Imagine this: a Vietnam veteran, a Cuban refugee, a college student with Juvenile Parkinson’s disease, an Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge, a former music critic for a fanzine, and a grandmother who has lived in the same town her whole life, spend two days together in a workshop designed to help them tell one story from their lives that they will then turn into a digital story (with a voiceover, photographs and effects) to be screened before a live audience. A recipe for disaster? Or the very civic discourse that libraries are meant to encourage?
Learn how a public and an academic library collaborated to bring digital storytelling to their city. Using a model created by StoryCenter and partnering with their School District, their Local History Museum, Literacy Council, Boys & Girls Club, YMCA and more they hosted workshops where people could record a 2-4 minute personal anecdote and learn how to add photographs and effects. These stories were then screened before live audiences and fostered meaningful conversations between pockets of the community that do not usually interact.
Participants will receive access to tools and handbooks created by StoryCenter and by Sonia Chaidez which will help them start digital storytelling programs in their institutions..
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.