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Linda Wood

teacher photoLinda Wood of Rhode Island was a library media specialist at South Kingstown High School in Wakefield for over 20 years. During those years, she directed several student-based oral history projects in collaboration with classroom teachers.

She was awarded the Pre-Collegiate Teacher Award by the Oral History Association for 1968—The Whole World Was Watching. Another very successful class project conducted on the Web was What Did You Do in the War, Grandma?, which received a commendation from the American Association of State and Local History.

Vital Statistics
B.A. in English and Education, University of Michigan
M.A. in English Literature, University of Michigan
MLS, Library and Information Science, University of Rhode Island
Past President of the New England Oral History Association

Personal History
Linda started her career as a secondary classroom teacher in social studies and English, also teaching as an adjunct professor at several colleges. In 1971, however, she felt "a calling" to school libraries when she was asked to set up a Title I library program for low-income students unable to read or to use library resources. She then returned to college for a library degree.

Her first full-time job as a school library media specialist was in 1975. Inspired by the creative approaches to celebrating the Bicentennial year, Linda began to delve into oral history. Based on the experiences of Elliot Wigginton's Foxfire books, she developed a project called "Yankee Ingenuity," which received funding from the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities.

Linda has been honored many times for her work. She has won the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. The Rhode Island Educational Media Association also awarded her the Linda Aldrich Award for Outstanding School Library Media Specialist.

Now retired from teaching, Linda serves as a consultant to oral history projects and had authored Oral History Projects in Your Classroom, published by the Oral History Association in the fall of 2002. She continues to serve on the Council of the National Oral History Association.

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