Spring 2018 Oral History Workshops at BCC South County Center

Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center at Berkshire Community College

Join us for two spring workshops – 2018:

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WORKSHOP 1: Setting Up Your Oral History Project Work 

  • Wednesday, March 21
  • 1:00 – 2:30 PM
  • Berkshire Community College, South County Center, 343 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA
  • Instructor: Margaret Cherin
  • Course Fee $20
  • Register HERE!

This workshop will help you to set up your oral history project for a successful outcome. Many people begin their projects by scheduling interviews because they are the centerpiece of the project, however it is the pre and post-interview work that will take up the majority of your time. Creating a comprehensive workflow plan will help you to keep your project on track. Bard College at Simon’s Rock Archivist Margaret Cherin will explain the workflow for her institutional oral history project, share what she learned while developing a spreadsheet to track the interview and transcription process, as well as a spreadsheet to track the digital file metadata and storage. We will look at helpful questions to ask your organization BEFORE you start your interviews. We will consider different project goals (transcripts, audio files, video files, storage, accessibility, etc.) and how that will impact your workflow. Participation in this workshop requires no prior experience with oral history or spreadsheets.

To register, go to http://shop.berkshirecc.edu/Oral-History_c_122.html

For more information, call Judith Monachina at 413-236-1025

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WORKSHOP 2:  Technology & the Oral History Interview

  • Wednesday, March 28
  • 1:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Berkshire Community College, South County Center, 343 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA
  • Instructor: Paul O’Brien
  • Course Fee $20
  • Register HERE!

Some people use audio and others use video to record their oral history projects. What should you consider while deciding to video and audio record your interviews? How can you get the best results from both? And, as the audio quality is the most important part of any interview, how can you be sure you are working with the best tools for your budget? Finally, what are the best practices for storage and safe keeping of the interviews you record? Participation in this workshop does not require prior experience with oral history, or audio or video technology.

To register, go to http://shop.berkshirecc.edu/Oral-History_c_122.html

For more information, call Judith Monachina at 413-236-1025

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MORE SPRING WORKSHOPS

  • Date TBA The Legal and Ethical Issues of Oral History

 Subscribe to the Oral History Center’s website (www.theoralhistorycenter.org) for updates from the Center and for information on future workshops.

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In late Spring, we will offer a workshop on Digitizing your Files and the process for getting them into the  archive.

And in the Fall, we will host the UMass Oral History Lab for a day-long workshop.

Again, subscribe our site and you will receive notice
as soon as we have scheduled these events.

 

Written by Judith

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