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Co-creating heritage : innovative uses of oral history and life narrative in Australian libraries

Klaebe, Helen G. & Burgess, Jean E. (2008) Co-creating heritage : innovative uses of oral history and life narrative in Australian libraries. In XV International Oral History Conference, 23-26 September 2008, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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Abstract

The insatiable interest in biography, memoir and historical stories that portray ‘ordinary’ people’s lives has not abated. It seems to reflect a natural human instinct to be curious about ourselves, the lives of others and our past. An abundance of New Media technologies have helped to popularise these genres, along with that of public and local history, as the public gain better access to collections connected with extraordinary events in the lives of everyday people. This paper will examine the role of Australian cultural institutions – namely libraries, and their potential relationship with researchers, the public and within their own organization, as collectors of heritage material such as oral histories, digital stories, and photographs, which if digitised, offer an abundance of rich stories sources for writings, public art, local and public histories and exhibitions.

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ID Code: 17169
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: co-creative heritage, oral history, digital storytelling, life narratives, australian libraries
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > OTHER STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190999) > Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified (199999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Film Television and Digital Media not elsewhere classified (190299)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 09 Jan 2009 08:56
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 23:16

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