• New Digital Tools and Resources for Folklore Scholarship
    Posted on Wed, 10/19/2016 - 1:34pm

    Slide deck and links for the Open Folklore presentation at the AFS/ISFNR Joint Meeting, Miami, Florida, October 19-22, 2016.  


    Important links from the presentation. 

  • New AFS Collection in IUScholarWorks
    Posted on Fri, 09/09/2016 - 12:51pm

    The Open Folklore team is happy to announce that a valuable collection of materials on current practice in, and the history of, folklore studies in the US is now available via Open Folklore: the American Folklore Society gray literature collection (“gray literature” refers to media not formally published or distributed, such as reports, works-in-progress, and conference materials). You can find this collection at https://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/handle/2022/9004.


    This collection includes:

      • Programs of, and reports on, every AFS annual meeting — one of the major annual professional conferences of folklorists in the world — from 1889 to the present
      • Videos of major AFS annual meeting presentations since 2004
      • Indexes to the main AFS journal, the Journal of American Folklore, published since 1888
      • The full texts of nine other folklore journals published by AFS interest-group sections
      • A collection of syllabi for undergraduate and graduate folklore courses
      • Several publications on the history of the US field of folklore studies 
      • AFS annual reports and reports from AFS member surveys
      • A variety of cultural policy, professional development, and consultancy reports from the field of folklore studies 

    We’ll update this collection as new material becomes available.


    The AFS collection is just one example of how Open Folklore can make important materials from our field openly available. We want to hear from other organizations who’d like to work with us to make their own grey literature collections available to all.

  • Open Folklore at AFS
    Posted on Fri, 06/17/2016 - 2:42pm

    Much has been happening behind the scenes at Open Folklore, with several projects bearing fruit and others about to begin. Watch this space over the next several months as we report on what's been accomplished and introduce new endeavors.In the meantime, we are pleased to announce a session at the American Folklore Society annual meeting showcasing some of the new developments at Open Folklore. 

    New Digital Tools and Resources for Folklore Scholarship

    Saturday, October 22, 2016, 10:15 am-12:15 pm  
    Tuttle Prefunction Room, Hyatt Regency Miami 
    Sponsored by AFS and the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries


              Participants: Julie Bobay (Indiana University Bloomington Libraries), Jason Baird Jackson (Indiana University), Shannon Larson (Indiana University), Tim Lloyd (American Folklore Society), Moira Marsh (Indiana University Bloomington Libraries)

    We admit it: Archive-It, the HathiTrust, IU ScholarWorks, and the MDPI may be mysteries to most folklorists—but they shouldn’t be. In this session, folklorists and librarians from the Open Folklore Project (a partnership of AFS and the Indiana University Libraries) will introduce you to several of a growing number of new digital tools and resources that you can use to enhance your folklore research, and to disseminate your work openly online to the widest possible audience. Previous digital humanities experience and technical savvy are most emphatically not required. Come for a glimpse of the future (available today)!