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Symbols of service : Oral histories of veterans tattoos as outreach

Article

This article is based on a case study that explains how the use of oral histories for engagement and outreach can be a useful tool in making a connection to the veteran population as it gives the veteran an opportunity to talk without being judged and the library a chance to listen.

Abstract

Outreach to special populations can be a sensitive endeavor, especially when the population, such as veterans, has a unique life experience in comparison to the general population. The use of oral histories for engagement and outreach can be a useful tool in making a connection to the veteran population because it gives them an opportunity to talk without being judged and the library a chance to listen. This case study highlights the collaboration between the library and the campus veteran center in an effort to come together and showcase veteran stories around their tattoos.

Full Reference

Pionke, J. J. ; Osborne, Nicholas J. (2018). Symbols of service : Oral histories of veterans tattoos as outreach, College & undergraduate libraries, Vol: 25 (2), p. 122-130.