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Creating an Oral History Program

4-Week Course Starts September 9, 2019

Want to create an oral history program but don't know where to start? This course will provide detailed advice for starting an oral history program, how to prepare for an interview, ways to put your subject at ease, preservation strategies for your program, and much more.


  • Outline the best practices for community oral history programs.
  • Recall the resources necessary to properly administer an oral history program.
  • Discover how to conduct interviews and make video recordings.
  • Identify how to preserve oral history collections in archives and libraries.


Your Instructor


Carmen Cowick
Carmen Cowick

Carmen Cowick provides training, support and consulting services for libraries in the areas of preservation and collections care. She previously worked as a preservation specialist at Amigos Library Services and in the library and archives of The American Irish Historical Society, The Seamen's Church Institute, and the Special Collections department at CUNY Queens College. She received a bachelor's degree in art history and a master's degree in library science with a certificate in archives and preservation of cultural materials from CUNY Queens College in New York City.

Ms. Cowick has written numerous scholarly articles on preservation-related topics and is the author of the books Digital Curation Projects Made Easy and Crash Course in Disaster Preparedness.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
This course starts on September 9, 2019. It is an asynchronous online course designed to be completed in 4 weeks. Participants will spend approximately 2 hours each week on viewing lectures, answering quizzes and completing discussion, reading, and writing assignments. It is recommended that you complete each week's work within that week to stay in sync with other learners.
When is the last day for registration?
September 6, 2019
Will the instructor be available for feedback and questions?
Absolutely! Your instructor will provide feedback for each assignment and will be available via email or phone for any questions you may have. A discussion forum is also available where participants can post questions.
How long do I have access to the course?
You will have unlimited access for 3 months from the start date of this course.
Will I receive a Certificate of Completion?
1. View all video lectures
2. Answer all quizzes
3. Complete all assignments
When you complete these three items you can expect to receive you certificate within 2 weeks.
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What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.

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