• Coverage of the Open Folklore Portal Launch
    Posted on Fri, 10/15/2010 - 1:15pm

    The Open Folklore portal was launched on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 with the start of the annual meetings of the American Folklore Society. At the time of the launch, a press release highlighting the project was issued by, and is available from, the Indiana University News Room.

    Two early discussions of the portal are a detailed and well-informed review by Creighton Barrett at Archivology and a contextual discussion by Barbara Fister in Library Journal.

    Thanks to all who are trying, discussing, and commenting upon the site and the project, including the new OF Twitter followers and Facebook supporters.

  • Open Folklore’s First Strategic Partner: Utah State University
    Posted on Fri, 09/24/2010 - 1:14pm

    The Open Folklore project is pleased to announce that the Utah State University Libraries are the first Open Folklore Strategic Partner.
    Utah State University has been a leader in folklore scholarship, instruction, and collection building for over 40 years, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in public and academic folklore. The USU Libraries' Special Collections and Archives is home to the American Folklore Society Papers and to the Fife Folklore Archives, one of the largest repositories of American folklore materials in the United States. The Fife Folklore Archives boasts the renowned Fife American and Mormon Collections, the flourishing Folklore Student Collection, a robust oral history program, the G. Malcolm Laws Ballad Collection and many others. Also within the USU Libraries is the USU Press, which has been publishing cutting-edge folklore studies for over thirty years. Many of these collections, including all the Press' books, are freely available to researchers in digital form, with new items and collections from the USU Libraries continually being added to Open Folklore.

    Both organizations are delighted to find a common ground for collaboration in pursuing our shared goals. Welcome, Utah State University Libraries!


  • Open Folklore Featured in Podcast
    Posted on Mon, 09/20/2010 - 1:11pm

    Open Folklore project team member Jason Baird Jackson recently discussed the effort during the first of a projected series of podcasts for the  group (anthropology) blog Savage Minds.   About the experience, Jackson reflected: "It helped me clarify my own thinking and gave me practice talking informally about the project in the run up to the upcoming American Folklore Society (AFS) meetings. One thing that I should have said is that my remarks represent my own (not always fully formed) thoughts and do not necessarily represent the views of my colleagues working on the Open Folklore project or the official policies of the AFS or IU Bloomington Libraries."  Jackson expressed appreciation to Savage Minds and his conversation partner for the podcast Alex Golub.

    The podcast is available in iTunes here or directly from the Savage Minds website here.