Ashley Maynor presented her new web documentary and digital humanities project, "The Story of the Stuff"
Ashley Maynor, the digital humanities librarian at Hodges Library, has recently completed her innovative interactive web documentary, The Story of the Stuff. Before coming to UT, Ashley was working at Virginia Tech University when students and co-workers were shot during the 2007 massacre. Ashley told an interviewer with American Libraries Magazine that "my up-close experience with mass violence and the ensuing deluge of compassion from the outside world inspired me to tell this story." She added that as a librarian and archivist, "I am keenly interested in the things we keep and how we choose to remember. When I encountered all of the stuff sent to Virginia Tech, I had so many questions: Why did people send these strange and beautiful objects to us? What did they hope their packages would accomplish? So I set out to investigate and explore these issues. I didn't really anticipate the Newtown angle of the story. This began as a documentary about the condolence archive at Virginia Tech. But soon after I began filming, Sandy Hook happened. And I thought, "Oh no, it's happening all over again." After the first news reports of how much stuff was being sent to Newtown, I got in touch with folks there to discuss following their journey as they coped with the outpouring."
As a result of the contacts she made at Newtown, she began the project, which resulted in the striking interactive digital project, The Story of the Stuff.
You can learn more about it by going to this website. www.thestoryofthestuff.com
There is also a brief description of the project, along with reviews and a list of where it has played at Ashley's website: http://www.ashleymaynor.com/#/story-of-the-stuff/.
Congratulations to Ashley on this penetrating and innovative digital humanities project!