Meeting Archive:
Lights, Camera, Advocacy to Action: Digital Storytelling for Libraries

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Meeting Description:
How can you tell your library’s story in a way that will increase public support? Digital stories can be used for advocacy efforts, from raising awareness to fundraising campaigns to taking political action. Libraries can develop a compelling story using video, and leverage that story to show the impact they have in the community.

This free webinar will identify how to use digital storytelling for advocacy, as well as good practices for video production and digital storytelling. Presenters will share a list of technology tools that will help you develop top-notch stories.
  • Crystal Schimpf will share examples for how digital storytelling can be used for library advocacy.
  • Ale Bezdikian will share good practices for video production from TechSoup’s Storymakers curriculum.
  • Michael Dunn from the Daviess County Public Library (Owensboro, KY) will talk about his library’s experience developing a video for library advocacy.
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This webinar will be recorded and archived on the TechSoup website. Please register for this webinar to receive an email notification when the archive is available.
Date: Wed, Apr 26, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM PDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Crystal Schimpf
 Presenter Information
Ale Bezdikian
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After studying journalism and comparative religion at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Alexandra (Ale) Bezdikian was given a fellowship with Mother Jones Magazine where she produced videos as well as fronted their outreach communications department. In between Mother Jones and TechSoup, Ale fostered a healthy admiration for technology. This admiration, coupled with the desire to do good in the world, landed her at TechSoup.
Currently, Ale is TechSoup's Interactive Events and Video Producer where she creates video for the web, as well as manages the annual storytelling campaign, Storymakers. She has particular interests in digital storytelling, research in accessible and augmentative technology, and contributing to local community on and offline.

Michael Dunn
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Michael Dunn is a husband, father of 3 (soon to be 4), and a visual storyteller. He is the videographer/photographer/editor for the Daviess County Public Library in Owensboro, KY, and owner/lead videographer of Evermore Productions.

Crystal Schimpf
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Crystal is a librarian and trainer with a passion for program design and technology in publc libraries. She has worked on training projects with the Colorado State Library, Infopeople, the Urban Libraries Council, and the Public Library Association. In addition to her work at TechSoup, she is the founder of Kixal, where she creates transformative training experiences for staff in libraries and nonprofits.