Archivists Adapt: Off-site by Still Reaching Out

  • Rachel Seale (Iowa State University)
  • Bryan Whitledge (Central Michigan University)
  • Katie Jones (University of Nebraska–Lincoln)
  • Traci Robison (University of Nebraska–Lincoln)


This panel demonstrates how presenters pivoted their outreach programs in 2020 to serve and educate their communities safely amidst pandemic shutdowns and restrictions. Learn how Iowa State University Special Collections & University Archives pivoted their Archives Investigations Honors Seminar to a hybrid course format and adapted the students public presentations to an online event. Hear how the Clarke Historical Library brought their lecture series online. The Clarke Historical staff adapted their traditional lecture series, which took place in an auditorium on the Central Michigan University campus, and went virtual, making the most of web conferencing tools and targeted PR to reach audiences across the Great Lakes region. Many of us scaled down or shut down our exhibition programs. At the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries focus shifted to digital exhibits and promoting online resources through social media. Hear how cows, dad jokes, and #CornCobMan encouraged campus and community engagement on Twitter. Planning for an exhibits internship incorporated the need to work offsite, training and managing an undergraduate intern, and drawing from previously digitized archival items to produce a new digital exhibit.

How to Cite:

Seale, R., Whitledge, B., Jones, K. & Robison, T., (2021) “Archivists Adapt: Off-site by Still Reaching Out”, MAC Annual Meeting Presentations 2021(1).



Published on
14 May 2021
Archivists Adapt: Off-site by Still Reaching Out