StoryCorps, in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, is accepting applications from public libraries and library systems interested in hosting StoryCorps @ your library programs.
Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), StoryCorps @ your library will bring StoryCorps’ popular interview methods to libraries while developing a replicable model of oral history programming.
Program guidelines and the online application are available at apply.ala.org/storycorps. The application deadline is February 6, 2015.
Ten selected sites will receive:
- a $2,500 stipend for project-related expenses;
- portable recording equipment;
- a two-day, in-person training on interview collection, digital recording techniques and archiving on April 8-9, 2014, led byStoryCorps staff in Brooklyn, New York (Note: Travel and lodging costs will be covered by StoryCorps.);
- two two-hour planning meetings to develop a program and outreach strategy with StoryCorps staff in March 2015;
- promotional materials and technical and outreach support;
- access to and use of StoryCorps’ proprietary interview database.
Each library will be expected to record at least 40 interviews during the six-month interview collection period (May-October 2015). In addition, each library must plan at least one public program inspired by the interviews they collect. Local libraries will retain copies of all interviews and preservation copies will also be deposited with the Library of Congress.