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UK Libraries SCRC asking for submissions for pandemic archive

Posted at 2:42 PM, May 06, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The University Of Kentucky Libraries Special Collection Research Center is working to capture this unprecedented time in history.

Library employees are creating an archive of the coronavirus pandemic and experiences of people here in Kentucky.

"It's such a change to our lives and time of uncertainty and it impacts everyone," said Deirdre Scaggs, Associate Dean, Special Collections Research Center; Director of the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center.

Scaggs says this is a unique chance to capture and document events in real time, which can be extremely valuable down the road.

"We know the immediate impact on our daily lives on our ability to work or socialize or feel secure, but you know, what are those long-lasting impacts? Some of those we won't know for decades from now," said Scaggs.

They're asking people to submit photos, videos, art or even diary entries related to the pandemic. Scaggs says they want to make sure they include all perspectives.

"I think a lot of times people don't think that their particular story or experience or history is significant enough to be included in the archive, but those are exactly the kind of stories we want," said Scaggs.

Scaggs tells LEX 18 collections like this can be used for important studies, research or even history books for generations to come.

Now, she says the digital age has made it easier than ever for you to take part.

"Those ephemeral videos now, there's a lot of risk to lose them. So for us to be really proactive about advocating for saving that is super important," said Scaggs.

If you'd like to submit a personal experience to the library's collection, click here.