Highlights & Accomplishments in 2020 Part 2

Suzi Noruschat, Southern California Studies Specialist, University of Southern California Special Collections

“Pivot” is a word that has certainly gained in usage during the current pandemic, and we at the University of Southern California Libraries Special Collections have definitely pivoted in several ways in 2020. During the continuing closure of Special Collections, we have put in place quarantine and social distancing procedures that have limited our ability to take in new acquisitions, but have permitted us safely to acquire and process a small number of donations since lockdown started in March. Shortly after the Libraries closed, we initiated a Collecting COVID-19 project to document the effects and responses to the pandemic at USC and within the wider Los Angeles region. We have also responded to the need in our community for online resources for both research and teaching by putting in place a new streamlined workflow for digitizing archival materials and leveraging Scalar, an open source authoring and publishing platform, to highlight and share collection materials through online exhibits, such as When I Think of Home: Images from L.A. Archives, The Allan Hancock Foundation Archive, and Primary Source Literacy at USC Libraries and Beyond. Finally, our Archival Projects Librarian, Bo Doub, has undertaken a remarkable amount of description and other work on our collections, including the creation of accession records for 43 new archival collections and accruals to existing collections, 23 new resource records in ArchivesSpace, and significant data cleanup on legacy finding aids. Beyond the amount of work accomplished, however, I think that I and my colleagues are simply proud of the ways we’ve pulled together as a team, supported each other, and continued to do everything we can to serve our community during this difficult and challenging year.

One thought on “Highlights & Accomplishments in 2020 Part 2

  1. A remarkable group effort to support your community, and impressive stats of completed archival work! Well done!

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