January 27, 2022

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Crowdsources the Transcription of University Yearbooks

From The Daily Nebraskan:

The transcription is part of a campaign started Feb. 2 to use online volunteers to transcribe all of the university’s yearbooks back to 1884. The idea is that lots of anonymous volunteers doing small amounts of transcribing will be much more accurate than a scanning machine.


The University Libraries has long been wanting to digitize some of their most noteworthy documents, said Joan Barnes, a development and outreach librarian. The department has been preparing the project for more than six months.


Since Feb. 2, nearly 4,000 pages have been transcribed, leaving about 30,000 remaining. It’s not unusual for as many as 20 pages to be transcribed in an hour. Volunteers can transcribe everything from poems to pranks – snapshots into the lives of long-dead college students.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.