Free Tools for Digital Storytelling

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While librarians and archivists recognize the importance of sharing and preserving stories, they may not always be familiar with the wide variety of digital tools available to help us do this work. In this session, we will explore a range of tools that can be used to gather, distribute, or enhance our stories. The tools and techniques discussed could be applied in marketing library services, in developing archival documentation projects, in classroom instructional activities, or in any other setting where stories and storytelling lie at the core of the work.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this class, students will be able to:

Describe the importance of digital storytelling in a library setting
Identify multiple free or low-cost digital storytelling tools
Explain how these tools might be used to gather, distribute, or enhance storytelling in a library setting


Erin Lawrimore is the University Archivist and Associate Professor in the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a position she has held since 2011. In this role, she is responsible for collecting, preserving, and promoting the history of UNCG from its creation as the State Normal and Industrial School in 1891 through today. Her research interests include community-engaged archival practice, American archives history and development, and the history of beer and brewing in North Carolina.

Erin holds a B.A. in English from Duke and am M.S. in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been an active member of the Society of American Archivists since 2001 and served on the organization’s Council from 2016-2019. She also serves as a Lecturer in the School of Information at San Jose State University.

State library and/or archives agency; Network/consortia; Public library; Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Special Library; Museum; Academic library: 2 year; Government library; K-12 library; Archives; Historical Society/Site; Special Collections; Performing Arts Organization
This webinar is presented in Eastern time.