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The crowdsourced transcription lifecycle – from conception to retirement

Posted by: Carlyn Osborn

Today’s guest post is from Lauren Algee, a Senior Collections Specialist in the Digital Content Management Section and a By the People community manager. After years of service from thousands of volunteers, some of the oldest completed By the People crowdsourced transcription campaigns are celebrating their retirement! This week, the By the People team retired 10 …

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Staff transcriber spotlight: Enjoy being curious!

Posted by: Carlyn Osborn

 In today’s post, Abby Shelton interviews a By the People contributor and recently retired Library of Congress staff member, Jan Lancaster, who has gone above and beyond! Jan transcribed and reviewed thousands of Clara Barton pages early in the pandemic as part of a telework project. In this post we asked Jan to reflect on her contributions …

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Volunteer Vignette: A group effort!

Posted by: Carlyn Osborn

In today’s guest post, Abby Shelton interviews a By the People volunteer, Kathleen, who has gone above and beyond! By the People is a crowdsourced transcription program launched in 2018 at the Library of Congress. Volunteer-created transcriptions are used to make digitized collections more accessible and discoverable on loc.gov. You can read our most recent Volunteer Vignette on the Signal here. Abby: What …

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Volunteer Vignette: It’s fun to figure out the puzzle!

Posted by: Carlyn Osborn

In today’s post, Abby Shelton interviews a By the People volunteer, Maya, who has gone above and beyond! By the People is a crowdsourced transcription program launched in 2018 at the Library of Congress. Volunteer-created transcriptions are used to make digitized collections more accessible and discoverable on loc.gov. You can read our most recent Volunteer Vignette on the Signal here. Abby: What motivates …

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‘By the People’ Turns 3: A Year in Review

Posted by: Carlyn Osborn

It’s that time again: another By the People anniversary! To celebrate the third birthday of crowd.loc.gov, we thought we would share some highlights from this past year. Interested in our previous anniversary posts? Check out our Year 1 and Year 2 celebrations on the Signal. As a quick recap, By the People (BtP) is a volunteer engagement and collection enhancement program at the Library of Congress that …

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Summer 2021 Volunteer Survey: What Motivates ‘By the People’ Volunteers?

Posted by: Carlyn Osborn

Today’s guest post is from Abby Shelton, a community manager for the By the People crowdsourced transcription program. Launched in 2018, By the People is a volunteer engagement and collection enhancement program at the Library of Congress that invites the public to explore and transcribe Library of Congress digital collections. When transcriptions are completed by …

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Using Crowdsourced Lincoln Transcriptions: An Interview with Jon White

Posted by: Carlyn Osborn

By the People volunteers have helped the Library of Congress return over 52,000 transcriptions back to loc.gov, making the Library’s collections more discoverable and accessible for all. To celebrate the impact our virtual volunteers have on the Library and its patrons, we are highlighting some of the ways that scholars, educators, and community members have …

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Review With Us: By the People and Smithsonian Transcription Center team up for crowdsourced transcription

Posted by: Carlyn Osborn

Today’s guest post is from Caitlin Haynes, the Program Coordinator for the Smithsonian Transcription Center in Washington, D.C. You can read Caitlin’s original post from the Smithsonian here.* During the month of August 2021, we teamed up with the community managers and volunteers at By the People, the Library of Congress’s crowdsourced transcription program, to focus …

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Reflecting on the Mary Church Terrell transcribe-a-thon with the Douglass Day team

Posted by: Carlyn Osborn

In today’s post, By the People community manager Lauren Algee interviews members of the Douglass Day team about their February 2021 transcribe-a-thon for the Mary Church Terrell Papers. Launched in 2018, By the People is a volunteer engagement and collection enhancement program at the Library of Congress that invites the public to explore and transcribe Library of Congress digital …