digital storytelling

The Next Chapter in a Library's Story: The Making of a Video

In 2000, the Patchogue-Medford Library published a book that told the story of the library's first hundred years. In 2013, the time seemed right to tell that story once more in a new medium: video.

New Technology Brings New Opportunities

With the increasing availability, democratization, and inexpensiveness of high-quality motion picture equipment and with the pervasive popularity of video sharing sites, libraries now have incredible opportunities. Promotion, publicity, and advocacy can now be off the printed page and into a new medium. Having already completed several other short video projects, the library decided to take on a more expansive video project that would tell a full story.

At the centennial of our library, our local history librarian wrote a book for children and their parents about the library's history. The Library Story was printed and published by our library.

In connection with our library's forthcoming expansion back into our original Carnegie Library building, the time seemed right to tell that story once more in another medium.

Join Our 2016 Digital Storytelling Challenge!

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Ladies and gentlemen, Storymakers 2016 is here. For the sixth year, TechSoup's annual challenge will help public libraries and nonprofits learn how to increase their storytelling skills for fundraising and advocacy purposes. We also have a contest in which we're giving away US$7,000 in cash prizes and a new camera.

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Your Top 10 Tech Topics

This post was originally published on the TechSoup blog. As our fiscal year comes to a close, we wanted to reflect on what resonated with our members this year. While some issues, such as Internet security and technology training, might resonate stronger with libraries than say, crowdfunding, we thought you'd find this list interesting. 

Fiscal year end is a time of reflection here at TechSoup. Well … reflection and crunching epic piles of data. We're reviewing what worked well this year and what we can improve for next year. This includes understanding what you, our nonprofit community, found most interesting in 2014–2015.

Here are the top 10 reasons you tuned in to the TechSoup blog this year.

Tell Your Rural Library's Story

If you're a small or rural library, you probably have had to find some creative ways to advocate for your library. Storytelling is a powerful way to share the impact you have on your community. Best of all, it can be done digitally through video, social media, images, audio, and more.

TechSoup's own Jim Lynch was featured in The Daily Yonder sharing his expertise on digital storytelling for rural nonprofits, charities, and public libraries. While Jim shares examples from a number of inspiring rural organizations, the one nearest and dearest to our hearts is the Pottsboro Library.

New Infographic: Video Production Tips for Your Library

TechSoup's Storymakers campaign empowers libraries to tell stories, increase visibility, and make an impact on their communities through digital storytelling.

Before you start your video, check out these basic tips about composing a great shot.

Four Public Libraries to Follow on Instagram

In honor of TechSoup's StoryMakers challenge kicking off in a few weeks, I wanted to help you get inspired by other libraries. Instagram is a great tool for exploring how other libraries tell their story. Yup, I'm telling you to go lurk some other libraries! Here are a few of my new follows:

1. Piscataway Public Library

Piscataway Library

Storymakers 2014 is Coming!

Libraries and social good organizations can change the world through storytelling. But to do that, their stories need to stand out and be noticed. We want your library to stand out and shine.

TechSoup's Digital Storytelling Challenge: Share Your Story with Us!

At TechSoup, we’re dedicated to providing your library, nonprofit or charity with the resources it needs to tell its story. Participate in our interactive trainings all month to learn valuable production techniques, then create your 90-second video or five-image slideshow, and enter it to win. Your stories inspire others, so let's share them! 

TechSoup's DigiToolbox for Digital Story-Making

Here at TechSoup, we're big on stories because we believe they can change lives. That's why we've created a month-long global campaign built around the transformative power of storytelling, uniquely customized to the nonprofits, libraries, and social benefit organizations we serve. Have you heard of the TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge?