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Using OHMS to Index an Oral History Project.  WKU Libraries Oral History Project  Libraries in existence almost 100 years  Similar project never done.

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1 Using OHMS to Index an Oral History Project

2  WKU Libraries Oral History Project  Libraries in existence almost 100 years  Similar project never done  I had experience with oral history in Arizona and Northern Ireland  Asked my department head and dean for permission  “Sure; try not to spend much money.” THE IDEA TALK TO ME, HAPA SYMPOSIUM 2014, LISA K. MILLER

3  LIS 642 ORAL HISTORY  University of Kentucky online course  Dr. Doug Boyd, Director, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at UK  Crucial update of “techknowledge” needed for this project THE PREPARATION TALK TO ME, HAPA SYMPOSIUM 2014, LISA K. MILLER

4 WKU Libraries Oral History Project  Summer Project  37 interviews with current and retired library employees  Recorded on Zoom recorder on loan from Academic Technology  Intensive 12-week collection period, interspersed with Reference and other duties  “One Person Project” – not the norm THE PROJECT TALK TO ME, HAPA SYMPOSIUM 2014, LISA K. MILLER

5 THE JUMP CIRCLE TALK TO ME, HAPA SYMPOSIUM 2014, LISA K. MILLER

6 WKU Libraries Oral History Project  Archived on TopScholar, WKU’s Digital Research Repository  BePress product  Indexed and timestamped using OHMS, UK’s Oral History Metadata Synchronizer  I learned to use OHMS in the Oral History course  Final indexed version also uploaded to the Kentucky Digital Library THE PROCESS TALK TO ME, HAPA SYMPOSIUM 2014, LISA K. MILLER

7  Zoom H4n Handy Recorder  Uses SD cards, just like digital cameras  Take batteries and cord  Practice with it lots before your first interview – many features THE RECORDER TALK TO ME, HAPA SYMPOSIUM 2014, LISA K. MILLER

8  Record interview in WAV format  Take digital photograph, save as JPG  Upload to personal and shared hard drives  Keep the SD cards until files are in two other SAFE places THE COLLECTION PROCESS TALK TO ME, HAPA SYMPOSIUM 2014, LISA K. MILLER Sara Scott and Ginger

9 Dr. Earl Wassom  Former Director of WKU Libraries  Retired in 1985  Still alive, still in town  Earl Wassom on TopScholar Earl Wassom on TopScholar SAMPLE INTERVIEW TALK TO ME, HAPA SYMPOSIUM 2014, LISA K. MILLER

10  Connie Foster, Dean of WKU Libraries, is TopScholar Administrator  Convert WAV to MP3  Create record in TopScholar  Upload MP3 and JPG  The interview here is downloadable, but not searchable  Researchers can capture, clip, and edit  TopScholar at WKU Libraries TopScholar at WKU Libraries THE TOPSCHOLAR PROCESS TALK TO ME, HAPA SYMPOSIUM 2014, LISA K. MILLER

11  Create a spreadsheet with metadata for each interview  Upload to OHMSOHMS  This populates the standard fields so you don’t have to input manually  Log-in and select an interview you want to index  As the interview plays, you are typing in keywords and partial transcripts  When complete, save as an XML file  to Eric Weig at UK  He posts the finished product  It is available on the viewer on the Kentucky Digital LibraryKentucky Digital Library  The interview here is searchable, but not downloadable TALK TO ME, HAPA SYMPOSIUM 2014, LISA K. MILLER THE OHMS PROCESS

12  Have thousands of oral histories on cassette?  First, digitize them, collection at a time  Talk with your administrators about the options for an on- campus digital repository (TopScholar), or searchable interviews with a viewer (OHMS)  Illinois Digital Archives would be the equivalent of the Kentucky Digital Library – talk to them Illinois Digital Archives  Make sure relevant departments (History, Folklore) are on-board with new procedures  Recruit grad students for conversion  Seek out grants  Ask for help! TALK TO ME, HAPA SYMPOSIUM 2014, LISA K. MILLER IMPLICATIONS FOR YOUR INSTITUTION

13 BePress Doug Boyd Dougboyd.orgDougboyd.org Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History Kentucky Digital Library Oral History in the Digital Age TopScholar WKU Libraries Oral History Research Guide TALK TO ME, HAPA SYMPOSIUM 2014, LISA K. MILLER THE SOURCES

14 Questions about: BePress Kentucky Digital Library Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History OHMS TopScholar WKU Libraries Oral History Project Contact: Kia Wang Eric Weig Doug Boyd Doug Boyd Connie Foster Lisa K. Miller TALK TO ME, HAPA SYMPOSIUM 2014, LISA K. MILLER THE CONTACTS

15 TALK TO ME, HAPA SYMPOSIUM 2014, LISA K. MILLER QUESTIONS?

16 TALK TO ME, HAPA SYMPOSIUM 2014, LISA K. MILLER THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING!


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