Breakout Sessions

The Stories We Tell: Community-Generated Content When Access Is a Challenge

Technology is a powerful tool for storytelling. Access to technology and broadband service, and knowing how to use it, pose challenges to gathering and highlighting community-generated content. Digital inequities can effectively silence the stories of marginalized groups within communities.

Drawing on experiences with the Salt Lake City Public Library’s digital inclusion initiative, the Tech League, this session will outline best practices for collaborating with individuals and organizations by empowering community members with equitable access to content creation tools, the platforms on which content is shared, and ownership of the content.


Shauna Edson
Digital Inclusion Librarian
Salt Lake City Public Library

Shauna helped the Salt Lake City Public Library launch their digital inclusion initiative, The Tech League, during her year-long NTEN Digital Inclusion Fellowship at the Library. Shauna is currently the Digital Inclusion Librarian at The City Library, and works with Library staff and community partners to create long-term digital inclusion programming in the communities the Library serves. Her interest in digital inclusion stems from over four years of teaching, facilitating workshops and groups, coordinating volunteers, and connecting with community partners to work with traditional and digital literacies in the diverse communities that make up the Wasatch Front. She addresses concerns such as education without appropriation, accessibility, managing difficult conversations, and communication. Shauna is currently working toward a MS in communication with an emphasis on rhetoric and composition at the University of Utah. When Shauna is not on the trail, snow, or water, she lives in downtown Salt Lake City with her two boys, dog and cat.

Session Type



Thursday, September 7
11:30am - 12:30pm


Room B