Tag Archives: IRB

Oral History and Information Risk: A Response to the Federal Proposal

As regular readers of AHA Today know, the federal government is offering a significant opportunity to weigh in on rules that cover institutional review boards (IRBs) and often interfere with legitimate history work. The current proposal seems to be a very mixed bag for history—offering both a tantalizing opportunity to address past concerns about the effect IRBs have on oral history and potentially new problems for history under the label of “information risk.” Over the past month, we have been consulting extensively with members of the discipline, trying to identify a set of core principles for a response to the proposal. After careful deliberation, we offer the following “talking points” that will guide our response. We do this to invite comments and concerns from members as we craft our response, and as a guide to historians and related specialists looking to craft their own response to the federal proposal. Article By: Robert B. Townsend

What We’re Reading: August 11, 2011 Edition

In the news this week, discussion continues on proposed changes for human-subject research, Rosa Parks’s archive is up for sale, and the Squeeze Imaging Project goes online. Then, read one historian’s concerns about “culturomics” (a project that analyzes text in the Google Books project), discover 5 reasons to love libraries, and learn about 600 New Yorkers’ experiences in the 9/11 Oral History Project. Finally, check out EDSITEment’s Back-to-School Reading Index and an infographic that tracks U.S. post office expansion from 1700 to 1900.

What We’re Reading: August 4, 2011 Edition

In the news this week, online buzz about possiblehuman-subject research rules, judge orders release of Nixon grand jury testimony, increase in political science jobs, D.C. reaches temperatures it hasn’t seen in nearly a sesquicentennial, and a new translation is out for an 1830s autobiography of a “Muslim American Slave.” We also link to digital history articles on newly awarded digital humanities start-up grants, the new Historical Thinking Project website, and historians using digitized records from London’s Old Bailey courthouse. Also read a CNN contributor’s thoughts on the question“If students fail history, does it matter?” and the draft foreword of Dan Cohen’s new book. Finally, check out a collection of 10 historically significant recordings, Teaching Carnival 4.11, and the history of history tree. Article By: Debbie Ann Doyle, Elisabeth Grant, and Robert B. Townsend

Getting Free of the IRB: A Call to Action for Oral History

The federal government is offering a significant opportunity to weigh in on the intrusion of institutional review boards (IRBs) into history work, as part of a major re-evaluation of the rules governing human-subject research. Any historian who uses oral history methods, or supervises students who conduct interviews, should speak out and demand change. Article By: Robert B. Townsend

Trained to Review Oral History?

The federal Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) recently invited comments on education and training programs for institutional review boards (IRBs), which poses a difficult question for members of our discipline—would a more consistent and effective training program make matters better or worse for oral history?