The Digital Creation Kit contains equipment to facilitate both oral history interviews and archival preservation and digitization of ephemera (including but not limited to photographs, letters, and diaries), peripheral devices for file storage and manipulation, how-to guides, templates, and best practices for metadata creation, and file storage.


This kit is designed to be used by staff who are new to digitization at libraries and cultural heritage organizations and wish to preserve the local stories of the members of their communities and participate in the Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) (and by extension the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)) through the creation of oral history interviews.  It is expected that the oral history interviews created with this equipment will also be made available for sharing through the Stories of Colorado Collection .


  • 1 1” black resource kit binder containing:
    • 1 gold key-shaped USB flash drive containing printable documents 
    • In binder pouch:
      • 1 book (Oral history in your library: Create shelf space for community voice by Cyns Nelson, with contributions by Adam Speirs, and a forward by R. David Lankes)
      • 1 set of laminated Question Cards, one set unlaminated in plastic bag.
  • 1 Clipboard
  • 1 iPad (6th Generation – in protective case)
    • 1 USB/Lightning Cable (in clear zipped bag)
    • 1 DC Power Adapter (in clear zipped bag)
    • Gray microfiber cloth (in clear zipped bag)
  • 1 Tablet Stand (in box)
    • M3 Allen Wrench (in plastic bag)
    • M4 Allen Wrench (in plastic bag)
  • 1 Magic Keyboard (in box)
    • 1 USB/Lightning Cable (under keyboard)
  • 1 Lavalier Microphone (in box) – either a version with lightning adapter or a version without lightning adapter
  • Kit contents (on the back cover of binder)
  • Feedback Form (on clipboard) 


Further Reading

Oral Histories

Kit Equipment

Digital Capture & File Storage

Additional Software Recommendations


  • Examples of Oral History Release Form, Project Participant Form (something that can capture basic biographical info about a person), etc.

Cataloging and Metadata


Metadata Worksheets (XLS)
Includes worksheets for Required and Recommended Fields, Omeka CSV Import, and Generic CSV Import.

Template – Oral History Consent and Release Form (DOC)

Template – Oral History Information Form (DOC)

Digitization Resource Kit Feedback Form (DOC)

Help & Support

General Kit Support

For questions about borrowing, delivery, or return of the kit, contact Kit Support at

Oral History Creation Support

For questions or assistance with the use of hardware, software, or documentation found within the Storytelling Kit, contact:

Marisa Wood
Statewide Collaborative Programming Coordinator