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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Friday, November 6 • 11:45am - 1:00pm
History is Now: Digital Collecting in Contemporary Times

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One week after Governor Walz issued a statewide stay-at-home order, the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) launched History is Now: COVID-19 Health Crisis, a digital collecting initiative to document the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota. The project aimed to collect digital submissions of text stories, digital media, and web links, and to make select content available in real-time on the MNHS blog https://www.mnhs.org/blog/historyisnow.

Six weeks after launching the initiative, the entire project team was furloughed due to COVID-19. Unrest would erupt throughout the Twin Cities just one week later in response to the murder of George Floyd, leaving the institution bereft of curatorial and archival insight and response.

This session examines contemporary collecting during unprecedented times through a candid exploration of the challenges experienced by MNHS staff when faced with a global pandemic and civil uprising. Presenters will discuss:
  • technological and ethical considerations for building digital collections that document traumatic experiences;
  • developing processes and collaborative workflows while working from home, including developing collecting tools and outreach methods;
  • successes and challenges in attempts to collaborate with external stakeholders and communities; 
  • re-examining collecting practices in response to current trends and changes in capacity.

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Sarah Barsness

Digital Collections Archivist, Minnesota Historical Society
Sarah Barsness (she/her/hers) is a Digital Collections Archivist at the Minnesota Historical Society, where she works with digitized and born-digital materials to process, store, preserve, and provide access to high value content. When she's not working, you can usually find her doing... Read More →
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Lori Williamson

Acquisitions Outreach Coordinator, Minnesota Historical Society
- The future of history- Books, including fiction, non-fiction, Minnesota topics, and classics- Reaching new audiences (both physical and virtual)- Shakespeare
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Kathryn Hujda

Curator of Manuscripts, Minnesota Historical Society
Kate Hujda (hwee dah or wee dah) is the Curator of Manuscripts at the Minnesota Historical Society. Prior to her current position, she was an Assistant Archivist/Curator with the University of Minnesota Libraries Archives and Special Collections working with performing arts and literary... Read More →

Jennifer Huebscher

Curator of Photography and Moving Image, Minnesota Historical Society

Hannah Novillo Erickson

Associate Curator of 3D Objects, Minnesota Historical Society

Friday November 6, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm CST
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