“Everybody Has A Literacy Story…”: The Aftermath


Posted: May 24th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Internet, Research | No Comments »


Thanks to everyone who contributed or otherwise helped out with OSU-Marion’s Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives event. Your efforts have helped to build up what promises to be an invaluable scholarly resource–and the stories themselves are fascinating to listen to, to boot!

If you weren’t able to submit a narrative, not to fear. The site is always up and ready to accept contributions: just head on over to http://daln.osu.edu.


Campus Hosts “Everybody has a Literacy Story…Tell Us Yours” Day [PRESS RELEASE]


Posted: May 10th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Open Source, Research | No Comments »


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May 20 (Marion Campus) and May 21 (Delaware Center)

On May 20 and 21, The Ohio State University at Marion will hold two days of storytelling about literacy on the Marion campus May 20, as well as the Delaware Center on May 21. This event is open to all members of the university community who want to tell their stories about reading and writing, and to preserve these small pieces of history in the national Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives (DALN, located at: http://daln.osu.edu) where they can be accessed online by members of the public, educators, librarians, family members, and communities interested in literacy practices, values, and history.

Literacy stories are personal narratives about reading or composing in any form or context. They often focus on powerful memories about those events, people, situations, places that are connected with reading and writing in a person’s life.

Literacy narratives can be short or long, and they can be about people’s experiences as a small child, a teenager, an adult, or a senior. Literacy narratives can be about reading stories books, cereal boxes, music, or video game cheats. They can be about composing letters, Facebook pages, song lyrics,’ zines, blogs, maps, or essays in school.

The value of collecting literacy narratives, as the DALN makes clear, is the larger picture they represent when assembled in a digital archive. As a collection, these stories represent a historical trace of groups, communities, cultures, values, the ways in which reading and writing shape lives, and the ways in which literacy practices and values are changing rapidly in the 21st century.

Light refreshments will be served. For additional information, please contact Ben McCorkle at mccorkle.12@osu.edu.


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