First Interview Reflections

Last week, we conducted our first test interview and we learned a lot from it. Some minor details about lighting and camera angles could be improved along with microphone strategies and simply leaving the camera on after the interview has ended.

We discussed better possible questions and how we could help the interviewee remember more. Asking more warm up or memory jogging questions would help the interviewee open up and discuss her life in greater detail.

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Understanding Metadata: The Basics

One of the most challenging aspects of archiving information is knowing how to enter the metadata used in large online library collections. Metadata is difficult to understand because it is written in a complicated manner and used for many functions by databases. In this blog post, I will answer three main questions. First, what is metadata?

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Technology Problems Addressed

As technology advances, the recording of oral histories has changed as well. While oral history is one of the most ancient forms of collecting information, the digital age has revolutionized the process of collecting and archiving oral histories. With the utilization of the internet, oral histories are now more available for dissemination than ever before. However, ease of access does not come without new challenges.

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How to Conduct a Successful Interview

When you Google “how to conduct an interview”, a thousand lists of Dos and Don’ts shows up and it can seem overwhelming. How am I supposed to keep track of a camera, a microphone, asking the right questions, making sure my interviewee isn’t fatigued, pointing out contradictions, and eighty other things? It’s impossible to do all of that juggling, so for this blog post I simplified the compiled list of notes I took into two main ideas.

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