Partnering with the Center
Collaboration is one of the best ways to achieve a goal. Finding like-minded organizations is the first step in creating meaningful partnerships. The Williams Center thrives on collaborative efforts to document Louisiana's diverse cultural history. We rely on your expertise about the subject in which you are interested, and in return, we provide leadership, expertise, and educational tools for oral history best practices.
When an individual or a group partners with the Center, there are a variety of collaborative relationships that can be explored. The Center can offer the following services, which will vary on a case-by-case basis depending on the needs of the project and available resources: training, consultation, equipment loan, and collaboration on resource seeking and presentation. Partners will be responsible for providing interviews that meet the Center's collection development criteria. If Center partners can provide transcription or indexing of interviews, this will speed up processing of the collections and hence public accessibility to those collections.
To that end, Center staff will advise on best practices and will loan digital field recorders that record audio in preservation-quality format (.wav). The Center will preserve the master files and create compressed user copies for access. We will also happily partner with additional repositories to ensure that several copies of the interview collections exist via multiple access points.
To request a workshop or a consultation, please fill out this form.
These resources will be handy as you plan and implement your project: