(Re)Collections

Reimagining Genealogical Resources in the Era of COVID-19

Dana Landress is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley. She received a CLIR Mellon Fellowship for her dissertation, “Diagnosing the South: Pellagra, Public Health, and the Political Economy of the Cotton South” (currently in progress). When institutional closures began this past spring, many of my colleagues fretted that their research would...

Adapting a Transnational Symposium to a Virtual Environment

  This is the second of a two-part interview with the organizers of “Capacity Assessment of Latin American and Caribbean Partners: A Symposium about Open-Access, Technological Needs, and Institutional Sustainability,” which took place virtually from April 16–17, 2020. Part one is available here. In this piece, Nicole Kang Ferraiolo, CLIR’s Director of Global Strategic...

Repatriating Sociolinguistic Data to Belize: Can a Decolonial Model Still Work in Times of COVID 19?

Nicté Fuller Medina is a sociolinguist and currently the inaugural CLIR-Mellon fellow in data curation in Latin American and Caribbean studies at the University of California, Los Angeles @UCLALibrary. Find her on Twitter: @DrNicte. A decolonial framework for repatriation of ephemera rests on challenging default colonial practices such as top-down approaches that center institutions...

“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,...