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The Story of the Stuff

The national publication Library Journal selected digital humanities librarian Ashley Maynor as a “mover and shaker” in 2016.

Maynor was honored for developing new digital methods for university scholars to share their research and for helping grieving communities confront gun violence through transmedia storytelling.

She collaborates with faculty and students to enhance research and teaching through new modes of inquiry and communication.

From text mining to visualization of complex data to creating and curating online collections, Maynor makes scholarly work publicly accessible in new digital forms.

She also couples her skills as a filmmaker and archivist to empower others to tell their stories.

After the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, more than half a million letters and 65,000 teddy bears flooded Newtown, Connecticut. Maynor’s interactive web documentary, The Story of the Stuff, explores this phenomenon.

Her project Cranes for Change translates outpourings of sympathy for gun violence victims into ways to affect change. The web app launched December 14, 2015, the third anniversary of Sandy Hook.

Maynor also co-founded the Collective, a professional development movement that emphasizes skill building, collaboration, and networking to help academic librarians better serve library users.

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