Growing ASERL’s Oral History Collection

Photo: Paula Kaufman, former Dean of Libraries at University of Tennessee

ASERL will rekindle its partnership with the University of Kentucky’s Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History to expand its collection of oral history interviews with leaders who played key roles in ASERL’s growth and development over the years. ASERL first collaborated with the Nunn Center in 2016 to collect ten interviews with its earliest leaders. This new project seeks to grow that history, reflecting ASERL’s growth from a social organization to one of the leading voices in American research library cooperation.  As she did in 2016, Jennifer A. Bartlett, Oral History Librarian at the University of Kentucky Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center, will lead the 2022 project.  The interview sessions will each be 60 – 90 minutes in length, and are expected to begin in early Summer 2022.  The new collection will be released to the public in coordination with ASERL’s Fall 2022 Membership Meeting.

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