Read All About It! NCC Launches Book Club and Visits LOC National Book Festival
This summer, the NCC Book Club was created, with participation from employees spanning all of our divisions of service. It’s fitting for a company established in 2002 as a real-time captioning service provider, with expanded capabilities to include transcription and video production. As a result, our employees don’t view their tasks as merely part of a day’s work; we appreciate the opportunity to learn about subjects including history, politics, and the arts while transcribing, editing, and captioning interviews, speeches, and conferences. Producing an open captioned video for the George Washington House in Mount Vernon might inspire a conversation with a friend. Transcribing an interview with an actor on “Charlie Rose” might lead us to see a movie. And editing the transcript of an author’s talk from the Library of Congress may well move us to purchase that author’s best-selling novel. The nuggets of knowledge and intrigue NCC employees have collected during the workday, as well as our collegial nature, sparked us to create the book club.
The club is made up of people of various ages and regional backgrounds, which has made for unique perspectives in their discussions. And though the group members have occasionally clashed in their opinions, the conversations about the books has always remained lighthearted and friendly in nature. Past books include A Time to Kill by John Grisham and Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi, while the club is currently reading Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.
In the spirit of our love of the written word, an NCC multimedia editor attended the Library of Congress National Book Festival, which took place on September 22 and 23 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. More than 125 authors were on hand to meet with their fans and sign autographs in various pavilions that were arranged by genre. Additionally, the authors gave talks and had Q-and-A sessions with festival-goers. Our NCC representative had the opportunity to listen to R.L. Stine, of Goosebumps series fame, as well as The Institutionist author Colson Whitehead.
NCC has proudly supported the Library of Congress with dedicated transcription services since 2007. In the first two years, we worked through the Library’s backlog of videos, transcribing thousands of hours of content ranging from music and poetry to science and American history, in addition to hundreds of previous Book Festival segments.
We are privileged to provide transcripts once again for numerous author talks given at this year’s festival. The Library of Congress is our nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, and we are proud to play a role in its mission of making its resources accessible to the American people and upholding a collection of knowledge and creativity.