COVID-19 and academic libraries in Slovenia: a new reality in user services, and the case study of The Central Economics Library

General situation in Slovenia The new coronavirus (COVID-19) has been affecting public life and public institutions in Slovenia since the mid-February 2020, when the epidemiological situation in the neighboring country of Italy began to deteriorate rapidly. Institutions of higher education have begun to prepare themselves for the worst scenario, i.e. the probability […]

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Academic Libraries in Nigeria Riding the COVID-19 Storm!

The situation in academic libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria – one of the African countries hit hardest by the disease –is a mixed one. Before the pandemic, activities with different services were provided as usual. For instance the Kenneth Dike Library, University of Ibadan (http://www.library.ui.edu.ng) offered 24 hour […]

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Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) by Academic Libraries in Botswana

The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) had unprecedented effects on higher education institutions across the globe, Botswana included, despite the relatively low number of cases officially reported so far (see OMS situation report date July 5, 2020). Following the announcement to declare Coronavirus a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation, Botswana […]

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Tackling the pandemic situation in French academic libraries: ADBU’s initiatives

Tackling the pandemic situation in French academic libraries: ADBU’s initiatives ADBU is the French Association of Academic Libraries and Documentation (https://adbu.fr). In the transforming ecosystem of knowledge and information, ADBU carries the vision of a university library with a strong societal role. ADBU is concerned with questions of strategy and […]

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Musings on a Closed Library Building Or: A Library’s Reach Should Exceed Its Grasp . . .

What’s a building for?  I promised to write for the ARL section blog a few weeks ago, when the world was a simpler place.  My theme is reinvention:  how we reinvent the future of libraries by the way we reinvent the buildings in which we practice our profession.  Since I […]

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Academic Libraries: a Chilean Perspective

Esta foto de Autor desconocido está bajo licencia CC BY-SA-NC Academic libraries are currently transforming the traditional services of reference and lending for researchers and undergraduates to one where they provide large collaborative spaces for their users to work on projects of their areas of study or simply on business projects. This trend […]

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Research Commons in Public Libraries: New Space for Development

Nowadays public libraries are rarely viewed as a space for researchers. Digitalization and the Open Science movement are the prime drivers which have changed the situation. Thus, in 2020 a new space for researchers will open in the Library for Foreign Literature, Moscow. Although it’s a public, not an academic […]

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