Documenting COVID-19 at UAB

A Library’s Role in Preserving Accounts of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Authors

  • Margaret W. Balch Reynolds-Finley Historical Library, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Anna L. Kaetz Reynolds-Finley Historical Library, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Keywords:

pandemic, collections

Abstract

In August of 2020, UAB Libraries of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) launched the Documenting COVID-19 at UAB project, seeking the stories of UAB students, faculty, staff, and health care workers navigating life during COVID-19 to preserve them in a born-digital collection. Since then, ninety-five items have been added to the collection, including photographs, video/audio productions, news items, and personal written accounts. This article discusses the planning and creation of the Documenting COVID-19 at UAB collection and highlights several submissions that provided uniquely insightful information about the pandemic. It also addresses how libraries play a key role in preserving history. 

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Published

2022-03-10