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Queens Memory is a local community archiving and oral history project, co-administered by Queens Public Library and Queens College, CUNY. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, all projects and programs were required to move to a virtual setting. While under these restricted measures, members from both institutions found an opportunity to embark on a collaborative virtual event series for our respective library communities. The programs covered current events and their historical contexts, social justice, and creating positive social change. Key ingredients fueling the success of this initiative included building relationships with multiple co-sponsors; bringing together multigenerational, diverse panelists; and creative use of technology and social media.


This presentation was given for the SUNY Library Association Midwinter 2021 conference, “Looking Forward: Creative Library Responses to Crises,” on February 12, 2021. The presentation is viewable on YouTube at



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