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Not only best-selling authors, media personalities, sports stars and celebrities... everyone has a valuable story, a life of interesting experiences, a place in history.
Contained in old media collections, journals and diaries, often-forgotten family legends, cultural trends, folk arts, scrapbooks, scattered social media posts, memories and oral histories, are stories that are important to our collective history. In some cases, people would like to know about them, just to satisfy their leisure interests (if only they knew the stories of their families and communities existed). Libraries may want to have them. Many researchers and historians would like access to the significant information in them.
In some cases, people are reluctant to give their personal archives to libraries and special collections if they don't have a way to tell their stories, to make their experiences make sense in some form of narrative. Or, they don't have a way to leave digital copies of their collections to their own families. Or, they just don't know if any of their stories or other collections matter to anyone else.
New technologies and digital storytelling capabilities, along with new media platforms, make these things more easily possible than in the past.
There are many great programs to help tell unique stories for our families, friends and neighbors, but there are not enough of them. Interesting local and national programs exist, like StoryCorps, This American Life and the Artery Media Project, providing excellent models to build on. Local programs help artists conseve their work, or help writers archive their files.
While the Digital Story Resource Center (DSRC) may be able to direct some participants to other programs, our most effective contribution will be to provide informative resources, documentary methodology, and access to lab and recording equipment for them to use in their own efforts. In some cases, based on the immediate value of a collection or historic information, it may be possible to access funding and expert personnel to record or conserve materials.
The DSRC is not only focused on preservation of stories and collections; it offers information, workshops and opportunities to follow interests, research subjects, and create and present bodies of work in the future.
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.
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