Creating and Preserving Oral Histories
This class covers the theory and best practices for oral histories, interview techniques, and selection of and set-up of recording equipment to ensure high quality recordings.
Popularity of oral histories has been increasing since the mid 20th
century when they were used as a research tool to discover the stories of the people behind the labor and political movements of the time. The content of oral history interviews is grounded in reflections on the past as opposed to commentary on purely contemporary events. Oral history can refer to a method of recording and preserving oral testimony and to the product of that process. A successful oral history programs require goals, procedures, and training as well as a plan for access to the interview’s content. The class will also cover the selection and set-up of recording equipment to ensure high quality recordings.
- Develop procedures and documentation for an oral history project
- Identify preservation challenges
- Plan an Oral History Project
- Use basic interview techniques
- Select appropriate recording equipment
Instructor: Annie Peterson
Annie Peterson is Preservation Services Librarian at LYRASIS. Before joining LYRASIS, Annie Peterson was the Preservation Librarian for the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University. She has an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has a range of experience in preservation and conservation that provides a strong base for helping the archives, historical societies, libraries and museums that we reach through the Preservation Field Services project. She is active in the American Library Association and is the Chair of the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services Preservation and Reformatting Section. In 2016 Annie was awarded the Esther J. Piercy Award from ALCTS, an award that is given to recognize the contribution to areas of librarianship included in library collections and technical service by a librarian who has shown outstanding promise for continuing contribution and leadership.
This class is open to all interested.
Frequency: offered 3 times a year, Winter, Spring & Fall
Archival Recertification Credits - ARCs: 1
Information on Archival Recertification Credits
Registrations for this class must be received at least one week before the class date. Registrants should receive an email offering detailed login and setup instructions. Please call 800.999.8558 if you do not receive this email at least three days before the class. This class is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.
Time: All live online classes are in Eastern time.
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You may register using one of two methods:
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