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Accessing Oral Histories - Registration Deadline extended

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Cynthia Tobar <[log in to unmask]>

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Accessing Oral Histories

Description:
Oral historian Alessandro Portelli states that "[oral] sources are oral
sources...  The tone and volume range and the rhythm of popular speech
carry implicit meaning and social connotations which are not
reproducible in writing."  In managing oral history programs, archivists
often face the challenge of providing researchers with access to the
oral source (actual audio/video document) instead of only to its
transcript.  The audio-visual aspect of an oral history collection
becomes an increasingly pressing priority as issues arise in preserving
analog media.  The continual advancement of tools for digitizing
collections is giving way to new user accessibility, and subsequently,
archivists are finding exciting potential for renewed scholarly and
public interest in oral histories.

Join the Brooklyn Historical Society Oral History Program Coordinator
Sady Sullivan on Thursday, November 19th, for a workshop exploring the
frontier of digital access to oral histories.  Discussion topics will
include cataloging tools (Past Perfect, OMEKA, and more), digitization
of collections (born-digital and digitized oral histories), types of
online access (databases, podcasts), and fantasy future audio-searching
software.  

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The Brooklyn Historical Society oral history collection began in 1973
with the Puerto Rican Oral History Project: 69 interviews with Brooklyn
residents who migrated from Puerto Rico via steamship between 1917 and
1940.  Today, the BHS oral history collection contains interviews with
over 300 narrators, and soon, all of these interviews will be accessible
to listeners in the Othmer Library and also available in a selection
online.

BHS Oral History Highlights:
http://brooklynhistory.org/blog/tag/oral-history-highlights/
Find samples from Brooklyn Historical Society's Oral History Collection
on iTunes.

Instructor: Sady Sullivan

Sady Sullivan is coordinator of the Oral History Program at the Brooklyn
Historical Society.  Since 2006, she has led five oral history projects
and conducted life history interviews with over 150 people, as well as
trained and overseen the work of other interviewers helping to build
BHS's oral history collection.  In addition, she manages the
digitization of BHS's legacy oral histories - 11 projects dating back to
1973 and encompassing over 200 interviews.  BHS is working to make these
collections available for listening through a searchable database in the
Othmer Library.  Sady brings ten years of story-collecting experience to
her role as oral historian at the Brooklyn Historical Society.  Her
interview technique demonstrates a merging of social science,
journalistic, and Buddhist deep listening approaches, respectfully
drawing out memories to be shared.


Date:   Thursday, November 19, 2009
Time:   5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn,
NY 11201
Workshop Fee and Registration: ART-NY Members / Non-members	$25 /
$30
Registration Deadline EXTENDED: November 13, 2009
To register go to http://www.nycarchivists.org/workshop.html#oralHist 


Cynthia Tobar
Senior Metadata Creator
MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
1220 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029
212.534.1672 ext. 3373
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