This very useful set of guidelines has been produced by the British Library Oral History Department, and shared through the NSW Oral History Society.

covidOral historians have always favoured the face-to-face interview and discouraged
remote interviewing. It is difficult to build rapport from a distance, to be
sensitive to mood changes, to provide non-verbal feedback and establish the
relationship needed for a successful oral history interview. Furthermore
interviews recorded via telephones and web services are often of poor audio
quality, result in digital files that cannot be archived, and present challenges
around data security, and signing and storing interview documentation.
However, the Covid-19 pandemic has created an extraordinary situation where
face-to-face interviewing would endanger the health of the interviewer, the
interviewee and society as a whole.

This guide was written in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 which
has required the suspension of all face-to-face oral history interviewing. In
response to increased interest in conducting remote interviews this document
attempts to summarise the ethical, legal, methodological and technical issues
that individuals and projects will need to consider before deciding whether or
not to conduct a remote interview.

Read the rest of the document here.

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