contact me directly if they need help with a transcription in Mary Church Terrell. I have been reviewing my own submissions of items I transcribed in October-November and have corrected many errors. I feel I have become adept at decifering her handwriting. Also, who does the final check when transcriptions are accepted by our peers? Is there a final review process? If so, if possible I would be willing to volunteer to do some of that work. I have seen transcriptions marked as complete where words were not decifered. In many of the cases I have figured out what the words were. Speed is fine but I'm sure yu would prefer accuracy. In any event, I am throwing my hat in the ring, if there is such a thing. Thanks for your time and the work you all do to make this effort as worthwhile as it is.
Best wishes, Henry
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Thanks Henry, I did get your email, but I'll also reply here because your queries will be of interest to others. We do not have a final in house review system. We trust you all to do your best and we'd rather have transcriptions quickly than strive for perfection and go slowly. But that said, we are thinking of how we might better enable review of "completed" transcriptions. As these things develop, we'll share more here.
Thanks as ever, and sorry to miss you this week! Another time, I'm sure.
Thanks Victoria. I would only suggest that before someone approves content they try to be sure there are few unread words. I have seen some with at least half a dozen words unaccounted for where I could decifer most of them. Thanks for the clarification on the desire for us not to dwell or strive for perfection. I tend to agonize over words but I don't mind. Sometimes it takes a minute or two to figure out a word. It's a rush when I finally get it.
Thanks for getting back to me and all of the feedback.
Doesn't this sound like fun!!
Being in Maine and working more than full time, I can only enjoy these events vicariously, and you can bet I'll be there in mind if not body.
We hope to develop virtual transcribathons as well Suz, so maybe we'll see you at one of those in future. Thanks for all your hard work!
New Walt Whitman Campaign and kick-off event
On April 24, 2019 (Wednesday) the Library of Congress is teaming up with the National Council of Teachers of English to host a virtual transcribathon centered on the papers of Walt Whitman. Transcribathons get people together at a specific time and place (in person or online) to focus on transcribing or reviewing items from a particular campaign or on a particular theme. The goal is engage with the material together, learn new things together, and to advance the campaign towards the ultimate goal of making it more searchable and accessible back on the loc.gov website.
The focus of the event will be on Whitman in the classroom and after school programs, but learners and teachers of all ages and walks of life are welcome to join in. We kick off at 4pm Eastern time and will work together as a group for one hour. There will be a brief talk from the Library's very own Barbara Bair, curator of literature, art, and culture in the Manuscript Division, and NCTE's own Vice President, Alfredo Luján. This will be followed by guided transcription by a community manager, and then group work and sharing via the web platforms we'll be using on the day. Follow the link below to learn more about the virtual space we'll be using!
Participants need to register in advance: http://www2.ncte.org/events/opportunity-library-congress/.
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This was the post for our first event:
The By the People team is co-hosting an in person transcribathon at the Van Ness branch of the DC Public Library on Thursday February 21st from 5 to 7pm. Read more here! https://www.dclibrary.org/node/62594
Henry Rosenberg I believe your were interested in in-person events? [NB: Henry, I'm reposting this thread and moving it down because the original Van Ness event kept showing up in the header when I shared the link to this page.
Thank you for the heads up. I'll see if I can make it.
Webinar April 23 with Digital.gov
Join us Tuesday, April 23 at 2 pm ET for a webinar focused on the Library's Crowdsourcing for Access and Engagement. Registration is now open. I hope you can join us!
We'll share the story of building By the People's user-centered crowdsourcing program for access & engagement with digital collections! We'll also talk about how By the People embodies the Library’s strategic goal of a user-centered library by actively engaging learners of all ages with digital historical collections. This event is sponsored by the Library of Congress & DigitalGov University.