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Bridging the Gap

Bridging The Gap is a new research initiative of the Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony that explores how digital technologies can help to better connect online archives with the people who use them.

It's our aim to remain connected and relevant to the broader lesbian, queer, and Two Spirit community by making it possible for ALOT users to engage more directly with us. We want you to become part of our movement by contributing to our collection of interviews. Two Spirit, lesbian, and queer experience is easily erased from history, and we need your help to document and preserve your experiences.

To take part in this research project, users can contribute to the site and upload an oral history interview they’ve created. To help users like yourself, we’ve created loads of how-to information and resources that can be found on our blog, including a video that details how to upload your interview, and a post that explains how to conduct an oral history interview. Users can also now help us make our material more searchable by adding tags to interviews already in our collection and the interviews you upload, and by “rating” interviews for interest and popularity. We hope to make ALOT relevant, meaningful, and useful to diverse peoples around the world.

ALOT is striving to bridge the gap between you and us. Let us know how we're doing.

This research project is supported by Simon Fraser University Library Special Collections and the Office of the Vice-President Research, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.