Collaborative Storytelling: Building a Platform for Sharing the Lived Experiences of Race at a Predominantly White Institution

Can technology help predominantly white institutions (PWI) reckon with their racial histories in a just and equitable way? A librarian-led project attempts this through collaborative online storytelling chronicling the history of racial dynamics at a public university.

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Oct 20 2023


2:30 pm - 3:30 pm


  • Alia Levar Wegner
  • Jacqueline Johnson
  • Jerry Yarnetsky
    Jerry Yarnetsky
    Web Services Librarian, Miami University Libraries

    Jerry Yarnetsky is a web services librarian at Miami University of Ohio where he focuses on user experience, information architecture, and accessibility. He also regularly teaches a course on interaction design and development at Miami. He’s previously worked as a librarian and interim library director at Montgomery County (Pa.) Community College and as a journalist/editor in a previous career.

  • Ken Irwin
    Ken Irwin
    Web Services Librarian, Miami University

    Ken Irwin is a Web Services Librarian at Miami University. He is interested in developing open-source solutions to solve challenging library issues and to make the most of our resources. His projects have included a personalized research dashboard, tools for managing and analyzing the use of library collections, a mechanism for “checking out” software licenses, and a game to improve students’ skills at understanding book and journal citations. He is also the co-chair of the Libraries’ Inclusive Excellence strategic plan and is committed to furthering the Libraries’ diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility goals.