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Pandemic Resources for Academic Libraries: Community Resources

Updated information, professional development, and resources to support academic and research library personnel during a pandemic.

Libraries Respond: COVID-19 Survey

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In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Public Library Association (PLA) coordinated with several ALA units and other library organizations, including ACRL,to survey the library community to understand the current impacts the crisis is having on their operations, programs, services, and finances.

As a follow up to PLA’s March 2020 Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19 Survey, a new American Library Association (ALA) survey of U.S. libraries documents a shift in services to support students, faculty, and communities at large during the crisis and phased preparations for the months ahead. More than 3,800 K-12 school, college and university, public, and other libraries from all 50 states responded to the survey between May 12–18, 2020.

Read the survey results here.

Academic Library Response to COVID19 (Survey)

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe (University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign) and Christine Wolff-Eisenberg (Ithaka S+R) are gathering information on academic libraries in the United States and the response to COVID19. Libraries are encouraged to fill out this form and contribute to the collective understanding of how libraries are responding to the situation of this pandemic. Libraries can update their responses as policies and practices change.

A link to the survey, live results, dashboards, visualizations, and more are available on the the US Academic Library Response to COVID19 Survey website.

IMLS Resources

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News Coverage: COVID-19 & Libraries

Financial Assistance

COVID-19/Coronavirus LibGuides

COVID19/coronavirus LibGuides List

Created March 2020 by Emily Ford. A community Google Spreadsheet of LibGuides from academic libraries, including usage rights and target audience. Check out this wealth of resources, or add your library's!

Virtual Communities

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NPR: Coronavirus Daily Podcast

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A daily news podcast about the coronavirus pandemic, covering all dimensions of the story from science to economics and politics as well as society and culture. Hosted by Kelly McEvers from Embedded. Approximately 10 minutes in length. Publishing weekday afternoons. Includes stories and interviews from NPR's Science, International, National, Business and Washington reporting teams, as well as station reporters, and the crews at Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Listen and subscribe here.

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