Guha Shankar

Finding Indigenous-Related Collections in the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of the American Indian, and the Library of Congress

In this presentation, Caitlin Haynes, Reference Archivist, Smithsonian National Anthropological Archives; Nathan Sowry, Reference Archivist, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian; Carla Davis-Castro, Librarian, Library of Congress Indigenous Law Library; Carrie Beauchamp, Data Manager, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History; Guha Shankar, Folklorist, Library of Congress American Folklife Center; and Barbara Bair, Curator, Library of Congress Manuscripts Division; show how to search for collections  online, understand repository jargon, contact repository staff, make a research appointment, and organize research time at their institutions. This session was part of the ATALM annual conference held in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, on October 10-13, 2017.

2016 Post-ATALM SHN Workshop Part 3: Audio Digitization

Led by Guha Shankar, Folklife Specialist, Research and Programs, Folklife Center, Library of Congress, and Michael Wynne, Digital Applications Librarian, Washington State University (WSU). This hands-on session on audio digitization was a part of he 2016 Post-ATALM Sustainable Heritage Network Workshop. This session covers project planning, conversion, metadata, basic editing, quality control, and more. While the session focused on audio cassette digitization, many of the details described in the presentation slides and handouts apply to any audio digitization project. In addition to audio digitization, the session covered basic oral history techniques for those looking to document cultural heritage and preserve that documentation digitally.

HANDOUTS:

Sample Cassette Digitization project

Audio File Type Guide

Audio Bit Rate Guide

Metadata Dictionary for Audio: Dublin Core

Dublin Core Worksheet and Tracking Log

Audio Cassette Digitization Example Workflow

AGPtek Instructions

Digitizing and Editing Audio Cassettes in Audacity

Audio Cassette Digitization Equipment

American Folklife Center Metadata Standards for Oral History

Interview Metadata

 

 

 

Suggested Guidelines for Recorded Interviews

In this video, Guha Shankar, Folklife Specialist at the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress, discusses guidelines and best practices for conducting interviews in community settings. Some of the topics covered include getting prepared for your interview, gathering metadata while performing fieldwork, how to create good interview questions, and the importance of observing cultural protocols. This video was recorded during the 2015 Post-ATALM SHN Workshop held at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, on September 13-15, 2015.

Digitizing Cassettes for Access [Tutorial]

In this tutorial, Guha Shankar, Folklife Specialist and Jon Gold, Audio-Visual Technician at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, demonstrate how to create a digital audio file for access purposes from an analog source using the Audacity recording software. This tutorial was recorded during the 2015 Post-ATALM SHN Workshop, held at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC on September 13-15, 2015.

Equipment and Setup for Oral History Interviewing [Tutorial]

In this tutorial, Guha Shankar, Folklife Specialist and Jon Gold, Audio-Visual Technician at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, provide some guidelines for equipment set-up, basic installation and preparation to go out into the field to do a recording using digital audio recorders. This tutorial was shot during the 2015 Post-ATALM SHN Workshop held at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, on September 13-15, 2015.

Different Types of Microphones for Oral History Use [Tutorial]

In this tutorial, Guha Shankar, Folklife Specialist and Jon Gold, Audio-Visual Technician at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, discuss the various components of a recording chain and describe three different types of microphones you may use to record your interview. This tutorial was recorded during the 2015 Post-ATALM SHN Workshop, held at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC on September 13-15, 2015.

Interviewing Techniques and Audio Digitization Overview

In this tutorial, Guha Shankar, Folklife Specialist and Jon Gold, Audio-Visual Technician at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, provide an overview of their SHN session, "Interviewing Techniques and Audio Digitization" given at the 2015 Post-ATALM SHN Workshop held at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, on September 13-15, 2015.

Supporting, Planning, and Undertaking AV Preservation Projects Parts 1 and 2

In this presentation, Jesse Johnston, Program Officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities; Brian Carpenter, Senior Archivist at the American Philosophical Society; Pam Wintle, HSFA Manager & Senior Film Archivist at the National Anthropological Archives at the Smithsonian Institution; and Guha Shankar and Maggie Kruesi, Folklife Specialists at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, offer an overview of support available for the preservation of audiovisual materials, with a focus on federal grant support for AV preservation initiatives and presentations of case studies of notable projects that have preserved audiovisual recordings of significant Native American content. These topics are complemented by advice for carrying out audiovisual collecting and preservation projects, including resources for documenting, describing, sustaining, and preserving oral history collections.This session was part of the 2015 ATALM annual conference held in Washington, DC on September 9-12, 2015.

Digital Preservation Resource Guide

This document suggests links to online resources that provide useful guidelines regarding the management and preservation of digital cultural heritage. The links included in this resource guide were provided by Guha Shankar, Folklife Specialist at the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress, during a digital preservation session at the 2015 Sustainable Heritage Network Post-ATALM Workshop held in Washington DC on September 13.

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Suggested Guidelines for Recorded Interviews

This document suggests guidelines and best practices for recording audio interviews. The document was provided by Guha Shankar at his session on audio digitization and interviewing techniques given at the 2015 Sustainable Heritage Network Post-ATALM Workshop, held at the Library of Congress in Washington DC on September 14-15.

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