Oral History: From Planning to Preservation

Certificate Eligibility: 
N/A
Credits: 
5 ARC, 0.75 CEU
Length: 
1 day
Format: 
In-Person
Max Attendees: 
35
Tier: 
Foundational
Description: 

Anticipate a successful oral history interview or project in the near future! This workshop offers a thorough overview of oral history, including its integration into archives. Topics include the value and uses of oral history, project development, recording equipment, interviewing, media storage, video interviews, and an evaluation of the digital technology of particular interest to oral historians.

Learning Outcomes: 
Develop an enhanced appreciation for the unique value of oral history
Evaluate recording formats, including the most current digital options
Research, frame, and conduct oral history interviews
Describe collections care, transcribing, and records keeping
Grasp the ethics and legal issues pertaining to oral history
Explore the promotion and use of oral history collections
Recognize the challenges of the rapidly-changing technological options
Who Should Attend?: 

The workshop does not require prior oral history experience and is designed for anyone interested in the subject. Attendees with a specific interest in management of oral history collections should have an understanding of basic archival practice.

What You Should Already Know: 

Participants should come to the workshop with some appreciation for the value of capturing and preserving personal stories, information, and reminiscences

Faculty: 
Reviews: 
"The handouts, information on technology, formats, and equipment, and answers to student question the interview was also most helpful."
"Overview of all, very informative. I appreciate the information on technology changes and issues." — Rebecca Wright
"It gave me confidence and assurance to conduct oral interviews and to train others to do the same." — Virginia Davis
Co-Sponsor Provides: 
  • Classroom: 6-foot tables with two chairs each or 8-foot tables with three chairs each
  • Table, chair, and lectern for instructor
  • LCD projector and replacement bulb for the LCD projector
  • Projection screen
  • CD player and speakers
  • DVD player and monitor
  • Lapel microphone
  • Coffee/tea/water for morning break
  • Water/assorted soft drinks for afternoon break