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White, Elisabeth B. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2022
In early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed the lives of college students across the United States. These students, many of whom had never taken an online class prior to the pandemic, had to quickly adapt to the virtual learning environment and continue their studies during a time of great uncertainty. At the same time, many…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, College Students, School Closing
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Eriksen, Doug; Watstein, Sarah Barbara – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2022
This article begins with a brief description of access and affordability and their relationship to equity, diversity, and inclusion within the higher education sector today. Because the authors work at a Jesuit Catholic institution, awareness and appreciation of the call to uphold access and affordability at Jesuit institutions are also important.…
Descriptors: Religious Colleges, Access to Education, Higher Education, COVID-19
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Swaren, Chantelle; Cowden, Chapel; Smith, Wes – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic peeled back long-held assumptions about what is wanted, needed, and possible within academia. Many academic libraries had failed to fully imagine the potential uses of online and, in short, missed many opportunities to engage and support users. From this oversight have sprung opportunities to better understand and respond to…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Library Services, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Blake, Mara; Murray, Reina Chano; Williams, Jason; Gara, Jeff; Belros, Derek; Choudhury, Sayeed – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2022
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spread, a team from the Sheridan Libraries and Museums at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) provided technical support to the JHU Global COVID-19 Dashboard. This paper reflects on the lessons learned from working on a highly publicized, heavily trafficked resource and explores the role of academic libraries in…
Descriptors: Library Role, Academic Libraries, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Salsbury, Meghan; Hansen, Mary Anne – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2022
Many areas of the United States still fall short of digital equity and inclusion, defined as the ability of individuals to access and use information and communication technologies to participate fully in society, democracy, and the economy. This is especially true in Montana, the authors' rural state. Only 63.6 percent of Montana citizens have…
Descriptors: American Indian Students, College Students, Access to Computers, Disadvantaged
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Fancher, Sarah E.; Mabee, Sarah H. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2022
Reference services in academic libraries often focus on user education and giving students the skills to perform their own searches. This article describes a new Research Concierge Service established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) in southwest Missouri. The service entails library staff curating a…
Descriptors: Reference Services, Library Services, Academic Libraries, COVID-19
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Nelsen, Katherine; Peterson, Kate; McMillin, Lacie; Clarke, Kimberly – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2022
The rapid shift to online courses at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities (UMN) in spring 2020 prompted a change in the way instruction librarians worked with faculty and students. The librarians adopted a trauma-informed approach that provided students with a sense of stability, agency, and connection to the university and one another. UMN…
Descriptors: Trauma, Library Instruction, Academic Libraries, Online Courses
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Frazier, Méch; Rydland, Kelsey – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2022
In the wake of a global pandemic, an economic recession, and police violence, the role of libraries as a safe place is critical. These events have changed how librarians provide instruction and build communities within the university and outside it. This article discusses how the authors changed their approach to geospatial and data analysis…
Descriptors: Library Instruction, Academic Libraries, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Gammons, Rachel W.; Wilson, Suzanne; Carpenter, Lindsay Inge; Shaw, Benjamin – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2022
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the University of Maryland (UMD) Libraries quickly switched to online teaching and learning. This disruption created a chance for innovation, allowing the UMD Libraries to scale back nonessential functions and focus on improving mission-critical work. The authors present the teaching program at UMD…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Electronic Learning, Library Instruction, COVID-19
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Hodge, Megan – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2022
The loss of a dedicated study area due to the transition to remote instruction during COVID-19 disproportionately affected students who had no place for academic work within the home that was free of distraction. This paper describes the creation of an online guide designed to help students re-create the library experience from home to better…
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Experience, Distance Education, COVID-19
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Leibiger, Carol A.; Aldrich, Alan W. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2022
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic required shifting information literacy instruction from face-to-face to online formats at the University Libraries of the University of South Dakota. This case study narrates how the instructional team there introduced innovations into a Freshman Writing course that enabled instrumental (that is, goal-oriented)…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Information Literacy, Library Instruction
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Craig, Heidi; O'Sullivan, Kevin M. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2022
This article reports upon the development and implementation of a new literary research methods course in a remote teaching context. This updated curriculum is predicated on the notion that digital and traditional methods each work best when they expand and improve the other. Key facets of the new curriculum are outlined, with sample topics and…
Descriptors: Primary Sources, Courses, Research Methodology, Distance Education
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Chisholm, Alexandria; Hartman-Caverly, Sarah – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2022
Personal technology use can significantly impact wellness. The transition to widespread remote learning, working, and socializing during the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated society's reliance on technology. This article presents a case study of how the authors applied their privacy scholarship to offer a responsive learning experience for students…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Wellness, Influence of Technology
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Juarez, Damaris; Blackwood, Elizabeth – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2022
In spring 2020, the California State University System and its 23 campuses became the first in the United States to commit to a year of remote instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Remote instruction separated the system's librarians from their users, whose needs were especially great within the system's ethnically, economically, and…
Descriptors: Distance Education, COVID-19, Pandemics, State Universities
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Kirker, Maoria J. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2022
Over the past few decades, the demand for academic librarians who can teach information literacy skills to college students has steadily increased. This interview study explores how academic librarians in a mid-Atlantic metro area define the roles of librarians and teachers, value their teaching role as librarians, and view their teacher-librarian…
Descriptors: Library Role, Teacher Role, Librarian Attitudes, Academic Libraries
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