Advocacy, Outreach and Collaboration
This panel is designed to inform librarians, libraries and library affiliate organizations encourage to sponsor storytelling programs as a method for preserving culture and history. Contributions of communities of Color to the development of the communities and cities they live in may not be collected and are often “lost or strayed”. Binnie Tate Wilkin, Los Angeles County Consultant and Professional Storyteller, and author of A Life in Storytelling, will share some of the projects whe has been involved in, such as Story Corp - Griot Initiative University Of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)-Oral History Project The project records stories, information, pictures and more documenting early developments in Las Vegas including a focus on the history of the African American community. Las Vegas, Nevada - School Historical Story Project Recorded the early school experiences of African Americans at a West Las Vegas school slated to become a historical monument. She will discuss topics such as, Libraries as Catalysts for Inter-Generational Communication Linking Past to Present. Youth may not have access to elders in the community to help them understand the journey and role of people of Color in our society, so efforts of this type may be vital in communities' sense of history, and as tools for intercultural awareness.
Linda Jolivet, Former Librarian for the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO) will share information about the project Eternal Voices: a project of the African American Museum Library Coalition. This oral history project collected life stories from African American elders in from the East Bay Area of Northern California. At the time of the interviews, all of those selected were 80 years of age, or older.