Collecting Community Stories
Technology Kits from the Maine Contemporary Archives
The Maine Contemporary Archives Collaborative is piloting an initiative to lend technology kits to interested libraries and community partners. These kits are designed to provide an accessible way for community members to get involved in documenting history and sharing their stories. The Digitization Kit (ScanJig, Samsung Galaxy Tablet, and accessories) can be used to digitize photographs and historic documents or to create new media. The Audio Recording Kit (Tascam D-40X Audio Recorder and accessories) can be used to record interviews, soundscapes, and other audio materials.
This interactive workshop will introduce the technology kits and additional resources available through the Maine Contemporary Archives Collaborative. Participants will learn how to use the Digitization Kit and Audio Recording Kit, and develop ideas for programming to bring to their communities. The Maine Contemporary Archives Collaborative fosters collaboration to collect, preserve, and provide access to materials related to Maine community members’ experiences of current events.
A recording of this event will be shared with registered participants, though any activity in breakout rooms cannot be captured.
Anna Faherty, the archivist at the Franco-American Collection, is a graduate of Simmons University’s dual degree Master’s program in History and Archives Management. Before working at the Franco-American Collection, she worked at Fort Ticonderoga, an 18th-century military site, integral in the French and Indian War (also known as the Seven Years War), and the American Revolutionary War. Anna’s historical background is in labor and immigration in the United States from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Greta Schroeder is a library specialist at the University of Maine’s Raymond H. Fogler Library. She has participated in several community-based archives projects and is a founding member of the Maine Contemporary Archives Collaborative. Greta holds an M.S. in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons University. Her experience running a historic Maine dance hall inspired her interest in documenting local stories and preserving community histories.
Attending an Online Workshop
To participate in this online workshop you will need access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection. We will be using Zoom to host this workshop as an online videoconference. Once you register, you will immediately be sent instructions for logging in via automatically sent email.
If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection, you will still be able to call in on a telephone, but you will unfortunately not be able to see any of the participants or visuals.
Online registration will be open through October 19. Attendance is limited to 90 people; register soon to save your spot!
Registration for MAM members is $15. Non-members pay $25.
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