The current pandemic has transformed the life and work of colleges and universities around the world. Institutions of higher education shifted online; students, faculty, and staff departed campuses; libraries, archives, and special collections closed. Institutions also limited or prohibited faculty, staff, and student travel for conducting or presenting research.
Many of these closures, limitations, and prohibitions remain in place, and the future of research remains uncertain. Consequently, historians face a significant challenge: how to teach and conduct research with restricted movement, limited institutional support, and unpredictable access to libraries, archives, and special collections?
Archivists and librarians active in the Western History Association (WHA), with the encouragement of various faculty and graduate students, have undertaken to explore short, medium, and long-term solutions to these challenges, beginning with a free 90-minute webinar on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, to review select tools for facilitating online access to libraries, archives, and special collections critical to the study of the West.
All interested students of the West are welcome. Registration is limited to 500 persons. Brief presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer period for the audience. The session will be recorded for future reference.
Subsequent webinars, based on expressed and perceived needs, will address discrete subjects of critical importance throughout the summer.