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Wanted: Libraries for online projects

KEENE VALLEY — “OurStoryBridge: Connecting the Past and the Present,” released at www.ourstorybridge.org on Sept. 29, has received national interest beyond the original expectations of its creators. Based on this interest, OurStoryBridge organizers hope to help New York state libraries and other organizations use this model to create their own audio story projects in 2021.

OurStoryBridge, a free resource and tool kit for producing a crowdsourced, community story project, is now available. Emphasizing audio history collecting and sharing, the website is designed to help libraries and other organizations create their own story projects using “Adirondack Community: Capturing, Retaining and Communicating the Stories of Who We Are” as a model. Huntley is the volunteer manager for both projects.

Over the past month, more than 260 people have viewed the new tool kit and 68 have downloaded the “OurStoryBridge User Guide,” which serves as an instructional reference as organizations consider launching OurStoryBridge projects for their communities.

Driven by the ongoing success of Adirondack Community (www.myadirondackstory.org), the audio story project launched by the Keene Valley Library, OurStoryBridge brings into focus all the moving parts needed to make community story projects successful. Additionally, one-on-one assistance to communities considering or starting an OurStoryBridge project using the website’s tools will be provided at no cost.

“I love this project and think of it as a balm and a community builder for our times, an amazing educational resource, carrying rich historical value,” said Janelle Schwartz, OurStoryBridge Project Editor.

For more information on Adirondack Community and OurStoryBridge, email createyourstoryproject@gmail.com or call (410) 353-6372.

OurStoryBridge (www.ourstorybridge.org) has been made possible by the Cloudsplitter Foundation, Adirondack Foundation and community support.

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