Tag Archives: coronavirus

Two steps forward, one step back — The pandemic’s impact on open access progress

(4 Aug 2020)  From Scholarly Kitchen: “The COVID pandemic has given us a clear view of the value of open science, yet has also created conditions where implementing open science may not be feasible. We know that the transition to OA was likely to be financially disruptive, even under good market conditions, but now in […]


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Research Tools: COVID-19 Map Explorer provides access to datasets from over 20 sources

(30 Jul 2020)  From the Centre for Humanitarian Data: About one-third of the 17 million global COVID-19 cases are coming from 63 countries that have a refugee or humanitarian operation. To help understand the progress of the virus and its impact on already vulnerable people in these locations, we have created a map explorer that brings […]


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Korea: Public museums, libraries reopen with safety measures

(22 Jul 2020)  Many public libraries, museums and art galleries in South Korea reopened their doors to the public on Wednesday amid signs of a slowdown in COVID-19 infections. The National Museum of Korea (NMK), the National Library of Korea and other cultural venues under the central government began accepting visitors, albeit with safety measures […]


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ALA COVID-19 resources guide path toward reopening and recovery

(15 Jul 2020) Strong libraries are essential to the recovery of communities devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help guide communities, library workers and library supporters along the path to recovery, the American Library Association (ALA) today launched a curated, online repository of tools, guides and resources. The ALA COVID-19 Recovery website includes everything from the latest information […]


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Demand for library e-book rental services surging in Japan amid pandemic

(2 Jul 2020) From The Japan Times: Tokyo-based TRC Library Service Inc., which is entrusted with library operations and other businesses, said that the number of e-books borrowed through libraries started to increase around February, when the facilities began to close or scale down their services across the country due to the pandemic. The total […]


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Research shows virus undetectable on five highly circulated library materials after three days

(22 Jun 2020)  In the first phase of a project to develop and disseminate science-based information about how materials can be handled to mitigate exposure to staff and visitors, scientists have found that the virus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 is not detectable on five common library materials after three days. The findings are part of […]


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Taiwan: NCL offers express materials delivery service to assist researchers during the pandemic

(May 2020)  From Taiwan: As the coronavirus pandemic continues, National Central Library is now offering a Knowledge Quick Access materials delivery service to aid in obtaining needed materials during the pandemic. It is also providing instant online reference services and a resource users’ guide via its Online Reference Help website to assist patrons in finding […]


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Singapore: Libraries and government service centres to reopen gradually

(18 Jun 2020) From Singapore: More public spaces will progressively be made accessible when Singapore enters phase two of its reopening tomorrow (19th June), including public libraries, various government service centres and common areas in public housing estates such as playgrounds and fitness corners. In a statement yesterday, the Public Service Division said the reopening after […]


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Universities across Asia start to reopen bit by bit

(10 Jun 2020)  As the earliest region to be hit, disruption has been stark. In most countries in the region early university shutdowns have meant the loss of at least a semester of face-to-face teaching, sometimes without clear plans as to how this will be made up for during this year. Universities planning to reopen […]


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Webinar: Recover, retrench, reset: an international symposium exploring the reopening of research libraries and the ‘new normal’ in the COVID-19 landscape

(15 Jun 2020) IARLA convened an international symposium on 3 June 2020, which explored the plans that research libraries are putting in place to reopen their physical library buildings and reinstate their onsite services in the post-, or continuing-, Covid-19 landscape. The symposium included presentations from speakers in the United States, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, […]


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Webcast: COVID-19 and the future of the academic library

(1 Jun 2020) Research Information is delighted to present its latest webcast, entitled COVID-19 and the Future of the Academic Library. Free to view and open to all our readers, the webcast will focus on how academic libraries have had to change in recent months, on the changes in relationship with other players in the scholarly […]


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New report from Digital Science on how COVID-19 is changing research culture

(4 Jun 2020) Digital Science has today released a report highlighting the global research landscape trends and cultural changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The report How COVID-19 is Changing Research Culture analyses publication trends, regional focal points of research, collaboration patterns, and top institutional producers of research in COVID-19. The report key findings include:  As of […]


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New Zealand: Budget allocated for libraries to help with jobs and community recovery

(27 May 2020)  From New Zealand: ​A major funding package for libraries will allow them to play a far greater role in supporting their communities and people seeking jobs as part of the economic recovery from COVID-19. “Budget 2020 contains over $60 million of funding to protect library services and to protect jobs,” says Internal […]


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National Library of Indonesia prepares to open to public

(2 Jun 2020)  After closing its doors to visitors on March 16, the National Library of Indonesia (Perpusnas) in Central Jakarta is preparing to reopen for the first time in months under special protocol. “We are preparing a strategy for the new normal to support National Library service activity prior to a public reopening,” Joko […]


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ALIA announces COVID-19 relief fund

(6 Apr 2020) The Australian Library and Information Service (ALIA) has announced it will set up a relief fund ‘specifically to help members who are experiencing a reduction in income as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic’. ALIA said it would seed the fund with $10,000, enabling it to make approximately 20 payments to members suffering […]


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