School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Queen's Contagion Cultures Lecture Series

Tuesday October 27, 2020 

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Libraries and COVID-19: How libraries are working to optimize digital access during a pandemic

Mark Swartz
Copyright Manager, Queen’s University Library, Visiting Program Officer, Canadian Association of Research Libraries

Lise Brin
Program Officer, Canadian Association of Research Libraries 

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed how teaching is conducted in across the Canadian higher education landscape. Universities have moved most in-class learning to online modes of delivery for the Fall 2020 semester, and several institutions have already announced a similar model for the Winter 2021 semester. Many experts are predicting that this primarily online model will continue to be in place our reality for the 2021-22 academic year, and possibly even beyond.  

Courses that were designed for face-to-face delivery have being shifted entirely online, and both students and faculty are unable to access their libraries’ physical resources. Many instructors have turned to libraries to obtain access to course resources, however many in-person library services and resources cannot simply be shifted to an online environment, as electronic access to course resources is frequently unavailable for purchase by libraries or is prohibitively expensive when it is available. 

In this vodcast, the speakers will discuss the many challenges that libraries are facing with making materials available to students and faculty during a pandemic. This presentation will focus on the actions specified in the CARL Statement on Optimal Equitable Access to Post-Secondary Learning Resources During COVID-19 in calling for improved access to learning resources during COVID-19.