Alumna Jaycie Vos Presents Paper, Chairs Roundtable at Oral History Association Meeting

February 23, 2015

Jaycie Vos (MSLS ’13) attended the Oral History Association Annual Meeting in Madison, Wis., in October 2014. She presented a paper, titled “Oral Histories on Display: Curating a Physical and Digital Exhibit for the SOHP's 40th Anniversary.” She also chaired a roundtable discussion, “Moving to Reach Our (Full, Digital) Potential,” with fellow SILS alumna Virginia Ferris (MSLS ’14) and UNC Assistant Professor of American Studies Seth Kotch.

After graduating from SILS, Vos accepted a position as the Coordinator of Collections for the Southern Oral History Program (SOHP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The SOHP conducts original research on the history and culture of the American South. Since 1973, it has collected more than 5,500 interviews with southerners from all walks of life, from politicians to activists, business owners to millworkers, educators to artists. These interviews make up a rich record of life in the American South in the voices of those who experienced it, and they are available through the Southern Historical Collection.

“I brought a variety of library and archives management skills that I gained through SILS to this position,” Vos said. “I collaborate with students and scholars who seek to donate their oral histories to the SOHP collection, and I advise students and faculty planning and currently conducting oral history projects. I educate collaborators on archiving best practices for analog, digitized, and born-digital materials, and I provide reference assistance to researchers using the SOHP’s collection. I’m working to improve the searching and browsing functions in our database by reimagining the archival description and how it is organized and presented, and I’m also leading a task force through the Oral History Association to establish and disseminate a metadata schema and content standard for oral history collections. I have presented on digital archives, metadata and archival description, curating exhibits, digital access tools, and oral history methodologies at conferences nationwide.”

Vos said that in addition to her SILS coursework, the practical experience she gained in Special Collections Technical Services at Wilson Library, where she worked as the archival processor for the SOHP, was invaluable.