Giving Your Community Back its Voices: Making Your Oral History Collections Fully Accessible
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Colorado Convention Center, Room 102/104/106
Special collections departments in Colorado public libraries discuss how they are making oral history collections discoverable, understandable, available, and usable at their institutions. Discussion will cover: the value of oral histories to the community served by your library; how to get that “shoebox” collection of tapes online; how to structure your metadata for oral histories and why this matters; and how to grow a unique collection your community will draw on for generations to come.
At the end of this session, participants will:
1: Know what oral history is, and why first-hand accounts are so important as documentation. 2: Understand how metadata affects both the discoverability and understandability of an oral history. 3: Know the basic structure of an audio digitization program and how to provide online access.
The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.
This session will have: Medium interaction: single speaker/panel with questions or audience participation throughout
Tags: Collections/Tech Services, Digitization, Local History, Metadata, Special Collections, Technology
Cyns Nelson, Oral History Program Manager
Carnegie Branch Library For Local History, Boulder Public Library, Boulder, CO
Cyns Nelson has 10 years' experience guiding and contributing to oral-history projects throughout Colorado. She has presented to regional and national associations, including the Colorado Association of Libraries, Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists, Society of American Archivists, American Library Association, and the Oral History Association; she also has been a guest lecturer for San Jose State University. Presently Cyns is managing the Maria Rogers Oral History Program, part of the Boulder Public Library system.
Tammi Moe, Archivist Librarian
Pueblo City-County Library District / University College London, Qatar, Pueblo, CO
Tammi Moe is an active international scholar with a multi-disciplinary approach to primary source documentation and historical analysis. She is currently overseeing the collection and processing of oral histories for the Colorado Sound-Bytes program at the Pueblo City County Library District and the Origins of Doha project for the University College London, Qatar. Tammi's expertise includes strategic planning and design of archives, digital preservation, film and audio production, and storytelling through archival collections.
Adam Speirs, Archivist
Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO
Adam Speirs is an archivist with the Douglas County History Research Center of Douglas County Libraries. He manages the oral history program, and works in digital preservation and access.