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“StoryCorps @ Your Library” Aims to Preserve Local History

storycorps_logo.jpgPublic libraries are a traditional focal point for the preservation of local history. In recognition of this fact, ALA is partnering with StoryCorps – a national nonprofit oral history project – to give select libraries a jump-start on ongoing history initiatives.

The “StoryCorps @ Your Library” program will provide recording equipment, training, and promotional support to ten community documentation projects. Interviewees will be pulled from libraries’ service communities, but project scope can be as wide or narrow as the partnering library chooses.

StoryCorps will pay to give each and every interviewee a copy of their segment, and copies will also be deposited with the Library of Congress. Click here to read up on the guidelines and begin the application process. Click here to read success stories from the first round of “StoryCorps @ Your Library” partnerships. Direct questions to the ALA Public Programs Office at publicprograms@ala.org or 312-280-5045.

Applications must be received by Friday, February 6.