Crowdsourcing at the Library of Congress Staff update

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By the People for LC staff--well done everyone!

Dear colleagues, 

We hope that this email finds you as well as you can be at this time.

On March 20th we rolled out the first ever staff-only By the People Campaign, which features the letterpress correspondence of Theodore Roosevelt. Since then we've seen incredible rates of participation and page completion: 2,700 pages are complete and over 1,200 need review. You're all doing awesome work, and fast! We hope you're also learning cool things along the way, and finding time to explore the related resources back on loc.gov, which are all linked from this page.

Did you know? 

  • You can create an account with a non-loc.gov email, log in on By the People, navigate to your profile, and then change your email to your loc email address! The change will take place immediately and you don't need to email the Community Managers to activate your account.
  • The Help Center contains answers to many common questions about transcribing and reviewing 
  • Our open reference discussion forum on History Hub has loads of information and advice from volunteers, LC reference staff, and us, your very own Community Managers! Even if you don't post you can read other people's posts. Someone may have asked your question already, and had it answered.
  • We host weekly webinars just for staff on Mondays from 11am-noon
    You'll hear from us and from specialists in the Manuscript Division who can shed light on the papers you're transcribing and reviewing.
  • We have an info page just for you

Pro tips:

  • If you find a mistake in a document that has been accepted as "complete" we can reopen it. Just send a brief email and the link to crowd@loc.gov.
  • Please transcribe everything you see on the page including page numbers. 
  • Transcription will work best on device with an external keyboard. By the People is not optimized for tablets or phones, though you can do some things easily such as accept pages as complete if there are no edits to make.
  • Please do not expand or spell out abbreviations. Just type what you see. Likewise, don't edit the original spelling or punctuation. For some researchers the original spelling is really important!

In solidarity,

Victoria and the By the People team

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