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The Democratization of Knowledge: An Interview with Amaobi Otiji

Posted by: Carlyn Osborn

Today’s blog post is an interview between Andrew Cassidy-Amstutz and Amaobi Otiji, both of the Digital Content Management Section (DCM) here at the Library of Congress. You can read other interviews with DCM staff here. Andrew: Could you tell us a bit about what you do as a Digital Collections Technician in DCM? What do …

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Volunteer Vignette: Student and Teacher team up to transcribe Federal Theatre Project playbills

Posted by: Carlyn Osborn

In today’s post, By the People community manager Abby Shelton interviews two By the People volunteers, Tina and Alexandra, who paired up to transcribe Federal Theatre Project playbills! Tina was a student at the Emma Willard School in 2022 and already a By the People volunteer when she recruited her math teacher, Alexandra, to help transcribe …

Volunteer Vignette: Transcribing Spanish history

Posted by: Carlyn Osborn

In today’s post, Abby Shelton interviews a By the People volunteer, Claude, 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 other Volunteer Vignettes on the Signal here and here. Abby: What motivates you to …

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Volunteer Vignette: The Youngstown State University Transcribing Club

Posted by: Carlyn Osborn

In today’s post, Abby Shelton interviews By the People volunteer and Youngstown State University student Julie Centofanti who has gone above and beyond! Julie started a Transcribing Club at YSU in 2020 to help fellow students fulfill a service requirement, build community, and have fun. She was one of two students to win a 2022 …

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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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Using Crowdsourced Transcriptions: An Interview with Allison Johnson

Posted by: Carlyn Osborn

By the People volunteers have helped the Library of Congress return over 120,000 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 used …

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Volunteer Vignette: More accessible and searchable than ever before!

Posted by: Carlyn Osborn

In today’s post, Abby Shelton interviews a By the People volunteer, Laura, 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 some other Volunteer Vignettes on the Signal here and here. Abby: What motivates …

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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 …