Museums, historical societies,
libraries, classrooms, cultural institutions, alumni associations, and
neighborhood groups are among the growing list of organizations that use oral
history to document their own communities. At present, there are no handy resources
for these professionals to plan and implement an oral history project within
their own professional frameworks.
The Left Coast series Practicing Oral History fills this gap.
Series titles consist of concise, instructive books that address the special
circumstances of oral history within a specific user community. Each title provides practical tools for
conducting and presenting an oral history project that conforms to the best
practices of the Oral History Association but targets the particular needs of a
Sample topics include, but are not restricted to:
- Doing Oral History in Public Libraries
- Doing Oral History in Museums
- Using Oral History for Family History
- Using Oral History for Institutional
- Incorporating Oral History in the K-12
- Using Oral History in the Health Care
- Using Oral History to Foster Social
- Transcribing Oral Histories
- Cataloging Oral Histories
It is not necessary to have a fully
developed idea; we would like to work with you at any stage of your
project. Contact Series Editor Nancy
MacKay at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us about your idea, project, or proposal.
- Oral History
with Immigrant Narrators, Carol McKirdy
Oral History in Historical Organizations, Barbara W. Sommer
Critical Oral History in the Schools, Christine K. Lemley
Oral History to Connect University to Community, Beverly B. Allen and Fawn-Amber
Series Editor: Nancy MacKay, San Jose State University
Nancy MacKay has been straddling the line between library science and oral history for more than 30 years. As Technical Services Librarian at the Mills College Library (Oakland, California) from 1989-2012, her job included the managing the college oral history program as well as the back-end functions of the library. She has been teaching information science and oral history at the San Jose State University, School of Information since 2008.
Nancy frequently writes, teaches, consults, and speaks about oral history. She is author of Curating Oral Histories (2007, currently in revision) and co-author of The Community Oral History Toolkit(2013). Current research interests include metadata for oral histories, community oral history, and oral history in a cross-cultural setting. Her most recent project is developing an archiving plan for the oral histories created in China by the Evergreen Education Foundation.
She holds a B.A. degree in anthropology and an MLIS degree in Library Science, both from the University of California, Berkeley.
Proposals and inquiries about manuscripts should be directed to: email@example.com.
A Guide to Conducting Intergenerational Oral History Projects
Angela Zusman (Author)
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