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CURATING ORAL HISTORIES by Nancy MacKay
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Dec 05, 11

bookshelves: read-grad-student, information-science
Recommended to Michael by: Rosaleen Hill, Jodie Perkins
Recommended for: Librarians, Archivists, Historians
Read in February, 2010, read count: 2

Four stars is a lot to give a practical manual, and I wouldn't recommend this for its entertainment value. But, it has the advantage of being well-organized and extremely useful. This will be of more value as a reference work to librarians and archivists than the (admittedly great) Doing Oral History: A Practical Guide, and it probably should be read by historians and managers of organizations thinking about oral history as well, to give a more realistic view of what is really required. Oral history is an ongoing commitment of resources for curation, and should never be entered into lightly. It is also a wonderfully valuable resource, and books like this increase the probability of its being done right, which is worth its slender weight in gold.
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