As part of an initiative of the section I have worked to compile a list of projects started by archivists and librarians across the country in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of this writing, over 40 institutions have submitted their work to to the spreadsheet. It ranges from international efforts to capture websites associated with COVID-19 to localized efforts from institutions across the United States and Canada. Archivists and librarians have used many different tools to do this work, including Archive-it, Webrecorder, wget, twarc, and other custom tools. The work that these folx have done is both important and emotionally challenging and I want to acknowledge this labor. People are powering this effort, as much as we think this work is automatic, it involves a significant amount of human labor to select, appraise, assess the websites for quality assurance, and adequately describe these materials. I also want to acknowledge all essential workers during this time of crisis, without them, I would not be able to continue to do this work from the safety of my home in New York.
As of right now, the spreadsheet is only open to comment. Do you have a collecting project that you want to be included in the spreadsheet? Shoot me an email at nicole dot greenhouse at nyu dot edu.
Stay safe, stay healthy.