Using Oral History to Tell Your Family Stories

Tuesday, 4/28/2020
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)
ALA and ALCTS are committed to supporting our members, staff, and all librarians and library workers during these uncertain times. We will continue to offer online learning opportunities, and will do our best to accommodate the remote needs of our attendees. We will also continue to offer group registration, providing individual logins for each group member registered for ALCTS webinars. Please contact ALCTS with any questions or concerns.

This webinar was presented on April 28, 2020. Access the recording and materials now:

The stories we tell each other at gatherings are the seeds of family history. This session will help those interested in preserving family stories through audio recording. Participants will be inspired to launch their own projects as well as be exposed to the basics needed to make those projects successful. This includes equipment, technique, and processes for capturing and recording oral history. Library staff will gain the knowledge necessary to aid patrons in the basics of establishing a project.

Learning Outcomes

Following this session, participants will be able to:

  • comfortably launch a small scale project capturing family history;
  • understand equipment necessary for capturing life stories;
  • understand ethical issues dealing with recording; and
  • gather release forms and other paperwork for their project.

Who Should Attend

Primary audience is one with an interest in oral history but little formal knowledge or training. This will be a lay audience interested in capturing life stories from immediate family members. Secondary audience is library staff with a desire to help patrons fitting the above description. Secondary audience may have a passing knowledge of the material but little to no training.


Daniel Horowitz Garcia is a historian based in Atlanta, Georgia. His background includes 10 years' experience in oral history in a variety of projects and 20 years' experience in organizing at the local, state, and national level. Presently Mr. Horowitz serves as the Regional Manager with StoryCorps in Atlanta. He has a M.A. in History from Georgia State University.




How to Register

No registration required.

Tech Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

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PARS Preservation Outreach Committee