Five Dock, Sydney library hosted an inaugural story saving initiative yesterday, to engage their community through collecting life stories.
Eighteen participants used the new ‘Bookform’ book-creating technology, demonstrated by the founder, Carey Furze.
“This is not about writers creating a commercially viable book product, but a way for anyone to easily collate and share some of their valuable life stories, experiences and knowledge, to create a legacy product to give to their family and friends,” Carey explained.
“Humans have been creating and sharing culture through stories since the beginning of time, and this technology just automates a usually very expensive and tedious process,” she said.
Bookform templates allow an individual to create one or many books on any topic, plus the collaborative functionality lets you invite others to automatically contribute text and photos, to build a book together.
Canterbury Boys High School and Bupa Care will start a ‘Story Saving’ initiative using Bookform technology from 17 May 2017.
Students will be paired with an aged resident and ‘interview’ them using Bookform questions, then type the answers and stories directly into the template.
With a single ‘click’ all the resident’s valuable life memories and historical information is collated into a printable digital book product, to be shared online or printed into a timeless keepsake for many generations to enjoy.
The students will help introduce the older person to the technology and return for regular ‘interviews, but the goal is that the resident, staff, or even their families, will continue adding to their book at any time.
A research study to gather empirical evidence on the mental, emotional & other health benefits of this regular cognitive and socialising activity is underway.
Bupa Care General Manager, Gail Worthington-Eyre said, “Our residents are always so excited to have young people visit them and to use an automated program like Bookform to document some of the resident’s life stories will be fantastic”.
Data and results on the study can be requested at: firstname.lastname@example.org