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
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!