MAY 13

Works in Progress Webinar: Lost in Transcription—Developing workflows for captioning video

Join this webinar to learn about an investigation into captioning tools and potential workflows to address accessibility issues for digital video at scale.


Desiree Alexander, Audiovisual Collections Coordinator, Cornell University Library
Chloe McLaren, Metadata Projects Librarian, Cornell University Library


Drawing on their joint report, Desi Alexander and Chloe McLaren from Cornell University Library will share how they are developing an Audiovisual captioning workflow, and the insights they’ve gained (and missteps they’ve taken) along the way.

As of January 1, 2020, all newly posted, publicly available A/V material from Cornell must be accessible. This has special implications for the library, since much of its content consists of digitized archival material, often indifferently recorded, which presents a variety of challenges for the team of two within a large university library. The presenters will discuss their attempt to simultaneously incorporate new tools and workflows to adequately caption content, while grappling with questions of what actually enhances accessibility and usefulness for patrons, and how to provide it at scale without completely burning out.

This webinar will be of interest to those responsible for online audiovisual content and ensuring accessibility of digital video.

Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series

These webinars are exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, but the recordings are publicly available to all.

Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series to talk about work happening in OCLC Research – we'd like to present our work informally and get feedback from you, our Partners. We'd also like this to be a venue for Partner institutions. What are you working on that everyone should know about? What input would help you move forward? Let us know!

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13 May 2020


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

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