If you've listened to National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," you've undoubtedly heard a recording of an interview from the national StoryCorps project. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews with over 90,000 participants.
As part of the second phase of the StoryCorps @ your library project, public libraries are encouraged to apply for a grant to implement StoryCorps' interview methods and resources within their communities to create a local audio collection.
Application information is available at the ALA Public Programs site. The application deadline is February 6, 2015.
Ten selected libraries will receive:
- A $2,500 stipend for project-related expenses.
- A toolkit of written and web-based customizable program and promotional support materials.
- A StoryKit (a customized set of professional recording equipment) to use to record onsite interviews during the grant period and retain for future use after the close of the pilot project.
- A two-day in-person training by StoryCorps staff at the StoryCorps headquarters in Brooklyn, New York to orient volunteers and library staff to interview collection, digital recording techniques, and archiving interviews in the StoryCorps proprietary database. The orientation workshop will be held on April 8-9, 2015. All travel and lodging costs will be covered by StoryCorps.
The grant is offered by StoryCorps, in partnership with the American Library Association Public Programs Office with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). For more information, please visit the StoryCorps website.(photo courtesy of StoryCorps)