Collecting in Crisis: Responsive Collecting in a Digital Age

The Maryland Historical Society, in partnership with the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Salisbury University, and DC Public Library, is hosting a free virtual program on Thursday, May 14 from 1-2 pm.

Museums and Libraries are at the forefront of collecting and documenting history. But what do you do when history is happening all around you and you can’t get out and do the collecting? How do you document history as is happens in a digital age? This COVID-19-focused webinar led by the Maryland Historical Society aims to provide a roadmap for cultural institutions on crowd-sourced collecting of born-digital materials. The Maryland Historical Society, Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Salisbury University, and DC Public Library will share their approaches to developing, building infrastructure, and conducting outreach to create successful responsive collecting initiatives in a digital age.

Moderated by Allison Tolman, Vice President of Collections, Maryland Historical Society.

Panelists include Catherine Mayfield, France-Merrick Director of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society, L. Paige Newman, Manuscript Collections Curator, Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Lisa Warwick, Library Program Coordinator, Special Collections, DC Public Library, and Jen Piegols, University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, Salisbury University.

Register here:

This virtual program is free and open to all audiences; however, registration is required. After registering for the webinar, attendees will receive an automated confirmation email with connection instructions. We will connect via Zoom which is available for free download here:

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