Documenting the La Roche University COVID-19 Experience
What are we asking for and why?
The La Roche University Archives is calling for students, faculty, staff, and others in our community to document their personal experiences during the COVID-19 crisis and submit these experiences to the Archives. We would like to hear your stories relating to the transition from on-campus learning to remote learning, experiences with self-quarantine and social distancing, particular challenges for international students and out-of-state students, experiences of staff and faculty transitioning to remote work, and experiences of staff who have remained on campus - just to give a few examples. In general, we welcome any information on how this pandemic has impacted you personally.
This is an unprecedented time in the history of our University and our country; we are in the midst of events of great historical significance. By recording your experiences and letting the Archives house them, you are not only preserving your own story, but adding to the collective knowledge that will benefit future generations.
How Can I Participate?
There are many ways in which you can submit your experiences to the Archives, from a simple text document to a multimedia story project. We accept text documents, photographs, video and audio files. We will also accept documents created in the classroom or work environment, such as spreadsheets and presentations files. Please submit your story in whichever way is most comfortable to you.
Here are some example submission types if you are having trouble thinking of what to submit: a journal entry, a poem, a voice memo, a short video journal entry, or a photograph of your life during self-quarantine. There are many more ways in which you can document your experiences, and we welcome any interpretation. Feel free to submit material multiple times over the coming months as we continue to move through this crisis.
If you would prefer not to upload material, you may also write down your experiences in a brief paragraph on the form itself.
Please fill out this form to submit your experiences.
Only submit materials which you have created, unless they are public domain works, you have permission from the copyright holder, or the use of the material is allowed under Fair Use as determined by United States copyright law.
If someone other than yourself is featured in the material you wish to submit, please make sure to have permission from them before you submit it to the La Roche University Archives.
The material that you submit will be processed by John J. Wright Library staff, and preserved in our digital archival space. Access copies will then be created, and the material will be integrated into the Archives. If you have any questions on what will be done with the material that you submit, please feel free to contact us at WrightLibrary@Laroche.edu.
We know that the pandemic has impacted our community in a number of ways. Please visit the Human Resources Coronavirus COVID-19 Information page for resources that may help. Also check out the Counseling and Health Services Coronavirus Updates page for continued updates on the University’s response to COVID-19.
We would like to thank University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries “Documenting COVID-19”, University of Arkansas “Share Your COVID-19 Experiences with University Libraries”, and University at Buffalo University Archives “Documenting the UB Community Experience during COVID-19 Pandemic” for inspiration and direction in the creation our own COVID-19 documentation project.