This project initially started as an analysis of the current oral history workflows and outputs from Special Collections and Archives at Z. Smith Reynolds Library. One of the ultimate goals outlined from the beginning was the desire to use the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) tool to allow better and more detailed searching of the collections. As the creators of OHMS have recently developed a Viewer app that can integrate with Omeka, it seemed like an achievable goal. The other interest in OHMS came from its status as an open-source tool, thereby enabling some sort of financial and technical flexibility when put into use.

Access and Use(r)s


  • Becker, Devin, and Erin Passehl-Stoddart. “Connecting Historical and Digital Frontiers: Enhancing Access to the Latah County Oral History Collection Utilizing OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer) and Isotope.” The Code4Lib Journal, no. 29, July 2015. Code4Lib Journal,
  • Boyd, Douglas A. “OHMS: Enhancing Access to Oral History for Free.” The Oral History Review, Volume 40, Issue 1, Winter-Spring 2013, Pages 95–106,
  • Boyd , Douglas A., Janice W. Fernheimer, Rachel Dixon. “Indexing as Engaging Oral History Research: Using OHMS to “Compose History” in the Writing Classroom.” The Oral History Review, Volume 42, Issue 2, Summer/Fall 2015, Pages 352–367,
  • Cohen, Steve. “Shifting Questions: New Paradigms for Oral History in a Digital World.” The Oral History Review, Volume 40, Issue 1, Winter-Spring 2013, Pages 154–167,
  • Tebeau, Mark. “Listening to the City: Oral History and Place in the Digital Era.” The Oral History Review, Volume 40, Issue 1, Winter-Spring 2013, Pages 25–35,
  • Turner, Kristopher. “Creating history: A case study in making oral histories more accessible in the digital age.” Digital Library Perspectives, Volume 33, Issue 1, 2017-02-13, Pages 48-62.

About Us

Ashelee Gerald Hill is a Processing Archivist in the Special Collections Department at Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

Ashelee Gerald Hill, ZSR.

She has her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and currently serves as a Steering Committee member for the Students and New Archives Professionals for the Society of American Archivists. During the Summer of 2018, she participated in a fellowship at Wake Forest where she developed and explored an interest in the stewardship of born-digital materials.


Jessica Wilson-Saia is the Developer for Digital Scholarship in the Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communications team at Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

Jessica Wilson-Saia, ZSR.

She has her Masters of Arts in Museum Science from Texas Tech University and has conducted and digitized numerous oral histories over the years. During her previous position with the University of Idaho, she helped formalize the digitization policies and workflows for digital collections, and maintained one of the largest oral history collection in the Pacific Northwest. She is currently assisting the Special Collections and Archives Department at Wake Forest University with their oral history collections.

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