Digital Narratives and Social Identity: A Special Collections University Library Archival Collaboration
Abstract: This poster presentation and demonstration centers on a project in which undergraduate students are introduced to the use of digital narratives to explore their own social and cultural identity development. The author/instructor who developed these assignments did so in collaboration with the Head of Special Collections at the Iowa State University Library and the students are recipients of the George Washington Carver Scholarship and thus members of the Carver academy. The Academy’s University Studies course objectives involve social and cultural identity development, critical explorations of histories of oppressed and underserved groups, and appreciation and acceptance of difference. Moreover, this narrative assignment represented in this poster presentation and demonstration is one way in which students in these Academy courses are to directly or indirectly explore their identities through reflections upon their experiences.