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Thursday, March 25 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Oral Histories for the Uninitiated: Transcribing, Copyright, Metadata and Everything in Between

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Oral Histories have a rich tradition of providing an important contribution to our cultural heritage by preserving memory through recorded or documented narratives. As primary sources, oral histories help to contextualize studies in art, history, education, social sciences and other disciplines. In a time of continually shifting and expanding responsibilities for librarians and visual resources curators, it is not uncommon for those in our profession to be tasked with organizing and/or creating oral history (OH) content. For those of us who are not trained journalists, cultural anthropologists, or oral historians, overseeing an OH project can present multiple challenges: What pieces of information should be captured for future access? How do you ensure transcriptions are accurate? How do you handle copyright issues? How do you expand and improve access to existing OH content? Three presenters will discuss their OH projects and provide practical advice about dealing with some of the roadblocks in creating a coherent, accessible archive of audio/video recordings and transcriptions. The speakers will also share information about best practices and emphasize how their projects allowed them the opportunity to bring their unique perspectives on organizing and shaping these histories.


Jodi Hoover

Digital Resources Manager, Enoch Pratt Free Library


Barbara Elam

Associate Director of Visual Media Resources and Study Collection Librarian, Bard Graduate Center
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Brittany Kester

Education Librarian, University of Florida

Xiaoli Ma

Metadata Librarian, University of Florida

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Thursday March 25, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am CDT