Apply to Host StoryCorps @ Your Library

ImageApply to host "StoryCorps @ Your Library" — ten pilot libraries will receive equipment, training, promotional materials and other resources to help develop community documentation projects using the popular StoryCorps interview model.

StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit that records the stories of everyday people and preserves them at the Library of Congress. It's one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to their broadcasts on National Public Radio, via podcast, and on their Listen page.

The 10 pilot libraries will receive:

  • $2,500 stipend for project-related expenses
  • A toolkit of written and web-based customizable program and promotional support materials
  • A StoryKit (a customized set of professional recording equipment) to use to record on-site interviews during the grant period and retain for future use after the close of the pilot project
  • A two-day in-person training by StoryCorps staff at the library site to orient volunteers and library staff to interview collection, digital recording techniques and archiving interviews in StoryCorps' proprietary database.
The goal of the project is to allow libraries to implement StoryCorps’ interview methods and resources within a framework of high-quality library programming that will serve public libraries as they seek to expand their influence and engagement in their communities.

The American Library Association (ALA) and StoryCorps will select 10 pilot sites, determined by their level of interest and ability to successfully carry out the project, with an eye toward geographical and demographic diversity.

  • The project will develop and implement a replicable program at ten public pilot libraries selected from across the country.
  • These ten libraries will in turn serve as models for other libraries.
  • During and following interview collection, pilot libraries will develop local programs and events that complement the interviewing process. (See the resources page for ideas.)

Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to ALA, "StoryCorps @ your library" seeks to bring StoryCorps' popular interview methods to libraries while developing a replicable model of oral history programming.

Full details are at www.programminglibrarian.org/storycorps

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