(Re)Collections

“Stay Home, Stay Healthy” at Central Washington University Libraries

—Lauren Wittek, assistant professor and user experience and assessment librarian at Central Washington University Brooks Library. Despite other academic and public library systems in Washington State closing their facilities in early- to mid-March due to COVID-19, Central Washington University (CWU) Libraries initially tried to remain open with regular business hours. That changed the morning...

Advocating for Archivists at Home: An Interview with Lydia Tang

In this post, CLIR Director of Global Strategic Initiatives Nicole Kang Ferraiolo interviews Lydia Tang, who spearheaded the creation of the Archivists at Home document as chair of the Society of American Archivists’ Accessibility & Disability Section. Lydia Tang is the Special Collections archivist at Michigan State University. What is the Archivists At Home...

Archival Workers Emergency Fund

An Interview with Jessica Chapel and Lydia Tang In this post, CLIR Director of Global Strategic Initiatives Nicole Kang Ferraiolo interviews Jessica Chapel and Lydia Tang, who launched the Archival Workers Emergency Fund. What do you normally do professionally when you’re not responding to COVID-19-related challenges? Jessica Chapel: I manage digitization and digital collections...

Reconfiguring a Library Service Model to Reduce Exposure

—By Clare McKenzie, Associate Director Learning & Engagement, and Georgina Konstanta, Acting Manager Client Experience, University of Wollongong Library This is the second of two pieces from staff at the University of Wollongong Library in New South Wales, Australia. Read the first piece.    In response to COVID-19 in Australia, The University of Wollongong...

Readiness and Rapid Transitions to Remote Delivery

—By Clare McKenzie, Associate Director Learning & Engagement, and Keith Brophy, Manager Digital Environment, University of Wollongong Library This is the first of two pieces from staff at the University of Wollongong Library in New South Wales, Australia. Read the second piece.    The University of Wollongong transitioned a largely campus-based curriculum to remote delivery...

Information: Easing our Burdens

—By Sohair Wastawy In my social and physical isolation my mind has been wandering to a time when I was 13 years old, in Egypt. Then, we had to shelter in place for a totally different reason: a war. It wasn’t only a military battle but also a psychological war of the first order,...

An Open Knowledge Rapid Response to COVID-19: An interview with Micah Vandegrift at the NC State University Libraries

In this post, CLIR Director of Global Strategic Initiatives Nicole Ferraiolo interviews Micah Vandegrift, of North Carolina State University Libraries.   What do you do professionally? I’m the open knowledge librarian at NC State University Libraries. My job is to help my institution think about strategies for moving academic knowledge into the public sphere....

From Live Programming to the Digital Environment

By Thera Webb and Marissa Friedman March 10, 2020, was a big day in Massachusetts. It was the day Massachusetts declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was also the scheduled premiere of Artists & Archives, a new public programming series exploring the relationships between artists and archival materials. While...

Share Your COVID-19 Story With CLIR

COVID (Re)Collections is a new series from CLIR exploring responses to the COVID-19 pandemic by the library, cultural heritage, and information community. You can access these stories here.  We are interested in the challenges COVID-19 has posed to you and/or your workplace, and how you are responding to them. How has the situation affected...