Frequently Asked Questions

What is Share Your Story?

Share Your Story is a project of the Montana State Library in partnership with Montana public libraries to collect and share Montana stories through videos and podcasts. Watch a video, listen to a podcast, or create your own. Ask your local library about how to share your story.

Where does Share Your Story get its funding?

This project is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

How is Share Your Story affiliated with the Montana State Library and Montana libraries?

The Montana State Library used funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) to purchase the Share Your Story equipment.  Montana libraries must develop a proposal that focuses on why they want to host the Share Your Story project, their community partners, and how they will promote themselves as a host site.  Montana libraries are responsible for recruiting interviewees, for recording the stories, and for uploading the stories to the Share Your Story site.  The Montana State Library reviews material and selects certain applicable stories for inclusion in another statewide project, the Montana Memory Project. 

Participating in “Share Your Story”

How can I record my story?

At the current time, the only way in which to participate in Share Your Story is to schedule an interview at a Montana library that is hosting the project.  Please see our “Where” page to find the libraries that are currently hosting the project and where the Share Your Story will travel next. 

Can I record more than one interview?

That will depend on your local library’s schedule.  The goal of the Share Your Story project is to collect as many Montanan’s stories as possible.

Does it cost anything to participate? 

No.  As with most library services, participation is free.

How do I make a reservation?

Make your reservation for a Share Your Story recording session by contacting your local library.  If your local library is not hosting the Share Your Story project, you can check our “Where” page to see which libraries are hosting.  Montanans may record their stories at any Montana library that is hosting the project.  Please work with hosting libraries to make a reservation to record an interview. 

Reservations Information

How do I make a reservation?

Make your reservation for a Share Your Story recording session by contacting your local library.  If your local library is not hosting the Share Your Story project, you can check our “Where” page to see which libraries are hosting.  Montanans may record their stories at any Montana library that is hosting the project.  Please work with hosting libraries to make a reservation to record an interview. 

Is there a wait list?

That will depend on the hosting library. 

How do I change or cancel my reservation time?

Please contact your local library (or the library at which you scheduled) that scheduled the interview.  Your library may not be able to accommodate rescheduling cancelled reservations. 

What Can I Expect During the Interview?

What should I bring?  What should I do to prepare?

Learn about what to expect during your interview here(INSERT HYPERLINK). Bring a list of questions with you. You may also want to bring a bottle of water.

How early should I arrive?

Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled interview.

Can I come alone?

Share Your Story interviews are designed to record conversations between people who are part of one another’s lives, so we do ask that you bring a partner. If you do not have a partner, come with an idea of what you’d like to talk about.  A Share Your Story Facilitator will be on-site to help you share your story and ask questions.

How many people can I bring to my interview?

A two-person interview is ideal: you and your interview partner. Interviews between two people tend to work best.

Can I read something during my recording?

Share Your Story interviews are intended to be unscripted conversations. However, you are welcome to bring something short to read to incorporate into your conversation.

Can I bring my child/grandchild with me?

We suggest you do not bring children younger than ten to your interview. 

About Share Your Story Recordings

Where are the interviews stored?

All interviews are archived online at the Share Your Story web site.  Some interviews may also be stored in the Montana Memory Project’s archive.  Please visit the Archive Partners page for more information.

Is my interview available online?

Share Your Story interviews are all available online. Additionally, a small percentage of Share Your Story interviews may be edited and made available on the Montana Memory Project, and other institutional partners’ websites.

Does Share Your Story provide a transcript of my interview?

We do not provide transcripts.

What if I don’t want my interview archived?

Every Share Your Story participant decides whether or not his or her interview will be archived. If you don’t want your interview archived, do not sign the release form Share Your Story provides after your interview.

Can I submit my own recordings to Share Your Story’s archive?

No. While Share Your Story encourages people to record one another’s stories, we do not have the resources to collect, process, and archive interviews not recorded by Share Your Story. This also ensures that the recording quality and format of each interview are standardized so they can be easily accessed by future generations.

Share Your Story and Your Community

How can I bring “Share Your Story” to my community?

Your local public library must submit a proposal to the Montana State Library to be considered for hosting.  If you are interested in bringing Share Your Story to your community, then please contact your local library and work with them to develop a proposal.

How can my organization partner with “Share Your Story”?

In order to provide Montanans of all backgrounds and beliefs the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives, Share Your Story is housed in local Montana public libraries and rotate to new libraries after several months in one location.  Libraries must request the Share Your Story kits from the Montana State Library through a proposal process.  We encourage libraries to have a developed proposal that outlines potential community partners who can provide assistance throughout the hosting period.  If your organization would like to participate in Share Your Story, please contact your local library to discuss partnership opportunities.

How can I bring “Share Your Story” to the classroom?

Please visit Story Corps U(Insert hyperlink) for customizable lesson plans that are applicable for students grades 8 – 12.   Additionally, we encourage educators to work closely with their local library for additional options for participation.

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Share Your Story is a project of the Montana State Library in partnership with Montana public libraries to collect and share Montana stories through videos and podcasts. Watch a video, listen to a podcast, or create your own. This project is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

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