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Weblogs (Blogs)

Making Room in the Crowd: Library Teleworkers Transcribing in Extraordinary Times | The Signal | library of congress

Published July 20, 2021, by Trevor Owens

In today’s post, By the People community managers Carlyn Osborn, Lauren Algee, and Abby Shelton reflect back on changes in their program since March 2020. 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 documents on the Library’s website, loc.gov. When transcriptions are completed by volunteers, they are integrated back into the Library’s online catalog, where they become fully searchable and readable by accessibility technologies.

The title page of Patton’s earliest war diary, 1916, which documents his participation in the Mexican Punitive Expedition, organized to capture Pancho Villa. As a result of staff transcribers, this diary is now full text searchable.

Fifteen months ago, the By the People crowdsourced transcription program was in a different place.

We had launched fewer than a dozen campaigns representing 50,000 pages from the Library of Congress collection on crowd.loc.gov, and recruited and registered around 12,000 volunteers. Compare this to July 2021, where we now have 24 campaigns representing over 500,000 pages, with 25,000 registered volunteers. As the Covid-19 pandemic unfolded in March and April 2020, activity on our site more than doubled and suddenly we were seeing demand for Library of Congress virtual volunteering like never before.

During this transformational and challenging time, we were also asked to introduce an entirely new user group to By the People: fellow Library of Congress staff. As our buildings largely closed to the public fifteen months ago, many staff (including us) transitioned to telework. For some Library of Congress staff, it was possible to do their normal work remotely, but for many, it was necessary to identify new kinds of remote projects. In this context, as an already 100% virtual program, we were able to provide safe opportunities for our colleagues who needed to rapidly shift to remote work.

Source: Making Room in the Crowd: Library Teleworkers Transcribing in Extraordinary Times | The Signal

New Flickr Album: A Corn-ucopia of Pictures | Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos

July 15, 2021 by Barbara Orbach Natanson

The selection of pictures shared in our latest album posted on the photosharing site, Flickr, made me reflect not only on the strong associations in my own past between summer and corn on the cob, but also how fertile corn’s visual potential is.

In fact, corn has traditionally been a symbol of life and fertility, particularly among the native peoples of the Americas, so I was delighted to see how artists and designers realized corn’s ripe possibilities in a variety of contexts.

Possibly my favorite is this musically inclined fellow composed of corn cob, leaves, and tassels (a composition that simultaneously demonstrates the rich linguistic play the word corn offers–I didn’t appreciate until I read the description that he is playing the cornet!):

Source: New Flickr Album: A Corn-ucopia of Pictures | Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos

‘Remember the Internet’: An Encyclopedia of Online Life – The Atlantic

How do we memorialize life online when it’s constantly disappearing?

by Kaitlyn Tiffany, March 22, 2021

Jim Steele / Popperfoto / Getty / Wikimedia / The Atlantic

For many of us, for better or for worse, the internet is home.

Our communities are here, because many of them could not exist any other way.

Superfans, shitposters, amateur experts, wiki nerds, grizzled forum moderators, obsessive sneaker enthusiasts, and hobbyists who spend a substantial amount of their time photographing vintage Furbies in human clothes, for example—the cultural and creative output of these communities is enormous and ever growing.

Source: ‘Remember the Internet’: An Encyclopedia of Online Life – The Atlantic

Women’s History Month

Image credit: Graphic courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

March is Women’s History Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

Girlhood (It’s complicated)

Spanning a timeframe of more than 200 years and showcasing over 200 objects, this exhibition examines the ways American girls have spoken up, challenged expectations and been on the frontlines of change.

Girlhood (It’s complicated) commemorates the anniversary of woman suffrage by exploring the concept of girlhood in the United States, but also how girls changed history in five areas: politics, education, work, health, and fashion. (Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History)
View the exhibition »

Source: Women’s History Month

Condor Cam | San Diego Zoo Safari Park

This is a live stream from a habitat at the California Condor Breeding Facility at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

We hope you enjoy watching parents, Siwon (male, with #85 wing tag) and Sola (female, no wing tag) raise their male chick, Tiyep (hatched May 6, 2020).

Read  about this chick, and previous youngsters in our blogs.

Day and Night

From 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time, you’re watching the live cam while it’s daytime in San Diego. While it’s dark, from 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. we rebroadcast that morning’s stream.

Source: Condor Cam | San Diego Zoo Safari Park