COVID-19: The Future of Digital Information for Libraries - Partnership, Supply

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Professor David Baker, Dr Lucy Eliis, Diana Chan,Caroline Williams, Melissa Fulkerson

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COVID-19: The Future of Digital Information for Libraries - Partnership, Supply, and Demand. Covid-19 has changed the world; responding to the pandemic and its aftermath will preoccupy our societies and our professions for years to come. Library and information services are meeting the immediate challenges, but what of the longer term, when it difficult to see ahead? ‘Going digital’ has enabled librarians to provide continuity of access and service at this difficult time. But what is the future for online and networked information provision? How and where should libraries be placed on the digital/print continuum, when physical space is still needed and valued? Traditional supply chains are breaking down because of the pandemic. Productive and robust partnerships between libraries and publishers in the creation and dissemination of research will be of critical importance. What role will publishers play? This webinar is the last in this series and follows on from the successful international event held in September in which the immediate practicalities of providing library services during a pandemic were presented and discussed, at a time when the longer-term future is not clear. The upcoming event builds on this and addresses the main concerns identified for follow-up by delegates. Participants will be offered an opportunity to hear from leading practitioners across the region and beyond as well as sharing their own concerns to date. Live polls will give delegates ample opportunity to participate in the webinar discussions and shape the outcomes of the event. The discussions will build on the first webinar and draw on recent work by Professor David Baker and Dr Lucy Ellis, identifying exemplars of best practice and creating a framework for further interchange of ideas and solutions for the next twelve months and beyond.

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