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The Ohio State University Consent to Contribute

Project Title:
Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives Project (DALN)

Project Contact:
Ben McCorkle
The Ohio State University-Marion
1465 Mt Vernon Ave.
Marion, OH 43302.
Phone: 740.725.6152. Email:

This is a consent form for contributing to the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives (DALN) project. It contains important information about this study and what to expect if you decide to contribute.

All contributions to the DALN are voluntary.

Please consider the information carefully. Feel free to email Professor Ben McCorkle ( or write with questions (Professor Warren Benson McCorkle, Jr., Ohio State University (Marion Campus), Dept. of English, 117 Morrill Hall, 1465 Mt Vernon Ave., Marion, OH 43302) before making your decision whether or not to contribute. If you decide to contribute to the DALN after reading this document, we assume you have agreed to the terms of this consent form.

The Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives (DALN) is designed to collect people's literacy stories and related literacy artifacts (e.g., photographs, poems, texts, home videos) and to store these in a permanent collection which members of the public can access, study, and learn from.

The purpose of this project is to establish the first national archive that traces both digital and non-digital literacy practices over time.

Such an archive has great value for the public as a historical, cultural, and educational record. We want to make it possible for everyone to contribute their story and have it recorded as part of this record.

If you wish to become a contributor to the DALN project, you can respond to the prompts on our web site, write your own literacy story, and submit it along with any sample texts you have created (for example: sample letters, papers, blogs, photographs, videos, songs) to our web site. You can also send these materials to us via postal mail.

Before you submit your literacy narrative, you will be informed about the nature of your contribution to this project and asked to affirm your intent to contribute by posting your literacy story and materials on our Web site where they will be made available to the public.

You will also be asked to read and agree to a release document, affirming that the materials you contribute are your own original work and that you own all necessary rights to this work. You will be asked to affirm that this work does not defame or otherwise violate the rights, copyrights, trademarks, privacy, or reputation of any other person.

Once you have decided to contribute to the DALN, you can choose one of two options: 1.) You can deed the copyright to your literacy story to the DALN by choosing our "deed of gift" option OR 2.) you can choose a Creative Common license for your materials that would allow you to retain copyright and specify to members of the public and researchers how your materials may be used.

We estimate that composing your literacy story will take between 30 minutes and 5 hours, depending on how much time you choose to take. The amount of time you spend on your literacy narrative is entirely up to you.

The intent of the DALN is to make contributors' stories available to the public in perpetuity.

Risks and Benefits:
After you register with the DALN and submit a literacy narrative using our online registration and submission forms, only DALN Board members will automatically have access to your name and e-mail address. This information will be used only to contact you about your submission and to identify your materials internally. When you submit your materials, you can choose what information will be publicly available (we require only that the narrative itself and a title be available). However, once you give permission for information to be posted publicly on the DALN web site, you will not be able to remove that information from the DALN.

You should not include any information that will put you or others at risk when it is made public.

Despite the DALN license, you attach to your materials, these items will reside on the web and will be publicly available. Thus, they could be used by people in ways that you do not intend.

Anyone interested in contemporary literacy—including teachers, students, parents, librarians, public policy makers, and members of the general public—stands to learn a great deal about literacy from this archive of people's attitudes toward, and perceptions of, the role of literacy in their lives.

As a public archive, the DALN is not confidential and the literacy narrative you submit can be read by anyone with an Internet connection..

By contributing your literacy materials to the DALN, your story will become part of a public archive that has great value for the public as a historical, cultural, and educational record.

Contributors' Rights:
You may refuse to contribute your literacy narrative this project without penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. If you are a student or employee, your decision will not affect your grades or employment status at OSU.

If you choose to contribute to this study and sign this form, you do not give up any personal legal rights you may have as a contributor.

You can choose whether or not to allow your e-mail address and contact information to be made public on the DALN. You can also decide not to answer any questions regarding personal information that are presented on the DALN submission forms—including name, age, email address, and contact information. However, once you have submitted your materials to the DALN (either via the web or postal mail) and agreed that it can be publicly posted, the information you have provided cannot be removed from the DALN.

Although the DALN Board members will have access to some contact information about contributors (such as the name and e-mail address used to register with the site), this information will only be used for contact purposes. This information will not be used for research purposes unless you give permission for this information to be publicly posted.

An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at The Ohio State University reviewed this project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and University policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of contributors.

Contacts and Questions:
For questions, concerns, or complaints about the project you may contact Warren Benson McCorkle, Jr., Ohio State University (Marion Campus), Dept. of English, 117 Morrill Hall, 1465 Mt Vernon Ave., Marion, OH 43302. Phone: 740.725.6152. Email:

For questions about your rights as a contributor to this project or to discuss other study-related concerns or complaints with someone who is not part of the research team, you may contact Ms. Sandra Meadows in the Office of Responsible Research Practices at 1-800-678-6251.

If you are injured as a result of contributing in this project or for questions about a project-related injury, you may contact Warren Benson McCorkle, Jr., Ohio State University (Marion Campus), Dept. of English, 117 Morrill Hall, 1465 Mt Vernon Ave., Marion, OH 43302. Phone: 740.725.6152. Email:

Submitting the consent form:
I affirm that I have read (or someone has read to me) this form and I am aware that I am being asked to contribute to an archival project. I have had the opportunity to ask questions and have had them answered to my satisfaction. I voluntarily agree to contribute to this archive project.

I am not giving up any legal rights by signing this form.

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