Half Day Preconference

StoryCorps @ your library: Enhance Library Programming through Oral History Narratives

HALF DAY; Wednesday, March 12, 9:00 AM–12:30 PM

Learn about resources available from ALA and StoryCorps to jumpstart an oral history project in your library. StoryCorps will lead a hands-on workshop that includes practical tips for bringing out the best stories from your patrons and ensuring that your oral history programs are a success. Librarians from some of the ten pilot libraries participating in the StoryCorps @ your library initiative will share tips for attendees interested in launching their own StoryCorps style projects.

Presenters: Judith Bergeron, Smithville (Texas) Public Library; Andrea Blackman, Nashville (Tenn.) Public Library; Mary Davis Fournier, ALA Public Programs Office, Chicago, Ill.; Elaine Kamlley, StoryCorps, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Virginia Millington, StoryCorps; Elizabeth Perez, StoryCorps; Renelda Sells, Tampa-Hillsborough County (Fla.); Maria Taesil Hudson Carpenter, Somerville (Mass.) Public Library
Organizer: Deb Robertson, ALA Public Programs Office, Chicago, Ill.

Target Audience: Librarians specializing in public programming, adult services, local collections and archives and community outreach.

At the end of this preconference participants will:

  • Be able to begin planning an oral history initiative in their library using available resources from ALA and StoryCorps;
  • Be able to identify best practices in working with community partners, library staff, and volunteers to collect interviews and present related programs for public audiences; and
  • Understand the technical and institutional requirements to make a local oral history program successful.

Cost: $125 PLA/ILF Members, $180 ALA Members, $235 Nonmembers