Last week the Atlantic published the article, “Hiring: The First Librarian of Congress for the Internet Age.” The contributor, Robison Meyer, wrote: And the new Librarian could hold a potentially transformative role: They could be the first Librarian, many experts say, to truly embrace the Internet as core to the Library’s mission. The first step, […]Read more "You are Now Connected: History in the Age of New Media"
“Use your judgement” is a resounding theme in the practice of editing oral histories for publication. The academic work of interpreting oral histories relies heavily on one’s ethical and academic principles. It also depends on the purpose and audience of one’s project. Ultimately, oral historians must ask themselves, how do I want to portray my […]Read more "“Inviting You Into My World” and the Practice of Editing Vernacular Language"
Earlier this year I previewed NMAH’s new exhibit, American Enterprise. The space was modern, dynamic, and most notably, interactive. During my visit, I encountered one digital screen that was explained to me as a first-person role playing game about American settlers. “Oh, like Oregon Trail,” I commented. “Yes, exactly!” It struck me that mimicking the formula […]Read more
The great strength of oral history is its ability to record memories in a way that honors the dignity and integrity of ordinary people. – Mary Marshall Clark, Co-Director of Columbia University’s Oral History Program What is oral history? Before participating in Dr. Dan Kerr’s oral history course at American University I felt confident in […]Read more "Expressing Oral History"
How does one map social history? Will structural images suffice? Or is there a more natural application?Read more "Pinning Down History"
A recent report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project predicts that by 2020, mobile devices will be the primary connection tool to the internet for most people in the world. What does this mean for history museums?Read more "Going Mobile"
Experiences and thoughts on contributing to crowdsourced platforms.Read more "Wiki: Hawaiian for Quick (as a Jet)"