It is becoming increasingly important to collect the stories and images from our community members as the pandemic continues to impact on our daily lives. In June we offered an excellent webinar entitled, COVID-19: Documenting the Pandemic in your Community
, which is available in our Archived Webinar Library
. The presenters from Wright State University talked about how to educate, engage, and empower your local community in recording history as it happens, how to develop strategies and programming for collaboration with K-12 school classes and community groups and how to collect, document, and make available historical materials on the pandemic. In the new November/December issue of American Libraries
, there is an article, “Collecting Coronavirus Stories
,” which talks about what libraries around the country are doing to encourage their communities to preserve this important moment in history. Online collections and resources are provided along with suggestions for processes. There is even a sidebar on the expansion of the Community Web
project through the Internet Archive thanks to new funding. If you’ve been thinking about how to capture the experience of your community during the pandemic, I encourage you to view our archived webinar and check out the AL
article. Stay well and have a good week!