LACY PLANNED AND DIRECTED YOUTH PROJECTS BASED ON DIGITAL STORYTELLING.
Mark Lacy realized he created a big problem... millions of problems, actually.
As a documentary photographer and avid traveler he made hundreds of thousands of film and digital photos.
The work adds up, the millions of photos, historic items and documents, to a very big problem. Lacy's archives sit in 350 square feet of storage. And he knows that many others face similar problems dealing with their personal creations or organizational files.
As a journalist and researcher he created hundreds of thousands of documents.
As a radio host and media producer he collected thousands of CDs, audio recordings and videos.
As a non-profit director he filed hundreds of thousands of documents and printed materials.
As an educator and camp director he worked with area students who produced extensive digital stories and photography.
As a volunteer in Post-Katrina New Orleans and on the U.S.-Mexico border he documented economic and living conditions
As a genealogist he produced hundreds of items of importance to others doing family research.
View a few samples of images that are part of Lacy's archives and read his biography.
While teaching photography and digital storytelling as a visiting lecturer at the University of Houston and simultaneously producing programs and conducting research as director for Houston Institute for Culture, as valuable material stacked up in file boxes, Lacy conceived the idea for the Digital Story Resource Center (DSRC).
DSRC will present many items from the archives through websites and publications. In addition to classes, workshops and information resources, DSRC plans to support other archives and collections in the future.
Whether an individual has significant historical documents or items of personal interest, it is difficult to determine what to do in order to organize, catalogue, and duplicate them digitally, share them with family and friends, and perhaps offer them to a university or library archive.
DSRC aims to refine the effort and processes while conserving and presenting the existing DSRC archives, and to help others - individuals and organizations - with similar challenges along the way during the multi-year project. The DSRC will also take steps to involve others in the presentation of editorial content through websites and publications.
The Digital Story Resource Center publishes on-line journals, feature magazines and print publications, maintains archives, provides conservation and documentary services, and offers classes in photography and digital storytelling.
Editorial -- The editorial content is expected to originate significantly from DSRC archives. However, coverage of many of the historic subjects in the collections continues and will enhance DSRC publications. Contributors are welcome. Learn more about DSRC publications.
Projects -- DSRC continues to produce documentation and coverage of many interesting people, places and events. Learn more about current DSRC projects.
Mission and Vision -- The mission of the Digital Story Resource Center is to catalogue an extensive archive produced and collected by Mark Lacy, and to help others with similar challenges through informative resources and classes. An overarching theme is to promote learning and life-long interests, as well as great vision and positive action in communities. After all, without hopes and dreams, and desire to make a better world, why would most of us do anything? Learn more about DSRC's focus on vision.
Sponsorship -- Like non-commercial educational and community radio, the Digital Story Resource Center on-line publications and informative resources will provide Public Service Messages (PSAs) and Promotional Announcements (PAs), which will promote DSRC programs that support the Digital Story Resource Center or outside organizations and businesses that support the DSRC mission and goals through sponsorship.
Awareness Campaign -- Stay tuned for infomation abut DSRC outreach and awareness campaigns as publications and services formally launch later in the fall.
Additional information about DSRC archives is available at the above link.
Additional information about DSRC services is available at the above link.
Additional information about DSRC classes is available at the above link.
Over time, the DSRC archives will be edited and presented in various publications and websites. Older material will be presented along with new features. The on-line content will be searchable.
A contact form will be provided as DSRC formally launches its publications and services this fall.
Promotional Announcements and Public Service Messages that appear on Digital Story Resource Center (DSRC) websites are selected specifically for their quality, relevance and respectability. The PAs and PSAs support DSRC websites and make it possible to provide content that is educational, informative and interesting to our visitors.
For a better viewing experience, DSRC does not permit pop-up ads, banner ads, subscription requirements, email sign-up requests, or animated graphics that slow down, hinder or impair viewing of the webpages. Those who wish to sign up for special announcements may visit the Contact Page.
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