Tag Archives: coronavirus

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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China’s national library launches ‘collective memory bank’ to document coronavirus outbreak stories

(25 Apr 2020) From CGTN: The National Library of China has launched a “collective memory bank,” to collect and preserve items and stories from China’s fight against the coronavirus outbreak. The project aims at documenting the impact the pandemic has had on peoples’ lives, emotions and social relationships. Articles, pictures, audio, video, multimedia resources, manuscripts, […]


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Designing resilient libraries for a post-covid world

(12 May 2020) As we miss our libraries, we’re asking ourselves how our experience with Covid-19 will reshape these spaces. There’s a lot that we don’t know. As many states move to ease social distancing measures, we’re unsure of how large the growth in new cases will be. We don’t know whether Covid-19 could become […]


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National Library of China to reopen with daily cap of visitors

(8 May 2020) The National Library of China will reopen from May 12 with a daily cap of 1,200 visitors, among China’s steps to resume normal economic and social order after the coronavirus epidemic eases. Visitors need to make reservations via the social media application Wechat or phone calls, according to a Friday notice from the […]


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ALIA provides checklist to support reopening of libraries

(6 May 2020) With state and territory governments planning to ease restrictions in the coming months, libraries will need to carefully consider the risks associated with reopening, and the measures which will need to put in place when the time comes for them to open. To assist with this, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) […]


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Keep library safe: How to sanitize collections in a pandemic

(27 Mar 2020)  Keeping libraries safe is important for both workers and guests. But during the current COVID-19 pandemic, questions about how to do that—particularly when it comes to materials and surfaces—have complicated answers. It’s an unprecedented situation. Conservators, who are experienced in diagnosing and repairing collection damage, say that historical information on sanitizing library […]


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Facing COVID-19 epidemic, Chinese library community in action

(23 Apr 2020) The outbreak of the new coronavirus has attracted global attention. The National Library of China and the Chinese library community took decisive actions and effective measures to contribute to the prevention and control of the epidemic. To prevent the risk of contagion from crowd gathering, the National Library of China was closed to […]


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National Library of Indonesia to educate people facing COVID-19 Pandemic

(23 Apr 2020) Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) becomes a global pandemic. WHO said that every country has a responsibility to increase their level of preparedness, alertness and response to identify, manage and care for new cases of COVID-19 (WHO, 2020). Indonesia confirmed the first coronavirus case at the end of February 2020. Since the President’s declaration of […]


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Hong Kong: University heads give up to 10% of salary to student fund

(20 Apr 2020)  The heads of eight publicly funded universities in Hong Kong have said they will donate a proportion of their salaries for up to a year, with some of the funds going to needy students affected by the coronavirus pandemic, universities in the city have announced. The presidents and vice presidents of the […]


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Information professionals share how they’re adapting during COVID-19

(14 Apr 2020) In the face of the global pandemic, information managers in R&D intensive organizations remain vital to the advancement of science.  Some are adjusting to the new realities of providing quality information services from their homes to colleagues around the world.  Some work for companies on the front lines of COVID-19 research and […]


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PAHO, WHO and other repositories fight COVID-19 with open access research

(14 Apr 2020) In less than a week, PAHO and Atmire established a COVID19 subject repository. An increasing number of Atmire clients are publicly exposing COVID19 research in their repositories. As the latest client to go live on Atmire’s DSpace Express platform, https://covid19-evidence.paho.org/ contains PAHO COVID19 guidance and the latest research in the Americas. The […]


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India: e-library mobile app sees exponential growth in downloads during COVID-19 lockdown

Karnataka government’s library mobile application has been growing as more people download it during the lockdown period (11 Apr 2020)  Karnataka Library Department’s mobile application, which is said to be the first of its kind initiative in the country has seen an exponential growth in downloads during the COVID-19 lockdown, a senior Minister said on […]


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