We had a great meeting today at the UNC Health Sciences Library. I think we settled on an avenue forward that can be helpful for those interested in digital storytelling for both social services and public health work.
We’d like to put together a workshop template for using video in story-based program evaluation and needs assessments. The Story Lab would do the workshop once a semester. Right now we have three students involved in planning from the School of Social Work, School of Public Health, and School of Information and Library Science. There’s room for more students on this planning committee! (School of Education, hello!) No media experience necessary, just the knowledge you bring from your own department!
Undergrads and grad students in the first years of their programs are especially encouraged to attend.
For a starting place for thinking about what these workshops might be like, check out these sites we talked about at the meeting:
For a long time we’ve wanted to get more students involved who are doing work in social services or public health programs (e.g. in using digital storytelling for evaluation, employing PhotoVoice-like methodologies in your research, using social media at field placements, etc.).
We’ve got a meeting set up to get together and brainstorm about the kinds of resources, trainings, or projects that would be useful for students doing social service and public health work.
The meeting is set for Wednesday February 23 at 4pm. We’ll have it in the Health Sciences Library, room 129. If you’re interested, please subscribe to the Google event below to receive updates about the room location.
WHAT: General Interest and All-Member Meeting
WHO: UNC undergrads and graduate students from any school or department. No experience necessary.
WHEN: Wednesday January 19th, 2011. 7pm
Where: Student Union room 3411
Current members are also encouraged to attend. We’ll be discussing some exciting additions to the management team, including a new Lab Director, Treasurer, and Webmaster!
Things at the Story Lab are going swimmingly. We’ve got two workshops coming up and plans to start our own student-run social media consulting business next semester. I hope the Story Lab is able to continue being a successful student group for a long time.
I am also interested in launching a nonprofit component of these ideas. There are strengths and weaknesses both to being a student group and being a nonprofit. I’d like to find some way to do both, ideally as a student-run nonprofit focused on media literacy through online storytelling. Just like this website is a digital library of student projects, we want to be able to help other community organizations create online collections of their own. Nonprofit status would help us attract grant money to do that, as well as enable us to offer internships and field placements for students.
To that end, we’re having a meeting Monday November 8 at 5:15pm to talk about how to move forward with this. We’ll meet in Student Union room 3408.
I’m specifically interested in having students at this meeting who are willing to donate their honors or Master’s papers/projects/research to a collaborative effort to develop such a nonprofit. I’ll be writing a business plan as my Master’s project next semester, but there’s quite a few other things we need to figure out before moving forward with a venture. We’ll collaborate via the website http://communitycollecting.web.unc.edu/.
To hear more about the potential of community-owned social network sites/digital libraries, take a look at the video above. This is the final presentation I gave for the Launching the Venture I class at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. But those are just my ideas – I want to hear more about how YOU would do this!
If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch. Otherwise, see you there, and feel free to forward this widely!