Kentucky Oral History Day 2015

Student Workers

Today was quite a busy day in the EKU Special Collections and Archives! EKU SCA and the William H. Berge Oral History Center employees were certainly busy bees! In celebration of the first ever Kentucky Oral History Day, we dedicated our whole staff to processing and curating a variety of oral history projects.
All of our student employees jumped feet-first into the complicated process of editing a few African American Community Project interview transcripts, with one of those interviews being time-synched with the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS). We also had a student employee work on metadata for the 141 interviews of the Kentucky Newspaper Editors Project. In addition, we ceremoniously uploaded a selection of interviews from the Living and Working on the Kentucky River Project, which were indexed with the help of a Kentucky Oral History Commission grant (http://oralhistory.eku.edu/collections/show/54).
A final workflow plan was developed for our remaining reel-to-reel interviews, and we also installed our newly purchased reel-to-reel player. We began digitizing the Malcolm Kilduff Project for an EKU History M.A. candidate, with the Kilduff Project metadata being uploaded into Pass the Word (passtheword.ky.gov). The Martha Layne Collins Project metadata was also imported into Pass the Word and our Omeka-supported Berge Center website (oralhistory.eku.edu).
All in all, today was a great day at the Berge Center, and Kentucky Oral History Day was a great success. We sent out multiple Tweets, and this post will set the bar for next year’s celebrations. We would like to thank the Kentucky Historical Society, the Kentucky Council on Archives, and all the organizers that helped put together this wonderful plan to celebrate the incredible efforts that go into the post-production and curation of oral histories. Go Berge Center, Go!