The Oral History Association (OHA) is pleased to announce the first two members of the editorial team for its journal, Oral History Review. We welcome Holly Werner-Thomas as editor and Robert LaRose as copy editor for the new team which start their work on January 1, 2024. Holly and Robert bring impressive experience and expertise to lead the next era of this leading oral history research journal published for OHA by Routledge/Taylor and Francis. You can read more about each of them below. Holly and Robert will build on the valuable contributions of our outgoing editors, David Caruso, Abby Perkiss and Janneken Smucker.
With Holly and Robert in place, the OHA is searching for two additional team members to join them on the new editorial team that will serve a 2024 to 2026 term. The two open positions on the team are Managing Editor and Book Review Editor for the Oral History Review. You can find job descriptions for both roles here: OHR Managing & Book Review Editor Job Descriptions_2023.
Complete this online application form which will also ask you to also upload a CV or résumé (2 pages maximum) detailing your related service and editorial experience. Questions? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “OHR Editorial Team Search” in the subject line.
This call is open to oral history practitioners – including oral historians, librarians, archivists, freelance/independent historians, instructors, trainers – located worldwide
Deadline for submission: September 15, 2023
Meet Our New Oral History Review Editorial Team Members!
Holly Werner-Thomas is an oral history consultant and independent scholar. She created “The 40% Project: An Oral History of Gun Violence in America,” which is archived with the Oral History Archives at Columbia University. Her documentary play, The Survivors, which is based on the interviews, won Columbia University’s Jeffrey H. Brodsky Oral History Award in 2020. Holly cochaired the virtual 2022 symposium, “Assessing Race and Power in Oral History Theory and Practice,” which was cosponsored by the Oral History Center of the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley and the OHA. In 2022, she also published two articles in the Oral History Review, including, “Is Oral History White? The Civil Rights Movement in Baltimore, an Oral History Project from 1976, and Best Practices Today”. Finally, Holly also works as an oral history consultant. Recent clients include the Pew Charitable Trusts, the National Institutes of Health, the Vera Institute of Justice, and Save the Whales.
Robert LaRose is a Digital Curation Librarian in The People’s Archive at DC Public Library. His work mainly focuses on preserving and providing access to the library’s digitized and born-digital archival collections. These primarily include oral histories, photographs, newspapers, audiovisual recordings, and websites documenting DC history and culture. In partnership with the Humanities Council of Washington, DC (HumanitiesDC), he manages description, preservation, and access for dozens of oral histories created through the DC Oral History Collaborative. A firm believer in making digitization and personal archiving more accessible, Robert has produced instruction guides, podcasts, and programs on these topics for hundreds of library patrons and staff. Before joining The People’s Archive, he managed DC Public Library’s Memory Lab, a free do-it-yourself digitization space. Additionally, he has collaborated with colleagues at DCPL and neighboring institutions to train members of the IMLS-funded Memory Lab Network on establishing their own digitization spaces.