The Library & Archives has been busy since fully reopening operations last year. With staff back onsite full time and volunteers returning for select projects, we have been busy with research requests, collection care duties, processing donations, and continuing to provide the Museum and the public with world class access to our rare collection.
We are excited to provide a summary of our accomplishments for fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021) for our Library & Archives (L&A) patrons, donors, and supporters. The beginning of a new fiscal year is always an exciting point in time to look back and review our progress, and plan for the future.
As we all know, dealing with the unforeseen challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a significant toll on everyone, across the world. The pandemic has changed how we work, learn and interact, as closures and social distancing guidelines have led to a more virtual existence. This has certainly been true at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, which closed in March, and particularly, the Library & Archives (L&A).
In March 2020 the world changed as non-essential businesses closed to the public to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Overnight, the Museum converted its daily activities into a variety of online and remote activities as staff began working from home. Since the temporary closure, the Museum launched SDASM TV.
We are excited to provide a summary of our accomplishments for fiscal year 2019 (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019) for our Library & Archives (L&A) patrons, donors and supporters. Our team has been busy digitizing and uploading collections online, processing new donations and cleaning and improving our collection spaces. We also welcomed a new staff member, Melissa Culbertson.