WIT Institute Librarian publishes article on academic libraries response to COVID-19

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Pictured is the Luke Wadding Library on WIT's main campus

Pictured is the Luke Wadding Library on WIT's main campus

The research paper presents the experience of eight Irish academic libraries while delivering library services during the COVID-19 pandemic

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) Head of Library & Information Services, Terry O'Brien has co-authored a research paper on IoT Libraries' response to dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Delivering Library Services in a time of crisis; Technological Higher Education Association Libraries responding to COVID-19 from March – August 2020" was co-written by Institute Librarians from AIT, CIT, DkIT, IADT, ITC, ITT, GMIT and WIT. The article is published in AISHE, (ISSN: 2009-3160), the journal of the All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE-J). It is an open-access, peer-reviewed, journal of scholarly research into Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Six-month snapshot

The paper is part of the AISHE-J Special Issue ‘COVID-19 and Irish Higher Education’. It presents the experience of eight Irish academic libraries from the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) sector from March – August 2020 while delivering library services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to O’Brien it presents a snapshot of their experience at this time outlining the challenges faced by libraries in closing their doors and pivoting to delivering library services only.

“The article outlines how the technological higher education sector responded to these challenges and discusses the value of collaboration across the sector and the benefits of this collaborative approach in a time of crisis,” he says.

Read more about how WIT Libraries maintained critical services and provided resources virtually for its community of users from the early stages of restrictions.


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