DHPSNY: Choose Your Own Adventure: A Metadata Assessment Tool for Oral History Projects


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CCAHA is committed to providing universal access to our programs. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs; please contact Liyah Desher, by email at ldesher@dhpsny.org or by phone 215-545-0613 ext. 317, at least seven days prior to the start of this event to make specific arrangements.


Since 2013, the Oral History Association Metadata Task Force (MTF) has developed tools for archivists and other practitioners to describe oral histories in their collections and to make informed metadata choices for legacy and new projects. In this program, the MTF will guide attendees through their metadata assessment toolkit, a process meant to help both new projects set up quickly with descriptive rigor, and offer longstanding projects a structured way to address missing pieces to their metadata puzzles. By the end of the session, attendees will be ready to bring knowledge back to their project teams and institutions.

This program is for anyone working at any stage or in any role in an oral history project’s life cycle, as all practitioners have important questions to answer about what information they need to capture and preserve about their oral histories. The toolkit offers a holistic way of thinking about metadata that moves away from technical lingo and toward a shared understanding of what is useful to know about oral histories: no technical expertise is required for participation!

About Documentary Preservation & Heritage Services for New York (DHPSNY):

The Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) program is a five-year initiative providing free planning and education services to New York State's collecting institutions. The program is overseen by the New York State Education Department's Office of Cultural Education, with services administered by CCAHA.

The DHPSNY team delivers education programming, Archival Needs Assessments, Preservation Surveys, Condition Surveys, and Strategic Planning Assistance to organizations in every corner of New York State. They serve the libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other institutions that safeguard New York's heritage.

Visit the DHPSNY website to learn more about their free programs and services.