Local History Goes High Tech


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Co-Presentation with Allen McGinley for Infolink (2010) on digitization and audio recording projects to preserve local histories done by libraries

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  • Topics of interest: I.e. New Market Speedway, airport in Piscataway, Camp Kilmer military base Community organizations: senior centers! Historical asociations! Mayors office!
  • Local History Goes High Tech

    1. 1. Local History  Goes High Tech Doug Baldwin, Cranbury Public Library Allen McGinley, Piscataway Public Library
    2. 2. Local History Photo Archive with Flickr <ul><ul><li>Free hosting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tagging and geotagging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share, share, share (RSS, embed and social networks) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Working with patrons and local history groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User generated data via commenting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search and explore </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. The Cranbury Interactive Community Map <ul><ul><li>Google Maps / My Maps (geo-location) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pictures and context (can use Flickr for image hosting) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perpetual Beta (always evolving) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Patrons can play too! </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Digitization of the Cranbury Press <ul><ul><li>Our 2009 situation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Copyright </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Microfilm </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Digital content </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Loss of the Press </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Access/Searchability </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cost effective </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Flexibility / Evolving </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who we chose and why </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Our current situation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demo...... </li></ul></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/giantsfanatic/355201575/
    5. 5. Local History Goes High Tech Doug Baldwin, Cranbury Public Library Allen McGinley, Piscataway Public Library
    6. 6. I Remember Piscataway: An Oral History Project <ul><ul><li>Oral history interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open and permanent access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation to community </li></ul></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/astridwalter/3484804033/
    7. 7. Project Team <ul><ul><li>Ed Troike, [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kate Baker, [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allen McGinley, [email_address] </li></ul></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/atomicshed/161716498/
    8. 8. Planning <ul><ul><li>Identify potential topics of interest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reach out to community organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify potential interviewees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t take no for an answer! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Define scope of the project </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Scheduling Interviews www.pbworks.com
    10. 10. Interview - Setup <ul><ul><li>Select a comfortable location (library, senior center, assisted living locations) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use space that is appropriate for audio recording </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Arrange for help with equipment setup </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a relaxed environment (bring water) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be prepared with questions </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. MacBook and Blue Mic
    12. 12. Pre-Interview <ul><ul><li>Audio release (see handout) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain scope of project and how their recorded interviews will be used </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify topics that will be discussed </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Recording <ul><ul><li>Clear beginning to the interview, including introduction (name, date, etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk as little as possible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use questions to lead </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid pausing or editing during interview </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Presentation <ul><ul><li>Send personal invitations to all participants (interviewees, partnering organizations), press, local officials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sell program as a community event </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Celebration and launch of the project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advertise future interview opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlight local history collection </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. I Remember Piscataway http://piscatawaylibrary.org/content/irememberpiscataway
    16. 24. MacBook Pro http://bit.ly/c15xuT
    17. 25. Blue Snowball (Microphone) http://bit.ly/9Bg6Bu
    18. 26. Transferring Cassette to Digital Audio http://www.amazon.com/Ion-Tape2PC-USB-Cassette-Deck/dp/B000VG802I
    19. 27. Digital Voice Recorder http://bit.ly/agylVV
    20. 28. Get up, it’s demo time! http://www.flickr.com/photos/evilerin/3565026821/
    21. 29. Connect, share, and ask us questions! Doug Baldwin, Cranbury Public Library Ph: 609-655-0555 Em: baldwin@cranburypubliclibrary.org twitter.com/baldwind1976 linkedin.com/in/db1976 Square 2: http://njlaconference.ning.com/profile/cranburypl Allen McGinley, Piscataway Public Library Ph: 732-463-1633 ext 6 Em: amcginley@lmxac.org [email_address] facebook.com/mcginley twitter.com/mamcginley linkedin.com/in/mamc ginley connect.ala.org/user/80525
    22. 30. Questions? http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulfloyd/3559266527/