Procedural guidelines: Risk assessment in oral history recordings

These guidelines aim to provide a standard framework based on industry best practice for NSLA libraries to assess risk in providing online access to oral history or sound recordings, where rights and permission agreements are:

  • missing
  • poorly documented
  • unclear.

Organisational responsibility for the management of risk assessment in recordings will be established according to the institutional requirements of each NSLA member. These procedural guidelines aim to provide guidance and industry standards to support making library collections more widely available.


  • Purpose and scope
  • Identify and locate rights holder/s
  • Recordings with or about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Conduct an overview assessment
  • Determine if the recording contains sensitive material
  • Redaction
  • Documentation
  • Takedown
  • Table: Risk levels in oral history interviews/sound recordings