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Online resources for oral history

By Caitlin Tyler-Richards


After listening to this week’s podcast with managing editor Troy Reeves and oral historian extraordinaire Doug Boyd, you might think the Oral History Review has fallen prey to corporate sponsorship. Let me assure you, dear audience, that we are not in bed with Starbucks, E-Harmony, or General Mills. Instead, it seems Doug, guest editor of our special issue “Oral History in the Digital Age” and author of “OHMS: Enhancing Access to Oral History for Free,” is prone to elaborate metaphors when describing oral history best practices.

In addition to revealing that fun fact, this week’s podcast discusses OHDA, OHMS, and other fantastic acronyms related to the numerous online resources Doug and his numerous collaborators have developed for researchers working with oral histories.

Or download a copy of the podcast directly.

Doug Boyd serves as the Digital Initiatives Editor for the Oral History Review. Also, he directs the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries and is a recognized national leader regarding oral history, archives and digital technologies. Most recently, Boyd led the team that envisioned, designed, and implemented the open-source OHMS system that synchronizes text with audio and video online. He recently managed the IMLS grant project Oral History in the Digital Age (directed by MATRIX at Michigan State University), establishing current best practices for collecting, curating, and disseminating oral histories. His paper, “OHMS: Enhancing Access to Oral History for Free,” is free to read for a limited time.

The Oral History Review, published by the Oral History Association, is the U.S. journal of record for the theory and practice of oral history. Its primary mission is to explore the nature and significance of oral history and advance understanding of the field among scholars, educators, practitioners, and the general public. Follow them on Twitter at @oralhistreview, like them on Facebook, or follow the latest OUPblog posts to preview, learn, connect, discover, and study oral history.

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