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By Nancy MacKay

The interview is done, the recorder packed away, and you've got captured the narrator's voice for posterity. the majority of your oral heritage is finished—or is it? Nancy MacKay, archivist and oral historian, addresses the an important factor frequently ignored by means of researchers: How do you make sure that the interview you so conscientiously recorded might be preserved and to be had sooner or later? MacKay is going rigorously in the course of the a number of steps that ensue after the interview—transcribing, cataloging, retaining, archiving, and making your learn obtainable to others. Written in a realistic, instructive kind, MacKay courses readers, step-by-step, to make the oral background “archive ready”, deals making plans techniques, and gives hyperlinks to the most up-tp-date details during this speedily evolving box. This booklet could be of curiosity to oral historians, librarians, archivists and others who behavior oral historical past and preserve oral heritage fabrics. See extra at

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In many ways the interviewer is most qualified to transcribe the interview. As the person best acquainted with the narrator and the subject matter, the interviewer can draw upon the interview experience for deciphering hard-to-understand sections, and recall the context of the interview as she types. 2. Qualities of a Good Transcriber • Accurate typing • Attention to detail • Subject background • Accurate speller • Adept in using transcribing equipment • Expert with word-processing programs STAFF MEMBERS.

We often associate tape with analog and disc with digital, and indeed they often line up this way, but this is not a direct correspondence and it is important to separate them in our thinking. Recording Media These are the physical devices that carry the recorded interview—the discs and tapes that come into the archive. Recording media can be magnetic or optical, analog or digital, and there are fine distinctions even within these categories. DVDs, and MiniDiscs are common optical storage media.

If the narrator insists that material be deleted from the transcript (and therefore from the public record), then the recording must be restricted from public use. In the past, sections of tape were erased to accomplish this, but this is neither good archival practice, nor is it practical for large collections. PUTTING THEORY INTO PRACTICE Transcribing is an expensive and exacting task.

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