Superstorm Sandy

Since late December, Mary Anne Trasciatti, a Hofstra University professor has videotaped dozens of interviews with residents at Gentle Brew Coffee Roasters, on Long Beach's main drag; in a local community center; in a craft store; in flood-ravaged homes still marked with water lines.  The videos—most of which are about 15 minutes long—will end up in a Hofstra archive, and may one day be available online, as part of an interactive map of Long Beach, she said. A Hofstra graduate student studying documentary filmmaking, Tiannah Bruce, is volunteering her help on the project and will also use the footage for a film.  For full story click here.

Oral History in the Digital Age

This week, in the spirit of the upcoming special issue on oral history’s evolving technologies, we want to (re)introduce everyone to the website Oral History in the Digital Age, a substantial collaboration between several institutions to “put museums, libraries, and oral historians in a position to address collectively issues of video, digitization, preservation, and intellectual property and to provide both a scholarly framework and regularly updated best practices for moving forward.” Includes video interview with Don Ritchie.  For full story click here.