Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate possible purposes of digital storytelling and discuss practical implementation in a community‐based digital storytelling project. Design/methodology/approach – This case study investigates the function of digital storytelling for archiving local history, specifically by journaling experiences during a digital storytelling grant project at a public library in Southern California. Findings – This case study details a specific example of the impact digital storytelling can have on a community, both to foster community building and also to encourage documentation of local history. The main goal of the project was to present and archive filmed stories from local community members; however, the project also led to increased awareness of digital storytelling and the associated technology both within the library and the greater community. Practical implications – This article should provide best practice guidelines for administering a community‐based digital storytelling project including suggestions for outreach to the larger community, dealing with technical issues, and tackling operational issues. Originality/value – Digital storytelling has had a profound impact on the way that society communicates and can be used effectively for purposes of outreach and activism, to educate using technology, or to document micro‐histories. This case study provides an assessment of the current uses of digital storytelling and presents a successful implementation of a local history digital storytelling project at a public library.
Library Review – Emerald Publishing
Published: Nov 22, 2013
Keywords: Digital storytelling; Archiving history; Project management; Multimedia in libraries; Community outreach
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