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  • 1.  information on an organization - Our Story Bridge

    Posted 22 days ago

    I am looking to start collecting oral histories from long-time residents of my village. I have been in contact with an organization - Our Story Bridge. They help collect, organize and promote oral histories. Has anyone worked with them? or have any information about them? 

    I know this can be a time-consuming process especially for a small library. If anyone has tips or suggestions they will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you
    Camille Purcell
    Library Director
    Sea Cliff Village Library

  • 2.  RE: information on an organization - Our Story Bridge

    Posted 21 days ago


    Taking a look at the site, the organization is geared towards providing rather elementary, beginner-level guides to collecting stories. I do not get  any sense their technical parameters  and requirements for recording interviews are other than basic, and neither do they say anything about  sustaining and preserving the materials in an archival repository. But, it may well be the case that such  a basic approach is all you require for your project,


    Guha Shankar
    Research & Programs

  • 3.  RE: information on an organization - Our Story Bridge

    Posted 21 days ago
    A colleague of mine at a previous library I worked at may have heard of this organization - can't hurt to ask! 
    Robyn Russell, Collection Manager, Oral History Program

    -Jen Stutesman, MLIS, Branch Manager
    College Place Branch, Walla Walla County Rural Library District
    1-509-516-1178 or
    my pronouns are she/her
    ~Please note my incoming/outgoing email messages are subject to public disclosure requirements per RCW 42.56~

  • 4.  RE: information on an organization - Our Story Bridge

    Posted 17 days ago
    We tried to launch a project but were unable to get it off the ground due to unexpected staff changes stretching us a little too thin to commit the way we needed. However, if you have sufficient staff or volunteer time and the needed startup funds I would highly recommend it. The founder, Jery Huntley, is very helpful and has a warm and encouraging vibe so I would recommend reaching out to her to see if it would work for your library.

    Jessica Rodrigues  •  Head of Information Services

    Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library
    54 East 31st Street, Steger, IL 60475
    708-755-5040  •

  • 5.  RE: information on an organization - Our Story Bridge

    Posted 16 days ago
    Thank you Jessica! If the situation changes, I'd love to help you with a restart, especially because I know your community has great stories to tell. Our nonprofit is ready to help anyone interested in OurStoryBridge; just email

    Jery Y. Huntley, MLS
    (410) 353-6372
    For correspondence about OurStoryBridge, please use