What are the Issues? How are Librarians Responding?

 The first action items among librarians in response to the Covid-19 disease has been to meet about, debate and make decisions about library hours.  As the recommendations from the World Health Organization change almost daily, personal contact restrictions increase in many countries and as public services and schools close, librarians are in the special position of disseminating and manging digital information during these tough times.  The purpose of this page will be to discuss the issues surrounding Covid-19 as they arise.  Each topic will be listed with resources attached.  If there is a new issue that is not listed, please get in touch and send me a comment or link.


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Library Closures

School/University Closures

School/University Closures

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The first set of articles addressed school, public service and library closures.  Unprecedented actions are being taken to decease passing the disease from person to person.  Many Countries have made major decisions to benefit public health and safety. 

School/University Closures

School/University Closures

School/University Closures

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School and University closures will have a major effect on libraries.  School teaching/learning models are going digital and libraries will be called upon to assist the teachers and the students.  They will be asked to rapidly disseminate/make acccessible mass amounts of information.  

LibGuides

School/University Closures

Xenophobia

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There are librarians all around creating lists like this one.  They come from school, university, public, private and other libraries.  Even this librarian (Melissa Gross) is creating this site in an attempt to control, clarify and make accessible information as it becomes available about how librarians are responding to the disease.  University librarians have begun to create libguides for students and teachers, specifically about the disease, and are tayloring them to specific departments.

Xenophobia

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Xenophobia

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According to the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary xenophobia is defined as follows:

xenophobia

noun/ˌzɛnəˈfoʊbiə/ , /ˌzinəˈfoʊbiə/ [uncountable] (disapproving) a strong feeling of dislike or fear of people from other countriesa campaign against racism and xenophobia 

Library organizations have started dissemintating information and articles about xenophobia and how it is affecting people in their cuontries.  

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Have you opened a new location, redesigned your shop, or added a new product or service? Don't keep it to yourself, let folks know.

Display their FAQs

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Customers have questions, you have answers. Display the most frequently asked questions, so everybody benefits.