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’Sonoma Responds’ archive program launches online

Sonoma County Library aims to build a historical record of living through COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter movement and the impacts on daily life locally through a new initiative called “Sonoma Responds.“

A new English/Spanish online portal will preserve stories from Sonoma County residents using a variety of media.

The community is invited to submit to the archive in one or more ways:

• Post on social media using #SonomaResponds

• Respond to reflective prompts online

• Upload images, videos, recordings, writings

• Nominate online content for a web archive

• Nominate material for the physical archive

“This is an opportunity to collectively document the range of experiences in Sonoma County, to show the complexity of our lives: the challenges, the frustrations, the collective grief and the moments of joy, compassion, bravery and community,” Sonoma Responds project leads Zayda Delgado, Joanna Kolosov and Connie Williams said in a press statement.

Contributions to the project will be the primary sources that future generations use to understand the age of social distancing, according to the team leaders.

The stories will live in the library’s digital collections and with its online partners such as the Online Archive of California, Calisphere and the Internet Archive.

To learn more and submit a contribution to Sonoma Responds: A Community Memory Archive, visit sonomalibrary.org/sonoma-responds-community-archive.

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