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Symposium Plan or perish: Ensuring the survival of community oral histories

Jun 20, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

How can we make sure the stories of local communities recorded by oral historians survive the ravages of time?

This OHV symposium is an opportunity to explore and discuss the challenges facing communities and oral historians in preserving
recorded interviews for the future.

Community oral histories are an incredibly rich resource, but we risk losing many due to:
• physical deterioration
• unstable formats
• technological change (new formats)
• private archives remaining unknown to others
• overly narrow (or undefined) conditions of access or re-use

Join us to hear about:
• the challenges involved in preserving existing audio recordings,
• collections policies in institutions holding oral history collections
• what some communities and historians are doing to futureproof their interviews?

• National Library of Australia, Shirleene Robinson
• State Library of Victoria, Greg Gerrand and Jenelle Colston-Ing
• Royal Historical Association of Victoria, Jillian Hiscock
• Hotham History Project, Lorna Hannan

When: • Sun 20 June 2021, 10 am to 1 pm
Where: • Online via Zoom

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Jun 20, 2021
10:00 am - 1:00 pm