COVID-19 (Disease)

Australian public library staff living through a pandemic: personal experience of serving the community

Abstract: The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic forced public library staff to rapidly rethink the services they offered as lockdown restrictions meant that libraries as social venues briefly came to an end. Online content was developed overnight to fill the void. This study examines the impact that the contactless operational model has had on library services across Australia, as seen through the eyes of eight public library staff. The qualitative study contributes in-depth data to scant literature about public libraries and the pandemic in an Australian context.

Special libraries and COVID-19: Lessons learned and future directions

Speaker notes for this presentation which discusses:

  • Highlights of the HLA Survey results Australasian Health Libraries responses to the COVID 19 pandemic.
  • HLA Initiatives in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.
  • Redeployment: my journey from the Library to the Emergency Department.
  • Insights into Library responses from the international literature.

Special libraries and COVID-19: Lessons learned and future directions [slides]

This presentation (PowerPoint slides) discusses:

  • Highlights of the HLA Survey results Australasian Health Libraries responses to the COVID 19 pandemic.
  • HLA Initiatives in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.
  • Redeployment: my journey from the Library to the Emergency Department.
  • Insights into Library responses from the international literature.

Executive Statement of Support to Health Libraries and Health Library Workers

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Health Libraries Australia Executive (HLA) along with the ALIA Board of Directors supports the safety and well-being of library workers and the health sciences communities. The Executive advocates for the safety of members, colleagues, health care workers, and the general public in the continuing provision of information services and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ALIA supports its members during COVID-19: August 2020 - April 2021 update

Since the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) released its 'ALIA supports its Members during COVID-19' report in July 2020 much has changed. Several states have gone into and come out of lockdown, the vaccine rollout is well underway and library staff have constantly readjusted their services to meet government requirements whilst serving community needs.
 

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