Everyday Georgia Project
Telling Their Stories:
The Everyday Georgia Project
By Kristen Bailey | Photos by Allison Carter and Sean McNeil September 24, 2018
Every day, lives around Georgia are changed because of research and technology from Georgia Tech — but we don’t always hear their stories.
Now, the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT), in partnership with the Georgia Tech Library and Office of the Arts, is telling a few of those stories through the Everyday Georgia project. Everyday Georgia is a collection of interviews and photographs of people from across the state who have worked with Georgia Tech in some capacity but aren’t directly affiliated with the Institute.
In her role as marketing communications manager for IPaT, Alyson Powell Key talks with researchers about their work all the time. Getting to talk to the sources behind those stories, though, was a new experience.
“A lot of times we focus on data, technology, or conferences, but on the other side are the people who are participating in our research,” she said. “It’s important that we get to know them and learn about their lives, their families, their careers, their challenges.”
Key, along with Amanda Pellerin, access archivist at the Georgia Tech Library, and Alison Valk, multimedia librarian and Library Instruction Program coordinator, conducted the project’s interviews, traveling as far as Albany, Georgia, to talk with people about their experiences working with Georgia Tech. A team of photographers, including Tech students and staff, captured the subjects visually.
Though Valk is well-versed in audio and video editing, being on the audio creation side was a refreshing challenge.
“The Library is going through Library Next right now, where we’re redefining what libraries do,” Valk said. “The idea of archiving and preserving the stories of our community, and the people the research touches, is just as important as the research itself.”