Capturing Changing Technologies in Oral Interviews Series


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The series begins with a two-part workshop on June 21 and 28 and will conclude on July 5 with a panel discussing their work in this area.

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July 18 - 9:30am - 1:30pm (Pacific) - DOING ORAL HISTORY WORKSHOP (Part 1)

July 19 - 9:30am - 1:30pm (Pacific) - DOING ORAL HISTORY WORKSHOP (Part 2)

The series will teach oral history techniques as well as raise awareness around issues of technology, practice, and sustainability. Following the series, a grant will fund six oral history interviews. Webinar attendees will be given priority for receiving stipends to conduct interviews with practitioners. This webinar series is project managed and curated by Melissa Dollman, PhD.

How We Did It: Archivists Who Have Interviewed Practitioners of Changing and Obsolete Technologies

  • July 5 - 9:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific)

Concluding the series is a roundtable of five audiovisual archivists will present on oral history interviews they have each conducted with practitioners of increasing obsolete media formats and technologies (audio, time-based, analog video, film). They will discuss their differing approaches to interviewing, outreach, how they disseminated their interviews to a wider audience, and more.

  • Eddy Colloton, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • Dan Hockstein, UNC’s School of Information and Library Science
  • Chad Hunter, Video Trust
  • Jackie Jay, Farallon Archival Consulting
  • Andrea McCarty, Yale University Library

Doing Oral History Workshop

  • Part 1 - July 18 - 9:30am - 1:30pm (Pacific)
  • Part II - July 19 - 9:30am - 1:30pm (Pacific)

The workshop will offer training in each of the core areas of this important documentation method. Attendees will learn how to record, archive, and provide access to projects ranging in size from a few interviews to the beginning of their own oral history program. In two, four-hour sessions presented in consecutive weeks workshop leaders will cover the following major topics: 1) Project Design; 2) the importance of Legal and Ethical Frameworks; 3) Recording Technology; 4) The Pre-Interview Process; 5) Interviewing Techniques; 6) Preservation, Metadata, and Cataloging; 7) Transcription and Other Derivative Works; and 8) Project Access and Outcomes. The workshop will be interactive and include sample materials, a project design tutorial, a practice interview (with feedback from professionals), and an introduction on how to index oral histories using OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer). This session also includes specialized instruction concerning the world of remote interviewing and contains targeted training for professionals looking to learn more about how to ethically work with oral history materials.


  • Anne Kelly, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • Steven Sielaff, Baylor University Institute for Oral History
  • Teague Schneiter, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • Jade Takahashi, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • Mae Woods, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The project is made possible by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), with funds provided by the National Film Preservation Board.

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