Illinois St. University: Milner Library’s New “Decipher History” Project Lets Students Help Transcribe Special Collection Documents
“Special Collections is always looking for ways to draw more people into our wonderful corner of campus,” Maureen Brunsdale, Special Collections and rare books librarian, said.
“This initiative is merely another attempt to do that.”
Students can peruse some of the many articles stored in special collections but will also have the option to transcribe those articles themselves and continue growing the diverse digital collection.
By transcribing the collection, the articles and books contained within become much easier to search by key phrases and makes the overall navigability of the department much easier for students looking to use it.
“The materials under my care are incredibly interdisciplinary, they could be used by all sorts of majors, and it’s my hope that they are,” Brunsdale said.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.