Looking inside of the Utah COVID-19 digital collection as a community archive

Sung Un Kim, Youngok Choi, Jeremy Myntti

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Using the Utah COVID-19 Digital Collection as a case study, this study investigates the nature of the materials collected in a community archive during COVID-19, examining their unique contributions to building public history. The authors collected and analyzed metadata from 812 collection items created between March and June of 2020. Findings show that the local community's active voluntary participation was noteworthy. The local community submitted more than half of all collected materials. Even when submissions from the campus community decreased during summer break, the local community's submissions remained steady, helping to broaden the collection's geographical and topical coverage. The authors conclude by offering their recommendations for COVID-19 community archiving projects and future research directions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102478
JournalJournal of Academic Librarianship
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2022

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  • Academic libraries
  • COVID-19
  • Community archiving
  • Digital collection
  • Digital humanities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences


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