Author: Carlyn Osborn

Staff transcriber spotlight: Enjoy being curious!

 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 […]

FADGI is a Finalist for the Digital Preservation Coalition 20th Anniversary Award

Today’s guest post is from Kate Murray, Tom Rieger and Hana Beckerle, leaders of the FADGI working groups at the Library of Congress. The Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) is thrilled to announce that it is a finalist for the prestigious Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) 20th Anniversary Award! The DPC 20th Anniversary Award celebrates a […]

Return to the Fascinating World of File Formats!

Today’s guest post is from Kate Murray, Marcus Nappier, and Liz Holdzkom of the Digital Collections Management & Services Division at the Library of Congress. Calling all file formats nerds…and nerds who aren’t file formats nerds…yet! The wait for more file formats news is over. We have some cool updates to share about new additions […]

FADGI Publishes Revision to Influential Still Image Digitization Guidelines

Today’s guest post is from Hana Beckerle, a 2021/22 Librarian-in-Residence at the Library of Congress. The Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) Still Image Working Group is pleased to announce the publication of the 3rd edition of the Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials. The newly-revised Guidelines are in draft form and are open for […]

New from FADGI: Mapping FFV1 into MXF

Today’s guest post is from Kate Murray, Digital Projects Coordinator in the Digital Collections Management and Services Division at the Library of Congress. The Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) AudioVisual working group is pleased to announce new resources to support diverse digital preservation workflows using the open source FFV1 video encoding. FADGI, through its […]

What’s new online at the Library of Congress – Memorial Day Weekend 2022

Interested in learning more about what’s new in the Library of Congress’ digital collections? The Signal now shares out semi-regularly about new additions to publicly-available digital collections and we can’t wait to show off all the hard work from our colleagues from across the Library. Read on for a sample of what’s been added recently […]

Using Crowdsourced Transcriptions: An Interview with Allison Johnson

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 […]

Volunteer Vignette: More accessible and searchable than ever before!

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 […]

What’s new online at the Library of Congress – Spring 2022

Interested in learning more about what’s new in the Library of Congress’ digital collections? The Signal will now be sharing out semi-regularly about new additions to publicly-available digital collections and we can’t wait to show off all the hard work from our colleagues from across the Library. Read on for a sample of what’s been added […]

Performing Arts in the Coronavirus Web Archive: Part 1

This post was originally written by Melissa Wertheimer, a Music Reference Specialist at the Library of Congress, for In the Muse: Performing Arts Blog. In June 2020, I was appointed to the Library’s interdisciplinary Coronavirus Web Archive project team to select social and cultural content. The Coronavirus Web Archive’s official landing page and press release came out on #WebArchiveWednesday, […]