ATG Book of the Week: Libraries, Digital Information, and COVID: Practical Applications and Approaches to Challenge and Change

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TITLE: Libraries, Digital Information, and COVID: Practical Applications and Approaches to Challenge and Change
AUTHORS: David Baker & Lucy Ellis
PAPERBACK: 978-0323884938, $94.95
IMPRINT: Cambridge, UK: Chandos Publishing, 2021

COVID-19 is profoundly affecting the ways in which we live, learn, plan, and develop. What does COVID-19 mean for the future of digital information use and delivery, and for more traditional forms of library provision? Libraries, Digital Information, and COVID gives immediate and long-term solutions for librarians responding to the challenge of COVID-19. The title helps library leaders prepare for a post-COVID-19 world, giving guidance on developing sustainable solutions. The need for sustainable digital access has now become acute, and while offering a physical space will remain important, current events are likely to trigger a shift towards off-site working and study, making online access to information more crucial. Already, libraries provide access to digital information as a premium service. New forms and use of materials all serve to eliminate the need for direct contact in physical space. Such spaces will come to be predicated on evolving systems of digital information, as critical needs are met by remote delivery of goods and services. Intensified financial pressure will also shape the future, with a reassessment of information and its commercial value. In response, there will be a massification of provision through increased cooperation and collaboration. These significant transitions are driving professionals to re-think and question their identities, values, and purpose. This book responds to these issues by examining the practicalities of running a library during and after the pandemic, answering questions such as: What do we know so far? How are institutions coping? Where are providers placing themselves on the digital/print and the remote/face-to-face continuums? This edited volume gives analysis and examples from around the globe on how libraries are managing to deliver access and services during COVID-19. This practical and thoughtful book provides a framework within which library directors and their staff can plan sustainable services and collections for an uncertain future.

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