Thank you for your interest in StoryCorps @ your library. The grant deadline was January 18, 2013, and the application is now closed.

StoryCorps @ your library is a two-year pilot project of the American Library Association Public Programs Office and StoryCorps with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The goal of the project is to allow libraries to implement StoryCorps’ interview methods and resources within a framework of high-quality library programming that will serve public libraries as they seek to expand their influence and engagement in their communities.

The project will develop and implement a replicable program at ten public pilot libraries selected from across the country. Pilot libraries will receive equipment, training, promotional materials, and other resources to help them develop community documentation projects using the popular and unique StoryCorps facilitated interview model. As part of the StoryCorps approach, each interview participant receives a copy of their recording. With participant permission and based upon a written agreement with StoryCorps, local libraries will retain copies of fully released interviews. Copies of fully released interviews will also be deposited with the Library of Congress.

During and following interview collection, pilot libraries will develop local programs and events that complement the interviewing process. (See the resources page for ideas.) Ten libraries will be selected to participate in the pilot program, based on a competitive application process. These ten libraries will in turn serve as models for other libraries.

When is the deadline?
Applications will be accepted December 8, 2012, through January 18, 2013.

What types of libraries are eligible?
Public libraries and public library systems and consortia are eligible.

What are the selection criteria?
Proposal reviewers will evaluate proposals using the following criteria:

  • Clear statement of intended audiences for interview collection (e.g., underserved populations, families, veterans, etc.).
  • Compelling statement of goals for interview collection period (e.g., implementation of oral narrative programming, hosting of listening event, collection development, etc.).
  • Plan for communication to library audiences during grant period
  • Plan for preserving local interviews and sustaining oral history programs in your library and community after the grant period.
  • Demonstration of commitment to outreach and education within your institution.

When will I be notified if my library will be a pilot site?
All applicants will be notified of their award status in February.

What will my library receive, if selected?
Pilot libraries will each receive:

  • A $2,500 stipend for project-related expenses.
  • A toolkit of written and web-based customizable program and promotional support materials.
  • A StoryKit (a customized set of professional recording equipment) to use to record on-site interviews during the grant period and retain for future use after the close of the pilot project.
  • A two-day, in-person training by StoryCorps staff at the library site to orient volunteers and library staff to interview collection, digital recording techniques, and archiving interviews in StoryCorps’ proprietary database.

What are the requirements if my library is selected?

  • Expend grant funds for project-related expenses.
  • Identify staff and volunteer participants for two-day onsite training session by StoryCorps.
  • Establish a point person who will be responsible for communicating directly with ALA and StoryCorps staff during the grant period.
  • Guarantee a substantive volunteer or staff corps who will be responsible for recording interviews recorded through the program.
  • Record forty to sixty interviews according to StoryCorps training guidelines and methodology.
  • Provide substantive feedback on the program components and execution.
  • Use StoryCorps materials in at least one public programming event.
  • Agree to use designated credits and/or logos on all publicity materials.
  • Submit a final report on local activities and evaluation to ALA.

When will programs take place?
Interview collection periods will be scheduled, according to location and other factors, between March 2013 and June 2014.