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Pre-Meeting Professional Development Workshops

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Introduction to Digital Audio Field Recording
Sponsored by the Archives and Libraries Section
(Maximum number: 20)

Wednesday, October 12, 8:00 AM--12:00 Noon
Distinguished Alumni Room

Cost: $50; students $35

This workshop, led by John Fenn (University of Oregon) and Andy Kolovos (Vermont Folklife Center), will provide a general introduction to current and next-generation digital field recording options for practicing folklorists. It will include an examination of a wide variety of digital formats and a discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of each. We will discuss the computer’s role in interfacing with digital field recording equipment, examine a variety of hardware and software options, discuss budgetary needs for relevant equipment, and emphasize the formulation and implementation of a future technology plan for ethnographic digital audio research collections. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring their own recording equipment.

Creative Writing Discussion and Critique with Melissa Tuckey
Sponsored by the Folklore and Creative Writing Section

(Minimum number: 12. Maximum number: 20)

Wednesday, October 12, 9:00 AM--4:00 PM
Oak Room

Cost: $25

A creative writing workshop with writer and activist Melissa Tuckey, for participants interested in generating new ideas and/or critiquing pre-submitted pieces.

Tuckey is a co-founder of Split This Rock Poetry Festival in Washington, DC, a national organization dedicated to supporting poetry of provocation and witness. She holds an MFA from George Mason University and an MA in literature from Ohio University and has taught creative writing, literature and composition courses for more than eight years. She currently lives in Ithaca, New York, where she teaches writing at Ithaca College and is leading a creative writing course at Ithaca Eco-village in generative writing. Tuckey is the author of Rope as Witness, a chapbook published by Puddinghouse Press, and is the co-translator of Chinese poet Yang Zi’s collected works, which have been published in Cerise Press, Conjunctions, Manoa, Poetry Nation Review, and elsewhere. Her own poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Phoebe, Poetry International, Verse Daily, and other journals.

Dialogue: Learning Through Meaningful Engagement
Sponsored by the Independent Folklorists and Public Programs Sections
(Maximum number: 30)

Wednesday, October 12, 9:00 AM--4:00 PM
Dogwood Room

Cost: $25

Folklorists often find themselves in the role of facilitators engaging with communities, work groups, funding agencies and other stakeholders in the context of diverse cultural heritage projects and in classroom teaching. To support effective learning in these settings, this workshop will introduce the theory and process of dialogue as a unique tool for human learning and creativity. By participating in dialogue themselves, participants will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of how dialogue differs substantially from common forms of communication and learning.
  • Learn the core assumptions of dialogue and dialogic learning.
  • Develop a broad understanding of the role of a facilitator in the process of dialogue.
  • Learn about the Arc of Dialogue, a tool for designing effective dialogue processes in your professional work.
  • Learn essential facilitation techniques to stimulate effective, meaningful dialogue.
  • Explore the role of conflict in dialogue and strategies for using conflict to stimulate learning.

Workshop participants will receive a notebook of materials and resources for designing and facilitating dialogue along with a bibliography of resources and websites for dialogue support.

Workshop leader Tammy Bormann has 25 years of experience facilitating dialogue to support the process of dismantling racism; using dialogue to generate creativity and new insights among boards, committees, work groups and strategic planning teams; and teaching others to facilitate dialogue as a uniquely effective process of group learning, meaning-making and creativity.

A total of four scholarships to cover the admission fee will be available for out-of-state participants only, on a first-come, first-served basis, to two Independent Folklorists' Section members and two Public Programs Section members who are in need of financial assistance. To apply contact Karen Miller at:

Preparing and Preserving Digital Folklife Fieldwork Materials
Sponsored by the Archives and Libraries Section
(Maximum number: 20)

Wednesday, October 12, 1:00--5:00 PM
Distinguished Alumni Room

Cost: $50; students $35

Instructors John Fenn (University of Oregon) and Andy Kolovos (Vermont Folklife Center) will provide an introduction to current archival best practices for the preservation of multimedia digital resources created by ethnographic fieldworkers. The workshop also will provide guidelines to insure the accessibility and longevity of the research collections of researchers who are working without the support of professional archivists, be they independent folklorists, academic researchers, graduate students, or public folklorists in institutional environments. The workshop leaders will discuss the fundamentals of digital preservation, with a special consideration of the demands of digital multimedia materials. Topics will include best practices for processing materials for access and long-term digital preservation, as well as analog to digital conversion basics, file formats, digital storage options, and life-cycle management. Participants will examine the technological needs for appropriately processing digital audio, still images, and moving images for archival and preservation purposes.

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