Though we may have to do so via telephone or videochat, the Holidays are still a time to share stories. The Maine Community Archives Collaborative is coordinating local efforts to share our COVID-19 experiences (Holiday or otherwise). USM has two COVID-related archiving projects as part of the Collaborative. The history department has Signs of the Times: Documenting Covid-19 Signs in Southern Maine, and the Franco-American Collection has a Franco-American COVID-19 Experiences in Maine Collection.
Community archiving speaks to the authority of lived experience (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, p.12). In the case of these projects, we are certainly the experts on our own COVID-19 experiences. Such projects also encourage participation by those who normally might be overlooked in an institutional setting (ACRL, 2016, p. 21).
If you have anything to contribute to the USM projects or to the other Maine projects, please follow the links above. We wish you and yours the safest, happiest Holidays you can have!
Association of College & Research Libraries. (2016). Framework for information literacy for higher education. Chicago, IL: Author.
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