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Our Story Bridge: Connecting the Past and the Present

September 29, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Learn how libraries can help share and preserve the stories in our communities!

On the first anniversary of the release of OurStoryBridge, Jery Y. Huntley, MLS, on behalf of the Keene Valley Library, will be talking about three interrelated projects sponsored by the library and lauded by librarians, school library media specialists, and teachers across New York State and the nation. These projects demonstrate how libraries have evolved and how important it is to meet our patrons, especially students, in the media they prefer, online.

Jery will be joined by Debby Carter, MLS, Assistant Librarian at the Tremonton City Library in Utah, who will share her library’s experience as the first to use the OurStoryBridge model.

In this webinar, you will:

  • Learn about the Adirondack Community and OurStoryBridge websites and how libraries can create their own local story project based on our model
  • Explore the Teacher’s Guide contained on both websites so that you have a resource to use and share with young adults, educators, and other members of the community
  • Recognize how you can implement, help communicate, and improve the projects

The goals of these projects are to:
– Capture the rich cultural history of communities with a focus on recording older generations before their histories are lost,
– Build civic pride and engagement among students to encourage their growth as involved community members.
– Offer libraries unique opportunities to help build intergenerational connections in their communities

The three projects are:

  • Adirondack Community, at www.myadirondackstory.org, a multi-year local history online project that collects and organizes 3- to 5-minute audio stories and related photographs from Town of Keene community members.
  • OurStoryBridge, at www.ourstorybridge.org, a free resource and tool kit for producing a crowdsourced, community story project, designed to help libraries and other organizations create their own story projects using Adirondack Community as a model.
  • The Teacher’s Guide on both websites, which consists of the How-To document outlining how to use the stories for lessons in any school in any community; the Story Selection Chart, a tool to match stories with specific courses; the Story Summaries, brief synopses of the 200+ stories currently available; and the Sample School Assignment.

What do we mean by stories? Explore a selection of stories we hope will inspire you to hear more about the projects!

Presenters: Jery Huntley, OurStoryBridge Founder, MLS and Debby Carter, Assistant Librarian, Tremonton City Library

Free to attend. Live transcription will be available. This webinar will not be recorded.

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September 29, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Zoom Webinar

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