Kansas City's WWI Museum is avoiding layoffs by giving employees thousands of pages from its archives to digitize

By assigning employees to digitization projects, the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, continues to operate even while day-to-day visitors stay home. To prevent staff from losing their jobs, the Museum has assigned teams to transcribe documents and letters. By shifting their priority, from interacting with visitors to processing collections, the Museum is able to make of its materials accessible to the public and researchers online.

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