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New Roots feature in Oral History in the Digital Age

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Jaycie Vos,

An article written by Coordinator of Collections, Southern Oral History Program and Metadata Task Force co-founder Jaycie Vos about the upcoming New Roots/Nuevas Raices metadata site was published in Oral History in the Digital Age, a product of an Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Vos writes about the inception of the new site and the process of increasing visibility, reaching larger audiences, and improving access to New Roots oral histories. She also explains the advantages of metadata, and the exciting features coming spring 2016 when the site launches.

“This New Roots project gave the team at UNC fresh eyes toward oral history metadata and inspired us to ask ‘What do we really need?’ and ‘What do our users want?’ in ways that encouraged clarity, directness, and ease of use in describing oral histories and developing new features to reach new audiences,” said Vos. “This also informs and reflects the work of the Oral History Association’s Metadata Task Force, founded in 2014, which seeks to promote knowledge about oral history metadata and collaboration across the profession.”

Learn more about the OHA Metadata Task Force here.


Since 2007, faculty, staff, and students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) have conducted oral history interviews focused on issues relating to Latino migration to North Carolina and the formation of Latino communities. The interviews are in English or Spanish, and interviewees include immigrants, U.S.-born second generations, professionals who work with immigrants, policy makers, religious leaders, educators, students, and local business owners. This growing initiative, called New Roots, is part of the Latino Migration Project, under the direction of Dr. Hannah Gill, in collaboration with the Center for Global Initiatives, the Institute for the Study of the Americas, and the Southern Oral History Program (SOHP). Since 2011, these interviews have been archived and made accessible online through the SOHP’s collection in the Southern Historical Collection in Wilson Library at UNC. Thanks to a generous award from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Latino Migration Project, the SOHP, and University Libraries at UNC are working to make New Roots accessible to broader regional, national, and global audiences in new ways beyond the library catalog, finding aid, and SOHP digital archive.