SanDisk flashes new digital audio devices

Tech News on ZDNet:
SanDisk is releasing its first line of digital audio players to help expand use of its key product, flash memory.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on October 12, 2004 in • AudioAudio: Hardware
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Oregon Historical Society cuts oral history program

Portland State University Vanguard Oral history no more

Facing a budget shortfall of about $1 million, the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) has cut its oral history program, a key resource for recording Oregon’s history, according to former OHS employees.

Over its 28-year existence, the oral history program staff taught oral history while conducting more than 2,100 interviews, overseeing 8,400 recorded hours of tape and garnering praise as the largest oral history collection in the Pacific Northwest.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on October 05, 2004 in • Oral history in the news
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Transom Tools: MiniDisc Guide

Transom, a “showcase and workshop for new public radio” has a Minidisc Guide describing the pros and cons of minidisc (for radio professionals, who also use cassette, DAT, and digital recorders), and describes essentials of what to buy and what to use.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on September 27, 2004 in • AudioAudio: Hardware
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The Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide

View as web pages or download entire pdf. A guide by Marjorie Hunt published and made freely available by the Smithsonian Institution.

From the introduction:

We hope that the Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide inspires you to turn to members of your own family and community as key sources of history, culture, and tradition. But where does one start? This booklet presents some guidelines Smithsonian folklorists have developed over the years for collecting folklife and oral history from family and community members. It features a general guide to conducting an interview, as well as a sample list of questions that may be adapted to your own needs and circumstances. The booklet concludes with a few examples of ways to preserve and present your findings, a selection of further readings, a glossary ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on September 08, 2004 in • Interviewing
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Media Supply: Archiving, Paper Labels and Sharpies

Media Supply’s Archiving Advice

Our company has been in the CD-R business for years and we have worked with lots of clients who use discs for archiving. Here are some tips we recommend to clients….

1. Anytime you plan on long time storage, don’t use paper labels. [...]

2. Try to go with a true gold disc if you want to seriously archive. A gold reflective layer disc with Phthalocyanine dye has a shelf life of almost 300 years, compared to under 100 for a silver Phthalocyanine dye disc, and less than 30 for a Cyanine discs. Basically the metal in the silver disc can oxidize, and the gold doesn’t, so no breakdown of the refective layer. Watch out for some gold discs that are just a gold screen print on the surface. MAM-A and Hi-Space both use real gold reflective layers. If you can’t go gold, at least go with a silver Phthalocyanine disc.

3. In general avoid writing on discs ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on August 29, 2004 in • AudioAudio: Hardware
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CD Media World - CD-R Quality

CD MEDIA WORLD: Comparison of quality of CD-R media.
Imation, Kodak, Philips (gold) TraxData (Gold), Philips Silver, Rixoh Premium, Sony, TDK. All good.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on in • Longevity
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Different tape recording speeds

Tape Speeds for different formats as measured in inches per second, or centimeters per second. Tape formats range from reel-to-reel to cassettes.

Cassettes go the slowest of the bunch, at 1-7/8 inches/second. Microcasettes aren’t mentioned here (but are in this 1983 microcassette review), but they go half the speed of cassettes, at 15/16 inches per second, or even slower: 1/2 inch per second.)

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on August 16, 2004 in • AudioAudio: Hardware
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Onionworks – “Owned and operated by Robert D. Smith, a journalist and writer with 25 years of experience eliciting life stories from individuals and families in
communities and people in the corporate world.”

Onionworks puts into print the stories and legacies of your family members. We can customize this offering into any media form you wish: oral (audio cassette or CD); written (manuscript or published book); or visual (video on VHS tape or DVD).

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on August 10, 2004 in • Oral History Services
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Oplanet TV

OPlanetTV TV documentarians to tell YOUR story.

We are a team of seasoned TV documentarians led by Jean-Philippe Touzeau who believe in the simple values of visual and oral communication. Strong from our experiences in interviews we want to give access to anyone who wants to have a professional recording of their stories. We know that everyone has a story to tell and we provide the latest in technology to make sure that story will be accessible for generations to come.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on in • Oral History Services
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Timepieces Personal Biographies – To help get your biography written down to pass on to future generations.

Offering our professional services as interviewers, writers, and book designers, we will produce a book of your life story (or the life story of someone you love) to share with family and friends. Complete with stories and pictures from all stages of your life, your personal biography will ensure that your memories last longer than a lifetime.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on in • Oral History Services
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Association of Personal Historians

Personal  “Producing life story legacies through books, oral histories or videos - with thoughts, feelings and memories - enriches lives for generations to come, including your own.” For Pros and Hobbyists.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on in • Oral History Services
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Media College: Vocal Microphones

Info about Vocal Microphones, the best kind of microphones to use in interview situations.

Note: there’s Lots at the Media College  site to get a backgrounder on audio, microphones  and so forth.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on August 05, 2004 in • Audio: Hardware
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Telling the People’s Story Conference, MS, Sept 2004

Telling the People’s Story Conference announcement  
Mississippi Cultural Crossroads will co-sponsor a state-wide conference, “Telling the People’s Story: From Tape and Transcript to Public Programs,” in Port Gibson on Friday, Sept. 17 through Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004. Link to website for the event 

The conference will feature sessions on using oral history to create community theater, exhibits for touring and permanent installation, informational and educational websites, radio and
television documentaries, and publications from newspaper and magazine articles to full length books and CDs.

The conference is directed to persons and groups who have collected or are thinking of ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on July 26, 2004 in • Oral history in the news
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Studs Terkel on mend after fall in home

Chicago Tribune Story, 7/15/04: “CHICAGO—Pulitzer Prize-winning author Studs Terkel is recovering in an area hospital from a fall, the son of the writer, radio host and activist said Wednesday.”

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Free How To session offered at Forest Lawn

How to do Oral History at Forest Lawn: June 19 and 26

This Press release announces two hands on learning sessions for conducting oral history.

Forest Lawn will offer Collecting Oral History: A “How to” Workshop Saturday, June 19, 2004, and Saturday, June 26, 2004, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (reservations requested) at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive. The event is the first in a three-part workshop “Celebrate the Memorial Impulse: Collecting and Preserving Family Memories.” This series will provide an adult audience of all ages with opportunities to learn how to memorialize their lives and family histories and to preserve treasured family photographs, letters, and memorabilia.

The Collecting Oral History event will ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on June 12, 2004 in • Do it: Learn How
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