School Library Journal: The Publishing Industry Adapts to COVID-19 While Offering Support. “The COVID-19 pandemic has kicked off a series of changes in the American book world that may well lead to permanent changes down the line. Among the most immediate effects were the closing of numerous bookstores, while others shifted to curbside delivery only; the cancellation or postponement of major events, including Book Expo America and the American Library Association’s Annual Conference; and a shift toward digital media and online events.”
Illinois News Bureau: Survey of US academic libraries documents COVID-19 pandemic responses. “The project provides a national look at how academic libraries are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 800 academic libraries – of the more than 3,000 such institutions in the country – have provided information through the Academic Library Response to COVID19 survey.”
EdSurge: How Librarians Continue Their Work Digitally Even as Coronavirus Closes Libraries. “To get a sense of what the widespread closure of libraries could mean, and hear some creative ways libraries are reaching out digitally, we talked with Jessamyn West, an educational technologist who runs the librarian.net blog and is author of ‘Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide.'” A podcast with a lightly-edited transcript.
School Library Journal: School Library Journal Offers Free Full Access to Content, Digitized Magazines. “School Library Journal (SLJ) is offering temporary free access to digitized editions of SLJ, as well as all content on its website, SLJ.com. ‘We want to support you as you grapple with the challenge of advancing your work through the COVID-19 crisis,’ says Rebecca T. Miller, group publisher of Library Journal, School Library Journal, and The Horn Book.”
Everybody’s Libraries: Welcome to everybody’s online libraries. “Many libraries have provided online information for years, through our own websites, electronic resources that we license, create, or link to, and other online services. During this crisis, as our primary forms of interaction move online, many of us will be working hard to meet increased demand for digital materials and services (even as many library workers also have to cope with increased demands and stresses on their personal lives). Services are likely to be in flux for a while. I have a few suggestions for the near term.”
Duke University Libraries Preservation Underground: Working From Home Options for Conservation Labs. “As the Covid-19 virus spreads, we have started planning for work that Conservation staff can do at home should we be told to stay off campus. As of this publication we have not been asked to stay home but preservation professionals prepare for the worst and hope for the best. This has been a thought provoking exercise and everyone has contributed to our brainstorming. We wanted to share what we have drafted to date in case any other labs are in a similar situation.”
Colorado Virtual Library: Pandemic Preparedness for Colorado Libraries. “There is no state-mandated response for libraries in Colorado. Public libraries should follow the guidance of their local policies and procedures, follow the direction of your local governing authorities, and also work with local health departments. School, academic, and special libraries should follow the guidance of their parent organization. It is important to keep calm, and seek factual information and guidance from reputable organizations, when responding locally to COVID-19. Here are some resources that may prove to be helpful as your library makes decisions about how best to serve your community.” Several of the resources listed in the article are local to Colorado, but a bunch are not. Worth a read.