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The Ohio State University Consent to Contribute
(For Individuals Under 18 Years of Age)


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: mccorkle.12@osu.edu.



If you are under the age of 18, you must have a parent or legal guardian complete the following Consent Form.
This is a consent form for contributing to the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives (DALN) project. It contains important information about this project and what to expect if parents (or guardians) decide to contribute a Minor’s story. All narrative contributions to the DLAN are voluntary.

Minor authors (and their parents or guardians) should consider the information carefully. Parents or guardians should feel free to ask questions before making a decision whether or not to contribute the Minor’s literacy narrative to the DALN. If parents (or guardians) decide to contribute the Minor’s narrative, they will be asked to agree to the terms of this consent form and submit it to the DALN.

Purpose
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.

Procedures/Tasks
If Minors wish to become contributors to the DALN project, they will be asked to compose their own literacy story including any sample texts they have created (for example: sample essays, blogs, photographs, videos, songs) to our Web site.

Before Minors submit a literacy narrative, a parent or guardian must be informed about the nature of the Minor’s contribution to this project and asked to affirm their intent to contribute by posting the Minor’s literacy story and materials on our Web site where these texts will be made available to the public. If Contributors are under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must complete this form.

Parents (or guardians) will also be asked to complete a release form, affirming that the materials the Minor wishes contributes are their own original work and that they own all necessary rights to this work.

Parents (or guardians will be asked to affirm that the Minor’s work does not defame or otherwise violate the rights, copyrights, trademarks, privacy, or reputation of any other person. Parents (or guardians) will be asked to release the copyright for the Minor’s literacy story to the archive through a deed of gift that allows the DALN to determine the licensing options for the story.

Duration
We estimate that composing a literacy story will take anywhere from 5 minutes and 5 hours, depending on what the author has to say.

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

Risks and Benefits
When Minors submit a literacy narrative, DALN Board members will have access to some information (such as name, age, and contact information). This information will only be used for contact purposes.

Parents (or guardians) can request that the story of a Minor be posted anonymously. Parents (or guardians) should make sure that Minors do not include information in their stories that will put them or others at risk when it is made public.

DALN narratives will reside on the web and will be publicly available. Thus, narratives could be used by people in ways that Contributors 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.

Confidentiality
The information submit to the DALN Board members is confidential (such as name, age, and contact information). Parents (or guardians) can choose whether or not to allow the e-mail address and contact information to be made public on the DALN. Parents (or guardians) can also decide not to answer any questions that are presented on the DALN web site—including name, age, email address, and contact information.

Although the DALN Board members will have access to some contact and demographic information about contributors (such as their age and geographic location), this information will only be used for contact purposes. This information will not be used for research purposes unless parents (or guardians) can give permission for this information to be publicly posted.

However, once parents (or guardians) have submitted materials to the DALN (either via the web or postal mail) and agreed that it can be publicly posted, the information provided cannot be removed from the DALN. The literacy narrative posted on the DALN is not confidential. It is available to anyone with access to the web and searchable by web browsers.

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

Contributors’ Rights
All contributions to the DALN are voluntary. Parents (or guardians) may refuse to contribute la Minor’s literacy narrative this project without penalty or loss of benefits to which they are otherwise entitled.

If Minors choose to contribute to this project and sign this form, they do not give up any personal legal rights they may have as contributors.

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 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: mccorkle.12@osu.edu.

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

If Minor contributors are injured as a result of contributing in this project or for questions about a project-related injury, they 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: mccorkle.12@osu.edu.

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