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We're pleased to share the plenary session speakers for the November 5-6th conference. The plenary will feature two projects: The Urban Art Mapping Research Project and The Journal of the Plague Year. Both projects address the emerging practice of building new digital collections that reflect current events. 

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We're pleased to share the plenary session speakers for the November 5-6th conference. The plenary will feature two projects: The Urban Art Mapping Research Project and The Journal of the Plague Year.  Both projects address the emerging practice of building new digital collections that reflect current events. 

The Urban Art Mapping Mapping Research Project will be represented by Dr. Heather Shirey and graduate student Frederica Simmons from the University of St. Thomas.  The research project  includes the George Floyd and Anti-Racist Street Art database, documenting examples of street art demanding social justice and racial equality in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, and the Covid-19 Street Art database that captures ongoing responses to the pandemic on a global scale. 

The Journal of a Plague Year: An Archive of Covid-19, emerged in early March 2020 as a crowd-sourced rapid-response to the pandemic. Initiated at Arizona State University, The Journal of a Plague Year (or JOTPY), morphed into a curatorial consortium directed by a community of historians, students, and archivists situated in libraries, museums, and universities around the world. Mark Tebeau, Associate Professor of History at Arizona State University, and the co-founder and director of JOTPY will speak on behalf of the curatorial consortium. 

Registration is still open for the joint Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference (#UMDCC20) and the Minnesota Digital Library Annual Meeting (#mndiglib2020) on November 5-6, 2020. Registration is free for this all-virtual conference.

Join us for 18 breakout sessions over two days on topics such as digital collection building during the pandemic, creating indigenous digital collections, building collaborative and inclusive workflows, and more. Concurrent sessions will be recorded, so you don’t have to miss any of it! 

Written by

Sara Ring
Continuing Education Librarian
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