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‘We’re living through history’: University of Utah documenting life during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 9:16 PM, Apr 10, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY -- Each empty store shelf, curbside pick up and day working at home is part of history.

Utah’s response to COVID-19 will one day be in the history books, said Anna Neatrour, the Digital Initiative Librarian for the J. Willard Marriott Library.

“It could be that 20 years from now, somebody is writing a textbook about this time and they end up using some of the imagies in the digital archive that we are creating now,” she said.

The Marriott Library is documenting what life is like during the pandemic.

“We want to take a snapshot of what life is like here in 2020 to help future generations to know what we went through and why this was important at this time,” said Jeremy Myntti, the Head of Digital Library Services.

People can share their photos and stories online.

The submissions have started and range from the sweet and innovative ways people are staying positive through this time, to the hard realities for those suffering, said Rachel Wittmann, the Digital Curation Librarian.

“There are also some really emotional, emotionally charged submissions, like family that is in isolation because they are experiencing COVID-19. Having to say goodbye to loved ones and family as they go to the hospital for treatment,” she said.

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