(31 Dec 2020) 2020 has been a tough year for all. The pandemic has made learning and services delayed, remote access became more important than ever, and we all acquired new ways of communication. Take a look at the top posts from [email protected] in 2020, there’s no doubt that COVID-19 is the main theme throughout the year.
Top 1 post – Library Conferences in Asia 2020-2021
This post is the all-time favorite at [email protected] since the website is born. Over 6,000 visits in 2020 are looking for information on library conferences in Asia. Since library conferences that are held on-site this year are either canceled or rescheduled, librarians may want to know the latest updates from the conferences they intend to join. Alternatively, many conferences simply turned themselves online. We tried to keep track of all major online conferences in Asia, but the booming of online conference is just too big a trend to keep track of.
Top 2 post – Free resources for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Thanks to many academic publishers and information providers, research articles & data which are beyond paywalls before the virus was spread, are openly available aiming to find a solution for the situation. [email protected] has gathered free resources for COVID-19 for our readers before WHO announced COVID-19 as a pandemic, and we’ll keep update should there are any new resources.
Top 3 post – UNESCO guide on distance learning solutions to mitigate COVID-19 school closures
Most schools and universities in APAC region were closed back in February, and some remained closed until April. However, the learning didn’t stop by the closure of classrooms, in this post UNESCO listed resources to support distance learning including online education platforms, live-streaming applications, video production and MOOCS, and tools to improve online communication.
In addition, we made some big changes in 2020, including the new look of [email protected], a new column for Fun Facts on Numbers, and the creation of theme collections on COVID-19, Ruth’s Rankings focusing on updates on global university rankings, and Sustainable Development Goals which becomes a general goal to achieve for universities worldwide.
Wish all readers of [email protected] a Happy New Year!