Preserving and Sharing Meditations of Howard Thurman: Digitization and Transcription of Audio Archives at the Pitts Theology Lib

A session at 2014 American Theological Library Association Annual Conference

Saturday 21st June, 2014

8:00am to 9:00am (CST)

In 2013, the Pitts Theology Library embarked on a project to digitize and transcribe audio archives. The project began with cassettes of meditations by Howard Thurman, part of a gift donated to the library. These meditations have been digitized and are undergoing manual and automatic transcription through the use of software, volunteers, and library staff. In this session, I introduce the project and the process of preserving the audio and making the material available to public patrons. The process has been developed using many readily-available and open-source tools, most of which have been acquired for free or at little cost to the library. Software tools to be demonstrated include Audacity, InqScribe, and products from Nuance Software including Mac Speech Scribe and Dragon Dictate. I will also introduce the potential to crowdsource parts of the transcription project, including the development of a public tool for hearing and transcribing the Thurman meditations through the adaptation of open-source applications like Omeka and Scripto.

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Richard Manly Adams, Jr.

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  • Evan Boyd
  • Gregg Taylor
  • Michael Bradford
  • Richard Manly Adams, Jr.

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Time 8:00am9:00am CST

Date Sat 21st June 2014

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