Symbols of Service: Oral histories of veterans tattoos as outreach

J. J. Pionke, Nicholas J. Osborne

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Outreach to special populations can be a sensitive endeavor, especially when the population, such as veterans, has a unique life experience in comparison to the general population. The use of oral histories for engagement and outreach can be a useful tool in making a connection to the veteran population because it gives them an opportunity to talk without being judged and the library a chance to listen. This case study highlights the collaboration between the library and the campus veteran center in an effort to come together and showcase veteran stories around their tattoos.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)122-130
Number of pages9
JournalCollege and Undergraduate Libraries
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2018


  • Tattoos
  • exhibits
  • oral history
  • outreach
  • veterans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences


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