Curator of Graphic Arts, Division of Information Technology & Society
"...the immediacy of this situation is quite unusual."
As historians we normally have a period of reflection when we evaluate what's happening. We're not really involved in current events--it's rather contradictory to what historians do. Usually some time elapses before we can evaluate and determine whatís to be brought into a collection. So in that sense the immediacy of this situation is quite unusual. It does feel different. There is a kind of rush to make sure that we actually do capture and acquire what we need to before itís either destroyed or disappears.