Getting Started: COVID-19 in T&T Stories

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Here are some helpful tips to guide you through the process of creating and submitting your contributions to NALIS’ Heritage Library Division, “In your own Words: Covid-19 in T&T” project.

Tips for getting started with your writing

1.Choose a format that inspires you:

When choosing between digital (e.g. using Microsoft word, video recording) vs physical (e.g. using a notebook) format for writing your journal, poetry, among other options, be sure to select the format which best works for you.

2.Set aside a time to be creative:

We know it may be difficult to schedule a time to write, record or even post your contributions. We recommend that you start small, set aside a few minutes daily, and start writing.

3. Decide what you want to share:

Reflect on your experiences and feelings since the start of the pandemic. Some of the things you may want to consider include, how has COVID-19 affected you and your family? What has changed in your day to day activities? Think about moments that made you feel some form of emotion whether good or bad and express this in a way that’s meaningful to you.

If you are still having trouble getting started here are some questions to get you started:

  • Has the COVID-19 outbreak affected how you associate and communicate with friends and family?
  • What has been the biggest challenge that you have faced during the COVID-19 outbreak?
  • What are your experiences with distance learning/teaching, and how have you had to adjust your academic routines?
  • How are people around you responding to the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Have you celebrated anything during this time (e.g. birthdays, holidays)? How did you celebrate?
  • Knowing what you know now, what do you think that individuals, communities, or governments need to keep in mind for the future?

4. Preparing your contribution for submission:

Where relevant please provide dates, locations, titles, and any other pertinent details which will help us in processing your submission.

Upload your submission via our online portal.

Tips for creating and submitting videos and photographs

Since the start of the pandemic, many of us would have already been documenting our day to day lives. Take a few minutes to review what you already stored on your device to determine if these are items which you would like to submit to the project. As you venture outdoors to document, please observe all recommended safety measures. Below is a list of recommended subjects which you may have already captured or can consider capturing.

1. Businesses that have been affected by COVID-19:

Document the impact of COVID-19 on the business community. For example, notices depicting changing hours of operation, sinks and signs for washing hands, empty shelves, etc.

2. Family members:

Capture your loved ones as they adjust to new daily routines. This could include, adjusting to online learning, working from home, wearing face masks to go to the store, and cooking amongst other experiences.

3. Community:

Document the changes in your community such as deserted streets, parks and beaches as well as acts of kindness or bad behaviour.

While you may decide to take lots of photos and or videos, please take the time to evaluate and submit the content which best represents the subject which you captured.

Preparing your photographs for submission:

When preparing an item for submission, please include the following where possible:

  • Name of person(s), business, etc being photographed.
  • Location, (street, approximate area) where the photograph was taken.
  • Title, describe what is taking place in the photo.

N.B: Please do not submit images of persons particularly children without appropriate consent

Upload submissions via our online portal.

Check out our blog for information on PRESERVING YOUR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHS