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The joint Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference (#UMDCC20) and the Minnesota Digital Library Annual Meeting (#mndiglib2020) was held virtually November 5-6, 2020. Our two conferences share the same goals of providing an opportunity to connect with colleagues, share projects, and learn from each other, with the added benefit of cross-pollination between two different groups with many affinities.
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Thursday, November 5 • 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Community Collecting in the Time of COVID: Lessons from the The Northeastern Minnesota COVID-19 Community Archives Project

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When the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives & Special Collections launched the Northeastern Minnesota COVID-19 Community Archive Project, we were embarking on a new journey. We had never done a large community archive project, or a major digital collecting initiative. Furthermore, this project had come together in barely two weeks, as we found our small staff of two suddenly transitioning to working from home. Four months later, we have received over 300 items from about 100 contributors, including photographs, artwork, written reflections, videos, records of church services, social media posts, student work, and more. We have also partnered with UMD’s College of Liberal Arts (CLA) on a $175,745 NEH CARES grant, which employs humanities professionals who have lost income due to COVID-19 to produce 100 oral history interviews, along with creative works based on the interviews. The grant project will be added to the Community Archive. This presentation will explore the challenges, false starts, partnerships, and creative approaches that went into making the Northeastern Minnesota COVID-19 Community Archive project a success.

The presentation will also include segments by: Jennifer Moore, a UMD Journalism and Communications professor whose students contributed to the archive; Devaleena Das and David Beard, the CLA faculty who applied for the NEH CARES grant; and Adeline Wright and Allen Killian-Moore, community members who contributed to the archive.

Speakers
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Aimee Brown

Archivist, University of Minnesota, Duluth
I am the Archivist and Curator of Special Collections at the University of Minnesota Duluth. I’ve worked at a variety of libraries and archives since 1988 including the Iron Range Research Center, the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, St. Olaf College, and Smith College. My research... Read More →
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David Beard

Professor, University of Minnesota-Duluth
David Beard is professor of rhetoric at the University of Minnesota Duluth. 
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Devaleena Das

University of Minnesota
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Jennifer Moore

University of Minnesota-Duluth
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Shana Aue

Archives Assistant, University of Minnesota-Duluth
I completed my Masters of Library and Information Science at the University of Milwaukee in 2014, and I am the Archives Assistant at the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives & Special Collections. In this role I am primarily responsible for accessioning and processing of physical... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2020 1:30pm - 2:15pm CST
Dahlia Room