Stories and storytelling can have a strong impact.. Stories are powerful. They connect through universal themes, of love, death, good vs. evil, survival, and courage. They remind us of our humanity and our better natures. Hearing the stories of others can be an opportunity for breaking through prejudices and preconceptions. One example of this is the Human Library (https://humanlibrary.org/meet-our-human-books/). The human books share their stories with readers, who can ask questions if they choose to. Libraries need to embrace diversity and inclusion to empower community voices. Stories can also foster connection by bringing communities together for enjoyment such as the Seattle Public Library’s Thrilling Tales: Storytime for Grownups.
The DOK library in Delft’s mantra: “Keep stories, make stories, share stories”
Note: This is a new module that I really wanted to devote a week to and some bits of the content appear in the learning modules as well. Apologies for the overlap.
Things to Read:
- Stephens, M. (2019). Office Hours: With a Little Twist
- Stephens, M. (2020). Office Hours: The Power of Stories (Part 2)
- Stephens, M. (2019). “Telling Stories” in Wholehearted Librarianship, p. 91
- Stephens, M. (2020). Office Hours: Narrative Inquiry
- Ray, M. (2019). Courageous Conversations at the Human Library
- Wentz, E. (2013). The Human Library: Sharing the Community with Itself
- Eberhart, G. M. (2018). Sharing People’s Stories.
- Paxaman, M. (2019). Challenged but not dying, the public libraries are more relevant than ever.
Things to View:
- Check Out Human Books at the Library
- An Introduction to StoryCorps from our Founder
- StoryCorps YouTube Channel
- Carlson, K. & Macchion, F. (2020). Library 2.0: The Power of Stories
Things to Explore:
- StoryCorps Podcast
- Southern Methodist University Oral History and Digital Humanities Student Projects
- Commemorate Differently: Australia’s Anzac Stories
- Storyhouse’s Twitter
Portions of module text originally written by Hyperlinked Library student Christine Barone. Module created by Elizabeth Olson.