Core Classroom: Hearing the Story: Creating an Oral History Project

For Immediate Release
Mon, 03/14/2022


Tom Ferren

Program Officer, Professional Development

Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures

American Library Association

CHICAGOStorytelling is an important way to preserve the history of a community and/or culture. The human voice can convey so much more than the written word, so oral histories are a good way to preserve a community, family, or history of an important event. People have differing views about events and capturing the viewpoints through recording their stories is something that libraries have been doing for many years. Learn how you too can save history through oral history. Join Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures this fall for the Core Classroom course "Hearing the Story: Creating an Oral History Project", and explore the process of creating an oral history project. Starting with the interview process, going through all the steps involved with processing, and talking about the finished product, this course outlines everything from the process side to the technological side. By the end of the course, participants will be able to devise interview questions, use different forms of technology to interview, log interviews, and create and assign controlled vocabulary.

Hearing the Story: Creating an Oral History Project
Start/End Dates: February 6 - March 3, 2023

Students have 24/7 access to the class site for the duration of the class, and aside from assignment deadlines, the work can be completed at their convenience. 

A computer with Internet access is required. A high-speed connection and headphones are recommended. No experience is necessary; beginners from any background are welcome. 

Live Class Discussions via Zoom:
Tuesday, February 7, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm CT
Tuesday, February 14, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm CT
Tuesday, February 21, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm CT
Tuesday, February 28, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm CT

Presenters: Jeanne Drewes and Liza Hazelwood, Collections Care Technician at VCU Libraries

Registration Fees:
$165.11 – Core Member
$188.10 – ALA Member
$209 – Non-member 

Classroom space is limited. Register now and save your seat!

Can’t attend the live event? No problem! All registrants will receive a link to the recorded session for later viewing at their convenience.

Register online or by phone at 1-800-545-2433 (press 1 to reach our customer service representatives).

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