Obviously, the word in my title has an extra, capitalized "m" and doesn't take a hyphen unless it's split over two lines of copy. I formatted the title this way because the two articles I'm highlighting--from the January/February issues of Computers in Libraries (CIL) and KMWorld--deal with "comm" words and the pandemic: i.e., communication and community. Each topic provides some interesting perspectives about staying connected inside and outside of work as we continue to live in a world dominated by COVID-19.
THE GLAM LIFE
"Participatory Digital Archiving and Community Engagement During COVID-19," by Suzanne S. LaPierre (Virginiana Specialist Librarian for the Virginia Room of Fairfax County Public Library), gives CIL readers a look at how galleries, libraries, archives, and museums, collectively called GLAM, have responded to COVID-19 by creating innovative digital projects. LaPierre specifically wanted to address this question: "What have we learned from pandemic-induced digital archive projects, and how might the results inform practice going forward?"
Recognizing that GLAM organizations have a common mission of "developing and maintaining collections for the benefit of the community and facilitating access to those resources," LaPierre sought to find out what projects were being initiated as a result of COVID-19. The Virginia Room, a history and genealogy archive, invited its community members to submit digital material that documented their experiences during the pandemic. Through an electronic survey sent out in August 2020 to 21 GLAM professionals across the U.S., LaPierre intended to learn about other such programs.
The respondents detailed the projects of eight public libraries, eight archives/ special collections, six academic libraries, four museums/galleries, and one cultural heritage center. The projects included the creation of digital portals that enabled community members to submit text, images, and video/audio; the collection of oral histories via Zoom or through...