Library Resources for Oral History and Interviewing
List of books and other resources from VPL's online catalogue
Web Based Oral History Projects: Our Picks
Why Do Oral History?
Storytelling with Interviews: A VPL Program in 4 Parts
Storytelling with Interviews, Part I: Introduction
Are you curious about oral histories and recording the rich stories of your friends and family? Library staff will showcase VPL's own neighbourhood-focused oral history projects and discuss options for recording and sharing the stories of the important people in your life. Learn about how to plan your audio story project and how the Inspiration Lab's tools and resources can help.
Storytelling with Interviews, Part II: Tips and Best Practices
Interviewing your friends and family can seem challenging, but you can have success with a bit of preparation. Library staff with experience conducting oral history projects will discuss ways to prepare for interviewing the important people in your life. Become a better interviewer by learning about pre-interview tips and common mistakes.
Storytelling with Interviews, Part III: Using Technology to Record
Excited to record the rich stories of your friends and family? Library staff will teach you how to set up your interview space and recording device, as well as provide tips for creating a high-quality oral history recording. Use the recording devices provided in our Inspiration Lab or feel free to bring your own.
Storytelling with Interviews, Part IV: Interview Practice
Learn tips for asking interview questions and keeping an interview going, and then practice these skills as library staff lead you through oral history interview exercises in pairs. Build your interview skills and gain confidence in running your own oral history interviews.
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