Tag Archives: coronavirus

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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Jisc and Universities UK call for publishers to reduce 25% on all agreements

(17 Jun 2020) The Universities UK Jisc content negotiation strategy group is calling on major academic publishers to seek reductions of 25% on all agreements in light of the severe financial impact institutions are facing because of the pandemic. In a joint letter on behalf of the sector, the strategy group recognises the tremendous support publishers have offered […]


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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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How coronavirus is changing research practices and publishing

(22 May 2020)  Nature Index reviewed recent development on scholarly communication affected by the epidemic of COVID-19, including: Funding worries weigh down early-career researchers COVID-19 widens the gender gap in medical research Wikipedia favours peer-reviewed research Australian researchers face job cuts due to coronavirus shut-down How could coronavirus change academic careers? Preprint servers enhance screening […]


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The time of trials: Waiting for a coronavirus vaccine

An infected and impatient world needs protection from Covid-19, but rushing it won’t be easy. How can we speed up a complicated process? (22 May 2020, feed from Knowable Magazine)  The Covid-19 coronavirus has knocked our world off its axis. We won’t return to anything approaching normal — that is, life without social distancing, quarantines, […]


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New Zealand: experience sharing of library reopening

(15 May 2020)  From “Justin the Librarian” blog: Our library had been planning what this eventual reopening would look like for the entire time that New Zealand was in Pandemic Alert Levels 3 & 4. There were many meetings and discussions around what reopening could look like and all angles and ideas were heard, considered, […]


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Webinar: Chinese academic libraries’ experiences during the COVID-19 outbreak

(18 May 2020) From Cornell University Library: A four-part webinar series devoted to academic libraries’ role in a sustainable future concluded with a discussion of how three libraries in China have responded to the coronavirus pandemic. The April 27 installment, “Three Chinese Academic Libraries’ Experiences During the COVID-19 Outbreak,” was the last in a series […]


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